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SAUNDERS RECORDERS
BRISTOL ENGLAND

VAT reg no GB 140 4633 02

john@saundersrecorders.com

Orders by telephone, email, or post, welcome.
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Please see the News page for details of the changes to the business.

The business proprietor is now John Everingham F.T.C.L.

SAUNDERS RECORDERS stocks a range of good and better quality recorders. Both wooden recorders and plastic recorders feature in this list. I try not to adopt an elitist stance, but there is no rubbish. It can be difficult to choose between a wood recorder and a plastic recorder at the lower end of the price range and I believe that the better recorders made of plastic are preferable to many recorders made of wood.

I stock very musical and playable recorders from around ten to more than a thousand pounds. They are listed by manufacturer. In these difficult times it is very hard to state a price for non-stock items. The price for such special order items may be agreed at the time of ordering. As I move towards retirement I am reducing my stock and concentrating on the models for which there is a steady demand. This list of stock recorders will get shorter.

All the recorders listed are baroque fingered models. 'German' fingering is not used in the UK. (Thank goodness!) They are all supplied in some sort of bag or case. The most expensive recorders come in better quality cases or wallets. They play at 'Concert Pitch' (A=440) except where otherwise specified. (Some makers work to A=442. The difference is not very significant but it can be helpful.)

These pages are the result of adapting the paper price list, with comments, that had always been a feature of this business. Gradually the influence of the web has taken over and the features extended. I have taken a lot of trouble to keep everything printer friendly. Indeed, if you really want a paper version of any of the pages I am able to produce one (free of charge) and mail it to you. When the business was young there was no internet or home computer let alone a 'smart phone'. How different things are now! I do not think of myself as running an 'internet business', and I will continue to be available, in person. I still regard these pages as one of several forms of advertising. The service relies on my personal expertise and experience and you may visit me by appointment. I have a stock room and it is rare for listed items to be unavailable for immediate delivery. Please do not overlook the music pages. My music stock has now been transferred to Recorder Music Mail who will be very glad to supply you.

Tax. The prices on this page include V.A.T. (UK sales tax, not charged on music or books) at 20%. Customers resident outside the EU pay approximately 16.6% less than these prices on this page. I am now adding ex-VAT, export, prices under my sterling EU prices. It will take a little while to finish the job.

V.A.T. is refundable to most "over the counter" non-EU customers, please ask. Orders from publicly funded (UK L.E.A. schools and Academies) schools are welcome. Instruments purchased this way and used for curriculum work may be sold on to pupils, by the school, less the V.A.T. amount. There is no need for prior consultation. Click here for details.

Items with bracketed price, no price or struck through price are not in stock. There are various reasons for this. With lower priced items it is usually because I do not regard them as being good value. With high priced items it is more complicated and relates to the availability of space and the demand for them.

In response to requests for recommended models I have introduced a cute little icon Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details against my preferred models. (Click the icon for more information.) I have only done this for recorders at the lower end of the price range (plastic and wood). They are my personal choice and you can find out more by reading my choice notes. A new feature is the green 'smiley' Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details that marks models that I think are better suited the needs of folk music. A few recorders that now have a green smiley, on the right, did not qualify for a yellow smiley because of their price.

Many of the less expensive wooden recorders are available with single holes for the lowest notes. I have chosen not to stock them and they are not mentioned in the list but I would be able to supply them to special order. All cheaper wooden descant recorders are made in two pieces only, most plastic descants are made in three. I do not regard the difference as significant. The moveable bottom joint should never be turned to facilitate 'left handed' playing. The price at which wooden descants start to be made with a separate foot joint is about £100. If you find a new instrument with a separate foot joint for significantly less you are likely to be very dissatisfied with the tone and finish.

For those of you who are viewing this electronically, there are hyperlinks in the list which will produce images of the recorders, Eye Icon, and mp3 sound files, Speaker Icon. If you would like to see what audio is available click here. If you are unsure about this, click here for help. Please explore the site fully, and do not ignore "Other Topics". There is a wealth of material on the "Information and Advice" page.

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ADLER

The production of Adler recorders has ceased. I no longer have any.

 

ARIEL / ZAMIR

Plain instruments for the budget conscious. The production of these recorders has ceased. I no longer have any. Just for the record, I have resurrected a picture of two maple descant models here.



AULOS

There have been many changes to this range of plastic instruments. The popular but rather strident flat bottomed 205 descant has been replaced by the 205A which will surely meet with approval from teachers and children alike. It is slightly shorter than before and just as easy to play, but much sweeter in tone. It still comes in the famous yellow bag. A new keyless tenor 211A, of similar appearance to the 205A descant, replaces the old 311N. All new Aulos models now come with a thumb rest. The other models listed here offer alternative characteristics for the discerning player. Where "E" appears in the model number I believe it signifies "English" (or "Baroque") fingering. Some previous instances have been removed, they were a source of confusion. A "G" signifies "German" fingering. I do not stock "German" fingered recorders at all.

The new, sweet toned, all brown 303 descant is low priced, but seems to me to be a poor thing indeed. I do not like the tone of lowest notes of the new 503B model descant. The matching sopranino, 507B-E, is good. The all black 803 descant was not at all nice and is discontinued.

The new models are very similar to the previous ones, but have a concave end to the bell. I do not think that this is a significant design feature. (Except for bell stopped notes, which become nearly impossible to execute cleanly.) The 309A treble is completely new and my recommendation for adult beginners and new players who do not mind the extra cost. I no longer have any of the reedy sounding 509E treble. The tone of the "B" model is smoother but it I do not care for the intonation. The latest version of the straight bass, 533EE, is a noticeable improvement.

There are also two instruments after Richard Haka, descant and treble. These have very tightly focused and slightly reedy tone, and the treble a delightful attack. Both are simulated rosewood, very convincing, nice to play and hold. The latest versions of these models seem to me to play in the same way as the previous ones.

The baroque flutes are very playable.

This is a link to the 2009 catalogue in pdf format from the maker of Aulos recorders. You will not be able to view it in your browser unless you download Japanese character support. (You can avoid this, if you wish, by right clicking the link and saving the file to your computer. It should open in Acrobat Reader without any problem or extra download.)

I have removed comments about the 'white spot' on the 500 series of Aulos recorders as the passage of time has made it irrelevant. The first 500 series all had it, and it was a convenient way of identifying these special models. I have produced a page detailing some old models here, with some comments on the various models. It now includes an image of the mysterious 'white spot'.

The UK distributor of Aulos products changed at the end of June 2012. I have added the fanciful model names now associated with Aulos recorders.

