We offer a choice of two whistles with our learn-to-play tin
whistle kits: the Clarke "original" tin whistle (right) and
the Clarke Celtic Sweetone whistle (left). Both come from the
Clarke Tin Whistle Company, founded in England in 1843.
The Clarke original is based on the traditional design of company
founder Robert Clarke. This instrument is made of rolled tinplate
with a wooden end or "fipple" plug. The Celtic Sweetone whistle
also has a tinplate body, but features a molded plastic mouthpiece
designed by renowned American whistle maker Michael Copeland.
The Celtic Sweetone whistle has a clear upper register and
generally requires less air to blow than the standard Clarke
original. As such the Sweetone is a good choice for beginning
whistlers. The Clarke original has a robust, flutey tone but
requires more air than the Sweetone. The Clarke original is
more suitable for an experienced wind instrument player or an
experienced tin whistler.
D is the standard key for most group playing and is also compatible
with the Clarke instruction CD. The Clarke original C whistle
is not compatible with the instruction CD but may be used with
the Clarke instruction cassette in C.
Clarke Tin Whistle Book & CD Complete