The Takahe is a handcrafted tuneable big-bore low penny whistle in the key of C major, and is a mellow yet very expressive instrument. The Takahe has a tuning slide for fine tuning, allowing the pitch to be shifted about 30 cents each way.
You can hear me play a Takahe whistle on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvC6Jua8U24 (Cut and paste into your browser.)
The Takahe is named after a New Zealand native flightless bird thought to be extinct for half a century until rediscovered in a remote mountainous region.
This is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. However the Takahe features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering. With these offsets and use of the 'pipers grip' the Takahe can be played even if you have relatively small hands. NB: The hole offsets can be configured for right or left handed players and you can advise me which version you prefer at checkout.
These whistles are tough, made from PVC and wood with a fibreglass tuning slide. They feature: * A bell like a trumpet which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher ones. * A bore size of 27mm (1.06") making the tone more mellow than smaller bore whistles. * 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. * Carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. * The range of the Takahe is about two and a half octaves, C4 to G6, although some experience is required to make use of the notes in the third octave. * A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.
Besides the key of C, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on D), in F major and D minor by half-holing the top hole (B), in G and E minor (see the chart for the F#) and of course Am.
NOTES: * Instruments are all handmade to order * Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own trees.