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Oz Whistles

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I am taking limited new requests for the Oz Whistles Vambrace whistle.

Inquiries are welcome.

For the month of January 2018, I am offering discounted deals for pre-paid builds. This effort is intended to fund a project to offer more keys and models. Please contact me direct for more information about this offer (mitch@ozwhistles.com).

The build-request book is opened for gidgee and Delrin(acetal resin). Blackwood and cocobolo are now listed as endangered. It is best I don't contribute to that.  I will look for suitable replacement species and update my offering accordingly. If you have a specific kind of wood you would like me to work, I am open to suggestions via the contact page. I will be making my own explorations which will appear as "off-book" offerings below.

Waiting times will be 1 month, more or less, as stocks of wood become ready to become whistles - that is up to supply and the wood itself. (Please inquire through the REQUEST BUILD button if shown)

For odd keys such as B-natural and C-sharp, please inquire through the CONTACT US page.

UNCLAIMED and OFF-BOOK WHISTLES become available from time to time as shown below (please enquire through the ORDER NOW button if shown)

(Note, Local import duties may apply for international orders)

Of interest: Here is a recent clip showing the Vambrace whistle as performed by Ciaran Clifford of the excellent band "Aizle"

Ciaran and Aizle

 

  • Oz Whistles - Whistle Crates

    Simple box felt-padded with magnetic closure

    Whistle Crate

    I got sick of whistle-bags so I created the whistle-crate.

    These are a simple whistle-box, felt-padded and magnetic closure.

    They provide a far better protection for the whistle .. and are a great fiddle-toy .. no hinge and no catch .. a lot of fun really.

    At the moment, there's only sizes to suit C, D and Eb (maximum width 17mm).

    Other sizes may be requested via the contacts page.

    $35.00
    Quantity:

  • Oz Whistles - Visor D

    Visor tunable whistle in D

    Visor_D

    The hand-made VISOR model whistle is a similar design to the Vambrace.

    With no need for metal ferules to bind wood margins, it delivers the signature quality of the Vambrace at significantly less cost.

    Acetal resin has its own sound charcteristic and the VISOR will be well placed in your collection.

    Being impervious to water and the elements, it is well suited to all playing conditions and climates with little need for maintenance.

    The basic VISOR model is made only in D with bronze mouthpiece. Custom configurations may be requested via our email contact info@ozwhistles.com. Custom options may include brass or silver mouthpiece and other keys.

    $350.00
    Quantity:

NEXT FESTIVAL APPEARANCE - Off-Book whistles available to try and buy in person!

I have no apearances booked for now.

I will anounce as bookings occur.

Below are some links to some great small festivals in NSW.

Gulgong fest

Majors Creek fest

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

The Turning Wave Folk Festival

  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace C - Gidgee

    Australian Gidgee with phosphor bronze fittings

    Vambrace C - Gidgee
    $500.00
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  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace D - Gidgee

    Australian Gidgee with phosphor bronze fittings

    Vambrace D - Gidgee
    $500.00
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  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace Eb - Gidgee

    Australian Gidgee with phosphor bronze fittings

    Vambrace Eb - Gidgee
    $500.00
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  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace C - Acetal Resin

    Acetal resin with special sterling silver fittings

    Vambrace C - Acetal Resin

    Sadly African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon) is now listed as an endangered species and I can no longer offer it.

    Instead, I offer the nearest substitue: Delrin (acetal resin) which looks, crafts and sounds similar. Acetal has the advantage of no need for oiling and swabbing.

    $550.00
    Quantity:

  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace D - Acetal resin

    Acetal resin with special sterling silver fittings

    Vambrace D - Acetal resin

    Sadly African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon) is now listed as an endangered species and I can no longer offer it.

    Instead, I offer the nearest substitue: Delrin (acetal resin) which looks, crafts and sounds similar. Acetal has the advantage of no need for oiling and swabbing.

    $550.00
    Quantity:

  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace Eb - Acetal resin

    Acetal resin with special sterling silver fittings

    Vambrace Eb - Acetal resin

    Sadly African blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon) is now listed as an endangered species and I can no longer offer it.

    Instead, I offer the nearest substitue: Delrin (acetal resin) which looks, crafts and sounds similar. Acetal has the advantage of no need for oiling and swabbing.

    $550.00
    Quantity:

  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace C - Cocobolo

    cocobolo with brass fittings

    Vambrace C - Cocobolo

    Note. Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa) is now listed as endangered on the CITES report. I can no longer offer this model for export. Inquiries from within Australia are welcome while dwindling stock lasts.

    $600.00
    Not Available

  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace D - Cocobolo

    cocobolo with brass fittings

    Vambrace D - Cocobolo

    Note. Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa) is now listed as endangered on the CITES report. I can no longer offer this model for export. Inquiries from within Australia are welcome while dwindling stock lasts.

    $600.00
    Not Available

  • Oz Whistles - Vambrace Eb - Cocobolo

    cocobolo with brass fittings

    Vambrace Eb - Cocobolo

    Note. Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa) is now listed as endangered on the CITES report. I can no longer offer this model for export. Inquiries from within Australia are welcome while dwindling stock lasts.

    $600.00
    Not Available

  • Oz Whistles - Cocobolo/brass D off-book build (SOLD)

    Cocobolo brass D

    CocoBrassD_X138

    Cocobolo D with Brass trim.

    A very well mannered whistle which will play-in nicely.

