The Home of Irish Tin Whistles, Penny Whistles & Low D Whistles
Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned session player, Big Whistle has the right tin whistle for you. From starter penny whistles to the most innovative professional whistles on the market, with worldwide delivery Big Whistle has the best tin whistles for all your whistling needs!
Howard Low D Whistle in Black
About Big Whistle
The tin whistle (also known as the Irish whistle or penny whistle) is the quintessential folk music instrument. Although whistles date back to ancient times, the modern tin whistle dates back to mid-19th century, when we saw the birth of the Clarke Tin Whistle. A simple instrument to pick up, a number of makers produce low-cost ‘penny’ whistles to an excellent standard.
Recent decades have seen new makers spring up to develop the sound and playability of the tin whistle, as well as the innovation of the low whistle in the 1970s. The low whistle is a larger whistle, which uses the same fingering as earlier tin whistles (the “piper’s grip”). An octave lower, it offers a deeper, flute-like sound that has appealed to both folk and jazz musicians around the world.
Big Whistle Music has been supplying whistlers around the globe since 2000. We stock a wide range of fantastic makers and whistle accessories, shipping to countries around the world. We look forward to supplying you on your whistling journey!
Which Whistle Should You Buy?
Big Whistle stock the best tin whistles for any budget range. If you’re a beginner or just starting out, we recommend a high D from Feadog, Generation, or Clarke. Once you’ve got to grips with one of these, you might want to try your hand at a low D. Dixon and Howard both offer excellent quality options in the mid-range price bracket. For experienced whistlers looking to branch out, try MK, Goldie, and Carbony. Still stuck? Check out our FAQ section or get in touch! We’d be happy to help.