Clarke

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The Clarke MKCGD Premium Kazoo is a sophisticated gold-plated kazoo designed for musicians who value sound quality. It is made of metal, which makes it strong a..
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The Clarke CTW/CDBC Original C whistle is a classic and reliable instrument. The body is made of tin with a wooden plug in the mouthpiece. The sound is pleasant..
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The Clarke MKCSD Premium Kazoo is an exquisite silver-plated kazoo designed for musicians who value sound quality. It is made of metal, which makes it strong an..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPD Sweetone D Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a black color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to lear..
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The Clarke MKCBD Premium Kazoo is a sophisticated black-coated kazoo designed for musicians who value sound quality. It is made of metal, which makes it strong ..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone C Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a black color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone D Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a red color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and h..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone D Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a golden color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and has..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone C Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a green color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone C Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a golden color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and has..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone C Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a blue color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and ..
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The Clarke CTW/CBDD1 is an original D key whistle, ideal for musicians of all levels. This whistle has a clear and bright sound, which makes it a perfect choice..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone D Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a green color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone C Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a silvery color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and ha..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone C Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a red color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and h..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone D Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a blue color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and ..
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Clarke CTW/CWD1 is a Celtic whistle in the key of D from the famous Clarke brand. This whistle reproduces a clear and deep sound characteristic of the classic C..
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The Clarke CTW/SDP40D set includes 40 Sweetone D whistles in a variety of colors along with matching storage cases. The Sweetone D whistle is an ideal instrumen..
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The Clarke CTW/SDP40C set includes 40 Sweetone C whistles in a variety of colors along with matching storage cases. The Sweetone C whistle is an ..
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The Clarke CTW/CDB20C set contains 20 original whistles in the key of C. This instrument is an excellent choice for those who want to learn music or use it in p..
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The Clarke CTW/SDPC Sweetone D Tin Whistle is a beautiful instrument with a silvery color that is noted for ease of play. The instrument is easy to learn and ha..
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CTW/MKCSD20 - a kit from Clarke that includes 20 kazoos. Each kazoo is made of metal and has a bright silver color. A kazoo is a musical instrument that produce..
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CTW/MKCGD20 - A set from Clarke that includes 20 kazoos. Each kazoo is made of metal and has a bright golden color. A kazoo is a musical instrument that produce..
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The Clarke CTW/MKCBD20 is a set of 20 metal kazoos from the renowned manufacturer Clarke. These kazoos have a black finish that gives them a stylish and modern ..
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Clarke

The first Clarke Tinwhistle was invented in 1843 in Coney Weston, a tiny village near Bury St. Edmunds, in England.

The creation of the tin whistle was inspired when Robert Clarke, a poor farm labourer, heard about the invention of tin plate and asked a blacksmith to help him to copy the design of his wooden whistle using this new material.

The mouthpiece needed a wooden fipple so, because he did not own a saw, he made this out of one of the stays from his wife’s corset, cutting the teeth with a file. The new tin whistle played so well that Robert decided to begin a business manufacturing them.

Clarke heard that there were big opportunities for manufacturers in Lancashire, so he and his son walked the long distance from Coney Weston to Manchester, pushing his tools and materials in a handbarrow. On the way he stopped by at village markets and made tin whistles to sell, which proved to be very popular among the villagers.

Sometimes he met Irish labourers, who were building railways and canals, and sold his tin whistles to them. These Irishmen took them back to Ireland where the English tin whistle rapidly became Ireland’s favourite folk instrument.

When Robert reached Manchester he set up his factory in a shed and soon became a successful manufacturer. He called his tin whistles ‘Megs’, a Victorian nickname for a halfpenny, as this is how much he charged for them.

He eventually made so much money that he was able to build two houses, a factory and a church in the nearby village of New Moston. He went back to Coney Weston and bought up the farm that he had previously lived in, using gold sovereigns which he carried in a Gladstone bag.

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