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Low D Whistles from Howard Music

Howard Music craft professional Irish low whistles, renowned for their superior quality and tone. They have been developed for over 40 years by master craftsman and instrument maker Brian Howard.

Handmade in Sheffield, England, the Howard low whistle combines heritage craftsmanship with state-of-the-art acoustic design to create affordable whistles of exceptional quality.

Favoured by folk and jazz musicians across the globe, our low whistles are designed to help you sound your best, whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist.

“Beginners need very good instruments to start with. A good player can get the best out of a poor instrument – a beginner doesn’t usually know the difference. If the instruments are duff, they may become discouraged and blame themselves; usually quite unfairly” – Brian Howard, Master Craftsman

“…After my experience with the other three low whistles I was thinking it was not the instrument for me, how wrong I was. I had previously sold all my other low d whistles because I found them too difficult to play…”

Franko S – Via email [READ MORE]

“We’re committed to creating the most musical low whistles that money can buy.” – David O’Hagan

“We’re committed to creating the best low whistles that money can buy.” – David O’Hagan

“We’re committed to creating the most musical low whistles that money can buy.” – David O’Hagan

Why Howard Music? If you’ve ever bought a musical instrument on a tight budget, you’ll likely face two problems. Cheap instruments are harder to play. They also make it difficult for you to sound your best. With cheap whistles, limitations in design and quality mean that you think you are doing something wrong – when really, it’s the instrument letting you down.

The Howard low D whistle is renowned for its quality, yet it remains affordable due to its unique design. Loved by professionals and beginners around the world for its playability, modest breath requirement and sonorous sound.

First developed in 1974 by master craftsman Brian Howard, just three years after the famous Overton Flute, the Howard low D whistle is amongst the longest established and most respected Irish whistle on the market.

The Howard Low Whistle

The Howard low whistle’s distinctive haunting tone makes it perfect for airs. Requiring little breath, it’s also ideal for jigs and reels. Moving easily and solidly between octaves, Howard whistles have dynamics, they can be played loudly or softly without significant changes in pitch. The whistle barrel is made of specially drawn thin wall brass tube, with a tuneable ABS (high-grade resin) head.

Requires very little air and easily gets to the 2nd octave. Beautiful smooth sound. Easy to tune and very well made. My new favorite

Michael -via email

“…The sound of this whistle is amazing! It is beyond description. You owe it to yourself to purchase one.…”

Patricia Cable – Via email

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What Our Customers Say

“If you’re a beginner and want to start on a low whistle then you’ll absolutely love the Howard. It has an immediate response and a very ‘morish’ tone – it’s quite hard to put it down once you’ve picked it up.

If you’re a seasoned whistle player then you’ll already have your own ideas about what constitutes the tone you’re looking for, but there’s a better than even chance that the Howard will give you something that no other whistle will”

Stephen Howard (no relation), SH Woodwind Repairs

“I have tried many low whistles, and I have finally found THE one!”….

Etienne Guilpart -via email

Apart from looking simply gorgeous in black silk finish with brass, this flute is for me, ideal. Each make has his own idea of tone and design. I love this one beyond words. Requires some fine breath control, but so do all good wind instruments. A dream come true. I am sorry to say but it completely eclipses my Chieftain V3, which will now have to retire gracefully. It’s louder, more subtle, and a far more entrancing tone. Shipping to Australia only took four days – I don’t even know how they do that. All the best from Down Under!

Andrew B -via email

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Built to last. Enjoyed by musicians all over the world.

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Try it out in the comfort of your own home or at your local folk gathering. Not convinced? We’ll refund you.**

10 Year Warranty

Built to last a lifetime. Your low whistle will be playing music for generations.

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