Thursday, December 09, 2010

Bronze Whistles

Hi Folks,

Wow, it's been a crazy week between the flu and all the rest of it. Anyway, I'm back on track and getting stuff done in the shop this week finally. It's going to be Whistle Central around here for a few days with titanium coming next and then a big batch of brass. Then I have 5 Flute Lanslides coming in titanium and also some 5 flute beauties in copper which are running this afternoon. Bronze 5 flutes will run in a week or so, still waiting on the material which is why I had them run some copper ones while I had a little window of machine time.

Anyway, today I have the first wave of bronze Whistles done. When the rest of the bronze comes in next week they will run me some more of them but I have just three dozen at the moment. This is an aluminum bronze alloy and when freshly turned it doesn't look all that different from brass. However, it is more corrosion resistant, a little harder and it will develop a dark rich patina that is different than brass. I chose this material because the other grades that are available either are oil impregnated for use as bushing material or they have a high lead content for machinability so I thought this would be the best choice despite it's higher cost. You wouldn't really want the other grades in your mouth as a whistle.

So, bronze whistles will run $50 each plus shipping and the link is below:

Bronze are sold out, thank you!

13 comments:

sharkytm said...

NOOOOOOOO!
I can't believe I missed these. I've been waiting for the bronze whistles. I guess I'll have to catch the next sale. Bronze and seawater just go hand-in hand.

QVolve said...

Interesting. I thought I'd be done after a brass whistle, but I might have to grab one of these too!

OtisCampbell said...

Yeah.. totally missed out after two weeks of refreshing..

Mike said...

Teaches me to take a shower! Damn need for cleanliness. I hope I can get one next week.

James said...

Got one!

Very cool, copper and bronze Lanslide's are next on my list.

At least now I can get some work done and stop checking the site every 5 minutes!

Thanks Peter, can't wait to see the bronze after a few months on the key chain.

matt said...

I'm with James, put me down for a few copper and bronze lanslides : )

Fire said...

i have one of these on the way and i cant wait to get it. i cant be online all day to check for updates on future sales which sucks, i dont want to miss out on something. hopefully im lucky.. fingers crossed

Indy Fab fan said...

sorry i missed out .... on a plane for six hours .... but wanted to say thank you for sharing the thought process behind the metal selection of the whistles. hope you are back in good health and vigor and enjoying this time of year.

MetalMork said...

Missed again! Time zones be gone! :(((((((

Francesco, ITALY

CVMA Monkey said...

Guess I missed out as well... Just figured out how to order with you so now I will just impatiently wait (with everyone else) and hope for something soon. Glad to be here finally!

Rick said...

I don't know if it is the background color or what, but the machining on the bronze whistle looks flawless!

Do you have one with patina yet?

Peter Atwood said...

Thanks! Yeah, I love the background color on this shot.

I'm not going to do any patinas I decided. The reason is I'm not sure of the safety of the residues since a whistle is something you put in your mouth. If people want to play around with chemicals on their whistles then that is one thing, but I'm a little nervous doing so with something I'm selling. It may be perfectly safe but I just don't know... If I do want color then I have titanium which is totally safe. ;)

Rick said...

Reading up on bronze and I like the properties about it. I think it will age better than the brass. I can't wait to see some pics with natural patina.