Susato Whistles



[The Wexford Carol] (MP3, Susato high D SB whistle, showcasing upper octave)

[Crossing the Shannon] (MP3, Susato high D SB whistle)

[Rolling in the Ryegrass] (MP3, Susato high D "SB" whistle, played "bouncy")

[The Arran Boat] (MP3, Pat McReynolds on 12-string guitar, Sam McReynolds on Susato high D whistle, James Peeples on German 8-key flute)

Susato is a brand of polymer whistle characterized by its pure tone and aggressive volume.

They make whistles in keys ranging from high G to low D, in some keys with a choice of bore size.

Here is a Susato low D, playing first Rolling in the Ryegrass followed by The Parting of Friends[Susato Low D]

top to bottom:  Susato Low D, Bb-C-D SB Set, VSB D

Susato SB (original model)

These are good whistles but harder to play then some.

In the hands of someone who really knows how to play them, Susatos have a pure clean upper register, and a round, full low register.  You can lean into them and play them very aggressively, and the tuning is absolutely accurate. Also they have good resistance and you actually have some volume control on this whistle.


Susato VSB (new model)

It is softer than the original bore Susato, but still pretty loud for a whistle. The tone is very pure but a bit thinner than the original bore version.  It also is a bit easier to control than its larger-bored cousin.


The Myth of the Shrieky Susato

Like many whistles, Susato whistles have to be played with embouchure and breath control.  People who want at whistle that will "play itself" and "all they have to do is blow" won't like this whistle. 

Here's a comparison of a tune played with no breath or embouchure control vs using these techniques:


Here's the portion of the B part that lives in the high register as viewed in Audacity on both:

without using breath or embouchure control


with breath and embouchure control