Chieftain Low D V4 Whistle
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- Chieftain low D whistle, V4 - new V4 model.
- Alloy instrument with rounded mouthpiece. Superb clear sound.
- Closer hole spacing makes the chieftain whistles easier for those with smaller hands.
- Easy blow mouthpiece.
- The most popular alloy whistle, UK Designed and made.
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Chieftain Low D Whistle, V4 - New V4 model. Alloy instrument with rounded mouthpiece. Superb clear sound. A market leading alloy low D whistle with rounded mouthpiece and a warm, rich tone. These are very popular, as they are appeal to low whistle players of all standards. They are easy to play, ideal for those new to low whistles, but they are professional-grade instruments and are used on stage by many leading players. Hieftain is the brand name of a line of whistles manufactured by Phil Hardy of Kerry Whistles. They are easy to finger as the bottom hole is designed at a comfortable stretch. This whistle is very easy to blow in the first octave and has good back pressure, they produce a superb clear sound comparable to more expensive low whistles. Made by Chieftain Whistles.
Chieftain Low D Whistle V4 New V4 model Alloy instrument with rounded mouthpiecel
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Honestly at this point, i like the Dixon MUCH better. It has an incredible warm tone - very flute-like. it can be played quite softly. it reaches the second octave easily except the high B ... and that's probably just because of my inexperience. And it's physically warm. it never feels cold and hard.
The Chieftan, as i heard in one of the reviews, does need to be physically warmed up. with the Dixon i can just pick it up and start playing. With the chieftan, i need to hold it in my hands, sit on it, put it next to the fire or prepare it in some manner before using it.
I also know why some metal whistles come with plastic/composite fipples (mouthpiece). the aluminum mouthpiece always feels cold.
However, i have a feeling that i will get to like it as i use it. i've managed to get some very nice sounds from it and certainly it's received very good reviews in other sites, and there are a number of very good youtube demonstrations. the construction is also very nice. it looks good and has a nice solid feel(but cold!).
These are my initial reactions. I'm by no means an experienced player. But i think i would have appreciated seeing something like this before i bought it ... especially the bit about how cold it always feels.
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There are other whistles out there that are better (Goldie and MK are on my wish list) but they are hand made and more expensive. I might have bought an MK Kelpie low D if I'd known about it, but to give this whistle only one star is not fair, in my opinion. It's a good whistle.
Update: Whistle is back. The C# does seem to be improved. The whistle was polished up. The top end does is still a little touchy about how it's blown. Sometimes it seems sharp, other times it seems okay. Still not perfect, but serviceable. I did get an MK pro low D. I find it to be similar to the Chieftain, but the tone is more powerful and crisper, while the Chieftain is a softer whistle (both in volume and tone). The Chieftain is much breathier. The MK's tone reminds me of dry leaves, while the Chieftain evokes more of a wind whistling through caves type of feel, if that helps at all.
I take the Chieftain to school and play it in the stairwell, where it sounds great still. The MK was too loud. The MK would be a great session whistle due to its volume, but the top end gets harsh around the A and B, although in tune. Tuning seems better on the MK.