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WHISTLE Tin/Penny/Irish CLARKE 'ORIGINAL'
C Black
With gold foiled markings.
PLUS POUCH

Comes with Fingering Chart and instructions.

Having just six holes, it is even simpler than a recorder.

Genuine English Clarke 'Original' Whistle! Considered one of the Best Whistles by experienced players.

UK made and boxed by Clarke Whistles renowned the world over for their quality whistles.

The favourite instrument of distinguished Tin whistle players ever since 1843, this Clarke Tin whistle can be considered the Stradivarius of Tinwhistles.

The instrument is still made of tin plate with a wooden mouthpiece.
Delicate operations still continue to be done by hand and, most importantly, Robert Clarke’s traditional conical bore has been retained to give the instrument its unique sound, called ‘chiff’.

No other Tin whistle has the same degree of ‘chiff’ as a Clarke.

The tone of the Clarke Tin whistle is clear and flute-like, but it is also described as ‘crisp and responsive’ by Bill Ochs, and ‘husky and sensual’ by Mary Bergin.
All these descriptions add up to ‘chiff’ – what Tommy Makem calls ‘The great Clarke tone’. This is what makes a Clarke Tin whistle unique.

The story begins with Robert Clarke, a poor agricultural labourer in the village of Coney Weston, Suffolk, England, who made the first tin whistle in the year 1843. He appreciated it's unique sound compared with the wooden whistles then available, and decided to manufacture the tin whistle, so loaded a barrow with tin plate and tools, walked across England to Manchester with his young son. Along the way, he made whistles and played in markets for cash.

The Tin Whistle was also known as the Penny Whistle because street performers used to get a penny for playing to passers by.

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