its a tie for me between the pearl and the fusion as my most hated whistle, awfulI mostly use the fox 40 mini or the dolfin, which sound reasonably similar to one another. (Since I like the dolfin, I'm pretty sure I'd like the Valkeen, too, but I'm just not willing to pay that for a whistle.)
When fields are next to one another, I usually use either the Fox 40 Pearl or the Acme Tornado that looks like a bend piece of gum--because they have a more unusual sound. But I think they are both harder to "talk" with than the mini or the dolfin.
I have a handful of others that I use from time to time. I like the newer Fox 40 Fusion better than the classic (but neither as much as the mini). I've used the Sonic Blast and thunderer, but never particularly liked them. I had a devastator (that's the one with a spin wheel inside instead of a ball), but was luke warm on it--I lost it at a tournament and never got another one. I also still have a metal whistle with a ball in it from when I first reffed as a youth, but I never use it.
And I have a few others, but since I haven't had my ref bag out since February, I don't remember what else is in there.
I'm exactly this! Nothing else to add, you've basically written my entire thought process out for me!I have 2 that I use, the fox 40 classic which is imo great never had any problems with it and if you can get the right tone is perfect, not too loud but loud enough that everyone knows what’s going on and gives you enough authority. I only use my Fox 40 Sonik Blast for mass confs or when a ref next to me on another pitch has a fox 40 or other loud whistle to show the players which whistle to listen to with its unique high pitched tone and loudness, only problem is blowing it next to another players ears will bring complaints and they won’t be happy because of how loud it is which for me in kids football is something I definitely try to avoid to avoid a problem with parents/managers about it
I used the Sonik Blast for a few months and I genuinely think it’s affected my ears. It’s such a shrill sound and I noticed my hearing ‘crackles’ at certain harsh sounds now. I’m convinced it’s because of its shrill tone.Used the Sonik Blast once when being observed going 5-4, observer and the ARs all said it sounded awful and I've never used it again since!
Most of the time I use my Valkeen knock-off, occasionally for a change I'll use my Fox 40 Epik or Acme Tornado 2000.
I’ve been looking to get one. Not sure where though