Takahe Flutes

What's New?

 New Zealand has been in lock-down since late March due to the COVID‑19 pandemic. The lock-down restrictions have now eased and some postal services have resumed, although delays are expected. I have started shipping flutes and whistles again. I have a bit of a backlog of orders, which I am clearing as quickly as I can. Of course I have no control over the postal services in other countries, so the actual delivery date will be uncertain. 

 

(All prices in US Dollars)

Note: All prices in US Dollars.

 

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'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
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$25.00

A handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G major. It is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower octave compared to the high octave. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves and maybe a couple of notes higher if you are good! My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play this whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

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'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
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$23.00

The Takahe Flutes 'Joni' is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of A major and is named after the incomparable Joni Mitchell. The Joni is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. A is a convenient key for folk music, as A and related keys are relatively easy on the guitar. The Joni is tough, made from PVC. The whistle features a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes compared to the higher ones. The Joni also has a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, A4 to G#5, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of A, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on B), in D by half-holing the G# and of course F#m. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play a very similar whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

NB: Hat and vinyl LP not included sorry!

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'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
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$20.00

The Sigrún was inspired by the bone flutes played by the Vikings. A number of these have been recovered from archaeological sites in Scandinavia and beyond. The Sigrún is made from PVC with a wooden 'fipple' and has three tone holes, so can be played with one hand. The scale is G pentatonic minor, but missing the F (G, Bb, C, D). However, by cupping the bell with your other hand, more notes can be obtained, such as the F. The Sigrún features a ribbon for carrying around your neck, but the cat and helmet are not included, sorry!

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'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
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$21.00

My take on this ancient instrument, an Ocarina for whistle players.

  • Handcrafted from PVC, very strong
  • Easy to play and fingering just like a penny whistle
  • Key of C Major, range C5 to B5
  • Set-up so 'over-blow' on the B will give the octave C!
  • Compact, only 16cm long
  • Includes a neckstrap and carry bag
  • Shipping only USD10.00

A demo video is here: https://youtu.be/jfKJoWmWKnQ

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Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
  • Kereru II, Aluminium Tuneable Low-D Whistle
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$42.00

NEW VERSION The Kereru II (named after a native woodpigeon) is a handcrafted low-whistle in the key of D major. The Kereru II is an octave lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog.

NB: This is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. The Kereru II features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering. With the offsets and use of the 'pipers grip' the Kereru II can be played even if you have relatively small hands. The offsets are configured for the conventional hand position, left hand above right hand. If you play right hand above left, get in touch with me and I can arrange to manufacture a Kereru II with opposite offset.

Features of the Kereru II are:

  • These whistles are tough, made from aluminum. Unlike most Al whistles, the wall thickness is only 1mm, so it is nice and light
  • The mouthpiece is my well-proven PVC and wood design with the curved lip giving a distinctive tone
  • They feature a small copper painted bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range is two octaves, D4 to C#5, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles

Besides the key of D, the Kereru II whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G by half-holing the C# and of course Bm. Instruction sheet included.

Delivery time is typically two weeks or less. Sorry, Kereru bird not included ;-)

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Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
  • Ruru Green, Tuneable PVC Low-D Whistle
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$39.00

The Ruru Green (named after a New Zealand native owl) is a tuneable version of my Ruru, a handcrafted low-D PVC penny whistle in the key of D major. The tuning slide allows for fine tuning the pitch by about 30 cents each way.

These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.

NB: The Ruru Green is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. However, it does feature carefully designed offsets on the tone holes that makes it easier to play for those who play with their right hand below their left. Let me know if you play with left hand below your right and I will custom make a whistle with the opposite offsets - at no extra charge!

The range of the Ruru Green is two octaves, D4 to C#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of D, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G by half-holing the C# and of course Bm. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. A demo of the basic Ruru whistle is on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/john-poletti/low-d-whistle-demo-after-the-goldrush

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Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
  • Kotare Low-D, Tunable Low-D Whistle
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$56.00

The Kotare is a tuneable handcrafted aluminum low penny whistle in the key of D major. The Kotare is an octave lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. It is named after the native New Zealand sacred kingfisher and is a development from my highly regarded Kereru. A demo is on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv13ydDHmrs

NB, This is a big whistle and is not recommended for beginners. However, the Kotare features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering. With the offsets and use of the 'pipers grip' the Kereru can be played even if you have relatively small hands. The hole offsets can be configured for right or left handed players, or with no offsets at all. You can advise me which version you prefer at checkout.

