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"Down by the Sally Gardens" - on Mellow Dog Pennywhistle

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Published on Dec 25, 2008

I just got this Jerry Freeman Tweaked Mellow Dog Pennywhistle. Freeman takes $10.00 whistles, mixes and matches parts, and reworks the fingertubes and mouthpieces. This whistle was constructed with a Walton Mellow D tube with a bit of extra brass added on the end, and combined with a mouthpiece from a Feadog C whistle, because the Walton D has a wider bore than the Feadog D. This "tweaked" whistle sells for $36.50. Freeman has many other models, some are cheaper than this one, but none cost more. This whistle is challenging for a beginner like myself. It requires noticeably more air than the Clarke Sweetone I've been using, and at first it is hard not to get a train whistle sound while hitting the upper D and E notes. It's a more comfortable whistle to hold than the Clarke, cuz there's no seam on the back, and because of the wider bore. My fingers cramp quicker playing the Clarke, but to sound good on this one is going to take more practice. I'll be playing this one more often, because I can practice longer without discomfort.

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