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 Post subject: Steam whistles - advice please
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:06 am 
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Location: Calstock, Cornwall, UK
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Somewhat thinking ahead, but some advice on steam whistles would be appreciated.
I after something with a nice tone, but not too precocious for the 15ft boat I'll be building.
I've listened to numerous on YouTube, but am non the wiser.
What should I be considering?
TIA
Ian


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 Post subject: Re: Steam whistles - advice please
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:42 am 
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I can only suggest you go to a few steamboat meetings, and keep your ears open!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:17 am 
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I can only suggest you go to a few steamboat meetings, and keep your ears open!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:47 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:34 am 
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IMHO a chime steam whistle sounds much more pleasing to the ear.

These folks have sound clips of various whistles on this page: http://www.steam-whistles.com/whistlesounds/

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:33 pm 
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When I decided to build a steamboat, I started picking up old whistles when possible and wound up with about four large different ones. I don't know if there is something wrong with my ears?? or what it is, but they were all too shrill and not very pleasing, especially up close. I like the deeper tones much better. I started researching and found that long bodied whistles have a deeper tone or lower note as I kinda knew anyways. So, I decided to make my own. It wasn't a very difficult project and it was much cheaper than an antique whistle, I think around $50 to make. I like it much better than any of the others I had, which I sold a while back. From now on, I'll just make my own.

Here is a drawing I made of my whistle:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:34 pm 
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Good evening Ian,

Here's a couple of videos about machining a steam whistle using reclaimed propane tank valves:

Part 1/2:


And part 2/2:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:37 pm 
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... By the way, you've made quite a nice whistle, DetroiTug. I definitely love the way it sounds.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:42 am 
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The desirability of a particular sound does vary a lot with setting, and that does apply to steam whistles.

As an example, I admit to liking bagpipes AS LONG AS they're on a Scottish hillside at least half a mile away.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:35 pm 
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Here ya go. Go nuts. Most of them have.

https://www.hornandwhistle.com
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/steam-whistles/info
http://www.capewest.ca/steam_whistle_plans.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_whistle

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