150 Years of Sound Development

In the 1860's, Joseph Hudson, who was a Birmingham trained toolmaker, converted his washroom at St. Marks Square, which he rented for one shilling and six pence per week, into a workshop. Here he did anything he could to supplement the family income from watch repairing to cobbling shoes. For reasons now lost in the mists of antiquity, whistles were his passion. Throughout the 1870's Joseph Hudson designed and made numerous types of whistles.

Boatswain (bosun) Pipe

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Designed in 1870, was used to give commands to the crew of ships. The high pitched notes can be heard in the worst gales. Today it is used mostly for ceremonial purposes.

The Metropolitan

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In 1883 the London Police were looking for an idea to replace the hand rattle. Inspired by a sound derived from his violin, Joseph Hudson created the perfect sounding whistle for police use. A slightly jarring, discordant trill, that would be unique and
far-carrying.

When tested by the Metropolitan Police in London, in 1883, the whistle was heard over a mile away and immediately adopted as the official whistle of the London Bobby. It can still be seen on duty in the streets of London, and occasionally even heard.

The ACME Thunderer

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In 1884 the Acme Thunderer was launched. The first and still the worlds leading pea whistle. Offering total reliability, control and power to the referee. It is now the world's biggest selling whistle, there is not a major league or sport that has not been graced by this whistle.

The ACME Siren

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Sometimes known as the cyclist's road clearer. This unmistakable sound, introduced in 1895, still finds numerous uses. From tribal dances to marine signalling, this complex whistle, made with watchmaker's precision, was the beginning of the ACME range of orchestral whistles and musical sound effects that remain popular to this day.

The ACME Silent Dog Whistle

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Up until the 1930s, dog whistles had been non-specialist whistles. Almost anything that made a sound was used. In 1935 Acme invented the Silent Dog Whistle, another world first. Having a highly tuned and adjustable frequency range has made this the most effective whistle for trainers to communicate with their dogs, dolphins or whales.

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