These whistles are tough, made primarily from aluminum, with some parts from wood and PVC. Features of the Kotare are:

  • Unlike many Al whistles, the wall thickness is only 1mm, so it is nice and light.
  • The Kotare is tuneable, about +/- 20 cents.
  • The mouthpiece is my well-proven PVC and wood design with the curved lip giving a distinctive mellow and slightly breathy tone.
  • They feature a small polished and lacquered bell, which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Tone holes are reamed and polished.
  • Includes a thumbrest.
  • Range is two octaves, D4 to C#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape, with no Al exposed to contact the lips of the player.
  • User-guide and fingering chart included.

Besides D, the Kotare can easily be played B minor, in Dorian mode (scale starting on E), in G major and E minor by half-holing the C# hole, and in A major and F# minor by using the fingerings in the chart for a G#.

Sorry, Kotare bird not included ;-)

NOTES: * These whistles are made to order; orders are usually shipped within five business days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges

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Complete Current Catalogue, in Pitch Order, High to Low.

Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
  • Skylark, High G Pentatonic Minor Flute
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$25.00

This little Skylark flute is small enough to fit in a pocket, yet loud enough to demand attention. It can be used for blues, jazz and folk music. Despite having only four tone-holes it can play nine of the twelve semi-tones of the G scale (eight in the high octave). The Skylark features:

  • A sturdy aluminium body, with a wooden fipple assembly.
  • Compact, only 23cm long.
  • Accurately tuned to concert pitch.
  • Sufficient volume to stand out in music groups.

Notes: * Photo props are not included.

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Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
  • Periquito PVC Handcrafted, G Pentatonic Flute
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$20.00

This cute little handcrafted flute is in G pentatonic and can be played with one hand. It is a great gift for someone special! There are countless great songs with only five notes. The flute comes with a fingering chart and the music for 'The Riddle Song' otherwise known as 'I Gave My Love a Cherry'.

BTW, periquito is the Portuguese name for lovebird.

NOTES: * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
  • 'Sigrún' Norwegian Viking Style Flute
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$20.00

The Sigrún was inspired by the bone flutes played by the Vikings. A number of these have been recovered from archaeological sites in Scandinavia and beyond. The Sigrún is made from PVC with a wooden 'fipple' and has three tone holes, so can be played with one hand. The scale is G pentatonic minor, but missing the F (G, Bb, C, D). However, by cupping the bell with your other hand, more notes can be obtained, such as the F. The Sigrún features a ribbon for carrying around your neck, but the cat and helmet are not included, sorry!

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Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
  • Kakariki, Aluminium Soprano D Whistle
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$19.50

The Kakariki (native red-crested parakeet) is a handcrafted high whistle in the key of D Major, similar to the Clarke or Generation D whistles.

Features of the Kakariki are:

  • These whistles are tough, made from aluminum.
  • The mouthpiece is my well-proven design with the curved lip giving a distinctive tone.
  • They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range is two octaves, D5 to C#7, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles.

Besides the key of D, the Kakakriki whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on E), in G major and E Minor by half-holing the C# and of course B Minor. You can hear a demo of the very similar Mohua on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w88XpPOefs0

Instruction sheet included, they are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. Sorry, Kakariki bird not included ;-)

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Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
  • Peace Keeper, Handcrafted North American PVC Flute in Dm Pentatonic, Dual-Chamber
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$29.00

The Takahe Flutes handcrafted 'Peace Keeper', is a PVC North American style dual-chamber flute. Music transcends boundaries. Join the peace movement, buy a 'Peace Keeper'!

This handcrafted PVC flute features: * A clip-on peace symbol totem in native Kauri timber * A small bell/horn to improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave * Decorative ribbon tassels * A comfortable penny-whistle style mouthpiece * Equal tempered and hand tuned to concert pitch

The flute has six holes and is in the key of D minor pentatonic. It is fun to play, has a wonderful haunting tone and like most Native American flutes it has a range of about one and a half octaves.

You can see and hear me play the very similar Peace Pipe on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuIqxKytsO0&t=3s

Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. Note that some countries may charge taxes and additional postal charges.

