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Wooden recorder question

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 7:03 pm
by Zelda
Just want to confirm that it is normal when playing newer wooden recorders to have problems playing notes above the staff until they break in. My plastic alto Yamaha ecodear plays higher notes without a problem. The Mollemhauer pearwood over a month old is a lot better than the Moeck maple that is a couple weeks old, but still not as good as the plastic Yamaha. Im not playing notes higher than D. If the wooden instruments need to break in more, how long does that take?

Re: Wooden recorder question

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 7:26 pm
by Loren
A good wooden recorder should not need to be broken in to play well. Sounds like yours needs adjustment. If you purchased it from a shop with a reliable recorder repair person, then return it for inspection.

Re: Wooden recorder question

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 8:59 pm
by ganchan
Not to hijack the thread or anything, but where did you purchase your Ecodear alto? I've seen a few U.S. online shops claim to have them in stock, but I've been skeptical about that because others still list them as being on "pre-order"...

Re: Wooden recorder question

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 3:06 am
by dubrosa22
From the Mollenhauer website:
"A new wooden recorder has to be played in. Give your instrument time to get accustomed to the moisture and warmth that comes through playing. You can use this time to explore and become familiar with the unique characteristics of your recorder.

Play it daily in the first three to four weeks – but not for periods longer than 20 minutes. Look for slow passages to play. Explore and savour every individual note: what makes each note sound best? Experiment with various dynamic levels. Find the limits of your instrument, but don’t tax it too much in the high registers."

I think Loren is correct though, the recorder should play fairly easily into the higher registers even if it does 'tax' the instrument, so perhaps it needs a voicing adjustment.


Re: Wooden recorder question

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 2:59 pm
by Zelda
I bought the Yamaha Ecodear from "The Recorder Shop" when they were at a workshop near Albany NY.
I just checked and they have the soprano and the alto listed on their website.

I was afraid I was going to hear this about the Moeck. Lesson learned. Next time I'll buy one I listen to first.

Thanks for the replies.