Clarke CWD Celtic Tin Whistle, Key of D
- 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.
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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Clarke SBDC Pennywhistle Boxed, Key of D
The other is an Oak tin whistle with a plastic fipple and a cylindrical brass body:
Oak Pennywhistle In D (Oak Classic Pennywhistles)
The Clarke Celtic has a plastic fipple (like the Oak) and a conical tin body (like the Clarke original). The plastic fipple can be moved up or down the body enough to tune the whistle very accurately. I use the PitchLab Guitar Tuner Pro app on my Android phone to check my pitch when I practice.
The wooden block in the fipple of the Clarke original gives it a warm, breathy, flute-like tone that I really like. In contrast, the Oak has a bright, clear tone and is not breathy at all. The tone of the Clarke Celtic lies in between the other two; it's breathy like the Clarke original, but not flute-like.
I like the Clarke original tone for its warmth and the Oak tone for its clarity. Played without vibrato, the Clarke Celtic tone is not as pleasing to me as the Clarke original or the Oak. Played with some vibrato, the Clarke Celtic begins to take on a beautiful tone quality that sounds more musical.
I bought the Clarke Celtic to find out what gives the Clarke original its warm, pleasing, flute-like tone. Both Clarke whistles have a conical tin body, and both sound breathy, but the wooden block in the Clarke original makes a noticeable difference in warming up the tone. It's a combination of the wood and the conical body that creates the magic of the Clarke original. The plastic fipple on the Clarke Celtic just doesn't create the same warmth. That's why I gave this whistle four stars and the other two whistles five stars.
In summary, if you want warm, breathy, flute-like tone that's a real pleasure to hear, I recommend the Clarke original. If you want bright, clear tone with no breath in the sound, I recommend the Oak. If you want tone that's a blend of breathy and bright, the Clarke Celtic is for you!
Perhaps an intermediate or advanced player could play them both equally as well.
I have noticed that the Clark tube is much smaller and the in addition, the tube circumference gets smaller from top to bottom. The Freeman tube is the same circumference (and wider) all along. Of course since they are both in the same key, the lengths are identical.
Both mouthpieces are plastic with openings on the top in the same spot, though the Freeman mouth piece is longer.
I would recommend the more expensive Freeman over this one for beginners and those starting out.