Daniel Roy of Québec playing some tunes on a Musique Morneaux whistle: here, a Rosewood body and a Maple wood head.

Daniel Roy de Québec jouant quelques airs sur un flageolet de Musique Morneaux : ce modèle est un corps en palissandre et une tête en bois d’érable.

A lovely video from Joy Ann Williams on one of our rosewood whistles in D



In case you’re interested, I do have some of our D whistles in Maple wood… Not something I usually make but I had received a few requests.


High D whistle (soprano) in Maple Wood.  250$ plus shipping.


[The above video recorded by 웅장맨 on one of my whistles in D of African Blackwood]

“Penny” or “Tin” whistles no more – beautifully made whistles/flageolets in various keys for the discerning performer.  These are carefully made and tested by serious whistle players before declared ready for sale.  They are voiced for a fuller yet sweeter sound than other whistles on the market with a conical bore to bring the instrument better in tune with itself (typical style whistles tend to play flat in the second and worse in the third octaves) and over the years this design has brought rave reviews.

[Video by Folkfriends in Germany made when Ralph still ran Sweetheart Flute and I had developed my Morneault Model chromatic whistle]


Your options below are

  • Diatonic models (6 hole traditional) in the keys of D#, D, C#, C, and B. (If you would like one in Baroque pitch – appropriate for 18th century impressions – select the tone a half step lower such as the C# whistle for a Baroque D)
  • Chromatic models (10 hole) in the keys of D and C
  • The D-drop-C model – an 8-hole whistle with alternative C-nat thumb hole and a bottom tone hole for your little finger that permits you to play the C-nat below the low D.

Diatonic(6-hole), traditional style whistles


Clean sounding 2-piece whistle/flageolet which is thereby tunable and easily cleaned.  This is the design I’ve been making for Ralph Sweet these years past, replacing the failed laminated design.  Other whistles on the market cannot reasonably compare for the balance of lower tones and ease of higher end.  Each one is in two pieces, the tenon also serving as the tuning slide; while meant for A=440, it can tune sharper or flatter to suit your needs as many trad sessions tend to be a little sharp while some religious bodies with their music programs and choirs at times tune a shade flat.  This is a well-lauded instrument and once you’ve played upon one, you will wonder if you can ever go back to those plastic-headed typically encountered toys that go WAY FLAT in the second register!

Whistle pulled out approx 18″ (3.175mm) to be at A=440.

Models in D and C are routinely made, and likely to be in stock; other pitches are made to order and require a bit more work.  Due to the greatly increased cost to obtain blackwood, it is only available by custom order.

For the sake of the drop-down menus, I was obligated to place them into separate groups, allowing me to offer the variations in wood and pitch. You will not be ordering a full set; select from which “set” the desired whistle is in and then click the drop-down menu to choose the specific pitch and wood.

Diatonic Whistle Group 1

D#/G# model (Eb/Ab) – That half step higher than the trad whistle.  I have a few of these in Granadillo; order one in rosewood and then drop me a note saying you prefer it in Granadillo.

D/G model plays easily in both keys – D for its normal scale from the bottom up; G from the midpoint with a simple fingering change for the C halfway up the scale.

C#/F# model – Half step between the C and D whistles.  This is the pitch you want if you wish for a Baroque-era D.

Diatonic Whistle Group 2

C/F model  – the information for the D/G applies here but for the fingering change applying to the “B”.

B/E model – Next step lower than the C and facilitates playing in E when using the “G fingering”: whistle players understand.  This is the pitch you want if you wish for a Baroque C

Bb/Eb model – This is at modern accepted pitch (A=440) rather than “fife&drum pitch”.  I can make it the slightly sharper pitch to match trad fifes but by specific request.

Diatonic Whistle Group 3

A/D model – This is a new offering.  It maintains the “whistle sound” instead of the larger-bore “recorder-sound” that many other A whistles on the market today.

Click the drop-down menu and select the wood and pitch you desire.

Diatonic Whistles

Diatonic Whistles

The alto whistle in A, much like whistles other than D or C, are rarely in stock and you must be prepared for a wait time for your order to be made.

Diatonic Whistles


“I just received my Rosewood High D Whistle and it is FANTASTIC! The tone is smooth and pure throughout its entire range and it is a very lovely instrument. Thank you so very much, this is so much better than any other whistle I’ve ever played”  Sincerely, Fred Randles, Canton, Ohio

“I have been performing on my MusiqueMorneaux blackwood whistle for a month now and I’ve tossed my A— into the drawer of my desk. It simply cannot compare… Even better than past whistles I’ve bought from Sweetheart. I pray to God you have an apprentice!”   John Tyler, Rochester, NY

I got it (Bb whistle) today! Wow! It was hard to put it down to write this quick note to you – exquisitely crafted, it responds so smoothly with a sweet clear high register. I am overjoyed!”  Joy Williams, Providence, RI

“The new whistle (C Mopane) arrived today. My son, Johnny, tried it out, and he said that this is a quality (pro) instrument; he is very happy. We are glad to give this instrument and this order a 5 star rating!”   John Derant – Jefferson, MD

“Your whistle arrived about noon and I have had a chance to play it. – VERY NICE!!  It is very responsive with excellent intonation throughout its range, has a very pleasing tone and is beautifully crafted. What more could one desire? Thank you!” – William S Tihen, Bristol, RI.

