Ever bought an instrument online and found that is was good but just not what you were looking for? We know from experience that the only way to ensure something as personal as an instrument is right for you is by having the time to trial it in the comfort at your own home and playing at local music sessions.
We’re so confident that you’ll be happy with the performance of our whistles that we give you a full 60 days to try them at home. If you’re not 100% satisfied you can send it back, the only thing you have to pay is the return postage.
*This applies to all whistles.
–Please contact us before returning a whistle–
1) Exchange: Your order will be exchanged for a new similar product, for example an upgrade to a more expensive model.
2) Replace: The product in your order will be replaced with an identical product in case it is damaged (broken or spoiled), defective (has a functional problem that causes it not to work) or is not as described.
3) Refund: If the product of your choice is unavailable or out of stock in your preferred size, colour or model, you may decide that you want your money back. In this scenario, you may choose to have your money refunded.
If you intend to return something, please get in touch first and we can issue return instructions.
Reeds are not included in the 60 home trial, however if you are not happy with them you can return them within 14 days for a full refund.
“Thank you David and Brian for such a beautiful sounding low whistle that I can actually play. This is my fourth low D whistle but, only the first one that I have been able to actually play a tune on immediately. I was shocked to see how easily I could finger and play the notes I was seeking. The black silk version is not only esthetically beautiful to look at but, plays so easily I am over joyed and so happy I decided to order from you. Your guarantee is very good and very enticing to me which is one of the reasons I ordered from you. I figured if you had this much faith in your instrument I would probably not want to send it back. You were correct! This is a keeper for me. 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. I am so thankful I purchased this Howard Low D whistle. Thank you very much for such a wonderful product for I have finally found for what I have been seeking.”
“Purchased a low-C whistle for my wife recently and we’re amazed at the quality, craftsmanship and sound of the instrument. It not only looks pretty enough to hang on the wall like a piece of art but is so well engineered that it’s a joy to play (even if moving from smaller whistles to this isn’t something you do overnight!). The website contains some great videos about the whistles by real players which are worth checking out and they were really helpful when I called with a question about the mouthpieces. We would recommend their instruments to anyone!”
“I’ve been looking for a high-quality low D and was impressed by some of the other reviews of the Howard low D. After a couple of emails & a very helpful phone conversation with David, I ordered the Black Diamond model with the Balanced head and soft resin insert. I’ve been playing low whistles for years, and was particularly looking for a very user-friendly whistle that I could pick up now and then without having to put a lot of effort into whenever I wanted to play. I also wanted a whistle that I wouldn’t have to deal with clogging issues too much (I’m one of those ‘wet players’), so the ABS head was part of my decision to go with a Howard whistle. The workmanship is impressive, reflecting the long history of Howard craftmanship over the years by Brian Howard and now David O’Hagan. It has a tone completely different from any other low whistle I played, and will complement my other whistles nicely. Many thanks to David & Brian for keeping the Howard tradition alive and well!”
“I would like to take this opportunity to say how pleased I am with my online purchase from Howard Music. I ordered my first Low D whistle (Black silk model with the balanced mouthpiece). First let me say how surprised I was to receive my whistle so quickly! I live in the northeast USA and the projected delivery date was about 10 days which I thought quite prompt. Imagine my surprise when I received it in 6 days! It was packaged extremely well and arrived in pristine condition. As I am a novice I cannot rate the responsiveness or air requirements or any such details of playability. I will say after a week of practice I am delighted with how quickly I am beginning to blow clear notes and it is extremely easy to get up into the second octave, particularly on the low end of the scale. Thank you Howard Music for such an efficient and professional service!”
“Have been playing another whistle for nearly ten years and this is just a completely different world of sounds. Amazing whistle.”
Clair C – Yotpo Reviews
“I have played trumpet for many years. After toying with a high D whistle I fell in love. After some progress I began listening to low whistles. I chose well and cannot be more pleased or more amazed at the craftsmanship and quality of this instrument. Those traits aside, the praise only gets better as the sound and tone of this instrument (mine wiRead more about review stating Howard Classic Low D Whistleth the balanced head) are truly beautiful and precisely what I was hoping for. With no waiting list and a VERY reasonable price point I cannot be happier with this instrument or this company. Thank you to all who were involved in the process.”
Geoffrey G – Yotpo Reviews
“What an amazing whistle. I got a word for it fantastic. This diamond low D
whistle singing with the balance classic M3 is amazing. It is responsive, it is right on tune, its blowing requirements are just right. I have a world and native american collection of flutes and I sing with then daily and use them for music therapy. This Howard whistlRead more about review stating Luis S.e is what my collection needed. I am very happy and honored to sing with it. Love your website, the prompt response and attention provided to my requests and the commitment you have for the traditional irish whistle. Thank you. In song. Luis Sirvent.”
Luis S – Yotpo Reviews
“Wonderful new whistle heads!
Review by Michael S. on 11 Aug 2022review stating Wonderful new whistle heads!(Also posted on Google.)
Only took one week to get from England to California!
I got two new whistle heads for my Howard low D: the “Reedy” and the “Balanced heads.
The improvement in tone and intonation with both of these new whistle heads is astounding.
The “Reedy” head does just what it says. It gives the whiRead more about review stating Wonderful new whistle heads!stle a full, reedy sound with very little breath noise. It is louder than the original whistle head and the notes speak more firmly. It does require a smaller opening in your mouth and faster air to reach notes above high A.
The “Balanced” whistle head also does just what its name implies. The sound is softer, but sweeter and more balanced from the low to high notes than both the original head and the “Reedy” head. Notes above high A speak much easier too.
Both new whistle heads have printing on the back indicating which type of head it is.
I can honestly say that I never again want to play with the original head that came with my Howard low D. These new heads are a massive improvement! Read LessRead less about review stating Wonderful new whistle heads!”
Michael S – Yotpo Reviews
The Low D Whistle is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship with a beautiful head piece which doesn’t feel like I’m chewing on plastic all the time. A warm, mellow sound, easy to tune, and for a beginner it isn’t intimidating in the slightest with some patience.
Thank you to all at Howard Music for offering a wonderful instrument to continue somebody’s musical journey on.”
All the best!
Ross O – Yotpo Reviews