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The favourite instrument of distinguished Tinwhistle players ever since 1843, this Clarke Tinwhistle can be considered the Stradivarius of Tinwhistles. The instrument is still made of tin-plate with a wooden mouthpiece.
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The tone of the Clarke Tinwhistle is clear and fl ute-like, but it is also described as
‘crisp and responsive’ by Bill Ochs, and ‘husky and sensual’ by Mary Bergin. All these
descriptions add up to ‘chiff ’ – what Tommy Makem calls ‘The great Clarke tone’. This is
what makes a Clarke Tinwhistle unique.
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