Takahe Flutes

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New Zealand has been almost COVID-19 free for many months. However, due to the global pandemic, international postal services are still experiencing delays. Delivery time is typically within two weeks, but it may take much longer. I am making and shipping flutes and whistles as fast as I can, but with current demand I have had to extend the handling time to five business days. I have introduced a number of new instruments, such as the Nightingale Flageolet, Takahe wide-bore low-C, Rifleman Al tunable alto-A, Draco wooden high-D, Kakariki-T tunable Al high-D and the Enya alto-G Arabian Scale.

 

(All prices in US Dollars)

Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
  • Nightingale Alto-G English Flageolet
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$54.90

The Nightingale is my interpretation of the English Flageolet of around 1800, as sold by instrument makers such as William Bainbridge. Crucially, the Nightingale features a two-chamber design as still featured by the North American Flute. Beware: many so-called flageolets sold today are really just tin whistles! The Nightingale is in the key of G (the G above middle C) and is a tone higher than the modern alto-recorder in F. You can hear the Nightingale on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kvrYvKlilA (Cut and paste in to your browser)

The Nightingale has seven holes: the lowest is offset to be played by your pinky and gives a G#, a semitone above the lowest note (G). The extra hole allows a good sounding G# that is in tune without having to half-hole the lowest hole and also improves the tone of the A, which is generally weak on tin whistles. To allow both left- and right-handed players to play the Nightingale, there are two G# holes, one of which is blocked with an adjustable clip. If you don't want to use the G# feature at all, the clip can be used to cover both holes, making the fingering the same as a tin whistle.

The Nightingale is intended for the key of G major and related keys, including C, D, G Dorian, G Phrygian, Am and Em. It is actually fully chromatic, with a fingering chart included, although is not really practical for keys that require a lot of half-holing and cross-fingering.

Other features include:

  • A wooden mouthpiece (beak) with expanding windway.
  • A removable barrel section that allows slight adjustment of the tone of the instrument. The barrel section greatly reduces problems caused by condensation.
  • A bell that improves the volume of the lowest notes of each octave.
  • Each instrument is hand-made to order, with all notes individually hand tuned to concert pitch (A=440Hz)
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Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Takahe, Tuneable Big-Bore Low-C Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
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$63.00

The Takahe is a handcrafted tuneable big-bore low penny whistle in the key of C major, and is a mellow yet very expressive instrument. The Takahe has a tuning slide for fine tuning, allowing the pitch to be shifted about 30 cents each way.

You can hear me play a Takahe whistle on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvC6Jua8U24 (Cut and paste into your browser.)

The Takahe is named after a New Zealand native flightless bird thought to be extinct for half a century until rediscovered in a remote mountainous region.

This is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. However the Takahe features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering. With these offsets and use of the 'pipers grip' the Takahe can be played even if you have relatively small hands. NB: The hole offsets can be configured for right or left handed players and you can advise me which version you prefer at checkout.

These whistles are tough, made from PVC and wood with a fibreglass tuning slide. They feature: * A bell like a trumpet which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher ones. * A bore size of 27mm (1.06") making the tone more mellow than smaller bore whistles. * A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive mellow and slightly 'breathy' tone. * Carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. * The range of the Takahe is about two and a half octaves, C4 to G6, although some experience is required to make use of the notes in the third octave. * A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.

Besides the key of C, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on D), in F major and D minor by half-holing the top hole (B), in G and E minor (see the chart for the F#) and of course Am.

NOTES: * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Ruru SP, a Versatile Low-D Celtic-Style Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
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$63.00

The Ruru SP is a special edition of my standard Ruru low-D whistle. Beside special, the SP stands for Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. This St Patrick special edition has some additional features as follows:

First it has a tuning slide giving a small range of fine tuning. In particular, it can be tuned down to 432 Hz if need be. Furthermore, accuracy of intonation at 432 Hz is maintained by using the lower connection to tune the bell note and the E. About 6mm extra extension on the main slide and 3mm on the lower slide will do the trick.

