David O'Brien makes brass,
aluminum and wooden
pennywhistles in Chilliwack,
Canada.  These
professional-quality instruments
are available in a variety of keys
and styles, as well as in sets with
one head joint and two or three
body tubes in different keys.
This page last updated on 26/12/2013

An all-Delrin Rover for only C$149

I have re-designed the Phantom, with a slightly larger
diameter and no brass decoration.  By doing this, it is now a
little easier to make, thus the price reduction.  It still has the
same great sound that Delrin gives a whistle,  but with none of
the maintenance worries of a wooden whistle.

Click
here to hear three tunes played on the whistle in the
photos below.
Here is an O'Brien copper
whistle that accompanied an
American medic in Iraq for
several years. Click
here to read
some letters from the soldier
 Here are a few photos of a new wood I can now offer.  It is tempered birdseye
maple from a supplier in Arizona.  Temper
ing is a process of heating the wood in
a low-oxygen environment.  The result is more stable, darke
ned in colour and
more water-proof than the original wood.  These photos do not do the grain
justice.  It seems to move, depending on the direction of the light.