[The Drunken Landlady] (MP3, played on the old Sweet rosewood D)

[The Laurel Bush] (MP3, played on the Sweet rosewood Killourhy model D)

I have three wooden whistles by Ralph Sweet. The first is an old rosewood D bought in 1985, which plays very well, has a lot of chiff, a lot of resistance, and really takes a stiff blow on the high end of the 2nd octave. Also I have a rosewood conical "Killourhy" model, which has a few odd intonation quirks.

Both of these whistles take a stiff blow and must be well supported to hit the 2nd octave cleanly. On both the 2nd octave is much louder than the first, and has a fife-like shrillness. On both there is a certain sort of bitter edge to the sound.

Then I have a maple Sweet in D that I bought from Greg. It is a good whistle. The octaves are nicely balanced. The tone is very pure--the "bitter edge" is completely gone. It plays easily up into the 3rd octave. He has done some serious redesign work and it very much shows.  All design work is a compromise, however:  this whistle doesn't have the responsiveness or the "oomph" of his older work.  It is a good whistle, though, if it plays a bit "stuffy."

I also have an ebony fife from Ralph Sweet, which is a lovey thing, very sweet-toned, easy player, and a black walnut tabor pipe, which I've never learned to play well although it plays well enough, and a maple traverso (Baroque flute) which plays well and has a very smooth, mellow sound.