Aulos Recorders

Aulos Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details 501S Eye Icon - Link to Picture garklein 'Symphony' Speaker Icon - Link to Sound.
I refuse to list this as a 'Kleine Sopranino', the Aulos description. The fingering for this model has some surprises and I have prepared a pdf version of the chart provided by Aulos here.
£32.75
exVAT £27.29

Aulos 207 sopranino nla (all gone)  
Aulos Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details 507B-E Eye Icon - Link to Picture sopranino 'Symphony' £16.95
exVAT £14.13

Aulos 303A Eye Icon - Link to Picture descant 'Elite' (blue bag) all brown. £6.95
exVAT £7.46
Aulos 103N descant 'Alouette'
One piece, single holes, fixed thumb rest, brown and ivory.
This unusual model has a very good sound and deserves to be popular.
£10.20
exVAT £8.50
Aulos Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details 205A Eye Icon - Link to Picture descant 'Robin' (yellow bag) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. £13.95
exVAT £11.63
Aulos 503B Eye Icon - Link to Picture descant 'Symphony' £22.95
exVAT £19.13
Aulos 703BW Eye Icon - Link to Picture descant 'Haka' model   rosewood finish. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. £33.95
exVAT £28.29
Aulos 204AF Special descant, for unusual hands, see note. £20.40
exVAT £17.00

Aulos Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details 209B Eye Icon - Link to Picture treble 'Robin' £20.95
exVAT £17.46
Aulos Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details 309A Eye Icon - Link to Picture treble 'Bel Canto' £32.25
exVAT £26.88
Aulos 509B Eye Icon - Link to Picture treble 'Symphony' £41.25
exVAT £34.38
Aulos 709BW Eye Icon - Link to Picture treble 'Haka' model rosewood finish. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound.
Special Order Item
£50.95
exVAT £42.46
Out fs stock.
Aulos 309AF Special treble, for unusual hands, see note. £38.25
exVAT £26.88

Aulos 211A Eye Icon - Link to Picture tenor 'Robin' (keyless). £49.95
exVAT £41.63
Aulos 511BE Eye Icon - Link to Picture tenor 'Symphony' with keys for C & C#. £89.25
exVAT £74.38

Aulos 521E Eye Icon - Link to Picture knick bass 'Symphony' F/F#.
Special order item.
(£357.00)
(exVAT £297.50)
Aulos 533B Eye Icon - Link to Picture bass 'Symphony' F/F#,   Top entry mouth pipe. Special Order Item (£451.00)
(exVAT £375.83)
Aulos 533EE Eye Icon - Link to Picture bass F/F#,   fat mouth pipe.
(Listed for information only.) Discontinued.
 
Aulos 1683B Eye Icon - Link to Picture direct blow cap for bass.
Fits ALL straight models.
£28.59
exVAT £23.83
Aulos 1678L Eye Icon - Link to Picture beak for pipe blown bass.
See also here.

Pipes continue to be a problem and I have managed to modify an old cap so that it takes the current pipe.
Click here if you would like to see a pdf showing what is involved. If you cannot do it yourself, I may be able to do it for you.
£3.99
exVAT £3.33

Aulos DTR clip-on thumb rest, for descant £1.20
exVAT £1.00
Aulos ATR clip-on thumb rest, for treble £1.75
exVAT £1.46
Aulos TTR clip-on thumb rest, for tenor £2.25
exVAT £1.88
  Some spare parts are available (not 'silver' tenor keys). New spares for long discontinued models are not obtainable but I may have something in my box of bits and pieces. POA
 

Aulos Baroque Flutes

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Aulos AF1 'Grenser' A440, gloss finish, black/ivory.
    Special order item. Reintroduced, now with black emboucher hole surround. (As AF2 in above image.)
POA
Aulos AF2 'Grenser' A440, matt finish, black/ivory.
   No longer made. (You may be able to get one of these from another dealer.)
NLA
Aulos AF3 'Stanesby' A415, matt ivory/white metal. Now supplied in wallet.
   Special order item.
POA
 

AURA

The Dutch factory which produces Aura recorders also produces the Coolsma and Zamra models. Dolmetsch Academy and Conservatoire models are also made there.

The low priced descant models listed below are a small part of the range. Because of serious quality contol issues I have discontinued the all plastic (Far Eastern) descant which I previously sold under the Roessler brand name. (In some regions it is branded "Angel".) It was a nice recorder of traditional Renaissance shape but good baroque performance... an economic and attractive alternative to the ubiquitous brown and ivory plastic. The plastic headed model is also now distiscontinued. It is slightly longer and the wooden body has the same hole spacing as the Zamra descant. This version seems to me to have a more lively and vibrant feel. There will be no more of either model. The Korean made heads are no longer any good.

The Conservatorium models (obtainable to order) are of high quality and full baroque styling.

Aura

Aura Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details BS3B Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood. Unvarnished, oil finish,
'O-ring' joint. Plastic case. 'School' Speaker Icon - Link to Sound.
descant £35.50
exVAT £29.58
Out of stock.
Aura Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details BS1 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood. Varnished, with cork joint and zippered fabric case with handle. 'Studie' descant £49.95
exVAT £41.63
Out of stock.
 

Aura/Coolsma - Accessories

Aura   Eye Icon - Link to Picture Thumb rest, various woods, to order. A / T £5.00
exVAT £4.17
 
   

CARMENA

All gone. No longer available.

GARY COOK

(Malvern Recorders) I am no longer an agent for these individually hand crafted instruments. Gary has had to move to the USA and it will be some time before he is back in production.

If you need almost anything special in the recorder field he can probably make it for you, and it will be good. Gary is expert at design as well as construction and probably more able than any other maker to produce unusal pitches or other "one offs".

I no longer hold any of his instruments. Click here for representative pictures.

TIM CRANMORE

I no longer stock these. They can be very good. Tim has a waiting list. You should deal with him direct.

DOLMETSCH

The 'Nova' (plastic) 'Academy' and 'Conservatoire' models are still available despite the closing of 'Dolmetsch Musical Instruments'.

Early in 2010 this most famous maker of recorders and other instruments found itself unable to continue trading. It is a matter of great sadness and loss to recorder players, in England, and around the world. Arrangements are in place for the continued servicing of Dolmetsch hand made recorders at Haslemere.

I have decided to restock with 'school' quality descants branded Aura rather than continue with virtually the same instruments branded 'Dolmetsch'.

However, the Dolmetsch name lives on and can still be found on a range of very good factory made recorders from Holland. These are of good wood, design, finish and performance, and are voiced to suit the English taste.

The "Academy" range has relatively plain turning and the descants are in two parts. The boxwood and real Brazilian rosewood trebles are particularly nice. The "Conservatoire" range is of standard baroque shape with thumb-hole bush, sweet toned, and with easy top notes.

Dolmetsch 'Nova' Plastic Models.

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A consort of brown-black and cream imported recorders with attractive features. They are light in weight, need only a relatively small finger spread, have easy top notes and well matched tone. Nice cases and the usual accessories are provided at very affordable prices. The tenor and bass are particularly good.

Please follow this link for my notes on the bag of small parts supplied with the tenors and basses.

Dolmetsch 'Nova'

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Because of quality issues there will be no more tenors and basses and supplies of the others are very limited. The ones I have are fine and I have taken the unusual step of noting the stock levels. When they are gone they are really gone!
Dolmetsch DN2110 Eye Icon - Link to Picture sopranino (three piece). (Three in stock.) £12.95
exVAT £10.79
Dolmetsch Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details DS2120 Eye Icon - Link to Picture descant (three piece). (Six in stock.) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. £9.50
exVAT £7.92
Dolmetsch DA2130 Eye Icon - Link to Picture treble. (Three in stock.) £28.95
exVAT £24.13
Dolmetsch Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details DT2140
(N301)
Eye Icon - Link to Picture tenor, two keys C/C#, thumb rest & strap. (All gone,) NLA
Dolmetsch Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details DT2140N
(N301K)
Eye Icon - Link to Picture knick tenor, two keys C/C#, thumb rest & strap. (One only.) £89.95
exVAT £74.96
Dolmetsch Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details DB2150 Eye Icon - Link to Picture knick bass, four keys F/F#, thumb rest & strap. (All gone.) NLA
   
For information on old model Dolmetsch plastic (ABS) recorders
please click here.

