where to get a NRL Whistle

fatscally

Rugby Club Member
#1
Hi.

The whistle used in the NRL has a distinctive tone. It sounds lower and almost as though it's slowing down.
Where can I get one of those? Mine sounds very Soccer-ish.
 

Robert Burns

Administrator
Staff member
#2
That's because of how they hold it, not because of the whistle.

99% of the time it's an Acme Thunderer 58.5, however they cover the hole slightly to bring a deeper tone.

I must get that video of this done soon!

Hope that helps!
 

FlipFlop

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#3
Or do they use the Acme Thunderer 58? That has a different sound.

( Note - this is the one I use, prefer it, and find it easier to change the tone than the 58.5)
 

Robert Burns

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Staff member
#6
The difference is just a taper on the mouth piece.

However the RL refs mostly use a cover over too, in order to control the tones they get.

Glad you found it :)
 

leaguerefaus

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#7
Agreed that they nearly all use the metal 58.5, but one of the refs at the U13, 14, 16 Cultural Exchange in QLD was using a plastic acme which got a good sound. Gerard Sutton was using a plastic acme in the Cowboys v Broncos match last Friday. Apparently they're easier to get a good tone out of. I've never tried one personally though.
 

smeagol

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#9
On Amazon, I snagged three plastic ones as back-ups at $6 a pop (I lose track of things a LOT).

I've never had to use them, but I did lend one to a referee at a tournament, and he was raving. I ended up letting him have it because he liked it so much.
 

Lee Lifeson-Peart

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#10
Acme plastic ones don't come in " half " sizes. Ie there's no plastic equivalent to the metal 58.5. Just the 58 which is a 558.

Clear as mud!
 

damo

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#11
I have a plastic 558 and a metal 58.5. Although it isn't a popular opinion, I much prefer the 558 because it is louder, deeper and requires less effort to blow. People say the 58.5 is easier to get a variable tone and that may be true.

One of my assessors recommended I get the Acme 58 which is a wide mouthed metal one. Unfortunately I have looked and looked for one in the sports shops but they don't have them here. Has anyone else used this one?

I think this weekend is likely to be my last weekend for the year, so maybe over the summer I'll look into getting one over the internet.
 

FlipFlop

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#13
One of my assessors recommended I get the Acme 58 which is a wide mouthed metal one. Unfortunately I have looked and looked for one in the sports shops but they don't have them here. Has anyone else used this one?

I use the 58. Got it online from Acme...... (If you have a birthday coming up, then someone can get you one, and get it engraved, for you from Acme!!)
 

tim White

, Referees in England
#14
Very good whistle the '58'. Slightly deeper tone and LOUDER than others. Will chip teeth or give a fat lip if you are in a hurry and careless, easier to clean out when you fall over and stuff it into the mud. Change hands occasionally to avoid one bicep developing more than the other- proper MAN'S whistle this.