Second, the bell and end of the head unit are painted an Irish green with a gold pinstripe .

Third, the mouthpiece is based on the design used for the Kotare aluminium whistle, with a stronger fipple cap than the standard Ruru.

Finally, the Ruru SP features a thumbhole to obtain the flat seventh (C instead of C#). Many players find this very useful to get a good sounding note without half-holing or cross-fingering.

You can hear me play a cover of Hebridean Dream by the Tannahill Weavers on a Ruru SP on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYmI4d0ALEE
(Cut and paste into your browser)

Besides the above special features, the standard features of the Ruru include these: • A small bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher ones. • A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive mellow and slightly 'breathy' tone. • An aluminium 'transport' joint that allows the bell section to be rotated. This feature allows the optimum offset on the lowest hole (E) to be obtained for any player, left or right handed. • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. • The range is at least two octaves, D4 to C#6. • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.

NOTES: • Instruments are all handmade to order • Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
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$57.00

The Rifleman is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of Bb major, the result of all I have learned about whistles and flutes. You can hear me play my song 'Kokako Spring' on the very similar Kokako whistle on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDkNYtDcgw (Cut and paste into your browser)

This instrument is an alto whistle, named after the tiny 6 gram native New Zealand rifleman. The pitch is lower than high D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. The Rifleman whistles are tough, made from anodized aluminum, PVC and wood. They are available in a choice of two finishes, satin or chrome (choose when you check out). They feature:

  • A tuning slide to allow fine tuning about half a semitone each way
  • A small gold-painted bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes.
  • A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive mellow and slightly breathy tone.
  • Accurate pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • A range of at least two octaves, Bb4 to A6
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • A chromatic fingering chart, although not intended as a fully chromatic instrument.

Besides the key of Bb, the Rifleman is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on C), in Eb and Cm by half-holing the A, in F major and D minor ( see chart for the E) and of course Gm.

NOTES: * Sorry, photo props are not included * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
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$37.00

The Draco is my unique handcrafted wooden soprano-D flute. The Draco is named after the flying lizard from South East Asia. The Draco has a quite different tone compared commercial penny whistles such as the Clarke or Feadog, due to its larger bore, bell shape, larger window and wooden construction.

Features of the Draco are:

  • They feature a bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • They have a tapered bore, reducing the overall length a little
  • Each flute is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Fully sealed inside and out to minimize effects of moisture
  • Range is at least two octaves, D5 to C#7.

Besides D, the flute can easily be played in Dorian mode (scale starting on E), G major and E minor by half-holing the C# tone-hole, A major and F# minor (see fingering chart for the G#) and of course Bm. C major is also possible, requiring half holing or cross fingering of the C# tone-hole and half-holing of the F# tone-hole. Although simple flutes like the Draco are not intended to be fully chromatic, it is possible to play all 12 semitones, with only a few of them requiring half-holing.

You can hear demo's of the Draco on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf5BWpxcWDY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4mxgDIr2No (Cut and paste into your browser)

Instruction sheet included, with chromatic fingering chart.

NOTES: * Sorry, photo props and lizard are not included. * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
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$39.00

The Kakariki-T is the Tuneable version of my delightful handcrafted soprano D penny whistle. The Kakariki-T is made primarily from aluminium and is named after the New Zealand native red-crowned parakeet. It has a more mellow tone than the Clarke, Feadog and similar whistles, because of its curved windway lip and relatively large bore. The whistle is tough, made from Al with a 1mm wall thickness. The fipple block is wooden, with a sturdy laminated plywood and fiberglass cover, which reduces the amount of condensation compared to whistles with a metal cover. Tuning is achieved via a hand-fitted fiberglass tuning slide.

Features of the Kakariki-T are * The mouthpiece is my well-proven design with the curved lip giving a distinctive mellow and slightly 'breathy' tone. * They feature a small bell (polished and lacquered) which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave. * Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. * Range is at least two octaves, D5 to C#7. * My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.

