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Ralph Sweet, Adler, and others, provide us with this rich array of fine hand crafted wooden fifes and penny whistles.
 Fifes
 

Our New Professional Model Pennywhistle and Fife


Our best pennywhistle is now available, machined in black plastic. Developed over the past several months, these new whistles take the old proven design of the Pro to a new level of playability, with the easy care and durability of a polymer. Our intent: to ensure more consistent voicing and to blend the sweetness of the ProMellow version with the presence of the ProPlus (in plastic, there will be one model with a 15/32” bore). As always, the response is balanced, transitions are smooth and stable, and the tone is quite resonant. There’s good “chiff” for that classic pennywhistle sound.

Construction is a little different: The joint slides on a replaceable o-ring inside the head for easy tuning. Beautifully laser engraved on a slimmer head. All plastic parts (fifes, trios, separates) are interchangeable in matching material:black polycarbonate or acetal, both FDA approved and hypoallergenic. Sorry, but these won’t fit the laminated or blackwood pieces.

Just as before, the curved windway reduces clogging,while the tapered bore in the body gives accurate octaves and tuning on A=440. Same ergonomic hole spacing. O-rings on the outside of the tenon serve as tuning spacers.

A “Trio” is a three-piece set containing one body, one whistle head and one fife head.  With this set, you can play either way.

Our new Plastic Professional Model Pennywhistles * Fifes in the key of D; the WD Sweet Model:

  Professional Model Folk Fife

Professional Fife

Made of African Blackwood, using the same body as our Professional D Whistle, with a new embouchure and internal cork joint. This fife has avery strong pleasing tone quality while giving more control over the highest notes in the second octave.  A Professional whistle head is now available separately (below).
African Blackwood Fife in D:  $215.
African Blackwood Fife in C:  $235.



case
CASE FOR PROFESSIONAL FIFES  $18.00
These Fifes,  which have a cork joint lining,  should be stored DISASSEMBLED. The case will hold a whistle,   a swab,  and a tube of cork grease.
 
  



 
Separate Whistle Head
interchangeable with professional fife body

Whistle Head for Fife

3 Piece Trio (fife head, fife body, with mellow whistle head) in D in Blackwood   $350.
3 Piece Trio (fife head, fife body, with plus whistle head) in D in Blackwood  $350.

 Case For "TRIOS"    $18.
Similar to regular whistle/fife case but with 3 pockets.
Includes cork grease and cleaning brush 


Traditional fifes





French Fife
Especially for French re-enactment groups,  the design for our new French model fife was taken from measurements of a Napoleonic Era fife in a private collection in Paris,  then slightly "tweaked"  for the 20th century ear.   This fife is ideal for a late 18th/early 19th century European impression.  Key of D with the intent of playing in the 2nd and 3rd registers,  as were all historic fifes.  Blackwood with brass ferrules.   African Blackwood  $125.00
    Rosewood $110.00




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 Colonial Fife

                Bb Colonial Fife: Plays exactly like "Cloos" model "L" below, but with authentic Revolutionary styling!   Based on a Klemm fife at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; holes sized and spaced for accurate intonation. An authentic Revolutionary period fife, with brass ferrules and high, bright, tone, but in Bb, the most popular key today in reenactments, Fife & Drum Corps, etc.
               Rosewood.  $115.00
               Maple.  $75.00
               African Blackwood (Grenadilla).  $135.00

<>               C Colonial Fife: Plays exactly like "Cloos" model below, but with authentic Revolutionary styling!   Based on a Klemm fife at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; holes sized and spaced for accurate intonation. An authentic Revolutionary period fife, with brass ferrules and high, bright, tone.
Note: this was the most common pitch at that period. However, today, fifes in Bb are the most common.

