While it had always been my intention that the Low G would be the next key to follow the Low D and the F, it is in fact the A that has come to fruition first. The G remains very close, but it still needs that little extra something to give take that final 1% to being absolutely ‘there’. The A definitely is that- those who have played the prototypes seemed to consider it to be best A they have played. I’m certainly happy with them and I hope you like them also! They are currently available to buy on this page.
Notes: The new As feature a slightly different tuning slide to the brass slides as used on the Ds and Fs. They are still low profile, but use a low friction plastic lining instead of brass. They are also available in a satin plain aluminium finish.
I’ve been answering a lot of emails recently about when keys of whistles other than the D and F are going to come to fruition. I thought I’d provide a general update here. Though I had envisaged the G would be the next key, and we have taken a substantial number of advance orders for these, it is in fact probably the A which will be ready next. Those on the waiting list for the Gs (some of which have been waiting for almost a decade!!!), will be given first offer on the As. In a best case scenario we would also see both the G and the Eb available before the end of the year.
Polished finish MK Pros will be discontinued for the foreseeable future. This is so that we can concentrate on finishing work on different keys of whistles – G, A & Eb are all in the pipeline (quite literally!). We do currently have a very small number of polished finish Mk Pro D and Fs until such time as stocks run out.
We do have a small number of limited edition blue or purple low Ds and Low Fs. If you would like one please do get in touch with us. They are priced as follows:
Low D (polished finish) – £302
Low F (polished finish) – £287
Photo by Somhairle MacDonald
Having spent a large part of the last few years trying to keep up with orders a large component of what I’ve been doing is to work out nice ways to make things – to both maintain quality and not be too time consuming. It has been a real challenge – far harder than working out how to make the first MK Whistle. In fact all that hard work that goes into perfecting those first few instruments comes back to bite you on the bum, simply because the higher the standards you set the more difficult it is to maintain them. I could never have imagined it would have taken so long, and on reflection, had I not been absolutely clear on what I set was setting out to – to make really good quality low whistles available and affordable – then it might well have fallen flat on it’s face!
That process is almost at it’s end – with the exception of one stage (which remains horribly time consuming) I can look at the way each process is done and say it feels right.
This will allow a little more time to getting some of the other keys sorted out. The Low G is close, and Low A not far behind …while the High D still has a bit to go. In addition to this though, I would like to return to making custom and one-off instruments. I’ve had time (10 years) to mull over the original Mk Design, and it does seem there’s space for improvement. Even if some of the crafting processes involved are time consuming – surely they are justified in the quest to find the perfect whistle?
We needed extra security to get the Purple low whistles back from the anodisers without loosing a few to anyone with sticky fingers. Everyone who saw them had something to say. It’s probably true purple isn’t everyone’s cup to tea … but whichever way, it seems you’ll still stand back and marvel at these.
When I checked the to see who had placed an advance order for one I found that the waiting list stretched back to 2007! making it the longest anyone has had to wait for an MK Whistle (not including the keys we aren’t making)
The question however is are they here to stay? The Blue Low Ds were run as a limited edition about this time last year, and we haven’t done any since, despite occasional enquiries. From my point of view keeping even three colours (red, green & black) in stock in quite a challenge, but these more exotic colours (the red, blue and purple particularly) do have something special about them – an extra magic. Sometimes one comes off the workbench and I just stand there looking at it. Even before it’s first breath it’s singing, and I languish for a few seconds before going back to filing, cutting, setting, gluing, etc etc.
What do you think? should purple stay?