Product Reviews: Generation 3 Hole Tabor Whistle, Key of D
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“Generation 3 Hole Tabor Whistle, Key of D”
It's good, simple, works, seems to be the standard one, Mine is in brass, which I like the look of, and you could say it is symbolic of the instrument, which to some extent does work like a brass instrument ! Three holes is not enough to give you a scale. You need to use overblowing a lot, like an early valveless trumpet.
This means that to use fingering approximately like a recorder is just not good enough. You need to get hold of a fingering chart (not difficult via the internet).
If you buy a tenor recorder, you get a free fingering chart included, even though everybody who ever buys a tenor recorder can play the descant recorder already, and the fingering is exactly the same (for the same written notes, the descant playing an octave higher than written).
JUST FLUTES SHOULD SEND A FINGERING CHART WITH EVERY TABOR PIPE THEY SELL. I AM AMAZED THAT THEY DON'T. They could print them off free from the internet.
It was adequately packed, and arrived very quickly, allowing for Christmas (which Google don't seem to have heard about).
If you bought a copper one, you would think it was a foot of central heating pipe with three holes drilled in it and a plastic whistle mouthpiece. You might be able to make your own, but at this price, hardly worth it, and it wouldn't be in tune.
Just Flutes response
Roger, thanks for your review.
We will pass your comment on to Generation Whistles, the manufacturer, regarding the fingering chart. It would be easy for them to incorporate a fingering chart at time of manufacture - for us a reseller, it is not economically viable on an item of this price for us to do so while remaining a competitive price. However, as you say, it is easy to find one for free using a good search engine.
Thanks again for your feedback and hope to be of assistance again soon!