“Trad” is short for traditional, as one of the classic tin whistle designs over the years has been a thin-walled brass or nickel body with a plastic mouthpiece (Generations, Feadogs, etc..). The difference here is that instead of a mass-produced head joint, Tony puts his own mouthpiece atop a precision drilled body with a nice wide bore. The wide bore not only affords a sweet and mellow tone but an in tune 0XX 000 C natural fingering! Rare for thin-walled brass whistles such as these. We recommend these on a daily basis. You just can’t go wrong with the Trad!
The Dixon Trad is AMAZING! An affordable brass whistle with a c natural that's actually in tune?? Brilliant!
Tony Dixon from Devon, England has made quite a name for himself over the last few years with his wide range of whistles, flutes and “Duos” (one body with interchangeable whistle and flute head joints). Being an accomplished musician, Tony doesn’t let an instrument out of his workshop that he wouldn’t be happy playing himself. That attitude combined with efficient manufacturing processes allows Tony to offer instruments that sound “like a million bucks” yet cost much, much less!
|New / Preowned||N/A|
|Key(s):||High E, High Eb, High D (Most Popular)|
|Volume:||Quiet to Moderate|
|Tone:||Pure, mellow & sweet with a bit of chiff.|
|Material(s):||Polymer Mouthpiece / Thin-Walled Brass or Nickel Body|
|Packaging:||Protective Plastic Carrying Box (See Picture)|
|Weight:||Brass High Eb: 1.1oz / 30g; High D: 1.1oz / 30g<br />
Nickel High Eb: 1.1oz / 32g; High D: 1.2oz / 34g
|Length||High Eb: 10.9" / 27.6cm; High D: 11.6" / 29.4cm|
|Notes:||For the money, you'd have a hard time finding a better playing whistle.|
Christopheon 2/19/13Hi ! I own a brass dixon trad in D. The whistle is really easy to play, somewhat tunable, is in tune with itself on the whole range, has a very pure sound, gets easily on the second octave, doesn't sound shrill and on top of it, the C natural is OK with oxxooo fingering. An almost perfect whistle,
Two little drawbacks : the whistle is a bit louder than a generation, but not much, and gets lost in large sessions,. The sound is pure, without the initial chiff when attacking a note. Some of us ( me for instance ) miss this chiffiness, and this is why i still play on old generations and even tweaked waltons when at home.
At the price, it's a steal that should be considered buying if you don't need a really loud whistle.
Noahon 2/3/13I purchased the Tony Dixon Trad in D (brass) about a month ago. It's my first whistle and I am very pleased with it. The sound is excellent and it feels well constructed. The brass is tarnishing slightly around the finger holes already, but I actually like the look of it so no complaints there. I don't have the experience to compare this whistle to more expensive models but I'd say this is a great pick.
Nathan F.on 11/14/11Just got the Dixon Trad whistle in Nickel for free for signing up with Blayne's online teaching program (which I highly recommend!). I am literally "blown" away by this whistle. It has a nice moderate volume--very easy on the ears during solo playing or practice--this is the 1st whistle I've ever played that didn't get too loud or shrill on the high A & B notes! Unbelievable! I'm sure this little gem would also blend just fine in a small session. The tunable head joint is real plus (no more softening glue in hot water) and the tone is pure, focused, and mellow, with just a hint of chiff. It's just a pleasure to play!