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'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
  • 'Mohua' Soprano C Aluminium Whistle
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$18.00

The Mohua is named after the delightful but endangered native bird, AKA the Yellowhead. The Mohua is a soprano C-whistle made primarily from aluminium. It has a quite different tone to the Clarke or Feadog whistles, because of its curved windway lip. This whistle is tough, made from Al with a 1mm wall thickness. The mouthpiece is wooden, with a laminated plywood cover, which reduces the amount of condensation compared to whistles with a metal cover. The copper painted bell is moulded from plastic.

Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, C=523Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, C5 to B6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of C, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on D), in F by half-holing the B and of course Am. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles. Instruction sheet included, they are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong.

Delivery time is typically two weeks or less. Sorry, Yellowhead bird not included :-).

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'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
  • 'Bellbird' Ocarina, C Major
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$21.00

My take on this ancient instrument, an Ocarina for whistle players.

  • Handcrafted from PVC, very strong
  • Easy to play and fingering just like a penny whistle
  • Key of C Major, range C5 to B5
  • Set-up so 'over-blow' on the B will give the octave C!
  • Compact, only 16cm long
  • Includes a neckstrap and carry bag
  • Shipping only USD10.00

A demo video is here: https://youtu.be/jfKJoWmWKnQ

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Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
  • Kakaruia High B Penny Whistle
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$19.00

The Kakaruia is a charming handcrafted soprano B penny whistle made primarily from aluminium. The Kakaruia is named after the delightful but endangered native black robin. It has a quite different tone to Clarke or Feadog whistles, because of its curved windway lip. The Kakaruia whistle is tough, made from Al with a 1mm wall thickness. The mouthpiece is wooden, with a sturdy laminated plywood and fiberglass cover, which reduces the amount of condensation compared to whistles with a metal cover.

Features of the Kakaruia are:

  • A mouthpiece of my well-proven design with a curved lip giving a mellow and slightly breathy tone.
  • A small polished and laquered bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave.
  • Accurate concert pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range of two octaves, B4 to C#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to many PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • A userguide with fingering chart included.

A demo of the very similar Mohua whistle is on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKb76rwYpE&feature=youtu.be (cut and paste into your browser)

NB: Sorry, Kakariki and Mohua whistles and black robin bird are not included :-).

NOTES: * These whistles are made to order: are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
  • 'Whio', Takahe Flutes Alto-Bb Whistle
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$23.00

The Whio (native blue duck) is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of Bb major. It is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower octave compared to the high octave. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, Bb5 to A7, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of Bb, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on C), in Eb by half-holing the A and of course Gm. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play the G version of this whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

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Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
  • Shikra, Atenteben Style Chromatic Flute in Bb
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$27.00

The Shikra is my take on the Ghanaian atenteben, a fully chromatic flute in the key of Bb. Like a recorder, it has a thumb-hole and also needs only two half-holed notes for the full twelve semitones. Unlike a recorder or a penny whistle, its bottom note is the maj 7th (A) and the windway is on the bottom instead of the top. A fingering chart is supplied with the instrument. Atentebens are usually made from bamboo, but my version is from PVC, so it is quite strong. The fipple design is similar to that of my penny whistles and the Shikra also adopts their small bell.

Features:

  • A curved lip like a classical flute giving a distinctive tone.

  • Each Shikra is hand tuned to concert pitch and is even tempered

  • The range of the instrument is just over two octaves, A4 to Bb6

BTW the Shikra is named after a small migratory bird of prey found in Ghana among other places.

Note: My instruments are usually shipped within three business days and delivery is generally within two weeks. Sorry, Shikra bird, guitar and violin not included.

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'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
  • 'Joni' Takahe Flutes Alto A Whistle
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$23.00

The Takahe Flutes 'Joni' is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of A major and is named after the incomparable Joni Mitchell. The Joni is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. A is a convenient key for folk music, as A and related keys are relatively easy on the guitar. The Joni is tough, made from PVC. The whistle features a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes compared to the higher ones. The Joni also has a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves, A4 to G#5, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! Besides the key of A, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on B), in D by half-holing the G# and of course F#m. My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play a very similar whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

NB: Hat and vinyl LP not included sorry!

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Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
  • Bessie, a PVC Flute in A for Blues Players
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$37.00

A fair bit of work and trial and error went into developing the Bessie and its big sibling the Sonny. The Bessie is a tribute to the incomparable Bessie Smith. The flute plays the basic Blues scale, with some extra notes that are very useful. The coolest feature of the Bessie is that the 7th note is at the bottom, where you’ve wished it would be so often. Ever tried playing ‘Blowin in the Wind’ on a standard whistle?