Besides the key of D, the Kakariki-T whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G major and E Minor by half-holing the C#, in A major and F# minor (see chart for the G#) and of course B minor.

You can hear a demo of the very similar Mohua on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKb76rwYpE&feature=youtu.be (Cut and paste into your browser)

Instruction sheet included, with chromatic fingering chart. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong.

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Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
  • Enya, PVC Alto-G Arabian Scale Penny Whistle, Handcrafted
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$37.00

The Enya is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G Arabian. The whistle is named after the Celtic inspired Irish singer/songwriter, record producer and musician. Enya also happens to be the Celtic word for fire (and also a well-known brand of model airplane engines). The Enya is an alto whistle, the lowest note being the G above middle C, and it is lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. The Enya whistles are tough, made from PVC and wood. Features of the Enya include the following:

  • It plays the Arabian scale with intervals S, T+S, S, T, S, T (S=semitone, T=whole tone). A fingering chart is included.
  • It has a small bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher note.
  • The mouthpiece has a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive mellow and slightly 'breathy' tone.
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • The range is at least two octaves, G4 to G6.
  • Since the tone-holes required for the Arabian scale do not allow an F# to be played, a thumbhole is included just for the F#. If not required, this can be closed with a sticker (included).
  • It has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.

You can see and hear me play this whistle here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac5_WolUy1Y&feature=youtu.be

Also a version with piano backing here: https://soundcloud.com/john-poletti/fire-snake-enya-arabian-whistle-demo (Cut and paste these into your browser.)

NOTES: * Sorry, photo props, Kea and Joni whistles are not included! :-) * No endorsement by Enya express or implied * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Note: All prices in US Dollars.

 

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'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
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$36.00

A handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G major. It is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower octave compared to the high octave. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves and maybe a couple of notes higher if you are good! My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. You can see and hear me play this whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

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'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
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$36.00

The Takahe Flutes 'Joni' is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of A major and is named after the incomparable Joni Mitchell. The Joni is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. A is a convenient key for folk music, as A and related keys are relatively easy on the guitar. The Joni is tough, made from PVC. The whistle features a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes compared to the higher ones. The Joni also has a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, A4 to G#5, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of A, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on B), in D by half-holing the G# and of course F#m. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play a very similar whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

NB: Hat and vinyl LP not included sorry!

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'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
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$21.60

The Sigrún was inspired by the bone flutes played by the Vikings. A number of these have been recovered from archaeological sites in Scandinavia and beyond. The Sigrún is made from PVC with a wooden 'fipple' and has three tone holes, so can be played with one hand. The scale is G pentatonic minor, but missing the F (G, Bb, C, D). However, by cupping the bell with your other hand, more notes can be obtained, such as the F. The Sigrún features a ribbon for carrying around your neck, but the cat and helmet are not included, sorry!

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Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
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$66.60

The Kereru II (named after a native woodpigeon) is a handcrafted low-whistle in the key of D major. The Kereru II is an octave lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog.

NB: This is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. The Kereru II features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering. With the offsets and use of the 'pipers grip' the Kereru II can be played even if you have relatively small hands. The offsets are configured for the conventional hand position, left hand above right hand. If you play right hand above left, get in touch with me and I can arrange to manufacture a Kereru II with opposite offset.

Features of the Kereru II are:

  • These whistles are tough, made from aluminum. Unlike most Al whistles, the wall thickness is only 1mm, so it is nice and light
  • The mouthpiece is my well-proven PVC and wood design with the curved lip giving a distinctive tone
  • They feature a small copper painted bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range is two octaves, D4 to C#5, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles

Besides the key of D, the Kereru II whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G by half-holing the C# and of course Bm. Instruction sheet included.

Delivery time is typically two weeks or less. Sorry, Kereru bird not included ;-)

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Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
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$58.40

The Ruru Green (named after a New Zealand native owl) is a tuneable version of my Ruru, a handcrafted low-D PVC penny whistle in the key of D major. The tuning slide allows for fine tuning the pitch by about 30 cents each way.