    $600.00
    Not Available

  • Oz Whistles - SWMA0329-D All sold

    Swamp Mahogany D - special build (all sold)

    SWMA0329

    Swamp mahogany D whistle with bronze fittings - limited edition.

    This is a special build using swamp mahoganny.

    This wood has a slightly warmer sound than Gidgee or Acetal.

    It is also a little quieter, having a volume similar to the standard Generation style whistles.

    I have made 3 of these using older style metalwork. Future builds using this wood will be done in the normal Vambrace-style metalwork and prices.

    $450.00
    Not Available

Woods

For build requests I offer only Desert Gidgee.

This wood is suitable for wet-woodwinds and in sufficient supply.

Cocobolo and African blackwood have entered the endangered listings on the CITES report. As such I can not export them. I am in search of alternatives. Delrin is a good replacement for blackwood, but has a slightly different sound

The woods I use are sourced ethicaly, and I am confident that whistles will never be a threat to any species.

I use other woods as they become available and if they are suitable for whistles. Such examples are usually offered "off book" for players to select in-person.

Metals

The hand cast metal fittings can be either brass, phosphor-bronze or sterling-silver. These are normally chosen by color-match to the wood, For instance black and neutral toned woods are matched to silver, yellow or purple tones are matched to brass and red tones matched to bronze.

Video Reviews - Oz Whistle High D


By Toby Shaer

by Tony Hinnigan

by Phil Hardy

SImon Barnett

FEATURED IN THIS PHOTO

2x Figured Gidgee & Bronze

African Blackwood & Sterling Silver

Tallow & Brass

Boonaree & Bronze

Gidgee & Bronze

 

FEATURED IN THIS PHOTO

Delrin & Sterling Silver

Kwilla & Bronze

African Blackwood & Sterling Silver

Gidgee & Bronze

African Blackwood & Sterling Silver

 

FEATURED IN THIS PHOTO

2x Purple Heart & Brass

Cocobolo & Brass

African Blackwood & Sterling Silver

Tallow & Brass

Waiting time:

I don't make many of these whistles - each is individually crafted and build time can vary. No Vambrace whistle leaves the workshop without passing high quality standards. Current waiting time is approximately 2-3 months from build request to completion. This estimate is based on a calculation that assumes that the work will proceed uninterrupted, but can be impacted by unforeseen events.

The Initial estimate will be given with each build request. It is not a promised deadline.

I do not alert delays, but I am more than happy to reply to status requests. Work is progressed on each confirmed build request on the book until the whistle is finished or the build request is cancelled. Upon completion I will contact you to arrange payment and postage.

Delivery deadlines such as birthdays, Christmas or gigs are rarely achievable. Please consider this before placing your build request. Delivery expectations have been known to produce tensions. I would prefer to be just producing whistles.

Price:

(NOTE: Standard prices are offered in good faith at the time of build-request. This assumes no radical currency or metals inflation between quote and completion. If inflation deviates more than 5% in that time, the price will be subject to renegotiation.

Further note: Suitable tonewoods are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. This is reflected in the standard prices outlined below.)

Standard Vambrace Soprano whistles using bronze or brass are $500.

Standard Vambrace Soprano whistles using sterling silver trim are $550.

Non standard materials or configurations may cost extra - quote given on inquiry.

Unclaimed builds may be offered from time to time with reserve prices set on a case-by-case basis.

Postage & Handling:

The whistles are shipped in strong mailing tubes with internal bubble-wrapping. To date, no breakages have occurred.

Postage rates can change and will be calculated at the time of sending.

Insurance can be requested. Losses in transit are at the receiver's risk. Without insurance I cannot make up any loss.

Please be aware that many countries charge import taxes and duties. This differs from country to country.

Postage Prices at July 2014 are:

Airmail/registered air mail. $35 for all destinations.

Other methods can be requested with quote given on inquiry.

Payment:

I do not take deposits. The price is agreed with each build request and will be billed upon completion with payment received before dispatch. The agreed price can span a period of 12 months or more - offering the price before completion is a goodwill gesture on my part. Unfortunately, I cannot control currency inflation - if inflation exceeds 5% I may be forced to adjust the price to match the inflated value at time of payment. If such events occur, I apologize for this necessity in advance, and ask your understanding.

I do not haggle.

I do not do trade deals for services or goods.

Payment can be made in Australian dollars only.

Methods of payment are:

* For international deliveries payment can be taken via PayPal. International Wire Transfer (TT) can also be arranged, but usually incurs more transaction cost.

* For Orders within Australia, methods are Paypal and direct transfer (Details provided on request).

Special Note:

An order for these whistles is treated as a build request. The request places no obligation on either party. The price is set with the build request and will carry through to completion regardless of any subsequent pricing. Upon completion I will contact the requester to ask if they wish to claim the completed build. Once again, there is no obligation to take them up. Changes to the build request prior to completion will cause the build to be delayed. If several whistles are included in the build then there is no obligation to claim them all. Unclaimed whistles will be offered to the next requester on the list. No finished whistle will be held at the convenience of the requester. A new whistle left un-played for too long does not play-in correctly. If the requester needs additional time to pay, the completed whistle is offered to the next requester and the request is moved to the next convenient build. The build request can be cancelled by either party at any time up to the point that I accept payment. With cancellations, no reason is asked and none given. The build of my whistles is conducted in the spirit of goodwill. My work is dedicated to providing instruments worthy of the players to the best of my ability. Any breach of goodwill will usually result in cancellation.