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The Original

The favourite instrument of distinguished Tinwhistle players ever since 1843, this Clarke Tinwhistle can be considered the Stradivarius of Tinwhistles. The instrument is still made of tin-plate with a wooden mouthpiece.

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Delicate operations still continue to be done by hand and, most importantly, Robert
Clarke’s traditional conical bore has been retained to give the instrument its unique
sound, called ‘chiff ’. No other Tinwhistle has the same degree of ‘chiff ’ as a Clarke.

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The tone of the Clarke Tinwhistle is clear and fl ute-like, but it is also described as
‘crisp and responsive’ by Bill Ochs, and ‘husky and sensual’ by Mary Bergin. All these
descriptions add up to ‘chiff ’ – what Tommy Makem calls ‘The great Clarke tone’. This is
what makes a Clarke Tinwhistle unique.

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Tutorial Gift Set
The NEW Official Clarke Tutor Book and double CD includes a 160 Page Tutor Book, 2 CD’s and an Original Clarke Tinwhistle in the key of D.

The Tutor Book and CDs are compatible with all tin whistles and penny whistles in the key of D. The set is suitable for beginners and advanced.
Intermediate and advanced players will enjoy exploring the book’s exciting collection of traditional music. This tutor book is written by renowned Irish tin whistle teacher, Ian Bascombe.

He also plays the tinwhistle on the CDs.
There is also a Brief Guide to reading music and the story behind the tinwhistle.

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