Hi fellow musicians! Happy New Year!
Thanks for all your business and kind comments during the last year. 2017 has been a banner year! My order book has been jammed! Thanks! May you and your family be blessed and prosperous this Summer! James
June 27. 2018 (I think I have fixed ordering problems---if not, email me at )
Irish-style penny whistles have been standard instruments since the middle 1800s when the use of tin sheet metal developed and whistles were made. They are the common man's answer to the recorder. The whistle only has 6 sound holes, but plays 2 octaves. My whistles are made of cpvc or pvc pipe. The fipple blocks are acetal rod (plastic polymer). I use curved, narrowing windways to take advantage of the Bernoulli effect---causing an easy blow of air to accelerate as it is compressed in the narrowing windway. Thousands of Becker whistles are being played around the globe! A HANDMADE whistle for $10!!!
Whistles are a folk instrument---an instrument of the people, the common man. They are not orchestral perfection....they will change pitch with the change of blowing strength---up to 30 cents. I have tuned them with care and they will sound fine with other instruments. I play my own whistles all the time with the folk jam and church band and they work great.
A renowned flute maker, Doug Tipple, who writes in his flute pages-----
"I believe that some people have unreasonable expectations about pitch and intonation.
They think that their $20 electronic tuner set to equal-temperment is the gold standard
and that any variation from “dead-on” pitch accuracy is not acceptable. To the contrary,
my attitude with regard to flute performance is to lay perfectionism aside and accept
some variations in intonation as inescapable and perhaps even a good thing"
All whistles have a delrin fipple block!
Here are a few letters from customers------
Too bad I didn’t know about your whistles first…you would have saved me a ton of money! I recommend these whistles because they sound so good and they’re cheap! I will buy more! Keep up the good work! John 1/1/18
"Hi James,Just wanted to let you know that I received my Low D whistle yesterday.
What a great sounding and great looking instrument--this whistle would literally be a bargain at twice the price. Thanks so much for making such high quality, affordable musical instruments.
All the best, J" March 12, 2015
Thanks to all my great customers! Shout out to--Israel----Switzerland -Brazil---Singapore----France-----British Columbia----Slovenia, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, France, U.K., Ontario, Spain, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, SC, NC, CA, NY, AL, GA, OH, MO, MI, TX, MD,ILL, AR, ----and tons more!
Features of Becker Whistles:
>Carefully tuned a few cents sharp in the lower octave to minimize high note flattening.
>Tough pvc or cpvc material!-----and now---all delrin fipple blocks!
>Curved windway discourages moisture build up!
> Each finger hole is undercut by hand for best tone---like fine recorders!
>Narrowing windways accelerate your breath for ease of playing!
> High, alto and low whistles available---in many keys! anybody need a C# or B natural? Email me.
> Each whistle is carefully voiced to be balanced between the low and higher octave!
> Handmade quality, made in the USA!
> Very inexpensive for a handmade instrument!
James Becker B.M.E., M.A. taught public school music for 30 years. He has been worship leader/music minister in churches for the last 40 years. Whistles are played with the church worship team and at the local FolkJam--the SchoolHouse Jammers-----He plays guitar, piano, violin, hammered dulcimer, harp, mandolin---and a few more!
Taught piano and guitar lessons to many dozens of private students. He has built harps, hundreds of plucked psalterys, several hammered dulcimers, a mandolin, dozens of fifes and thousands of whistles. He just finished up 26 plucked psalteries. He and his wife Debbie have 2 great children who play drums, bass, guitar and sing also. Both taking delight in following the King of Kings!
Here is a slow motion video of how a whistle mouthpiece makes oscillations and sounds.