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Chieftain Low D V4 Whistle

by Chieftain Whistles
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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 V4 Whistle + The Low Whistle Book
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Technical Details
Item Weight200 g
Product Dimensions60.4 x 3.4 x 2.6 cm
Item model numberCH130D
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 8,588 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight200 g
Date First Available4 Sep 2007
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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.

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Chieftain low D Whistle, V4
New V4 model. Alloy instrument with rounded mouthpiece. Superb clear sound.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 4 Feb 2013
By tim
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As a beginner, I didn't expect to master the instrument quickly. After some practice, I could play even the low notes with a piper's grip. A durable and beautiful instrument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chieftain Low D V3 8 Nov 2013
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Have played this for a while now. It has a fantastic sound and it's comfortable to play when you first learn the grip. Compared to the "Dixon one piece low whistle" you have to blow just a tiny bit harder but in my opinion it sounds much nicer once you get used to it. It also made it easier to keep control of which octave I played. With this I mean that since I found that the air flows easier through the Dixon, it didn't take much to reach the higher octave (sometimes, without me wanting to).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It needs warming up! 27 Jun 2013
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I did a lot of searching around before i decided to buy this. There are a lot of low whistle comparisons on youtube which are very useful, but of course cannot convey everything about a whistle. I can't either, other than to give my opinion....which is subject to change because i've only had a few days with this. I do have a basis of comparison though because about four months ago i bought a Dixon low D.

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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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, breathy whistle. Phil Hardy stands behind his products. 12 Jan 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I've owned this whistle for nearly a year now. It has a nice tone and looks good. My only complaint is that the C sharp is flat unless blown harder than I'd like, and the top end B is noticeably sharp unless I shade it with my finger. However, Phil Hardy (the maker) actually reached out to me to offer to fix the whistle, and I plan to send it to him soon.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars a great whistle at a great price 23 Nov 2013
By lee limperis - Published on Amazon.com
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The low Chieftain whistles have had very good tone and response with just the right amount of chiff. This low D is sweet.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the price 15 Mar 2013
By roam the world - Published on Amazon.com
I had a Dixon Low D whistle before , that one is plastic , the Chieftain one is more solid and feels much better .
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disapointed 7 Jan 2013
By Scott Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
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Plays like a flute that popped its spring. I got a plastic Dixon at half the price that sounds 1000 times better. I will never buy another Chieftain as long as I live.
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