These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.

NB: The Ruru Green is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. However, it does feature carefully designed offsets on the tone holes that makes it easier to play for those who play with their right hand below their left. Let me know if you play with left hand below your right and I will custom make a whistle with the opposite offsets - at no extra charge!

The range of the Ruru Green is two octaves, D4 to C#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of D, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G by half-holing the C# and of course Bm. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. A demo of the basic Ruru whistle is on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/john-poletti/low-d-whistle-demo-after-the-goldrush

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Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
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$83.70

The Kotare is a tuneable handcrafted aluminum low penny whistle in the key of D major. The Kotare is an octave lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. It is named after the native New Zealand sacred kingfisher and is a development from my highly regarded Kereru. A demo is on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv13ydDHmrs

NB, This is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. However, the Kotare features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering. With the offsets and use of the 'pipers grip' the Kereru can be played even if you have relatively small hands. The hole offsets can be configured for right or left handed players, or with no offsets at all. You can advise me which version you prefer at checkout.

These whistles are tough, made primarily from aluminum, with some parts from wood and PVC. Features of the Kotare are:

  • Unlike many Al whistles, the wall thickness is only 1mm, so it is nice and light.
  • The Kotare is tuneable, about +/- 20 cents.
  • The mouthpiece is my well-proven PVC and wood design with the curved lip giving a distinctive mellow and slightly breathy tone.
  • They feature a small polished and lacquered bell, which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Tone holes are reamed and polished.
  • Includes a thumbrest.
  • Range is two octaves, D4 to C#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape, with no Al exposed to contact the lips of the player.
  • User-guide and fingering chart included.

Besides D, the Kotare can easily be played B minor, in Dorian mode (scale starting on E), in G major and E minor by half-holing the C# hole, and in A major and F# minor by using the fingerings in the chart for a G#.

Sorry, Kotare bird not included ;-)

NOTES: * These whistles are made to order; orders are usually shipped within five business days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges

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Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako II, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
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$54.90

The Kokako II is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G major, the result of all I have learned about whistles and flutes. This instrument is an alto whistle, named after a rare and endangered native New Zealand bird. The Kokako II features a tuning slide to allow fine tuning about half a semitone each way. These whistles are tough, made from chromed aluminum and PVC. They feature:

  • A small gold painted bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes.
  • A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive tone.
  • Accurate pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range of two octaves, G4 to F#6.
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • A chromatic fingering chart, although not intended as a fully chromatic instrument.

You can hear me play the Kokako whistle on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDkNYtDcgw

Besides the key of G, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on A), in C and Am by half-holing the F#, in D and Bm (see chart for the C#) and of course Em.

NOTES: * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. An upgrade to tracked courier is available on request. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
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$37.00

The Draco is my unique handcrafted wooden soprano-D flute. The Draco is named after the flying lizard from South East Asia. The Draco has a quite different tone compared commercial penny whistles such as the Clarke or Feadog, due to its larger bore, bell shape, larger window and wooden construction.

Features of the Draco are:

  • They feature a bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • They have a tapered bore, reducing the overall length a little
  • Each flute is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Fully sealed inside and out to minimize effects of moisture
  • Range is at least two octaves, D5 to C#7.

Besides D, the flute can easily be played in Dorian mode (scale starting on E), G major and E minor by half-holing the C# tone-hole, A major and F# minor (see fingering chart for the G#) and of course Bm. C major is also possible, requiring half holing or cross fingering of the C# tone-hole and half-holing of the F# tone-hole. Although simple flutes like the Draco are not intended to be fully chromatic, it is possible to play all 12 semitones, with only a few of them requiring half-holing.

You can hear demo's of the Draco on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf5BWpxcWDY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4mxgDIr2No (Cut and paste into your browser)

Instruction sheet included, with chromatic fingering chart.