“We are now the proud owners of two beautiful, wooden whistles (high D and D drop C), and we thank you so very much – we are so overwhelmed with the craftsmanship! We really won’t play anything else anymore!” – Linda and Clyde Vasey, Winfield, KS.

The whistle [Mopane D] arrived today in perfect order! I got to take it through its paces the last couple of hours and it is a joy to play! It has a beautiful, bright, and chipper sound and it is so incredibly easy to hit the high notes without going out of tune or overblowing. No longer will I have the old “must be the whistle excuse!” – Joshua Mason, Warwick, RI.


Be Thou My Vision (Traditional Irish Melody) 내 맘의 주여 소망되소서 on Musique Morneaux high whistle in D

Performer’s E-mail: aehojangum@naver.com


Chromatic 10-hole whistle

The 10-holed “Morneault Model” Whistle – (pronounced “Morno”)

The inspiration was derived from various Renaissance and Baroque era wind instruments and the more recent 10-hole fifes to be found in the US.  Answering requests for a chromatic whistle that did not have the visible key work of the Sweetheart Flute Co Killoury Model, I developed this 10-hole design.  It has the ergonomic layout for traditional whistle players, earlier test models put in the hands of a few whistle players for trials, and this model is what has come out of that.  It will take some practice and getting used to if your only experience with whistles has been on traditional 6-hole diatonic models.  But other scales than D and G are more easily attainable on this and the occasional need to hit an accidental is facilitated, all while maintaining the appearance of a traditional whistle in wood.  I offer these in Honduras Rosewood, African Blackwood, and soon in Mopane for international orders.


.                    “The blackwood (chromatic) D whistle arrived today and it is exactly what I have been searching and hoping for!  I have been playing on an aluminum Burke and a brass Burke – excellent whistles – but not the tone quality I have been wanting.  I am SO happy with this whistle.  Thank you, Thank you!” Tom R, Dayton, Ohio.

.                    “Merci pour le modèle Morneaux à Mopane! Comme je vous ai écrit, je joue habituellement sur un piccolo mais je voulais essayer un flageolet pour la différence de son et je suis émerveillé de voir à quel point j’aime ça! Vous êtes un vrai artisan!”  Michelle Bernard, Nice, France.

.                    “I was delighted to receive my Mark 2 10-hole rosewood whistle. It is both beautifully crafted and a joy to play. The tone is easy and sweet and the instrument feels good in the hands.”  Kate Bolcar, Colorado Springs, CO.

“The D (chromatic or Morneault Model) whistle arrived safely today! May I say what an enjoyable instrument it is!
Congratulation sir! The intonation and timbre are wonderful, even into the upper third octave!  It is important to me that the third octave plays easily and is in tune, since I will mostly be playing baroque recorder literature, which, as you know, has a range of two and a half octaves… I’m VERY glad to have this marvelous instrument in my collection.”
 John L. Edwards, Oklahoma City, OK.


This is ALSO available in the key of C/F.  Please specify which you prefer when ordering. Remember that this model regardless of key is often made upon ordering and therefore may require some time; please inquire when ordering.

The “Mark 1” version is what is described above, but I also offer a “mark 2” version in which instead of the double hole for the left hand, there are two separate tone holes for the ring and little finger in the style of modern 10-hole fifes.  See the photos and be sure of what you prefer when ordering.

Video from Folkfriends in Germany: Well, I never worked for Walt Sweet despite his mis-speaking, but I did first design and make this whistle while I was working for Ralph Sweet, but on my own at my little home shop which has since been absorbed into the main atelier here in Enfield.

And then from my friend Hatao in Japan

For our customers in Japan – 日本のお客様へ https://celtnofue.com/contact/morneaux_10holes.html

Chromatic whistle – Morneault model



. D drop C model

Made as a custom model for a particular customer, I found that there were a few people looking for this model.  It is effectually a D whistle but with an extended foot to enable the performer to play the C-nat below the tonic D.  This is an 8-hole model (there’s the alternative C-nat thumb hole) and is made by request.  Usually offered in rosewood, I’ll consider an alternative wood but it will cost a little more; please contact me before ordering to see if there are any in stock or how long you may need to wait.

A variation of this is the D drop C model with F-nat option – see below.

D drop C model in rosewood.


“Wow! Just what I wanted, thank you! The only other one I’ve found with this feature is sloppy sounding – this one is perfect AND has the alternate C natural thumb hole…” Fred Stone, NY, NY.

“Thanks for the beautiful D drop C whistle, and the time discussing it on the phone. Great sound. Great craftsmanship.”   Robert Sacks, Boise, Idaho

D drop C model whistle


18th Century Flageolets

Recreated by request, this is a replica of a model from the late 18th century.  It is considered to be the precursor of the whistle we know today.  My standard model is in the key of D, devoid of keys, has 5 parts, and has a space to place absorbent material (provided) to keep saliva from collecting in the actual fipple.  The whistle as we know it today is a far more streamlined instrument from this.  This instrument is actually more accurate for playing 18th century tunes than the whistle we know today, which is a development from the early 19th century.   Like all our instruments, we make these by hand here in Connecticut; 7 hole with the last being for a D# option, covered by your little finger.  We hope to have some variations to offer in the near future.  These are made upon ordering: please expect that it may be 8 to 10 weeks, depending upon what else we’re juggling.  A source for information on the flageolet can see had at The Pleasant Companion, or at this Wikipedia page.

Painting by Samuel De Wilde: 1751-1832. Entitled “Music”

D in Rosewood