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on 2 March 2010
I have about 40 tin whistles of various kinds, including several other models by Tony Dixon, the man responsible for this "Trad" model.

This is a simple brass whistle in the key of D. It has a moveable, thus tunable, plastic head. It looks neat, slightly different from the usual Generation and Feadog style plastic-headed models.

I am extremely pleased with the Dixon Trad. It is a very easy player, taking a modest amount of air. It is controllable and responsive. Shifting between octaves is easy and the sound in both high and low registers is sweet and clear, but with some character.

It is not a very loud whistle. Possibly similar or slightly lower in volume to a Generation D. That said, neither is it too quiet for performance. I play mine in a pub ballad session and it gets the job done quite adequately.

A very nice whistle. Well worth the price.
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on 17 September 2010
I've been learning the whistle for about a year, struggling with generations and clarkes. I wish I'd tried the Dixon earlier. The sound quality is far more reliable than a generation (which, if the sound's good at all to begin with, will often deteriorate quickly as the mouthpiece gets clogged), and the lower octave and cross-fingered middle C are a lot stronger than on the clarke sweetone, giving a better baslance between the higher and lower notes. It's also incredibly easy to blow; on the generation in particular hitting the high notes without a horrible squawk is quite a skill to learn, whereas on the Dixon it comes easily.

The only whistle I'd recommend for someone playing the tin whistle for the first time.
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on 12 November 2013
I have not been playing the tin whistle long. I got it simply to have fun with and to give me something light-hearted and fun to work on outside of my job. This certainly fits the bill and then some. In terms of £/hour of amusement, this has been a fantastic buy.

I started my whistling interest with a blue-headed Generation D. Whilst I can't fault it for 'giving me the bug', I, like many others found it to have an inconsistent tone. It sounded hollow and a bit 'hooty' in the lower register with a shrill squeaky tone in the upper register. To accompany the idiosyncratic tone, the brittle head soon cracked and broke, imparting an unwelcome fizzing/buzzing noise to the already sub-melodious character of the instrument.

After much searching, I discovered consistently good feedback on all of Tony Dixon's instruments.Tempting though the more expensive offerings were, the simple, beguiling brass whistle in D seemed a logical progression from the somewhat disappointing Generation.

I wondered how different a pipe with a few holes in could sound, very was the answer. The tone is sweet, even and melodious throughout the range. You can even get a little way into the third octave with an increased puff, widening the range of music you can attempt to learn. The higher notes are very well defined indeed. They do not screech, squawk or howl; they are pleasingly piercing without being painful.

Despite being able to write at length about the whistle, my whistling talents are fairly limited. I tend look up tunes on youtube and learn them by ear. I also 'treat' my pals renditions of 'The Final Countdown', 'Livin' on a Prayer' and other such fripperous tunes; they are shared by mobile phone on whatsapp for free!

Buy this whistle with confidence and expect many hours of simple pleasure from it. Perhaps even buy one as a present for a friend, child,parent or grandparent since they are a beautifully simple and accessible route into making your own music and having fun.

Once up and running with this beguiling brassy beauty, I asked a couple of questions via the Dixon website. They replied quickly and concisely, encouraging me to look into their free tutorials, which was nice.
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on 6 April 2012
I have 're-discovered' folk music after a gap of over 30 years.

The Dixon Trad is a great little whistle. Previously, I'd played an original Clarke's C whistle. Learning to play a D penny whistle is challenging as I'm having to learn to 'sight-read' from scratch. The tone of the Dixon is mellow and the removeable plastic mouthpiece a boon for hygiene and maintaining good pitch.
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on 7 February 2013
I've only been playing the whistle for a few months, but have already bought 5 whistles in an effort to find one I really like. I was given this one for Christmas and it is by far my favourite. It is easy to play and has a good sound. I also own the Tony Dixon alloy whistle at £45, but I prefer this cheaper one. Do not waste your money on cheap Generations and Waltons; pay the little extra and get this one.
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on 30 June 2013
Good tone. Easy to play. Suitable for beginners.
I have several Tony Dixon whistles and all are outstanding for their various prices.
This TRAD model is a good reliably performing low-cost whistle.
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on 5 September 2011
I really like this whistle, it sounds good (despite my playing) and is tuneful throughout it's range. I find it easier to play than the cheaper whistles that I have. After several months of intensive playing the plastic head piece started to crack. However, this was fixed with superglue and I continue to use it.
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on 18 April 2015
Good quality instrument, neat and well made - and it comes in a sturdy plastic tube which keeps it safe in my banjo's gig-bag.

I've played Clarke's, Shaw's and Generations whistles, and the thing I like about this Dixon is it is very even across the whole range. With the other whistles I found the they sounded good at the low end or at the top but not both. I'm only really a beginner on the whistle and maybe as I develop I'll be able to get more out of other whistles but for now this is my favourite.

It plays in-tune, with a decent volume and moderate amount of air.

I also have the same model in A which sounds lovely and isn't as hard to play as a proper low whistle.
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on 3 October 2015
This is my first upgrade from a budget beginners whistle. The build quality is excellent although the appearance is very plain and the untreated brass will soon raise a patina, which I actually like, but of course we should buy because of sound and playability not looks. The tone and playability are excellent. It was a choice between this and a Freeman based on total price and I'm very happy with my choice. I'd recommend any beginner to go straight to this whistle as it's a big improvement over the lucky dip of getting a good mass produced £5 whistle.
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on 29 June 2014
Well packed and quickly delivered. This is a cut above the cheaper whistles. It has a lovely tone and the high octave is much easier to reach without squeaking sounds. Easily blown - A great beginners whistle as many people are discouraged by cheaper whistles which really need some work to make them play reliably.
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