NOTES: * Sorry, photo props and lizard are not included. * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
  • Silvereye, Wooden High Am Pentatonic Flute, Handcrafted
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$32.00

The Silvereye flute plays the Am pentatonic scale and can be used for many musical styles including blues, jazz and folk music. The Silvereye was inspired by the Cherokee four-hole whistle. It is small and durable enough, with its hard-case, to take pretty much anywhere. Despite having only four tone-holes it can play nine of the twelve semi-tones of the Am scale. Furthermore, the Silvereye can be played with one hand. This allows you to use the pinky of the other hand in the bell, to obtain a G and G# below the normal range.

See and hear the Silvereye on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbPLEKL8zz8 (Cut and paste into your browser)

The Silvereye features:

  • All wooden construction
  • Compact size, only 17cm long
  • Accurately tuned to concert pitch
  • Range of just over one octave
  • Hard-case included

NOTES: * My instruments are handcrafted to order, and usually ship within a week of order. * Sorry, photo props are not included! :-) * Wooden parts are usually made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees. * My standard shipping method is via tracked economy courier. Delivery is usually less than two weeks, but may take much longer due to the global pandemic. * If an order has not arrived within 45 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges * Specifications may be subject to change without notice.

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Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
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$27.90

This little Skylark flute is small enough to fit in a pocket, yet loud enough to demand attention. It can be used for blues, jazz and folk music. Despite having only four tone-holes it can play nine of the twelve semi-tones of the G scale (eight in the high octave). The Skylark features:

  • A sturdy aluminium body, with a wooden fipple assembly.
  • Compact, only 23cm long.
  • Accurately tuned to concert pitch.
  • Sufficient volume to stand out in music groups.

Notes: * Photo props are not included.

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Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
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$27.90

This cute little handcrafted flute is in G pentatonic and can be played with one hand. It is a great gift for someone special! There are countless great songs with only five notes. The flute comes with a fingering chart and the music for 'The Riddle Song' otherwise known as 'I Gave My Love a Cherry'.

BTW, periquito is the Portuguese name for lovebird.

NOTES: * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
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$21.60

The Sigrún was inspired by the bone flutes played by the Vikings. A number of these have been recovered from archaeological sites in Scandinavia and beyond. The Sigrún is made from PVC with a wooden 'fipple' and has three tone holes, so can be played with one hand. The scale is G pentatonic minor, but missing the F (G, Bb, C, D). However, by cupping the bell with your other hand, more notes can be obtained, such as the F. The Sigrún features a ribbon for carrying around your neck, but the cat and helmet are not included, sorry!

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Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
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$32.40

The Kakariki (native red-crested parakeet) is a handcrafted high whistle in the key of D Major, similar to the Clarke or Generation D whistles.

Features of the Kakariki are:

  • These whistles are tough, made from aluminum.
  • The mouthpiece is my well-proven design with the curved lip giving a distinctive tone.
  • They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range is two octaves, D5 to C#7, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles.

Besides the key of D, the Kakakriki whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G major and E Minor by half-holing the C# and of course B Minor. You can hear a demo of the very similar Mohua on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w88XpPOefs0

Instruction sheet included, they are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. Sorry, Kakariki bird not included ;-)

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Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
  • Kakariki-T Tunable Al High-D Whistle
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$39.00

The Kakariki-T is the Tuneable version of my delightful handcrafted soprano D penny whistle. The Kakariki-T is made primarily from aluminium and is named after the New Zealand native red-crowned parakeet. It has a more mellow tone than the Clarke, Feadog and similar whistles, because of its curved windway lip and relatively large bore. The whistle is tough, made from Al with a 1mm wall thickness. The fipple block is wooden, with a sturdy laminated plywood and fiberglass cover, which reduces the amount of condensation compared to whistles with a metal cover. Tuning is achieved via a hand-fitted fiberglass tuning slide.

Features of the Kakariki-T are * The mouthpiece is my well-proven design with the curved lip giving a distinctive mellow and slightly 'breathy' tone. * They feature a small bell (polished and lacquered) which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave. * Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. * Range is at least two octaves, D5 to C#7. * My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.