I have spare C and C# key parts for the old ABS plastic tenors. Please contact john@saundersrecorders.com letting me know what you need. Do check this link first.
 

Dolmetsch 'Academy' Model
Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details

Dolmetsch 6122 Eye Icon - Link to Picture boxwood, 2 part descant £129.95
exVAT £108.29
Out of Stock.
Dolmetsch 6124 Eye Icon - Link to Picture rosewood (palisander), 2 part descant £169.95
exVAT £141.63
 
Dolmetsch 6130 pearwood treble £159.95
exVAT £133.29
 

J. & M. Dolmetsch Handmade A=415 Hz

Dolmetsch Bressan grenadilla (baroque pitch A=415) treble £975.00
exVAT £812.50
 

EMI

'EMI' branded recorders are no longer available. They were the same as the black ABS Dolmetsch models. The tenors have the same keys as Dolmetsch and I do have spares available. Please see the note and link just above.

HEINRICH

Heinrich recorders were made in the former East Germany but production ceased not long after re-unification.. There were many different models and some were good. There were many different bass designs. These instruments are long lived and generally serviceable. Avoid all German fingered models. Towards the end of the factory's life the instruments were branded 'Adler Heinrich' and there was some production for a well known far eastern company. The cartons often had the salesman's 'puff' of 'The World's Best Recorder' on the label. Do not fall for it!

HOPF

'Hopf' branded recorders are no longer available. The renaissance models are available from Kobliczek. Secondhand 'Meister' trebles are well worth considering, they have an unusally small stretch for the right hand. See Kobliczek for the metal recorders.

KENT

The distributor for this range of very inexpensive plastic instruments from Korea has ceased trading.

I had serious reservations about the musical quality of the small sizes in brown and cream plastic, particularly the cheapest models, which mimicked Aulos. However, the brown/white tenor and bass played well and were excellent value. These two sizes are now available under the Dolmetsch "Nova" name.

Surprisingly, a translucent blue descant was very good. It is easy to play and has good tone and intonation. Unfortunately, they are no longer available but I have left this entry just to demonstrate that 'cheap' does not always equate to 'rubbish'.

Kent KCR-BL Eye Icon - Link to Picture Blue, clear plastic. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant (£4.99)
 

KOBLICZEK

Peter Kobliczek Mark
Trade Mark.

Kobliczek make all levels and kind of recorder, also panpipes, transverse flutes, and various funny whistles and things. We cannot stock everything but do ask if you need a "Papageno" flute, cuckoo, or other oddity, I may well be able to get you what you want.

The recorders are good and come in many pitches and designs. The best known range are wide bore and uniquely for this type play the full two octave range. Two shapes are available, "Renaissance" and "Praetorius". The "Praetorius" are the more ornate and more popular. The bass now has an authentic style key for hole IV. Zapatero boxwood is also available.

Two shapes of baroque recorder are produced, 'Studium' and 'Meister'. The 'Studium' is smoothly curved in a plain but slightly modernistic style, while the 'Meister' is ornate, with spherical bulges, based on an un-named French recorder. The olive wood 'Studium' sopranino is particularly good. The 'Studium' maple descant is sweet and has very easy top notes. It is pitched a little higher than most wooden descants. This makes it an attractive proposition for use in an ensemble dominated by plastic recorders (especially those from Yamaha).

There have been also brilliant recorders for buskers and folk groups. The 'Silberton' also sold as 'Gruber System' is of all heavily silver plated brass, descant, and sopranino, while the treble has a wooden body and keys for F/F#. These instruments have a wide parallel bore and something of the sound of a flute. The unusual moveable windway enables one to vary the voicing and produce husky "ethnic" effects, which "mic up" well. I am not able to obtain these to order. The best source these days is probably through the internet. Key your requirements into a search engine and see what you can find. The 'Concerto' had a wide bore and thin wall giving it a robust but not coarse tone well liked by folk musicians.

 

Kobliczek 'Studium'

 
Kobliczek KOB152 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple (in bag) (two piece) descant £69.95
 

Kobliczek 'Meister'

Kobliczek KOB554 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander (three piece) descant £214.95
Kobliczek  

Kobliczek 'Renaissance'

The very plain, straight ones, available to order, prices as "Praetorius" models.
 

Kobliczek 'Praetorius'

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Kobliczek KOB752 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. garklein £199.95
 
Kobliczek KOB754 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple sopranino £217.45
 
Kobliczek KOB756 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple, dark stained descant £270.00
 
Kobliczek KOB762 maple, dark stained. treble in F £360.00
 

Kobliczek 'Concerto'

No longer available.
 

Silberton

Cylindrical Metal Recorders, occasionally available second-hand.
Eye Icon - Link to Picture
Please check my used list.

Please contact me if you have one for sale.
 

KUNG

These fine instruments, produced in Switzerland, are so well known to regular players that they need little introduction. It will serve well to quote from their catalogue:-

"All our instruments are finished by hand and played to check sound and tuning.

"Our instruments are fashioned from one piece of wood, thus ensuring a uniform structure and grain; they are never assembled from various pieces, except the instruments in grenadilla and sub-bass recorders."

'Studio'. This is a very attractive style, derived from the usual shape of a baroque instrument, but simplified and refined. The tone production favours the low and middle range though the highest notes are not difficult. The tone is full, and needs a good stream of air. They are not for soloists, but excellent for group players as the sound blends so well. The keyless tenor is a delight and fits the hand easily.

'Superio'. An historical range, with curved windway, naturally finished. These models have a refined, rich tone and attractive baroque styling to the instrument and keys. The extra expense is amply justified by the very high quality which is evident in their materials and performance.

'Classica'. Franz Kung's original design was available in all sizes. Sadly, it has been phased out. Tastes change.

The sopraninos of this range were very popular, easy to play and not too small for an adult's hand. The tenors are well liked too. Although they take quite a lot of air they blend well and are easy to keep up to pitch. The handsome almost 'architectural' sub-bass and great bass support large ensembles the world over and will doubtless continue to do so for generations to come.

The No.3407 grenadilla treble was particularly good, having a very strong and brilliant tone. Its more open voicing made it more suitable for brilliant modern works and avant garde techniques.

Kung documentation is more comprehensive than many and I have copied their instruction sheet to .pdf files. You may click for multilingual instructions or fingering. You will need to employ the magnifier as the view starts off very small. The best plan is to select the page and print it. (Return to this page with your browser "Back" arrow.) The instructions are those of Kung. Please do not draw me into a discussion over differences between them and those which appear in my care section. We have both written what we have written.

 

Kung 'Studio'

Kung KNG1101 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. garklein £79.95
 
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1201 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, two part sopranino £109.95
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1203 Eye Icon - Link to Picture cherry wood, two part sopranino £160.00
Out of stock.
 
