A useful key for Irish and Scottish traditional music, Mid A Goldfinch Whistle is a whistler-friendly choice combining the advantages of a high whistle – swiftness, playability – with those of a low whistle – subtle dynamics and lower, rich timbre. The large fingerholes pay off with a full sound, comfortable half-holing potential and, placed relatively close to each other, make the pipers grip optional. Great for live music and professional recordings, the Mid A Goldfinch is well balanced between the octaves. It is equally fit to play both first-line foot-tapping tunes and song accompaniment. A little backpressure allows to hit the notes with precision and keep the air requirements low.
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What I find significant in Goldfinch Whistles is the capability of free, effortless playing in the “ups”, from the half of the second octave up to the third (from a2 to e3) while the sound quality of the lower register remains solid.
The sound is interesting and complex enough that is works beautifully amplified, recorded or purely acoustically. In fact my colleagues like the sound so much that we have transposed other sets just so we can keep using it.
The tone of my favourite models mid Bb and low F complement the saxophone perfectly, they are excellent in musical experiments across different genres.
There is no great gap between the lower and higher notes in pressure. Many experienced players appreciate it. Apart from that, the responsiveness, sweet tone and the whistle’s unique character are of utmost importance to me.