Mk developments

Is Purple here to stay?

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?


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New product launch

We don’t yet have an exact date (after the last time you wouldn’t take us seriously anyway!) yet but there’ll be a new product launched soon.  watch this space…

Fruit on the G Tree?


We don’t often get seconds but just occasionally there is one on offer.  Bare in mind seconds play as well as firsts!  News of seconds will be posted only on our twitter feed – if you’re following you might already know what’s available…

First Red Fs

I’ve just put the finishing touches to the first batch of Red Pro Fs.   Most have disappeared to various corners of the world already but do get in touch if you’d like one.

Mk Pro Low Fs in Stock for the First Time

At one time the waiting list was 3 years, but for the first time since starting out over ten years ago, we actually have some Pro Fs in stock.  It is only a small number though, so it might not be for long!

Certainly one continuing frustration here has been having to tell people it’ll be six or twelve months or even several years till we’ll have their instrument ready for them.  The standard response is ‘but I have a gig in xxx, what shall I do?’.  Certainly recent troubles with anodising (a fire at the anodisers) hasn’t helped matters,  and some people are still currently waiting for Green and Red Fs, but they wont be long, and I hope we are finally getting on top of things.


Upcoming dispatch times

As we’ve been getting lots of emails asking when whistles are going to be ready we thought it would be a good idea to keep everyone updated with when they’ll be ready through our twitter   We’ll be tagging info as we put it up so you can search twitter for any of the following hashtags :- #mkproD  #mkproF #mkkelpieD.

Of course, if you have any further questions get in touch – [email protected] for general info or [email protected] for existing orders and delivery info.

The trials and tribulations!

Earlier this week there was a fire at our Anodisers.  Fortunately no-one was hurt and it was contained.  It has mean’t all their production is currently on hold.  Like all the people we work with – they are exceptionally good at what they do and one of the up-shots of working with people that are really good at what they do is that they are really busy.  Before the fire we had a big backlog of instruments waiting to be processed, and, well, this fire isn’t exactly going to help things along!  Fortunately it’s  not likely to delay the arrival the Low Fs, as by this time things should be up and running again.

Notes on the Kelpie

I used to think that all wind instruments should have tuning slides, certainly all the classic winds instruments do – Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone etc etc – although not so much their ethnic relatives.  Having spoken to many customers over the last few years, I’ve realised that buying an expensive musical instrument, particularly when you’re just starting out and unsure how you’ll take to it, can be a little daunting.  The trouble is, in this situation, most people often end up with really poor instruments, something which isn’t going to encourage you to play.  This was really where the idea for the Kelpie came from – when you’re learning you want to know the instrument you’re playing isn’t holding you back.

There are so many compromises in making musical instruments it’s impossible to have everything, but a great instrument has it all balanced right.  One of the big compromises with making whistles, is how easy or ‘accessible’ all the notes are to reach.  It is possible to make all notes extremely easy to reach all the way up the scale, but by making the notes more accessible, you are also making them more ‘shallow’, and consequently some fullness of tone is lost as you can’t drive the tone to the same extent.  A more experienced player, who has developed the technique, wont have trouble making use of the greater possibilities with the tone, but a learner might struggle a bit.  The idea behind the Kelpie was to make a fantastically priced Low Whistle which made the instrument as ‘accessible’ as possible – it’s based on the original MKs but is very slightly biased to make the notes easier to reach.

There also seemed to be a place for something which is of a solid ‘one piece’ construction – that you could sling in a rucksack or canoe and not worry about.  This of course, has to be the beauty of whistles.

We’ve started with the Low D with more keys to come >>>


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