I’ve moved forward on a number of fronts, without completing anything. Thus, a production update post. Continue reading
Well, when the Tenor arrived, I started a post about that, complete with a photo of my three recorders. As I was writing, I mentioned that there was one more recorder – the sopranino, and maybe I should get one of those, as well.
Yeah, well, as I wrote that, I surfed over to Ebay to see just what a sopranino cost, and I bit. So, the sopranino arrived yesterday. Today I got a thumb rest for the Tenor, and decided it was time for a family photo.
For the unintiated, recorders come in some six flavors, although the two largest, the bass and contra-bass, are very expensive. The other four, as seen above from longest to shortest, are the Tenor, Alto, Soprano and Sopranino.
The key of the recoder is determined by the note when all holes are covered – the lowest note the instrument can sound. For the Tenor it is middle C and for Soprano it is C one octave above. The Alto and Sopranino each start at the F above the next lower instrument.
So, please forgive the lousy picture of me and feast your eyes on a consort of recorders.
The aformentioned Alto Recorder appeared on my doorstep earlier this week. I eagerly opened it, assembled it, and tried it out. It has a beautiful tone in the lower register, and forms its lowest two notes much more easily than the Suzuki Soprano that I’ve been working with recently. The wooden soprano that came with it is a lot of fun, too. Continue reading
In my last post I mentioned about having troubles playing the lower recorder line from Father’s World with the soprano acoustic recorder loaned to me by a friend. After making that post, I checked out Ebay on a whim to see if anyone is selling recorders there. Are they!
Right now the Musical Instruments>Woodwinds>Recorders subcategory has 266 auctions going on. That’s a lot of recorders, and they include everything from el cheapo Sporanos (that don’t seem to sell), to older wooden altos and tenors, to even one sub-contrabass that I saw with an opening bid of $2300.
Berkley Winds offers one of these on Ebay every day with a starting bid of $0.99 (they make it up in $20 shipping and handling, so I knew I was getting a $21 recorder).
I lost the first one because I wouldn’t go above $25 (incld. S&H), but one the next day at $1. There’s one up there today that’s bid up to $10. Foolish if you’ve done a little research.
So now that I’ve got an Alto recorder (or will middle of next week), I’m wondering if I should bid on the $35 Yamaha tenor that reappears from time to time…