Besides the key of D, the Kakariki-T whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G major and E Minor by half-holing the C#, in A major and F# minor (see chart for the G#) and of course B minor.

You can hear a demo of the very similar Mohua on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKb76rwYpE&feature=youtu.be (Cut and paste into your browser)

Instruction sheet included, with chromatic fingering chart. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong.

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Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
  • Draco, Unique Handcrafted Wooden High-D Flute
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$37.00

The Draco is my unique handcrafted wooden soprano-D flute. The Draco is named after the flying lizard from South East Asia. The Draco has a quite different tone compared commercial penny whistles such as the Clarke or Feadog, due to its larger bore, bell shape, larger window and wooden construction.

Features of the Draco are:

  • They feature a bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • They have a tapered bore, reducing the overall length a little
  • Each flute is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Fully sealed inside and out to minimize effects of moisture
  • Range is at least two octaves, D5 to C#7.

Besides D, the flute can easily be played in Dorian mode (scale starting on E), G major and E minor by half-holing the C# tone-hole, A major and F# minor (see fingering chart for the G#) and of course Bm. C major is also possible, requiring half holing or cross fingering of the C# tone-hole and half-holing of the F# tone-hole. Although simple flutes like the Draco are not intended to be fully chromatic, it is possible to play all 12 semitones, with only a few of them requiring half-holing.

You can hear demo's of the Draco on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf5BWpxcWDY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4mxgDIr2No (Cut and paste into your browser)

Instruction sheet included, with chromatic fingering chart.

NOTES: * Sorry, photo props and lizard are not included. * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American style PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
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$44.10

The Takahe Flutes handcrafted 'Peace Keeper', is a PVC North American style dual-chamber flute. Music transcends boundaries. Join the peace movement, buy a 'Peace Keeper'!

This handcrafted PVC flute features: * A clip-on peace symbol totem in native Kauri timber * A small bell/horn to improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave * Decorative ribbon tassels * A comfortable penny-whistle style mouthpiece * Equal tempered and hand tuned to concert pitch

The flute has six holes and is in the key of D minor pentatonic. It is fun to play, has a wonderful haunting tone and like most Native American flutes it has a range of about one and a half octaves.

You can see and hear me play the very similar Peace Pipe on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuIqxKytsO0&t=3s

Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. Note that some countries may charge taxes and additional postal charges.

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 Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
  •  Popokatea, Handcrafted Al High-C# Penny Whistle
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$34.00

The Popokatea is a delightful handcrafted soprano C# penny whistle made primarily from aluminium. The Popokatea is named after the New Zealand native whitehead bird. It has a quite different tone to the Clarke or Feadog whistles, because of its curved windway lip. This whistle is tough, made from Al with a 1mm wall thickness. The fipple block is wooden, with a sturdy laminated plywood and fiberglass cover, which reduces the amount of condensation compared to whistles with a metal cover.

Features of the Popokatea are:

  • The mouthpiece is my well-proven design with the curved lip giving a distinctive mellow and slightly 'breathy' tone.
  • They feature a small polished bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range is at least two octaves, C#5 to C#7.
  • My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.

Besides the key of C#, the Popokatea whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on D#), in F# major and D#/Eb Minor by half-holing the C, in G# major and F minor (see chart for the G) and of course A#/Bb minor. You can hear a demo of the very similar Mohua on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKb76rwYpE&feature=youtu.be (Cut and paste into your browser)

Instruction sheet included, with chromatic fingering chart. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong.

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Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
  • Pekapeka High-C Wooden Flute
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$36.00

The Pekakpeka is my unique handcrafted wooden soprano-C flute. The Pekapeka is named after the endangered native New Zealand bat. The Pekapeka has a quite different tone compared commercial penny whistles such as the Clarke or Feadog, due to its larger bore, bell shape, larger window and wooden construction.

You can hear demo's of the very similar Draco on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf5BWpxcWDY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4mxgDIr2No (Cut and paste into your browser)

Features of the Pekapeka are:

  • They feature a bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • They have a tapered bore, reducing the overall length a little
  • Each flute is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Fully sealed inside and out to minimize effects of moisture
  • Range is at least two octaves, C5 to B7.

