Big Bore Low Whistles with Standard Spacing (keys of low C, D-flat, D, E-flat, E and F)


This page shows the Big Bore low whistles with standard (rather wide) finger hole spacing. We suggest you first  take a look at the Big Bore low whistles with close (and very comfortable) finger hole spacing and watch the video on that page. For many people, regardless of hand size, that whistle will be preferable, as it is much easier to play. 

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The Carbony pennywhistles are our favorites of the fine handmade whistles. They follow in the footsteps of the legendary, highly sought-after (and rarely available) Michael Copeland whistles, in tone, response and conical-bore shape. Due to their carbon fiber bodies, Carbony whistles are virtually indestructible. They come with a lifetime warranty.

The Carbony Big Bore Low Whistles are very satisfying to play – the high notes of the second octave speak very easily. Intonation is superb, and of course they are tunable, with their two-piece design. Each one comes with a fabric drawstring carrying pouch.

You may wish to get a thumb rest for your low whistle as well. This makes it easier to hold and support the whistle, and we highly recommend it.

The Big Bore Low Whistle comes in five pitches: choose from low C, D, E-flat, E, and F.

The tapered design allows for rapid passage articulation and optimal volume balance in all registers. Includes anodized aluminum serialized laser engraved fipple body with ebonite tip.

Extra Thumb-Hole Options: You may choose to add a thumb hole for the top-hand thumb and/or bottom-hand thumb. Each additional thumb hole adds $20 to the whistle’s cost. The top-hand thumb hole gives an additional and very useful way to finger the flat seventh (i.e. C-natural on a D whistle), this in addition to the customary cross-fingering for C. The bottom-hand thumb hole gives an easy and agile way to finger the flat third (i.e. F-natural on a D whistle), a much more practical method than using a half-hole fingering for this note. These thumb-holes also make it possible to play the Irish “roll” ornament on C-natural and F-natural (speaking in D whistle terms). F-natural strikes and finger vibrato also become possible. Note that when you are not playing C-natural and F-natural with the thumb holes, you must keep these holes closed. The top thumb hole is located behind and about halfway between the top two finger holes, while the bottom thumb hole is located behind and just above the fifth hole (i.e. the middle finger of bottom hand).

Bear in mind that the placement of these thumb holes, on the back of the instrument, are roughly half way between the index and middle finger holes. Please make sure that you will be comfortable with the placement of these thumb holes before purchasing. Most people feel much more comfortable having thumb holes with the closer finger hole spacing, as is available here.

Listen to Grey Larsen play the Carbony Big Bore Low Whistle in D with standard finger hole spacing. The tune is the traditional Irish jig The Humours of Glynn.

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During the pandemic we have instituted a 30-day return policy for Carbony whistles, based on the date the instrument arrives at your door instead of the purchase date. This provides a no-risk opportunity to try a Carbony and return it to us for a refund if you feel it is not right for you. We will pay 50% of the cost of return shipping. 

From the Carbony website: The thin wall process of the Carbony tapered whistle design gives warm response of the lower octave. When playing with other instruments these notes are rarely heard, but not with Carbony™ composite! Our material resonance enhances lower frequencies and mutes upper register shrillness producing a volume balance in all registers.

All whistles now have our revision four fipple design. Our patented two-piece design enables machining accuracy of 0.001″. Our two-piece assembly also facilitates optimal material selection. The blade/body is machined from aluminum and anodized for hardness, creating a stiff precise blade for maximum oscillation. The tip/windway is machined from marbled ebonite, the same material used to make saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces. Safe to put in mouth and durable enough to honor our lifetime warranty. The interface of the carbon fiber body is precision ground to mate with the fipple to form a tuning slide required in all professional grade whistles.

The Carbony™ tapered design is based on the Copeland tradition and we were fortunate to have Michael Copeland play an early design and offer both encouragement and his perspective of whistle making.

Carbony™  instruments are:

• Virtually indestructible – material will not crack, break or rot

• Geometrically stable – over all temperatures and humidities

• Stays as built – no warping or drying out over time

Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 23 × 1 × 1 in
Whistle Key

Low D-flat (C-sharp), Low C, Low D, Low E, Low E-flat (D-sharp), Low F

Thumb Holes

Add Top Thumb Hole, Add Botton Thumb Hole, Add Both Thumb Holes, No Thumb Hole


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