This whistle is either a curse or a blessing, depending on whether or not
you've found a good one.
A good Gen can be really spectacular...I am lucky and found one that plays
almost as well as my Burke AlPro. A bad Gen is just a squeaky, raspy mess, but
can sometimes be tweaked to also be a really great whistle...I like that Jerry
is putting out the tweaked Gens, this is a great way for someone who wants the
Gen sound to get one without having to play the whistle lottery and go through a
whole case of the things.
Assuming a good Gen, this is a whistle without much resistance, and plays easily
into the third octave. The tuning is a little off on some notes, but part of
playing a Gen is learning to bring those notes into tune--you kind of have to
make an association of "this note takes this much air" for each note
of the whistle, particularly in the upper octave, where each note is a bit
different from its neighbors.
How do I know if I have a "bad" Generation or a "good" one?
Listen to [this clip]. The
first whistle is a bad Generation, and the second is a good one.
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