Besides C, the flute can easily be played in Dorian mode (scale starting on D), F major and D minor by half-holing the D tone-hole, G major and E minor (see fingering chart for the F#) and of course Am. Bb major is also possible, requiring half holing or cross fingering of the B tone-hole and half-holing of the E tone-hole. Although simple flutes like the Pekapeka are not intended to be fully chromatic, it is possible to play all 12 semitones, with only a few of them requiring half-holing.

Instruction sheet included, with chromatic fingering chart.

NOTES: * Sorry, photo props are not included. * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees. * Orders are usually shipped within five days and delivery is usually less than two weeks, but may take much longer due to the global pandemic. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 45 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges

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'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
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$32.40

The Mohua is named after the delightful but endangered native bird, AKA the Yellowhead. The Mohua is a soprano C-whistle made primarily from aluminium. It has a quite different tone to the Clarke or Feadog whistles, because of its curved windway lip. This whistle is tough, made from Al with a 1mm wall thickness. The mouthpiece is wooden, with a laminated plywood cover, which reduces the amount of condensation compared to whistles with a metal cover. The copper painted bell is moulded from plastic.

Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, C=523Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, C5 to B6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of C, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on D), in F by half-holing the B and of course Am. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles. Instruction sheet included, they are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong.

Delivery time is typically two weeks or less. Sorry, Yellowhead bird not included :-).

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'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
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$36.00

My take on this ancient instrument, an Ocarina for whistle players.

  • Handcrafted from PVC, very strong
  • Easy to play and fingering just like a penny whistle
  • Key of C Major, range C5 to B5
  • Set-up so 'over-blow' on the B will give the octave C!
  • Compact, only 16cm long
  • Includes a neckstrap and carry bag
  • Shipping only USD10.00

A demo video is here: https://youtu.be/jfKJoWmWKnQ

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Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
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$32.40

The Kakaruia is a charming handcrafted soprano B penny whistle made primarily from aluminium. The Kakaruia is named after the delightful but endangered native black robin. It has a quite different tone to Clarke or Feadog whistles, because of its curved windway lip. The Kakaruia whistle is tough, made from Al with a 1mm wall thickness. The mouthpiece is wooden, with a sturdy laminated plywood and fiberglass cover, which reduces the amount of condensation compared to whistles with a metal cover.

Features of the Kakaruia are:

  • A mouthpiece of my well-proven design with a curved lip giving a mellow and slightly breathy tone.
  • A small polished and laquered bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • Accurate concert pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range of two octaves, B4 to C#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • A userguide with fingering chart included.

A demo of the very similar Mohua whistle is on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKb76rwYpE&feature=youtu.be (cut and paste into your browser)

NB: Sorry, Kakariki and Mohua whistles and black robin bird are not included :-).

NOTES: * These whistles are made to order: are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
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$36.00

The Whio (native blue duck) is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of Bb major. It is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower octave compared to the high octave. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, Bb5 to A7, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of Bb, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on C), in Eb by half-holing the A and of course Gm. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play the G version of this whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

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Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
  • Rifleman, Handcrafted Alto-Bb Tunable Al Penny Whistle
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$57.00

The Rifleman is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of Bb major, the result of all I have learned about whistles and flutes. You can hear me play my song 'Kokako Spring' on the very similar Kokako whistle on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDkNYtDcgw (Cut and paste into your browser)

This instrument is an alto whistle, named after the tiny 6 gram native New Zealand rifleman. The pitch is lower than high D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. The Rifleman whistles are tough, made from anodized aluminum, PVC and wood. They are available in a choice of two finishes, satin or chrome (choose when you check out). They feature:

  • A tuning slide to allow fine tuning about half a semitone each way
  • A small gold-painted bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes.
  • A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive mellow and slightly breathy tone.
  • Accurate pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • A range of at least two octaves, Bb4 to A6
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • A chromatic fingering chart, although not intended as a fully chromatic instrument.