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1301 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, two part descant £77.95
exVAT £64.96
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1311 Eye Icon - Link to Picture stained pearwood, two part descant £84.95
exVAT £70.79
Out of stock.
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1303 Eye Icon - Link to Picturecherry wood, two part descant £99.95
exVAT £83.29
Out of stock.
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1901 'Folklora' Bb descant, pearwood, two part (£149.95)
exVAT £124.96
Out of stock.
Kung   (Equivalent to A=392.) A rich new sound.
This recorder can be played from clarinet parts.
Click here for notes on transposing instruments.
 
 
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1401 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood treble £199.95
exVAT £166.63
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1411 Eye Icon - Link to Picture stained pearwood treble £204.95
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1403 Eye Icon - Link to Picture cherry wood treble £279.95
exVAT £233.29
 
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1501 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, keyless tenor £349.95
exVAT £291.62
Kung Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details KNG1503 Eye Icon - Link to Picture cherry wood, keyless Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. tenor £459.95
exVAT £383.30
Kung KNG1581 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, keyless knick tenor £379.95
exVAT £316.63
 

Kung 'Superio'

Kung KNG2207 grenadilla, two part. sopranino
 
Kung KNG2301 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, two part descant £179.95
Kung KNG2304 Eye Icon - Link to Picture plum wood, two part Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant O/S - POA
Kung KNG2306 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander, two part descant O/S - POA
 
Kung KNG2401 pearwood treble O/S - POA
Kung KNG2404 plum wood treble O/S - POA
Kung KNG2406 palisander treble O/S - POA
 
Kung KNG2603 Eye Icon - Link to Picture cherry F/F# knick bass £1350.00
exVAT £1125.00
Out of stock.
Kung KNG2722 maple, stained C/C# knick great bass POA
Kung KNG9722 End pin (support) (When ordered with recorder.) POA
 

Kung 'Classica'

See the note above.
Kung KNG3108 Eye Icon - Link to Picture rosewood Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. garklein £112.95
 
 
The mouth pipes for early 'Classica' basses and great basses have an unusual feature that can give trouble. Click here for a pdf help page on the subject.
 

MOECK

These are perhaps the most widely used wooden recorders, they come from the factory founded by Dr.Hermann Moeck at Celle, near Hanover, in Germany. The range covers most needs, and other early musical instruments are also made. Moeck recorders are, like any other, made to be played, but the Moeck recorder is at its best when played to be heard. They are not for the timid. The Moeck baroque recorders have a unique bloom to their sound, which gives them great appeal. This, coupled with a good standard of workmanship, makes them very successful.

Moeck keywork has been revised. It is a very great improvement. Recorders have always tended to suffer from unsatisfactory keys but the new Moeck keywork is very different from previous designs. At last, lessons learned a hundred years ago by clarinet and other woodwind instrument makers have been applied to the recorder, with excellent results.

For the beginner Moeck produce the wooden 'School' model and the 'Flauto I', which looks like wood, but is in fact, plastic. The 'Flauto I' has an interesting tone which is vibrant and husky. The sort of sound you might expect from a wooden instrument if you didn't know better. They are very popular with folk musicians. There is also the 'Flauto I Plus' with a plastic head and wooden body. They have a sweeter sound.

The 'Flauto Rondo" ensemble recorders has been developed from the original 'Tuju' model. This is a good general purpose model, ideal as a first wooden recorder. Their ancestry goes back through a bell-less 'Flauto Leggero' model. These recorders are vibrant, slim bodied and light in weight. Their finish is usually natural, clear varnished, but they can come with a mid brown translucent varnish. Small 'Rondo' recorders are supplied in black lightweight fabric wallets.

For the advanced player there is the 'Rottenburgh' range designed by Friedrich von Huene, who founded a notable workshop in America, and has trained many of the new makers of fine recorders. Various woods are used, each having its own particular sound and feel, palisander (rosewood) and black, ebony/grenadilla are the most popular. (Only the terminology has changed, the palisander is red/brown and the same timber as has been used for the past fifteen years or so. It is finished with a red/brown translucent varnish. Grenadilla has replaced the ebony models, which have not been varnished for some time.) The maple is usually natural but may be dark (as above). The pearwood has a clear, or alternatively, a dark translucent varnish.

The trebles modeled on originals by Thomas Stanesby are beautiful and likely to find favour with players who require an mature instrument (especially at A=415), for solo and trio sonatas and similar mixed ensemble baroque music. (Colour leaflet available.)

Besides the baroque recorders there are the renaissance models, wide bore and with a loud and pungent tone, very suitable for dance music. Their compass is limited to a twelfth. There are also 'Kynseker style descants and trebles in plumwood. Their tone is beautifully even and sweet, with just a touch of bite and reediness.

All Moeck recorders come in nice cases. The hard cases that replaced some of the cloth or leather wallets supplied with smaller Rottenburgh models have been discontinued. Eye Icon - Link to Picture Smaller Rottenburgh models are now supplied in a zip fastened case. Eye Icon - Link to Picture Current production now has gold plated keys rather than the previously unplated nickle silver.

Moeck 'Flauto I' and 'Flauto I Plus'

Moeck MOE1021 Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details Eye Icon - Link to Picture plastic, light, (dark nla) 2 part descant £21.00
exVAT £17.50
Moeck MOE1023 Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details Eye Icon - Link to Picture wood body, plastic head, 2 part descant £29.95
Out of stock.
 

Moeck 'School'

Moeck MOE1210 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple 2 part descant £54.95
exVAT £45.79
Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE1212 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood , 2 part Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant £54.95
exVAT £45.79
Out of stock.
Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE1213 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, dark finish,
2 part Speaker Icon - Link to Sound.
descant £54.95
exVAT £45.79
 

Moeck 'Flauto Rondo'

Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE2100 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple (double holes) 2 part. sopranino £99.95
exVAT £83.29
Out of stock.
 
Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE2200 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple, 2 part. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant £74.95
exVAT £62.46
Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE2201 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple (stained) 2 part. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant £79.95
exVAT £66.63
 
Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE2300 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple, new shape. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. treble £184.95
exVAT £154.13
Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE2301 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple, new shape, stained. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. treble £199.95
exVAT £166.63
Moeck Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOE2302 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, new shape. treble £184.95
exVAT £154.13
Out of Stock.
 
