The Ruru SP is a special edition of my standard Ruru low-D whistle. Beside special, the SP stands for Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. This St Patrick special edition has some additional features as follows:
First it has a tuning slide giving a small range of fine tuning. In particular, it can be tuned down to 432 Hz if need be. Furthermore, accuracy of intonation at 432 Hz is maintained by using the lower connection to tune the bell note and the E. About 6mm extra extension on the main slide and 3mm on the lower slide will do the trick.
Second, the bell and end of the head unit are painted an Irish green with a gold pinstripe .
Third, the mouthpiece is based on the design used for the Kotare aluminium whistle, with a stronger fipple cap than the standard Ruru.
Finally, the Ruru SP features a thumbhole to obtain the flat seventh (C instead of C#). Many players find this very useful to get a good sounding note without half-holing or cross-fingering.
You can hear me play a cover of Hebridean Dream by the Tannahill Weavers
on a Ruru SP on YouTube here:
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Besides the above special features, the standard features of the Ruru include these: • A small bell which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher ones. • A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive mellow and slightly 'breathy' tone. • An aluminium 'transport' joint that allows the bell section to be rotated. This feature allows the optimum offset on the lowest hole (E) to be obtained for any player, left or right handed. • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. • The range is at least two octaves, D4 to C#6. • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.
NOTES: • Instruments are all handmade to order • Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.