Here’s a really astonishing whistle. It comes from the skilled hands of Ian Turnbull from Impempe who are based in South Africa. This instrument captures all the magic of the lush KwaZulu-Natal region – a region that has many similarities with the Celtic landscapes of Western Europe.
It’s a serious whistle - for a serious player – but this is not reflected in the price. The polished aluminium body and mouthpiece look pretty imposing. The tuning slide is highly functional. Intonation is impressive. Backpressure is moderate on all whistles. The Impempe has a unique amount of chiff, yet it still sings wistfully reflecting the misty and enigmatic slopes of its motherland.
Please don’t think that South Africa is new to the whistle business – it is steeped in musical legacy in SA, with the Kwela capturing many hearts on the world music stage.
We do not have sound files as yet – these will follow shortly. Mr. Wetyer expects sales to be good as he feels that they are priced well below other tuneable aluminium whistles.
In these challenging financial times the arrival if the ‘Impempe’ could not have come at a more appropriate moment!
n.b. Impempe are made in a third world country. As such the finish of them may not be as slick as some of the higher priced whistles on our web-site. The specification however is unbeatable for a whistle of this price.
Please do not purchase if you require an absolutely perfect body finish – but feel free to buy if you want a high whistle that blows beautifully, is tuneable and has the perfect amount of back pressure....and still looks pretty damn good too!
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