Moeck MOE2400 maple, keyless. tenor £274.95
exVAT £229.12
Out of Stock.
Moeck MOE2420 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple two keys (C/C# foot) tenor £375.00
Moeck MOE2440 maple two keys (C/C# foot) knick
   Special order item.
tenor £ POA
 
Moeck MOE2520 maple, F/F# foot bass £850.00
Moeck MOE2540 maple, knick style, as above. bass £850.00
 
Moeck MOE2620 sycamore (D#, C/C# foot) Gt. bass
in C
£ POA
 
Moeck

Moeck 'Rottenburgh'

Eye Icon - Link to Picture
Moeck MOE4100 maple, 2 part sopranino £139.95
exVAT £116.63
Moeck MOE4104 boxwood, 2 part sopranino £174.95
exVAT £145.79
Moeck MOE4105 palisander (rosewood), 2 part sopranino £204.95
exVAT £170.79
Moeck MOE4107 ebony, 2 part sopranino £259.95
exVAT £216.63
 
Moeck MOE4290 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple, 2 part descant £104.95
exVAT £87.45
Out of stock.
Moeck MOE4200 maple, 3 part
Special order item.
descant £139.95
exVAT £116.63
Out of stock.
Moeck MOE4202 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood (natural) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant £159.95
exVAT £133.29
Moeck MOE4203 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood (dark finish) descant £167.50
exVAT £139.58
Moeck MOE4204 Eye Icon - Link to Picture castello-boxwood descant £229.95
exVAT £191.62
Moeck MOE4205 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander (rosewood) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant £289.95
exVAT £241.62
Moeck MOE4207 Eye Icon - Link to Picture ebony/grenadilla descant £329.50
exVAT £274.58
Out of Stock.
Moeck MOE4208 Eye Icon - Link to Picture rosewood (tulip wood) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant £345.95
exVAT £288.29
Out of stock.
Moeck  
Moeck MOE4300 maple treble £229.95
exVAT £191.63
Moeck MOE4302 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood (natural) treble £244.95
exVAT £204.13
Out of stock.
Moeck MOE4303 pearwood (dark finish)
treble £234.95
exVAT £195.79
Moeck MOE4304 Eye Icon - Link to Picture Castello-boxwood Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. treble £384.95
exVAT £320.79
Moeck MOE4305 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander (rosewood) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. treble £449.95
exVAT £374.96
Out of stock.
Moeck MOE4307 Eye Icon - Link to Picture ebony/grenadilla treble £569.95
exVAT £474.96
Moeck MOE4306 olive treble £ POA
Moeck MOE4308 Eye Icon - Link to Picture rosewood (tulip wood) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. treble £599.95
exVAT £499.96
Out of stock.
 
Moeck 249 maple, keyless (MOE4400) tenor £319.95
Moeck MOE4420 Eye Icon - Link to Picture maple, two keys (new style keys) tenor £469.95
Moeck MOE4404 boxwood, keyless tenor £ POA
Moeck MOE4424 boxwood, two keys tenor £ POA
Moeck MOE4405 palisander (rosewood), keyless tenor £ POA
Moeck MOE4425 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander (rosewood), two keys tenor £ POA
Moeck MOE4407 ebony, keyless tenor £ POA
Moeck MOE4427 ebony, two keys tenor £ POA
 
Moeck MOE4520 maple bass £ POA
 

Moeck 'Renaissance'

This range has been replaced by the 'Renaissance Consort' at about twice former the price. The first batch featured original fingering and mean tone temperament, which is still available, but there are now other options. These are special order items.

 

Moeck 'Kynseker'

Moeck MOE8250 plumwood, 2 part descant £345.95
 
Moeck MOE8350 plumwood, 2 part treble £ POA
 

Moeck 'Stanesby'

Moeck MOE5323 Indian boxwood, plain, A=440 treble £ POA
Moeck MOE5326 Indian boxwood, patina, A=415 treble £ POA
 

MOLLENHAUER

Conrad Mollenhauer produce a very wide range of recorders, all beautifully made of very good wood. The characteristic sound of their wooden instruments is more robust, and with more overtones than most. They are well worth trying for this different sound, which has a lot of character.

For the beginner the 'Swing' and 'Prima' model descants are a good choice. They are clear toned and easy to play, with a delicately shaped beak. The new black model Swing descant is set to be the standard colour way. The 'Student' descant is very similar to the old 'Chorus' model, but slightly more plain in styling. The sound is well rounded. The 'Canta' models are beautifully styled and have a clear, brighter tone than the traditional Mollenhauer production. The treble is a real winner!

The 'Denner' range is of traditional baroque design and tone, similar to Moeck's 'Rottenburg' range. The new style descants are very elegant in tone and appearance. The voicing of the trebles has been revised so that they are more sweet and even toned, with very good top notes. The tenors have a impressive rich full tone.

The 'Kynseker' models retain a quirk of the original fingering, (F# on the C and B on the F instruments need the little finger in both registers). This is no great problem and they play well, over the two octaves. There was some production of this model with standard fingering.

The 'Dream' models inspired by Adriana Breukink are unlike any other recorder. They have a renaissance profile and come in a natural wood finish as well as dull red and dusky blue. (I have changed my original description so as to reflect the colour of the instruments supplied rather than those illustrated in the brochure.) They have now been joined by all plastic and plastic headed soprano models. (See below.) The bore is unusual and gives a robust sound similar to a renaissance instrument, but there is no restriction of compass. This is a fun recorder, great for children and theatrical performance. Both double hole and single hole versions are available. (I have decided not to stock the coloured single hole versions, but a special orders are not a problem.) These sound more like renaissance models, but they have the standard full range. These recorders are generally well liked by folk musicians.

Following the untimely death of the Australian maker Fred Morgan there was an increasing degree of collaboration between the two workshops. The new shape Denner range was the first in which this was really evident but there was Morgan influence on the earlier Denner models before the collaboration was made public at the 2002 Frankfurt Musik Messe. In 2012 the Denner treble design was revised and the 'New Model' appeared. The difference resulting from the slightly increased length and bore diameter is not great but the sound is slightly warmer, with more body.

Most Mollenhauer recorders are supplied in unusual and practical zippered soft cases of padded fabric, or leather. The largest sizes (and some smaller ones) are supplied in deluxe hard cases.

Post EU Referendum Prices

The 'guide prices' for Mollenhauer
recorders change as I restock.
Because of the present low value of sterling
I am in no hurry to replace slower selling items.


My Mollenhauer price structure has changed drastically.
There is more detail on my news page.

My prices are now comparable to German web prices
and may be subject to fluctuations
as the currency market changes.
I buy direct from the maker and pay in euro.

You can get some idea of price levels from
my pdf stock list...
Stock List.

'Out of Stock' and POA (Price On Application)
models may available to Special Order.
As I near my notional 'retirement'
I am no longer restocking smaller items.
Items that are not in stock are now clearly marked.

 

Mollenhauer 'Adri's Dream Recorder'

Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details

The tone of these recorders gets progressively more individual as the instrument acquires wooden parts. The all plastic version does not stand out unduly compared to the usual run of better plastic instruments. The plastic heads are thinned at the windway and encourage a good lip position. Wooden parts are available to special order so the models with plastic parts may be converted to all wood. (Please enquire for prices.)


Mollenhauer MOL0119R Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details Eye Icon - Link to Picture All Red Plastic, double holes two part.
(Black discontinued.) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound.
descant Guide Price
£19.99
exVAT £16.66
Mollenhauer MOL1119B Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details Eye Icon - Link to Picture Blue plastic head, pear wood body, double holes, two part. descant Guide Price
£36.50
exVAT £30.27
Mollenhauer MOL1119R Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details Eye Icon - Link to Picture Red plastic head, pear wood body, double holes, two part. descant Guide Price
£38.50
exVAT £32.08
 
Mollenhauer MOL4117 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, single holes, two part descant Guide Price
£79.99
exVAT £66.66
Mollenhauer MOL4117B Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, single holes, blue, two  part. to special order, price as above. descant  
Mollenhauer MOL4117R Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, single holes, red, two part. to special order, price as above descant  
Mollenhauer MOL4119 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, double holes, natural, two part. descant Guide Price
£88.00
exVAT £73.33
New stock.
Mollenhauer MOL4119B Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, double holes, blue, two part. descant Guide Price
£79.99
exVAT £66.66
Mollenhauer MOL4119R Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, double holes, red, two part. descant Guide Price
£88.00
exVAT £73.33
New stock.
 
