Low D Qwistle

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Quhissil(l, n. Also: quhis(s)yll... qwistle (c1400)...

1. A whistle, flute or pipe. 

- from dsl.ac.uk "A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue"

 The Low D Qwistle is a precision engineered low whistle, pitched in the key of "D", and designed by Scottish musician & instrument innovator Donald WG Lindsay.

You can see & hear the Low D Qwistle in the video below. The first in the "Lindstruments Sessions" series, it was recorded at The College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland, on the 1st October 2017. The video features Donald WG Lindsay & Friends, including saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski, clarsair Rachel Hair, and fiddler Roo Geddes.

To listen to the Low D Qwistle being played in duets with fiddle/piano, click on any of the sound samples below. All of these samples were recorded live in session with fiddler/pianist Roo Geddes at The Audio Lounge studio in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday the 19th October 2017.

To listen to the Low D Qwistle being played solo, click on any of the sound samples below. All of these samples were recorded live in session at The Audio Lounge studio in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday the 9th October 2017.

No other whistle has a mouthpiece geometry as complex as the Low D Qwistle, and the result of this is a whistle which has a rich and penetrating tone, unexpected of a plastic instrument. The plastic construction ensures stability regardless of environmental conditions, while the unique windway design provides control and resists clogging.

The head is made from an advanced material, which although plastic has a granular structure within it that is similar in some ways to wood, particularly in its effect on the sound. Both high and low Qwistles have been complimented on their "woody" tone, which sets them apart from other plastic or plastic-headed whistles.

The Low D Qwistle is tuneable within a range of +/- 12 cents, and combines ease of playing with good intonation, and a smooth, mellow sound. 

Made in the UK, the Low D Qwistle is manufactured to a high degree of precision, using a combination of cutting edge 3D printing and traditional machining skills. 

All Qwistles are personally finished, adjusted, tuned and tested by Donald WG Lindsay at the Lindstruments workshop in Glasgow.

The 'Pockie' soft case, designed especially for the Qwistle, is also available here.