I haven’t changed the instruction sheet that comes with the Mystic Auto Flute since I put the first batch together Everyone apparently read the instructions, picked up the flute and played it without having any trouble understanding the tech sheets.
Then in late January, I got several phone calls and email from folks who could not understand how the mouthpiece worked. Apparently they threw the instructions away with their Christmas tree and had never read them. When I was discussing the problem with one of my lady test players, she began to laugh out loud and then she told me about her experience with the auto flute.
She took her flute along with her during the holidays and during the course of events, several relatives and friends asked if they could try the instrument. She was not carrying the technical sheet so she had to instruct the new player on how the instrument worked.
She explained to me that at first not one of them could play the mouthpiece because they insisted on puckering up and trying to blow into the wrong hole. Apparently a hole is not a hole unless you can see down into it, and the idea of how you blow a flute in ingrained deeply into our mind. You MUST pucker up and blow into a little hole or there can be no flute music! That is the Rule!
She also explained that once one person got the idea and could play the flute, it became a contest to see who could show the next player what they were doing wrong. She concluded her story by telling me to put a sign on the correct hole in the mouthpiece and just say Blow into this Hole!
Good advise is good advise. When you receive your flute or fife, it now comes with this wrap around sheet on the mouthpiece.
I don’t think I have published the brand name of any other makers products on these pages before. I’m sure you will excuse Don Simcocks enthusiasm for his new whistle and I did promise him I would post his letter. I am humbled by his praise, what can I say…when a whistler is happy, well, they are happy!
This also proves that the good old US mail does deliver and pretty fast too if you use Global Priority Mail.
Cannot believe the speed of arrival of my Traveler! 11 AM on the 9th….that’s quicker than some internal letters take to reach me. Thrilled by tone…really “breathy”, as good as my “Chieftain”, at a fraction of the price!
I am appointing myself your “volunteer publicist” for the UK (and anywhere else!)
Please use this in your “What people think” page!
Best wishes to all your folks, Don Simcock
The email for the past month has been loaded with inquiries about the Low D whistle. Most of the email contains at least one reference such as, “Can people with small hands REALLY play the Low D whistle like you describe it on your website?” And I repeatedly reply “YES” unless you can’t reach 2.3″ or you have arthritis and cannot stretch your hands with a minimal amount of grip to seal the holes.”
It is a fact that the Low D is playable by anyone from ten to a hundred and ten if you can just reach that
2.3″ requirement for your right hand.
You will also notice that I have Low D whistles for all you left handed players now. When you purchase a Low G Auto Flute, Low G whistle or Low D whistle, you will be asked if you want a right or left handed model. This is because these whistles have offset finger holes to make them more comfortable to play.
I have had some absolutely fabulous letters describing where folks hold their hands and fingers when they play the whistle and are they right or left handed? If you play with your right hand on the BOTTOM three holes of the whistle and your LEFT hand on the TOP three holes of the whistle, you are a RIGHT HANDED whistler.
Then there is the letter explaining that “I am left handed, but I play the whistle the regular right handed way. Okay, you are a RIGHT HANDED WHISTLE PLAYER!
The best answer so far has been…I think I play right handed, but my friend says if I was a surfer, I would be “Goofy Footed:” on my surfboard. What does that mean? Will I not be able to play the Low D now that I have found this out?
No, you will be okay because…It is a fact that the Low D is playable by anyone from ten to a hundred and ten if you can just reach that 2.3″ requirement for your right hand.
The Low F is ready to go! I just have to decide a couple of more details before I can post up the description and a finished price. I have a five gallon pail of these cute little critters put together up in the shop and they will be ready to go before the end of the month. I promise.
I played the Low F prototype over the Christmas holiday and I really like this whistle key. The range of this whistle is very nice and I found it to be easy on air and played very economically. Not a big as a Low D and longer than the Low G, it has a very smooth voice. I would guess that the Low F is going to be a perfect practice whistle for a lot of players and I find it an interesting whistle to play. Small bore and low whistle don’t always go together well, but I think this whistle has something going for
it. We will see!