Mollenhauer MOL4317 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pear wood, double holes,
two part Speaker Icon - Link to Sound.
treble Guide Price
£219.99
exVAT £183.33
Out of stock.
 
Mollenhauer MOL4427 pear wood, double hole,
double key.
tenor POA
 
Mollenhauer MOL4527K pear wood, 2 body keys,
foot F/F# keys.
knick
bass
POA
 

Mollenhauer 'Swing'

Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL0505 Eye Icon - Link to Picture plastic, black/beige beak, three part. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant Guide Price
£15.99
exVAT £13.33
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL0605 plastic, transparent, clear, three part. Now unavailable, discontinued by Mollenhauer. descant NLA
Mollenhauer MOL0705 plastic, all beige,
three part. Now unavailable, discontinued by Mollenhauer.
descant NLA

Mollenhauer 'Prima'

Mollenhauer MOL1054 Eye Icon - Link to Picture Dark blue plastic head,
wood body. Two part.
descant Guide Price
£28.50
exVAT £23.75
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL1094 Eye Icon - Link to Picture Beige plastic head,
wood body. Two part.
descant Guide Price
£28.50
exVAT £23.75
Out of stock.
 
Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL1295 beige plastic head, wood body. treble Guide Price
£79.9
exVAT £66.66
Out of stock.

Mollenhauer 'Student'

Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL1042 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, two part. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant Guide Price
£49.99
exVAT £41.66

Mollenhauer 'Canta'

Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL2106 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, two part. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant Guide Price
£56.99
exVAT £47.49
Out of stock.
 
Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL2206 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood treble Guide Price
£147.99
exVAT £123.33
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details ? MOL2226 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, with low F key. treble Guide Price
£184.99
exVAT £154.16
Mollenhauer MOL2246 pearwood, with low F/F# keys. treble POA
 
Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL2406 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, keyless. tenor POA
Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL2446 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, keys for C/C# tenor Guide Price
£357.50
exVAT £297.92
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL2446C pearwood, Two body keys and keys for C/C#
Special order item.
'comfort'
tenor
Guide Price
£495.00
exVAT £412.50
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL2406K pearwood, keyless,
knick style, in hard case.
Special order item.
tenor POA
Mollenhauer MOL2446K pearwood, keys for C/C#
knick style, in hard case.
Special order item.
tenor POA
 
Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL2546K Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood, knick style. bass Guide Price
£830.00
exVAT £691.67
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details MOL2646K Eye Icon - Link to Picture stained pearwood, knick style.
I have provided some help notes here...
2646_Assembly.pdf.
Great Bass
in C
Guide Price
£1830.00
exVAT £1525.00
Out of stock.

Mollenhauer 'Chorus'

This range is no longer in production.
It has been replaced by the 'Canta' series.

Mollenhauer 'Denner'

A typical Mollenhauer case is illustrated here... Eye Icon - Link to Picture

Mollenhauer MOL5022 boxwood, 2 part
   * revised model *
sopranino Guide Price
£156.99
exVAT £130.83
 
Mollenhauer MOL5107 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. descant Guide Price
£131.99
exVAT £109.99
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL5120 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander (rosewood) descant Guide Price
£229.99
exVAT £191.66
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL5122 boxwood descant Guide Price
£189.99
exVAT £158.33
Mollenhauer MOL5124 grenadilla descant Guide Price
£274.99
exVAT £229.16
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL5125 Eye Icon - Link to Picture rosewood (tulip wood)
Special order item.
descant Guide Price
£274.99
exVAT £229.16
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL5206 Eye Icon - Link to Picture pearwood Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. treble Guide Price
£214.99
exVAT £179.16
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL5220 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander (rosewood) (Old recording.) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound.
Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. (New recording.)
treble Guide Price
£425.99
exVAT £354.16
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL5222 Eye Icon - Link to Picture Castello boxwood Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. treble Guide Price
£329.50
exVAT £274.58
New stock.
Mollenhauer MOL6100ac Eye Icon - Link to Picture Cherry Wood. 'Denner' treble Guide Price
£450.00
exVAT £355.00
Out of stock.
Mollenhauer MOL5223 olive wood treble POA
Mollenhauer MOL5224 Eye Icon - Link to Picture grenadilla treble Guide Price
£511.99
exVAT £426.66
Mollenhauer MOL5225 rosewood (tulip wood) treble POA
Mollenhauer MOL5222T zapatero boxwood (A=415) treble NLA

Mollenhauer 'Denner Line'
Mollenhauer MOLDL-5222 castello boxwood. A=415
Special order item.
treble Guide Price
£410.00
exVAT £341.67
Out of stock.

Mollenhauer MOL5406 pearwood double holes
   (no keys)
tenor Guide Price
£323.49
exVAT £269.99
Mollenhauer MOL5416 pearwood, two keys C/C# tenor Guide Price
£434.99
exVAT £362.49
Mollenhauer MOL5422 boxwood, double holes
   (no keys)
tenor POA
Mollenhauer MOL5432 boxwood, two keys C/C# tenor POA
Mollenhauer MOL5430 Eye Icon - Link to Picture palisander two keys C/C# tenor POA
 
Mollenhauer MOL5506 pearwood, two body keys, F/F# keys. bass POA

Mollenhauer 'Denner TD' model

This model is no longer produced.
It was replaced by the 'Morgan edition'.
 

Mollenhauer 'Morgan Edition'.

This model is no longer produced.
It has been superseded by the 'Denner Edition 442/415' (poa).

Mollenhauer 'Kynseker'

Mollenhauer MOL4001 maple garklein POA
 
Mollenhauer MOL4107 maple, 2 part descant POA
Mollenhauer MOL4108 Eye Icon - Link to Picture plum, 2 part descant POA
 
Mollenhauer MOL4207 maple, 2 part treble
in G
POA
Mollenhauer MOL4208 plum wood, 2 part treble
in G
POA
Mollenhauer MOL4217 maple, 2 part treble
in F
POA
Mollenhauer MOL4218 plum wood, 2 part treble
in F
POA
 
Mollenhauer MOL4407 maple, 2 part tenor POA
Mollenhauer MOL4408 plum, 2 part tenor POA
 
Mollenhauer MOL4507 maple bass POA
 

The Recorder - Based on Historical Models
Fred Morgan - Writings and Memoirs

Mollenhauer (MOL6406) English version. Eye Icon - Link to Picture Book. link
 

Please enquire for unlisted Mollenhauer models.

PAETZOLD

The most well known instruments from the workshop of Herbert Paetzold are his square section great bass and sub-bass recorders. These have a strange appearance (I know one called Frankenstein!) but they work superbly well. The air column is folded in a way that organists will recognise, and this makes for a compact instrument, without detriment to the tone.

The supply of these is rather uncertain and I no longer attempt to stock them.

ROESSLER

Update, September 2005. Please see the article in Windkanal 2/2005. The firm has been sold to Mollenhauer who will finish some part made instruments and offer maintenance support. There is a possibility that the name will reappear.

'School'. These were basic, but generally well made with plain styling from pearwood. The instruments were also sold in the UK under the "Chester" name.

