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The Original

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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Delicate operations still continue to be done by hand and, most importantly, Robert
Clarke’s traditional conical bore has been retained to give the instrument its unique
sound, called ‘chiff ’. No other Tinwhistle has the same degree of ‘chiff ’ as a Clarke.

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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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The Nickel-Plated

Clarke Original

Our nickel-plated tinwhistle is durable and resistant to wear. Our tinwhistles often undergo significant handling and contact with various materials – such as clothing, stands and cases – so a durable
plating material is essential to maintain the appearance and functionality of the instrument over time.

The box contains one nickel-plated Original tinwhistle (in D or C) and a quality microfibre cleaning cloth, along with a fingering/tuning chart.
A beautifully presented tinwhistle in a desirable finish.
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