Robert Swanson Whistle

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Robert Swanson Whistle

Postby csxnslne » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:57 pm

Hello all! I recently had the opportunity to purchase one of Mr. Swanson's homemade whistles. It was supposed to have been used in his audio lab as a reference. The whistle remained at Airchime until 2007, and I can't find much more information about it. It is a 6 chime of welded steel construction. I have yet to find a recording of it. I have seen at least one picture of the whistle while at Airchime. Does anyone with knowledge about Mr. Swanson and his whistles have any more information or, even better, a recording?
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Re: Robert Swanson Whistle

Postby Jazz_Bass » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:47 pm

Unfortunately the one man who would have this information passed away a few months ago. Fred Berry had talked about this whistle a couple times. You may be able to search through forum posts and see if you can find any of it.
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Re: Robert Swanson Whistle

Postby csxnslne » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:11 pm

Thanks for the information. Mr. Berry's insight was always so helpful. I've been searching through archived posts. I haven't found anything yet, but will continue to search. Thankfully, I should be able to make my own recordings on steam within the next week.

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Re: Robert Swanson Whistle

Postby SAR621 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:51 am

Did you buy this on eBay recently? I saw it listed.

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Re: Robert Swanson Whistle

Postby csxnslne » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:17 pm

My apologies for the extremely late reply. Yes, this whistle was on eBay. In July of 2017, I was able to record the whistle on Bucksgahuda and Western #1 "Otto," a 2 foot gauge Henschel 0-4-0:

https://youtu.be/stIDMtBL_bQ

Also, most of us have probably heard Robert Swanson's "Whistle Talk," a kind of Ted Talk from 1975, but in case you haven't:

https://youtu.be/F6_8KqYjPF0

At 4:40 Mr. Swanson tells the story of building his favorite whistle. At 5:30 there is a recording. Comparing these two recordings, there is little doubt in my mind that this is the whistle mentioned in the talk.


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