'Dulcia'. These were maple and very smooth in shape, similar the the old Moeck 'Tuju' model but with even fewer turned features. Brass rings at the sockets. Rather nice but long discontinued. Eye Icon - Link to Picture

'Meister'. This is Roessler's own design of high quality general purpose instrument. They came in many woods. Their sound is darker than most recorders, with a slightly nasal quality, much more direct and less winsome than the tone of a Moeck. The appearance is smoothly modernised baroque and the hardwood instruments are only polished, not varnished. All the basses have a double key for F/F#. The bass has a shorter head than any other and plays like a big treble, Telemann sonatas are quite playable, especially the one in f-minor (originally suggested for bassoon) it was deservedly very popular.

'Oberlender'. The historic model from Roessler. The sound is dark and even, right up to the highest notes. These are lovely, distinctive instruments.

Roessler recorders turn up from time to time and make it onto my used list.

SCHOTT & Co.

This is a name that has disappeared from the instrument side of the recorder world. In the past they have supplied instruments with the Schott brand in various qualities and distributed Zen-On and Mollenhauer models.

In the UK Schott were at the forefront of the recorder revival in the 1940's. You will find the dreadful kitemarked beech descants in junk shops and charity shops every where. There are at least two bakelite descant models, not very good, but collectable out of historical interest in the material. I have acquired some of these instruments, click here to see them.

Many of the DDR produced Schott 'Concert' and 'Prelude' models are still about. The pearwood 'Concert' range was fairly good in its day but only the tenors and basses are worth bothering with now. Eye Icon - Link to Picture

Beware examples with a metalised plastic key, they break and are not repairable or replaceable. The maple Prelude range was rather better.
 

WILLMAN

John Willman made many types of early musical instruments. For a long time he was based in Bath. There will be no more but you can view one of his Bressan style boxwood trebles here.

YAMAHA

Because of the changes to the way the business operates I am no longer able to replenish my stock of Yamaha instruments. (Yamaha's decision, not mine.) Only one instrument is available.

The Japanese giant produces an amazingly good range of recorders. They cover everything from cheap plastic school recorders to a very expensive authentic A=415Hz Denner copy. It is my feeling that the smaller plastic instruments are rather sharp, and should be pulled out, as I like to feel a bit more resistance to my breath. The plastic tenor and bass put many older wooden instruments to shame but the sopraninos are relatively poor, those from Aulos being very much better.

Yamaha 20 Translucent plastic. Shocking pink, green or blue! Better than the YRS24.

Yamaha 24, 28, cheap, but well produced, 'chorus' type tone, not for strong blowers. Here is a picture of the unusual white treble

Yamaha 300 Series, once advertised as being 'Rottenburgh', (I can't think why, can you?). Baroque styled instruments. The simulated wood versions, are more expensive, but worth the extra because of the feel. I prefer the very convincing rosewood version, the ebony has prominent light streaks. The new wood finish trebles are different from the immediately previous production and much better. I should point out that the beauty is but skin deep and wears away with diligent practice. (Perhaps this could start a fashion among students, a bit like frayed jeans!). The tenor now has keys for low C/C#. The descants and trebles need pulling out. The latest models proudly display the famous Yamaha tuning fork trademark. The new cases are different, made of fabric rather than vinyl. The tenor and bass are very good.

Yamaha 43, maple instruments, varnish finished. These instruments are no longer produced.

Yamaha 61, 62, 64, Middle priced instruments of considerable appeal. They have very even tone, perhaps a bit too even, and are nice recorders which work very well. The trebles are a bit weak at the bottom for some players, who are troubled by "burbles", but this does not happen with the descants. The maple large recorders are a separate stream and very good. They are light in weight and have a beautiful, focused 'flutey' tone. The Gt.Bass is superb, of handsome appearance, with fully chromatic keys and very agile and secure tone production. The profile is like the Bressan bass at Chester, with the globular bell and a choice of hollow pegs for playing while sitting or standing.

Yamaha 82, 83. These are a different design again. Yamaha like to change the design with the material. These are real recorders in the best authentic style. They are not puffed up modern instruments but feel right for baroque music. To me, these have the nearest feel in a modern pitch instrument to that of a baroque pitch instrument. I like it very much.

If ordering by reference number note that the third letter is critical, even Yamaha themselves get confused by this! The 'B' at the very end indicates 'Baroque' as opposed to 'German' fingering. (See the glossary page.) I will have nothing to do with 'German' fingered instruments.

Yamaha YRF 21 If you fancy trying the sideways sort of flute, the Yamaha fife is just the thing. It plays very like a descant recorder, and the fingering is, where different, like the modern Boehm flute. Of course there are a few snags, but at the price one can't complain. It is very playable and musical when you know how, and a good introduction to this sort of instrument.

 

Yamaha Fife

Yamaha Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details YRF21 fife in C (white) Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. (£5.49)
Yamaha "The Fife Book" by Liz Goodwin (2nd. edition) (£6.95)
Click here for an extended comment on this instrument.

As I am not able to re-stock the fife from Yamaha and there seems little need to stock the book to go with it. The fife is readily available from Yamaha dealers and the book is published by Just Flutes. I have left the reference and my comments about fife on my site as there is very little information about this product available and it is not well understood. I was pleased and flattered to receive a 'thank you' from Yamaha Canada for providing information that enabled them to answer questions raised by one of their clients.


"The Rough Guide to the Flute & Piccolo" by Hugo Pinksterboer (Penguin)
All you need to know! But unobtainable at the moment. (2008)
(£6.99)
 
 

Yamaha Hardwood

Yamaha YRA61 Eye Icon - Link to Picture boxwood treble £269.99
exVAT £224.99

ZAMIR/ARIEL

Plain instruments for the budget conscious. The production of these recorders has ceased. I no longer have any. Just for the record, I have resurrected a picture of two maple descant models here.

ZAMRA

Eye Icon - Link to Picture

This budget range comes from from Holland. Maple wood (only) and simple but attractive styling combined with a clear, sweet tone make this a welcome addition to my catalogue. As with all my recorders, they are checked for tone and intonation. At the moment I am adjusting the trebles to bring them up to my standard. The tenors are very popular and good value.

Zamra

Zamra Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details VS500B Eye Icon - Link to Picture descant, maple, two part , 'O-ring' joint. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. £36.50
exVAT £30.42
Zamra Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details VA500B treble, maple. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. £119.95
exVAT £99.96
Out of Stock
Zamra Smiley Icon - Recommended Model - Click for Details VT500B Eye Icon - Link to Picture tenor, maple. Speaker Icon - Link to Sound. £260.00
exVAT £216.67
Out of Stock
 

ZEN-ON

Zen-On distribution has changed and they have become unavailable. I now have none left.

The high quality plastic recorders have a following in spite of their relatively high price. They are made in Japan and modelled on named originals. Their tone is true and suitable for the serious student. The simulated wood models are good value and convincing. The big wooden instruments are quite light and blend well in an ensemble.

Zen-On wooden recorders are unusual but of good quality. I have resurrected a picture of a bass here.

