I received a box from Mack Hoover yesterday!! http://praisewhistlers.org/mackhooverwhistles/
These are lovely, elegant sweet voiced whistles! AND they are quiet. Ellie actually can tolerate them! YAY!!
I got a high D, a high C, and a mid G. The D and C are made of brass and the G is PVC. All three are made with quality craftsmanship.
The Hoover C is a lovely, elegant, warm sounding whistle. I was afraid the brass would be too loud since I've been playing my wooden one. Actually, I think the Hoover C isn't as loud as the wooden one. I was afraid the metal would be harsh sounding, but it isn't. It has a very sweet voice. I really like this C whistle!
The Hoover D is a sweet whistle, too. This is actually one of Mack's Whitecap mouthpieces on a Feadog whistle body. This one needs a mite more breath control. I now realize that playing a whistle like this is going to be harder than playing one that needs more air. That was a surprise. This D will be a great whistle to help me to do a better job with breath control. It will really make me be intentional and that is very important. I like this little whistle! It will challenge me to do better!
The Hoover G - It is a little harder for me to play because of the wider bore, for one thing. This one also seems to need regular breath (for a Hoover) on the first octave but more breath on the second octave to play in tune. Of course, it is a larger bore and that is going to require more air. I like the sound of it - kind of a woodsy sound.
As to Ellie, the jury is still out but she at least doesn't hate them! When I play my wooden whistle, no matter where she is, she comes running and complains until I stop. So far, when I've played the Hoovers, this hasn't happened! YAY! I was really surprised at that because I was playing them for a good while!
She does have sensitive ears and doesn't like high pitches but she doesn't like my NAFs either and they aren't high pitched. Hm . . . maybe it's my stinky playing . . . Thankfully, these whistles are so sweet that they don't sound harsh and shrill.
ANYWAY, it looks like she can tolerate the Hoovers! I won't go so far as to say she likes them - at least not yet. Maybe as I improve! At least with the Hoovers, I will be able to practice in peace!!
I really do like these whistles! They are going to get a lot of play time!! They are very well tuned and have sweet voices. They seem very responsive (as far as a newbie can tell). I think they will like playing some fast jigs once I learn them.
Mack also makes a telescoping whistle that collapses down small enough to fit in your pocket or purse! I'm hoping to get one of those next! Here is a review from Chiff and Fipple on those. http://forums.chiffandfipple.com/viewtopic...coping#p1106296
Oops! Almost forgot! The D and G are tunable. You can get them either way from Mack. He is a great guy to work with! I highly recommend his whistles and whitecap mouthpieces!
This post has been edited by tootieflutie58: Apr 7 2013, 02:54 PM
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