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Clarke CWD Celtic Tin Whistle, Key of D
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- Key of D
- Easy to play
- Comes with its own fingering chart and five traditional Celtic tunes, one each from Wales, Scotland and Brittany and two from Ireland
- Comes decorated with a Celtic Knot and is individually gift boxed
- Handmade in the U.K.
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|Item Dimensions||2.1 x 13.2 x 0.8 in||0.75 x 11.75 x 0.65 in||1 x 1 x 14 in||1 x 12 x 1 in||—||1 x 12.5 x 0.8 in|
One cannot hear a slow air played with depth of feeling on a tin whistle by a true Celt without being drawn into, and sharing, the emotions expressed by the player. When Robert Clarke invented the Tin whistle in 1843, little did he know that it would become the perfect wind instrument to be played universally in all the Celtic lands. It can be heard in concert halls, broadcasts, churches and, above all, especially in Ireland, in the pubs. It is easy to play; inexpensive; and can be carried so as to be available for performances on all occasions. The Clarke Celtic Tin whistle in the Key of D comes with its own fingering chart and five traditional Celtic tunes, one each from Wales, Scotland and Brittany and two from Ireland. The whistle comes decorated with a Celtic Knot and is individually gift boxed.
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While I've been playing primarily Dixon whistles (tunable), I thought it fun recently to revisit the simple days of my "beginner roots" and treated myself to a $5.35 Waltons WM1535 Little Black whistle (ASIN: B00C8U7WQ0) and this Clarke Celtic (I'm a fool for aesthetics - the glossy green paint & Celtic "knot" won me over).
Wow! While I realize each whistle has its own "personality", the particular Clarke Celtic I received must've awoken on the wrong side of its proverbial bed & remained in a foul mood! It sounds awful!
Not even the redeeming pleasant Clarke-"chiff", I was so looking forward to. (The Clarke I began on had a very distinct, lovely little "chiff" to it).
The overall tone was muddy. The whistle difficult to play cleanly (...and I've been paid for playing pennywhistles for the past several years, so I do know how to play very cleanly).
I then picked-up the $5 Waltons and was blown away (no pun intended) by the difference in tone! The inexpensive, lightweight Waltons WM1525 had a gorgeous full, rich, melodious tone with no effort from me. Vibrato was easily achievable, but on the Clarke Celtic it required far more effort.
It could just be that I received a dud, but my Clarke Celtic sounds nothing like the one in the video-review provided by another reviewer, even when I play along with him note-for-note.
One last gripe: that seam on the back! I'd forgotten about the seam on Clarke whistles due to the "rolled & turned" nature of their manufacturing process. After playing a while I barely noticed it, but it's very annoying at first. Makes the whistle feel lop-sided when holding to me.
Anyhow, based on other reviews, this is a fairly popular whistle and not all-bad, it does look nice... but the one I received was less than impressive, at best.
I won't be returning it (for sanitary reasons), but I won't be playing it either. It's not a complete waste... It is a pretty little thing & will do as ornamentation in my studio. (By the way, speaking of sanitation... the $5 Waltons whistle even came with a sealed, cello-wrapped mouthpiece!)
I rated this Clarke Celtic 3-stars based on the fact that it looks nice & has a decent reputation, altho my own experience was probably more that of 2-stars.
If you really want a decent PennyWhistle and don't mind spending a bit more, I strongly recommend considering a Dixon.
An entry-level Dixon "Traditional" brass model (ASIN: B000VPHC5U) can be had for approx. $30 USD.
If you prefer to stay under $20, then I'd recommend either the Feadog brand or Waltons. They have a similar tone and feel (and no distracting seams!)
But based on my own experience with this particular Clarke Celtic, I simply cannot recommend it all.
Thank you for reading,
-CC, Amazon Prine Member-Reviewer
I promise you that with a little effort, you will be able to melt many a heart.
The whistle (which as has been pointed out is merely a Sweetone with a fancy paint job) is as stated in the key of D which makes it ideal for someone with smaller hands and shorter fingers such as I am stuck with. The Key of C whistles are a bit of a stretch for me, particularly when I require fast finger movement.
Now it is quite helpful if you are able to read music, but I can assure you that many of my friends who cannot, find joy in playing this little thing; as much joy as I do.
The cost here is quite little to pay for something that can bring so much pleasure. This packs well in my camping gear and the sound it produces in the mountains when the mist starts flowing is enough to bring a tear to your eye and raise the hackles on the back of your neck.
Do yourself a favor and spring for the few bucks this is being offered for...I promise you that you will not be sorry. Hey, I can even get my sister crying with my rendition of some of the slower Celtic pieces I am able to produce and she is a pretty hard case by any standard.
Recommend you add this one to your plunder.