Pennywhistles and Tabor Pipes
The pennywhistle (named after it's cost), is a 6 hole
fipple (the part that makes the tone) flute, dating back to prehistoric
times. It became popular in Celtic music because it was cheap (compared
to other instruments), portable, practically indestructible, and easy to
play. Attributes that are still true today.
Tabor Pipes, also fipple flutes, have 3 holes and a limited
musical range. Popular in Medieval times, they were played along with a
drum called the tabor (hence the name), generally by the same person. The
illustration is a period picture of a Tabor player. Tabor pipes are still
popular for Medieval/ Renaissance music.
Clarke has been making pennywhistles since 1843 in the
traditional way with a wood block fipple in the air channel (which gives
it a "breathier," mellower sound) and a tapered rolled tin body. Available
in the keys of "C" or "D," with either the original tin finish (silver)
or fancy black finish with gold trim.
Your choice of finish and key: $15 each.
This is a new pennywhistle that is being manufactured
by Clarke. With a plastic mouthpiece designed by Michael Copeland (the
reknowned Irish flutemaker) combined with the traditional Clarke conical
body, it combines the ease of playing a palstic mouthpiece with the tone
of the traditional Clarke. It is a great pennywhistle.
Available in "C" or "D" and a body in black, white,
green, red, blue.
Your choice of key and color: $10.00. (Please give
an alternate color as the one you want may not be available).
Made in Ireland, plastic mouthpiece, brass body, Key of
GENERATION PENNYWHISTLES AND TABOR PIPES
Generation whistles and pipes have a color plastic mouthpiece/
fipple resulting in a sharper tone and is somewhat tunable since the mouthpiece
can slide a little (some players dip the head into hot water to loosen
the mouthpiece- only do it if needed, and not every time. I only pass this
information along and I don't endorse it- if you try it, it is at your
risk!). They have a cylindrical body and come in brass or nickel-plated
finish. Available in the listed keys.
"Bb," "C ," "D," $10.00
"Eb," "F," "G."
1 of each key
Tabor Pipes in "D" only $10.00 $12.00
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