The standard Blues scale is usually 1, 3, 4, b5, 5, b7, which needs only 5 finger holes. So, the Bessie has an extra hole to get the 2 (a B) and also a thumb hole to get the 6 (an F#). So the scale playable on the Bessie is:

A B C D D# E F# G

There are also a few accidentals that are quite useable as are shown in the fingering chart. And to add to the coolness factor, the tuneable feature allows the head unit to be fitted either way up: normal like a penny whistle, or upside down, like a clarinet.

NOTES: * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
  • 'Tui', Takahe Flutes Alto-G Whistle
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$25.00

A handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G major. It is an alto whistle, lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature a small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower octave compared to the high octave. They also have a curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a more distinctive tone. Each whistle is carefully hand tuned to concert pitch A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. Range is two octaves and maybe a couple of notes higher if you are good! My whistle has a very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles and all feature the Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand. They are shipped in triangular package which is very strong. You can see and hear me play this whistle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4

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Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Tui Green, Alto-G PVC Tuneable Penny Whistle
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$32.00

The Tui Green is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G major. The 'green' signifies that it has a tuning slide to allow fine tuning about half a semitone each way. The Tui Green is an alto whistle, named after an iconic native New Zealand songbird, and is lower than D whistles like the Clarke or Feadog. These whistles are tough, made from PVC. They feature:

A small bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes. A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive tone. Accurate pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow. A chromed aluminum fine-tuning slide. Range of two octaves, G4 to F#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud! A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles.

They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can hear me play the basic version of this whistle on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad3gQQUCW4. Besides the key of G, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on A), in C and Am by half-holing the F# and of course Em.

NOTES: * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
  • Kokako Chrome, Alto-G Tuneable Penny Whistle
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$55.00

The Kokako is a handcrafted penny whistle in the key of G major, the result of all I have learned about whistles and flutes. This instrument is an alto whistle, named after a rare and endangered native New Zealand bird. The Kokako features a tuning slide to allow fine tuning about half a semitone each way. These whistles are tough, made from chromed aluminum and PVC. They feature:

  • A small gold painted bell/horn which helps improve the volume of the lower notes of each octave compared to the higher notes.
  • A curved lip against which the air is directed like a classical flute, rather than a straight one, giving a distinctive tone.
  • Accurate pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range of two octaves, G4 to F#6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • A chromatic fingering chart, although not intended as a fully chromatic instrument.

They are shipped in a triangular package which is very strong. You can hear me play the Kokako whistle on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt6tBfP1rYQ

Besides the key of G, the whistle is easily played in Dorian mode (the scale starting on A), in C and Am by half-holing the F# and of course Em.

NOTES: * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. An upgrade to tracked courier is available on request. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
  • Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
  • Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
  • Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
  • Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
  • Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
  • Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
  • Peace Pipe, North American Indian Style Flute
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$27.00

Thee Takahe Flutes 'Peace Pipe', is a Native American style two-chamber flute. It features a Takahe totem in recycled native Tawa timber, small bell/horn, decorative tassels and comfortable mouthpiece. The flute has six holes and is in the key of G pentatonic minor. It has a wonderful haunting tone and unlike most Native American flutes it has a full two-octave range. You can hear this wonderful instrument in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuIqxKytsO0&t=2s

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'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
  • 'Aroha' Unique New Ethnic Flute (G and C)
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$29.00

New Product The Aroha was inspired by the traditional Maori flutes that were played before the arrival of Europeans in New Zealand. Aroha is the Maori word for love and you could certainly play this flute for romantic purposes! The design of the Aroha is based on my North American style flute, and it uses the G Pentatonic minor scale. By the ingenious addition of an extra note the Aroha will also play the C Pentatonic minor scale. Furthermore several tritonic and tetratonic scales are available some of which include an evocative sounding semitone. Because of the two-chamber design and unique fingering the Aroha can be used for many traditional musical styles, such as American Indian, Maori, Andean, Inuit, African, Indian and Russian. The Aroha flute features a Takahe totem in recycled native Tawa timber, a small bell/horn, decorative tassels in traditional Maori colours and a comfortable mouthpiece, with a stylized Maori tatoo (moko). The Aroha sounds very similar to the instrument in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuIqxKytsO0&t=2s

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Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
  • Bluebird Four-Hole Flute in Gm Pentatonic
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$25.00

The Bluebird is a handcrafted alto flute (penny whistle) in the key of G minor pentatonic (four holes). The scale is the one used by native american flutes and works well for native american music, plus some blues, jazz and rock styles.