               Rosewood.  $115.00

               Maple.  $75.00

           
Cloos model Fife 


                "Cloos" Reproduction in Bb: our most popular fife, with nickel-silver ferrules and especially easy 3rd register.  This is the most traditional drum-corps fife, authentic for the Civil War period.
               Rosewood.  $120.00
               African Blackwood (Grenadilla).  $140.00
                Maple. $65


Model M-1 Fife, Blackwood


Model M-1 Fife, Rosewood

               M-1 Model Fife
Good low register, easy 3rd register to high "B" or even D4! Good for Fife & Drum corps, Irish, and Contra Dance music. NIckel-plated brass rings. Two piece, tuneable.
               Rosewood.  $175.00
                   African Blackwood $195.00

             

Model M-2 Fife

               M-2 Model Fife
Same basic design as the M-1 model, but larger bore to get even stronger low register for harmony parts. Great for Irish and Contra Dance music. Will reach high B in 3rd octave
               Rosewood.  $175.00
               Blackwood.  $195.00
 
 

 Renaissance Fifes
 
 

S - Renaissance Fife:  Simple, straight-bore styling with good intonation; plays easily in D, G, and A; and with cross-fingering, in other keys, One-piece construction, pitched in D; in Maple, sometimes other woods.  Keep in the car!  Start kids on this!  $50.00
 


Folk fifes


               Known as "Band Flutes" in England and Ireland, these fifes are especially suited for play Irish and other folk music in bands and sessions, with their strong, easy blowing low register.  Their conical bore has been designed for perfect intonation and delightful tone quality.

               
                "C" Fifes 
are now only available in the "professional" models African Blackwood
                   Rosewood $135
                    Walnut $120
       

              "A" Fifes - Good for certain tunes in "A" which do not fit nicely the range of the "D" fifes and flutes, such as "Miller's Reel", "Big John McNeil" and "Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Boston".
               Rosewood.  $155.00
               Walnut.  $125.00
               African Blackwood.  $195.00

               "G" Fifes
               Rosewood.  $175.00
               African Blackwood.  $225.00

               All of the above fifes are styled similarly, with larger bore, correct hole spacing as size increases.

                "F" Fifes:  Similar to Flutes E and F under "Irish Flutes", with Sterling silver rings in rosewood, sometimes available  in maple.  Fine for harmony with Bb fifes!
               Rosewood.  $250.00
               African Blackwood.  $325.00


Camp Fife
One-piece D fife at A-440 in Rosewood with brass ferrules.  This is ideal for playing mainly in D or G with other instruments - banjos, fiddles, guitars - around the campfire after a day of hiking or re-enacting.  Similar to our Renaissance fife,  but with excellent octave registration.   Very easy, strong low and middle octaves. 
Rosewood  $110.00, Blackwood $125.00

 

See special whistle/fife sets above


              


  case

Cloth case, Cleaning rod, and cork grease for D Whistles or D Fifes  $24.00
These whistles,  which have a cork joint lining,  should be stored DISASSEMBLED.
The case will hold a whistle, a swab, and a tube of cork grease.




Whistles

               Variously known as whistles, pennywhistles, or flageolets (in France and Quebec), our Sweetheart whistles have a fuller, mellower tone than tin whistles, with a range of two octaves from D to high D and beyond, with perfect intonation.

Our New High D Whistle



Our new high D whistles in solid rosewood and blackwood,  to replace our laminated
wood whistles, are now ready.  The two brass rings reinforce the socket and  the foot end;
 the O-rings are for tuning. The joint is sealed with internal cork.
High D Whistle Rosewood $250.00
High D Whistle Blackwood $325.00
High D whistle/fife trio Rosewood $310.00
High D whistle/fife trio Blackwood $395.00



C Whistles in Solid Wood
SweetHeart C Whistle

  New model C whistle of solid  blackwood and rosewood
with two brass rings, to reinforce the socket and foot end.
(top) New Model C Whistle Blackwood $350.00 with fife head (trio) $425.00
New Model C Whistle Rosewood $275.00 with fife head (trio) $330.00


Our New Professional Model Pennywhistle and Fife


Our best pennywhistle is now available, machined in black plastic. Developed over the past several months, these new whistles take the old proven design of the Pro to a new level of playability, with the easy care and durability of a polymer. Our intent: to ensure more consistent voicing and to blend the sweetness of the ProMellow version with the presence of the ProPlus (in plastic, there will be one model with a 15/32” bore). As always, the response is balanced, transitions are smooth and stable, and the tone is quite resonant. There’s good “chiff” for that classic pennywhistle sound.

Construction is a little different: The joint slides on a replaceable o-ring inside the head for easy tuning. Beautifully laser engraved on a slimmer head. All plastic parts (fifes, trios, separates) are interchangeable in matching material:black polycarbonate or acetal, both FDA approved and hypoallergenic. Sorry, but these won’t fit the laminated or blackwood pieces.