CASES & ACCESSORIES

Recorder Cases

Descant recorder bags. Tough, padded, and colourful.
Various designs. Eye Icon - Link to Picture
£5.99
Plain colours. Eye Icon - Link to Picture £5.99
Moeck Roll Bags   These will take baroque models up to tenor.
12 Pocket MOEZ1004 (86801)
Special Order Item
(£54.95)
Soft Cases
Descant black 2 part (Mollenhauer) MOL7701 (£8.50)
Descant brown 3 part (Mollenhauer) MOL7721 (£15.99)
Descant, 3 part, and treble, black (Mollenhauer) MOL7710 £21.50
exVAT £17.92
Treble brown (Mollenhauer) MOL7722 (£20.50)
Tenor brown (Mollenhauer) MOL7723 £20.00
Tenor standard blue (Kung) SR28462 £10.00
Semi-Soft Cases fabric, with stiff top and bottom and zippered gusset. (These cases are the same apart from the colour and embossed branding.)
Descant blue 2 part (Dolmetsch) E102S Link to simlar case:- Eye Icon - Link to Picture £12.99
exVAT £10.83
Treble red (Aura) E105A £15.95
exVAT £13.29
Treble blue (Dolmetsch) E102A £16.99
exVAT £14.16
Tenor blue (Dolmetsch) E102T £20.50
Hard Cases   de luxe cases, wood frame, black vinyl covered, with handles. Cases marked * have a music compartment in the lid. With the one for sopranino, descant and treble it is just too small to be much use. Approximate dimensions in centimetres.
sopranino, 27 x 11 x 6   Eye Icon - Link to Picture £30.00
descant, 27 x 11 x 6   Eye Icon - Link to Picture £41.50
treble, 34 x 13 x 6   Eye Icon - Link to Picture £57.95
tenor, 44 x 15 x 8 £65.00
bass, 51 x 25 x 10 Special order item. £105.00
descant and treble, 31 x 22 x 7   Eye Icon - Link to Picture E1062 £84.95
exVAT £70.79
Out of stock.
sopranino, descant, treble, 35 x 25 x 8 * Eye Icon - Link to Picture E1063 £80.00
exVAT £66.67
sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, 45 x 28 x 9 * Eye Icon - Link to Picture E1064 £145.00
exVAT £120.83
Out of stock.

Odds and ends.

 
plastic thumb rests, see Aulos  
Aulos bass recorder beak. The current model, large diameter, 12mm.
(can be adapted to fit any bass pipe).
£3.99
Bass Recorder Beak (custom).The Aulos beak (above) is in short supply and they are not always in stock. I am now able to produce turned beech wood bass recorder beaks myself. (Other woods may be available later.) It would be best to send me the pipe but an accurate dimension for the beak end of the pipe might suffice. Please contact me if you would like one. £5.00
oil (for wood recorders) £1.00
cork grease "lipstick" MOL 6131 £2.25
descant brush / mop (soft) £0.90
treble brush / mop (soft) £1.05
tenor brush / mop (soft) £1.90
bass brush / mop (soft) £5.70
Sling for any bass (Custom, simple hook.) SR43731 Eye Icon - Link to Picture £6.00
exVAT £5.00
Sling for bass (Generic... suits plastic models.) E005K Eye Icon - Link to Picture £12.99
exVAT £10.83
Sling for Moeck bass, latched hook. MOE082505 £12.50
exVAT £10.42
Sling for Mollenhauer bass, latched hook. MOL6160 £12.50
exVAT £10.42
maintenance kits (Moeck) specify N/S or A/T. £19.95
antikondens (Mollenhauer) £2.50
Flute cleaning rod, wood £8.45
Flute cleaning rod, aluminium £7.50
 

MISCELLANEOUS MUSICAL GOODS

Manuscript Paper, 200 sheet 12 stave block. £4.95
'Musicland' manuscript book, A4, 12 stave. £0.95
Manuscript A5 4-stave (wide) 24 pp (white book) sr 31660 £2.50
Manuscript A4 10-stave 64 pp (white spiral-bound book) IMP 9912 £4.50
Manuscript A4 10-stave 100 pp (white pad) IMP 9913 £6.50
 
Manuscript Paper. Follow this link for "DIY" files.  
 
K&M Music Stands, multi-coloured
Special Offer - Postage Included
each £25.00
Music Stand Screws (German) for column, also wing nut, each £0.50
Music Stand Lamp (13A UK plug) £25.95
Lid Guard (to prevent slamming of piano keyboard lid) £25.00
Folding clarinet stand (store in bell) 9.25
Please see the folk music page for whistles etc. Click here.  
6 hole 'penny whistles' in several models, Generation, Soodlum, Shaw, Eagle, Feadog, Susato, etc. Priced according to key.  
'Swannee', or Slide Whistle, coloured plastic. £2.99
Tuning Fork  
A=415Hz (baroque pitch) £14.95
Chromatic Pitch Pipe (circular) E - E' £9.95
Wittner Clockwork Metronomes  
Super Mini, clockwork. £29.99
Cat, clockwork. £49.95
Owl, clockwork. £49.99
Electronic Metronome  
Yamaha QT1, choice of wood block sounds and A440. £29.99
Batons  
Mostly with pear shaped cork handle, several lengths, one price. £3.95
 

ONE HANDED RECORDERS

Those made by Zen-On are no longer available. There is a Dolmetsch design based on the "Academy" model, for wooden descants and trebles. Mollenhauer also produce wooden instruments of this sort. The mechanism is differently organised.

One handed recorders to the Dolmetsch design are made by Peter Worrell.

These are very expensive items on account of their individuality and the amount of skilled work needed to produce them.

 

SPECIAL RECORDERS
FOR
PROBLEM HANDS

I now have descant and treble recorders for those with unusual hands. Aulos have produced instruments in which the angular position of each hole may be set by the owner to accommodate short or missing fingers. It may be played either hand at the top and plugs are provided to block holes which cannot be reached. A very comprehensive guide is provided and the loss of some fingers is not the bar to playing that it seems at first. It is possible to play with only six digits. Click here to view a pdf copy of the descant setting up instructions. This instrument makes recorder playing possible for many who have thought it beyond their physical capability.

Only the lower hand of the treble version has the holes on separate parts. Full details of the treble model are here. There are three versions of the treble. I keep the 'English' one in stock. There is a rubber ring around the bell of the trebles. Its use is not explained but when I tried one out I found my self resting the end of the recorder on my desk. Query answered! The 'German' trebles are playable with one less finger and come in 'right handed' and 'left handed' versions.

The price of the descant, which is based on 'German' fingering, is £26.99 and the treble is £44.95.

Contact me if you would like to try either on approval.

SECOND-HAND INSTRUMENTS

I do deal in good quality used instruments. Few of these make it onto this list. A small separate list is maintained. I am very fussy about quality and I do guarantee the second-hand stock, though I prefer to sell it to personal callers. Please enquire if you have a specific need or interest. I do not handle commission sales but I now have a 'small ad' page.

 

MUSIC

I used to keep a large stock of music but, as I approach retirement, and I have 'downsized', it has been sold to Recorder Music Mail. (I have kept the beginners methods as these are often needed by first time recorder buyers.) I know the recorder music field and I will be happy to help you find what you want (preferably via email). The link below will take you to a selection menu that includes a 'help' page. I still have recorder interest books a selection of folk music and a lot of used recorder music in excellent condition .

 
ORDERING INFORMATION
 


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