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Takahe Flutes

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The Kahu (Australasian Swamp Harrier) is a handcrafted low-whistle in the key of C major, based on my very popular Kakapo. The Kahu is an octave lower than C whistles like the Clarke or Generation, its bottom note corresponding to 'middle C' on a piano.

NB: This is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. The Kahu features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering. With the offsets and use of the 'pipers grip' the Kahu can be played even if you have relatively small hands. The offsets on the tone holes 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 Kahu with opposite offsets. Note also that I sell a tone-hole key to make the D hole easier to reach, also listed on TradeMe.

Features of the Kahu are as follows:

* Tough, made from aluminum and PVC.
* The wall thickness is only 1mm, so it is nice and light
* The Kahu is tuneable +/- about 30 cents.
* Mouthpiece is my well-proven PVC and wood design with curved lip giving a distinctive tone
* A small gold painted molded plastic bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave
* Carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
* Range is two octaves, C4 to D#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
* My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles
* Each whistle features the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand.

Besides the key of C, the Kahu whistle is easily played in dorian mode (the scale starting on D), in F by half-holing the B and of course Am. Instruction sheet included, they are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can watch a demo of the whistle on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afl9fjTSwak

The tone hole key is extra, not included in this listing. Sorry, Kahu bird not included ;-) Please click here to ask a question
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