Carbony Quiet Whistles (keys of high E, E-flat and D)


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These are great whistles for those times when you want to play or practice without disturbing others nearby. Their quiet, intimate voice is a result of their very narrow bore. Note that the high A and B in the second octave are (as with all whistles) significantly louder than the lowest notes. But you can always drop those notes down an octave in order to not intrude upon others’ sound spaces.

Below, you may compare the sound and loudness of the Quiet whistle in comparison with the Carbony High whistle and Session D whistle. Also, scroll further down for videos of Grey Larsen demonstrating the Quiet whistle in D, as well as the Session D and the High Whistle in D.

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 the very thin walls of their carbon fiber bodies, Carbony whistles are as light as a feather (just over one ounce for the high D), and virtually indestructible. They come with a lifetime warranty.

Intonation is superb, and of course they are tunable, with their two-piece design. Each one comes with a fabric drawstring carrying pouch.

Note: The photos show the quiet whistle in high D.

The Quiet Whistle comes in three pitches: choose from high E, high E-flat or high D (the standard pitch for Irish traditional music).

The tapered design allows for close finger spacing 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). It is also possible to get a thumb hole for the sharp fourth (G# on a D whistle). For information on this, email Grey Larsen.

Listen to Grey Larsen play the Carbony Quiet Whistle in high D. You may compare this with the Carbony Session Whistle in D and the Carbony High Whistle in D, for the sake of volume and tonal comparison. The tune is the traditional Irish reel The Sunny Banks.

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For sound and loudness comparison, here are videos of Grey Larsen demonstration the Session D whistle and the High Whistle in D.

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 0.1 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 1 × 1 in
Whistle Key

B, High C, High D, High E, High E-flat (D-sharp), High F, High G

Thumb Holes

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


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