Besides the key of Bb, the Rifleman is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on C), in Eb and Cm by half-holing the A, in F major and D minor ( see chart for the E) and of course Gm.

NOTES: * Sorry, photo props are not included * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
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$36.00

The Shikra is my take on the Ghanaian atenteben, a fully chromatic flute in the key of Bb. Like a recorder, it has a thumb-hole and also needs only two half-holed notes for the full twelve semitones. Unlike a recorder or a penny whistle, its bottom note is the maj 7th (A) and the windway is on the bottom instead of the top. A fingering chart is supplied with the instrument. Atentebens are usually made from bamboo, but my version is from PVC, so it is quite strong. The fipple design is similar to that of my penny whistles and the Shikra also adopts their small bell.

Features:

  • A curved lip like a classical flute giving a distinctive tone.

  • Each Shikra is hand tuned to concert pitch and is even tempered

  • The range of the instrument is just over two octaves, A4 to Bb6

BTW the Shikra is named after a small migratory bird of prey found in Ghana among other places.

Note: My instruments are usually shipped within three business days and delivery is generally within two weeks. Sorry, Shikra bird, guitar and violin not included.

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Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Piwakawaka, Handcrafted Alto-A Tuneable Penny Whistle
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$57.00

The Piwakawaka is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of A major, the result of all I have learned about whistles and flutes. You can hear me play my song 'Kokako Spring' on the very similar Kokako whistle on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTDkNYtDcgw (Cut and paste into your browser)

This instrument is an alto whistle, named after the iconic native New Zealand fantail. The pitch is lower than high D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. The Piwakawaka whistles are tough, made from anodized aluminum, PVC and wood. They are available in a choice of two finishes, satin or chrome (choose when you check out). They feature:

  • A tuning slide to allow fine tuning about half a semitone each way
  • A small gold-painted bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes.
  • A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive mellow and slightly breathy tone.
  • Accurate pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • A range of at least two octaves, A4 to G#6
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • A chromatic fingering chart, although not intended as a fully chromatic instrument.

Besides the key of A, the Piwakawaka is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on B), in D and Bm by half-holing the G#, in E major and C# minor ( see chart for the D#) and of course F#m.

There is a t-shirt featuring the Piwakawaka bird image also available from my Etsy store.

NOTES: * Sorry, t-shirt and photo props are not included * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.

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'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
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$36.00

The Takahe Flutes 'Joni' is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of A major and is named after the incomparable Joni Mitchell. The Joni is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. A is a convenient key for folk music, as A and related keys are relatively easy on the guitar. The Joni is tough, made from PVC. The whistle features a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes compared to the higher ones. The Joni also has a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, A4 to G#5, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of A, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on B), in D by half-holing the G# and of course F#m. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play a very similar whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

NB: Hat and vinyl LP not included sorry!

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Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
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$36.00

A fair bit of work and trial and error went into developing the Bessie and its big sibling the Sonny. The Bessie is a tribute to the incomparable Bessie Smith. The flute plays the basic Blues scale, with some extra notes that are very useful. The coolest feature of the Bessie is that the 7th note is at the bottom, where you’ve wished it would be so often. Ever tried playing ‘Blowin in the Wind’ on a standard whistle?

The standard Blues scale is usually 1, 3, 4, b5, 5, b7, which needs only 5 finger holes. So, the Bessie has an extra hole to get the 2 (a B) and also a thumb hole to get the 6 (an F#). So the scale playable on the Bessie is:

A B C D D# E F# G

There are also a few accidentals that are quite useable as are shown in the fingering chart. And to add to the coolness factor, the tuneable feature allows the head unit to be fitted either way up: normal like a penny whistle, or upside down, like a clarinet.

NOTES: * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
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$36.00

A handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G major. It is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower octave compared to the high octave. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves and maybe a couple of notes higher if you are good! My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. You can see and hear me play this whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

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