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I play the recorder, but the other day I heard someone playing a tin whistle, and was like WOW! After getting a cheap tin whistle it's apparent that the fingering is different. Does anyone make a good tin whistle that has recorder fingering? I all ready play sax and flute and keyboard, and having to learn another set of fingerings may cause me to break out in hives!

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No, if you built a tin whistle with Recorder fingering, you would have a Recorder. The tin whistles are tuned in specific keys, and lack a thumb hole. The closest fingering Tin whistle you could get is probably one in the Key of D.

  • But how would such a "tin recorder" sound? – Carl Witthoft Jan 2 '18 at 13:22
  • I believe it is the fipple style that adds the breathy-ness to the tin whistle, not the body material. The tin whistle also has a steeper conical bore than the recorder, which may also affect tone, though I'm not sure about that. I was thinking about it, and it may be possible to create a Recorder head that has the Tin Whistle fipple. – Alphonso Balvenie Jan 2 '18 at 19:59
  • In which case, we eagerly await your design at thingiverse.com :-) – Carl Witthoft Jan 2 '18 at 20:57
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The thing is, recorder fingering is not the same as Boehm flute or saxophone anyway, so you're faced with learning new fingerings whichever route you go down.

My advice would be to just do it though, it's not going to be as bad as you think; I play several wind instruments each with slightly different fingerings, and the change between each system quickly becomes automatic depending on which instrument you're holding at that moment.

Or, if you really can't face learning tin whistle fingering, why not get a Boehm piccolo?

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