Busman Irish Whistle Custom Order Page
Paul Busman from Clifton Park, New York takes great pride in creating Irish whistles that look as good as they sound. To that end, he employs a variety of exotic hardwoods and durable polymers complimented by precision fittings of stainless steel and brass. Before going out on his own, Paul studied whistle making from the late & great Glenn Schultz of Thin Weasel Woodwinds.
Paul currently makes Irish whistles in the keys of C, D, D-Plus and Eb. D-Plus whistles have the same fingering pattern and pitch as regular D whistles, but have an additional low C note added for those occasional tunes that need it.
This is our custom order page for Paul's whistles. As you can see below, you have a lot of choices! Make your choice based on what you like the look of best as the tone of each wood / polymer will be similar. If you would like Paul to make you a whistle in another wood / material than what is shown here, please contact us to make arrangements.
Acetyl polymer, sometimes referred to as Delrin, is a high quality plastic material that is ideal for woodwind instruments as it has similar tonal characteristics to exotic hardwoods such as what you see below yet is resilient to changes in relative humidity and temperature. Many choose black acetyl polymer as it looks just like African blackwood, a popular wood choice for Irish whistles & flutes. Only on close inspection will you notice the difference.
On the bottom row of images below you will see a material called Dymondwood. Dymondwood is natural hardwood veneers that have been impregnated with specially formulated resins and permanent coloring agents. These impregnated veneers are then bonded and densified under very high temperatures and enormous pressure. The result is a totally homogenous wood product. It is stable and not affected by extremes in temperature, humidity, or moisture (in this way, similar to acetal polymer). The angle of the wood fibers running crossways through the blank produces a beautiful pattern that enhances the various colors. Dymondwood is available in a large array of jewel like color combinations. Please contact us for current availablility.
Please Note: As these are handmade instruments that are made to order, be advised that it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to receive your whistle. Turnaround time depends on Paul's backlog and material availability. Please contact us for current turnaround times.
Wood / Polymer Selections
|Acetyl Polymer Black||Acetyl Polymer Green||Acetyl Polymer Yellow||Dymondwood
"Field & Stream"
|New / Preowned||N/A|
|Key(s):||High Eb, High D (Most Popular), High C|
|Tone:||Woodsy and sweet with a bit of an edge.|
|Material(s):||Exotic natural & man made hardwoods or acetyl polymers (Delrin).|
|Packaging:||Hand-Sewn Fleece Pouch & Owners Manual|
|Weight:||~ 48g / 1.70 oz (D Whistle)|
|Length||~ 11.42" / 29cm (D whistle with tuning slide completely closed. C and D-Plus whistles slightly longer; Eb whistles slightly shorter.)|