Just as before, the curved windway reduces clogging,while the tapered bore in the body gives accurate octaves and tuning on A=440. Same ergonomic hole spacing. O-rings on the outside of the tenon serve as tuning spacers.

A “Trio” is a three-piece set containing one body, one whistle head and one fife head.  With this set, you can play either way.

Our new Plastic Professional Model Pennywhistles * Fifes in the key of D; the WD Sweet Model:



Case For "TRIOS"    $18.

Similar to regular whistle/fife case but with 3 pockets.
Includes cork grease and cleaning brush 

 

New! “Resonance” Model Low D Pennywhistle

The new “Resonance” Model Pennywhistle finally combines traditional whistling with that classic,
wooden-flute tone that’s rich in harmonics. For the best performance, it has a conical bore and
undercut finger holes. The windway is curved to reduce clogging.. Holes #3 and #6 are offset
to shorten the reach and make this whistle more comfortable to hold than most other whistles.
A=440, great intonation with good resonance to low D, while being gentle and clear in the
2nd register. Medium-sized holes, laser engraving, internal cork at the joint, and adjustable
 thumb rest. Two years in the making, designed by Walt Sweet.

Perfect for Irish Music. Suitable for beginner and expert alike.

Blackwood models are now in stock.   Rosewood models may have a waiting list. Has a beautiful,
long-lasting, low-maintenance finish (like its little brother, the Professional Model Pennywhistle in High D).

In the future, we plan to offer a “Sideblowing Adaptor”: Made of PVC, it slips on/off the end of the whistle
 head so you can play the instrument while holding it as a flute. This position shortens the effective reach for even greater comfort.

Left-hand or zero-offset fingerholes are available on special order.

Rosewood /Easy Reach $420.00
Blackwood/Easy Reach $525.00
Rosewood/Piper's Grip $420.00
Blackwood/Piper's Grip $525.00

Piper's Grip


top:  Easy Reach orginal
bottom:  Piper's Grip




NEW!
"Piper's Grip" model for players already using this grip on flutes and whistles.
All holes are in a straight line, and the last hole is placed farther down the tube, at the same time increasing its size so that the low E note is stronger and clearer.
The original "Easy Reach" model has the 3rd and 6th holes offset, and the last hole brought up farther so that people with small hands can easily play it.

Padded Low Whistle Case


Padded Case
Heavily padded Nylon with Velcro   $44.

 


Killourhy Model Whistles

Killoury Irish Keyed Whistle

                                                                                                                                    Killourhy Keyed Whistles 1 Key, 2 Keyed, 3 Keyed

Finally: The curved windway and conical foot joint of the Professional Model whistle in African blackwood with 2 sterling silver rings.The model has a single key for G#.
Named for John Killourhy, a 90 year old whistle player from Lahinch, Co. Clare. You will see him playing at the Willie Clancy Summer School, playing and wearing a hat!

Killourhy One Key Model  with G# key
African Blackwood $425.00 

Two Key Model  (G# and D#)  enables you to play in “E” such tunes as Marcel Martin, and My Mother’s Eye Glowerin’ O’er Me,  in E minor , Champion,  and many other tunes in E major AND  minor.   

Killourhy 2-Key Whistle African Blackwood  $525.00

Three keys (G#,  D#,  and F natural)  will let you play  “Welcome to Cork”,  “Golden Wedding Reel”   and  other tunes with that accidental F natural. 

Killourhy 3-Key Whistle in African Blackwood $600.00





AdlerDWhistle
We offer high quality Adler, German made whistles, in D, Painted Black maple hardwood.

Available in Gold and  Turquoise
Includes cloth bag.
    $68.  reduced special price $49.00

These are high quality instruments from an internationally respected maker.  
Adler Recorders and Chalumeau (wooden clarinets,) are also available.  Photos and details soon available.



Silvetta Maple Whistle D
made in Germany
includes bag
$50




           
 

case

Cloth case, Cleaning rod, and cork grease for D Whistles or D Fifes  $24.00
These whistles,  which have a cork joint lining,  should be stored DISASSEMBLED.
The case will hold a whistle, a swab, and a tube of cork grease.

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