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Setanta Pro - Low D Whistle

1,000.00 Grams


Setanta Pro Low Whistle in D
Out of Stock

Whistle master, John O’Brien has collaborated with long-time friend Paraic McNeela of McNeela Instruments to produce this show-stopping low whistle. Marrying the latest in precision engineering with a personal handcrafted touch, once you hear the Setanta Low Whistle you will have to have it!

We ask you to please bear in mind that these are handcrafted, artisanal Irish whistles and, as a result, waiting times may exceed the advertised length. John is a perfectionist and will not let a whistle leave his workshop until it is the finest it can be.

Key Features of the Setanta Low Whistle in D 

  • Tuneable
  • Two Piece Aluminium Construction
  • Comfortable Mouthpiece
  • Easy Finger Stretch
  • Highly Responsive
  • Clear Warm Balanced Tone
  • Subtle Chiff
  • Great Volume
  • Strong Low D
  • Highly Accurate Tuning
  • Great Irish Session Whistle
  • Effortless across all Octaves
  • Also available in Low E & Low Eb (E flat)


Fipple and whistle body can also be purchased separately. 

Also available as a 3 whistle set with one headjoint and three separate bodies in the key of D, E and Eb. 

The Setanta Low Whistles Case is available to Buy Here

Setanta Whistles offer a beautifully warm clear tone in all octaves, excellent responsiveness and exceptionally accurate tuning. This quality low whistle is a worthy investment for any whistle player. You’ll be able to hear and feel the difference a premium instrument makes to your playing.

This highly anticipated tuneable whistle had many of our foremost whistle players astounded by the tone, responsiveness and tuning across all three octaves. This includes professional whistle players John McSherry and Alan Doherty, who can been seen in the video below playing at the launch in Swords Church in County Dublin, leading John McSherry to proclaim: 'They play themselves!'

Reviews for the Setanta Low Whistle

“I just received a low D a week ago and am extremely impressed with it so far. It is solidly made with a tuning slide standard - three o-rings. The tone holes are comfortable with no unreasonable stretches (for my hands). The tone is amazing being mostly clear with some chiff. It has a very strong bottom D and is easy to play all the way up and above 2 octaves. The tone and tuning can be pushed pretty easily without 'breaking'.” - Greg Schnider

“John O'Brien has really done his homework to produce a great easy-to-play all-rounder with excellent balance between octaves … I would say this is an excellent Low D” - Mikethebook

“Wonderful product opens up a whole new world for tin whistle players. Excellent high quality instrument with all of the keys available to you at great price. Well done John O Brien and thank you!” - Pat Murray

"The Setanta low whistle is a beautifully crafted instrument with haunting D and E notes. I'll be playing this low whistle in the wind section of the Irish Video Game Orchestra and can't wait to use it for both classical and traditional Irish music." - Pete Fahy



john-o-brien-setanta-low-whistle-workshop.jpgSetanta Whistles are designed and produced in Dublin, Ireland, by John O’Brien, marrying the latest in precision engineering with the personal handcrafted touch people have become accustomed to expect from top quality Irish brands.

John has spent numerous years playing whistles and uilleann pipes professionally on the road with Riverdance, Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder (to name but a few) in venues ranging from London's Royal Albert Hall to Carngie Hall and Broadway in New York. 

John felt it was time to produce a range of quality instruments specifically designed for the rigours of performing professionally across musical genres from céilí bands to orchestral work. With this in mind, he developed his new range of Setanta whistles featuring a beautifully warm clear tone in all octaves, excellent responsiveness and exceptionally accurate tuning.

One of the main reasons John felt it was important to develop the new range of whistles was to satisfy what he himself as a professional musician was looking for in terms of tuning.

He opted for the highly accurate equal temperament tuning system which allows the individual player to push, pull and bend notes with the minimum of effort. 

This has been a labour of love for John but in order to bring his concept from dream to reality he enlisted the expertise of his long time friend, musician, and instrument manufacturer, Paraic McNeela. 

This whistle has been precisely engineered featuring a warm balanced tone, excellent responsiveness and highly accurate tuning.

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Please note, whilst we will endeavour to ship all orders immediately, bear in mind these are handcrafted instruments, made to order and some minor delays may occur.

IRELAND (Next Day)

UK (5 - 7 days)
EUROPE (7 days)
USA and CANADA (7 - 10) days)
REST OF WORLD (10 - 14 days)


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