What is the name of this whistle?

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  1. 6stringelectric

    6stringelectric Tele-Meister

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    I don't have a pic, and in fact I haven't seen one of these since the 70's so I'll do my best to describe it.

    Back in the 70's the other guitar player in our band had a unique-sounding whistle.

    It looked very similar to what is called a "London Police Whistle" - a short brass tube with the hole at one end that you blow into, but this one also had
    a small chimney at the far end. This chimney was covered with a sort of fan/cover that would spin when you blew the whistle, modulating the sound sort of similar to the way a Leslie speaker works. The harder you blew the whistle, the faster the "fan" would spin, allowing some interesting sounds.

    He ddin't remember where he had gotten it other than "some music shop in Chicago" and I never saw one anywhere, even at that time.

    I have seen neither the whistle nor the guitar player since the 70's, and I have done several Google searches but haven't found anything about these whistles - probably partly because I have no idea what the correct name for it would be (I always called it a Leslie Whistle)

    Here is some audio of it being used on Bob Dylan's Highway 61. It is used at the very beginning of the song, and also at the end.


    So does anybody know what this was called, or any other info on it?
     
  2. Flip G

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    Acme Siren Whistle?

    He blows it--finally!--around 1m30s.

     
  3. 6stringelectric

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    Wo, that was fast!

    Yes, that's exactly it. Thanks.
     
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    I actually have a cheap plastic version of this thing. It's for those special times in the set where a Three Stooges - type reference may be called for.
     
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    Doesn't sound bad for a reissue, but you should hear my 1952 tweed model.:D
     
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    Warm Gums Friend of Leo's

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    Actually this is one time Acme is quality (or at least they were)
    I have a UK made Acme "Thunderer" drum majors whistle that is the whistle equivlent of a pre war Martin D45..the thing is LOUD, newer ones are OK, but nothing like this bad boy, those plastic things they pass off as whistles now..meh.
     
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    I'm glad someone posted this. I always wondered what these were called but gave up years ago and stopped asking. I bought a plastic one and when I asked the guy behind the counter, he just shrugged. I've asked people who own one and they didn't know what it's called.

    My plastic one is nowhere as good as the one in the clip. Now that I know what they're called, I'm going to get a real one.
     
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    Amazon has them listed under ..... Musical Instruments. So there ya go.


    I like this one: Acme Boatswains Whistle (or Bosuns whistle).

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