The Bluebird features carefully offset tone holes to simplify fingering for small hands, made easier still by using the first and third finger of each hand. With these offsets the Bluebird can be played by beginners and children (aged about 10+). NB, the offsets are configured for the conventional hand position, left hand above right hand. If you play right hand above left, get in touch with me and I can arrange to manufacture a Bluebird with opposite offsets.

These flutes are tough, made from PVC. They feature:

  • A small bell/horn 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 tone.
  • Accurate concert pitch, carefully hand tuned to A=440Hz, within the limits of variable air temperature and how hard you blow.
  • Range of two octaves, G4 to F6, and maybe a couple of notes higher although they are rather loud!
  • Offset holes to make it easier to play, but will still be difficult if you have small hands.
  • A very comfortable mouthpiece shape compared to most PVC or aluminium whistles.
  • Takahe emblem of my Takahe Flutes brand.
  • Shipped in a triangular package which is very strong.

NOTES: * Guitar not included * Orders are usually shipped within three days and delivery is typically less than two weeks. * My standard shipping method is via untracked international airmail. * If an order has not arrived within 30 days of shipping notification, contact me and I will post another. * Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further postal charges.

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Areta, Suling Style Gamelan Flute in G (Pelog)
  • Areta, Suling Style Gamelan Flute in G (Pelog)
  • Areta, Suling Style Gamelan Flute in G (Pelog)
  • Areta, Suling Style Gamelan Flute in G (Pelog)
  • Areta, Suling Style Gamelan Flute in G (Pelog)
  • Areta, Suling Style Gamelan Flute in G (Pelog)
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$27.00

The Areta is based on the Indonesian suling instrument as played in gamelan orchestras. The Areta has been designed to approximate the gamelan scales, but to be in tune with equal tempered instruments such as the piano.

The pelog scale has seven tones. For the Areta in G, the seven notes are G, G#, A#, C#, D, D#, F. The pelog Areta has these seven tones, but the tone holes are not all actually reachable! In practice, Indonesian musicians generally choose five of the seven available notes. The most common subsets are named bem and barung. Pelog bem skips tone holes three and seven, whilst pelog barung skips holes one and four. To change between scales, the Areta features a clip that can be used to block one of the tone holes, either three or four. The other hole is skipped by being always closed by the appropriate finger.

The Areta approximates this suling design by having a wooden disc fitted at the mouthpiece, with the PVC cut away for the windway. A PVC clip simulates the rattan ring and is held firmly in place with small rubber bands such as loom bands or hair bands. Spare bands are provided with the Areta.

Note: One photo shows both versions of the Areta. This listing is for the Pelog version.

Note: My instruments are usually shipped within three business days and delivery is generally within two weeks.

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Areta, Suling Style Ring Flute in G (Slendro)
  • Areta, Suling Style Ring Flute in G (Slendro)
  • Areta, Suling Style Ring Flute in G (Slendro)
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$27.00

The Areta is based on the Indonesian suling instrument as played in gamelan orchestras. The Areta has been designed to approximate the gamelan scales, but to be in tune with equal tempered instruments such as the piano.

The slendro scale has five tones. For the Areta in G, the five notes are G, A, C, D, E. Since the Areta is equal tempered it can be used to play a surprising range of western music. For example note that the slendro scale is a version of the A minor pentatonic scale. Consequently, the Areta can be used to play the blues, with the advantage of having a seventh note available below the tonic. It also has the correct notes for some Celtic music, for example ‘Mull of Kintyre’!

The Areta approximates the suling's bamboo and rattan construction by having a wooden disc fitted at the mouthpiece, with the PVC cut away for the windway. A PVC clip simulates the rattan ring and is held firmly in place with small rubber bands such as loom bands or hair bands. Spare bands are provided with your Areta. The position of the clip can be adjusted slightly to alter the tone of your Areta.

Note: One photo shows both versions of the Areta. This listing is for the Slendro version.

Note: My instruments are usually shipped within three business days and delivery is generally within two weeks.

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