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Setanta Soprano Whistle - High D [LEADTIME]

200.00 Grams
Setanta Soprano Whistle - High D
Please Allow a Lead Time of 14 - 21 Days for Your Whistle

Launched in 2018, the Setanta Soprano Irish Whistles range has taken the professional Irish whistle world by storm. 

Listen to the video below to hear the superb tone and versatility of this hand crafted brass whistle and to discover the different tones available from each fipple option.. 

 Key Features of the Setanta Soprano Whistle: 

  • Tuneable
  • Two piece brass construction
  • Comfortable mouthpiece
  • Highly responsive
  • Clear, bright, balanced tone
  • Subtle chiff
  • Excellent volume 
  • Highly accurate tuning
  • Effortless to play across all octaves
  • Superb Irish Session Whistle 
  • Also available in C and Eb, or as a full set 

Bonus Features: 

  • Choice of fipple (choose from three different types)
  • Bonus Whistle Lessons with John O'Brien

Personalise your whistle with your own choice of fipple: 

1. All Brass Head - provides the warmest tone. Produces more mid-range frequencies and sounds particularly at home with the C whistle.

2. Brass & Delrin Head - a slightly more balanced tone with a healthy smattering of high frequencies, providing more colour and body.

3. Delrin Head - featuring the colour and body of the Brass & Delrin Head plus more high end frequencies. The result is a brighter tone, more suited to cutting through in a session.

If you're unsure which fipple is for you, John recommends the Brass fipple for the Setanta C whistle, the Delrin fipple for the Setanta D whistle and the Brass fipple with Delrin cork for the Setanta Eb whistle. 

"I highly recommend the Delrin head for your outdoor summer sessions, it's punchy, bright and warm" - John O'Brien, Maker


For a limited time only, when you purchase a Setanta Soprano Whistle Set, you will receive five free online whistle lessons with professional musician, maker and tutor, John O’Brien.  

These lessons feature three extensive beginner lessons by the end of which you will be playing a polka and a classic Irish jig and will have learnt a few excellent tricks on the whistle.  

You’ll also receive two intermediate lessons focusing on traditional Irish tunes; Rose in the Heather and The Drunken Landlady, made famous by The Bothy Band. You’ll also learn rolls, cuts and taps and more.

Reviews for the Setanta Soprano D Whistle

"For me it's perfect: just pure brass, very well made, heavy and solid in your hands but you get used immediately. I am used to professional wind instruments and this gives you the same nice feeling.

In my opinion the sound is gorgeous, it has a beautiful dark sweet tone, perfectly balanced in both octaves, great volume without being too loud and very easy to play... I wanted something sweeter and I found the perfect sound for me. I have tried many but this instrument is absolutely 'The One' for me!" - Mirco L.

"Such a treat when the whistle arrived and I actually had a free morning to play it. Beautiful sound, secure feel to the playing quality - it feels very special, and I look forward to getting to know it more" - Laura B.

"This is a wonderful sounding whistle. It’s a pleasure to play." - David B


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 brand

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.

We recommend this great Setanta Soprano Whistle case for storing your full set of Setanta Soprano Whistles

 Good to Know:


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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