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Zen On G1A a=415 Bressan Alto Recorder

by Zen-On
11 reviews
£104.17 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

The eagerly awaited Zen-On plastic at baroque pitch (a=415) is now available!

This alto recorder is designed after originals by Bressan by Japanese makers Takeyama and Hirao. It has a rich sound with lots of overtones and is very responsive. Like the modern pitch version, it has a brand new finger hole design allowing undercutting.  

A perfect starting alto for anyone wanting to explore playing at baroque pitch or a great practice instrument!

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4.7 Based on 11 Reviews
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Heather H.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Zen On G1A a=415 Bressan Alto Recorder

Great service as usual from EMS came very quickly and well packaged. I was a little sceptical at first but have played the recorder now and am converted. It is a lovely thing and plays very well especially in the mid range. One or two notes needed a tweak but that may be me rather than the recorder. Played it with wooden A415 trebles and it blends in very well, couldn’t tell any difference. For the price it is a real bargain, I hope they can do a descant.

John F.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
A budget treble at A=415

I’m a self-confessed devotee or wooden recorders! Not that plastic recorders don’t sound good! Just that I much prefer the feel of wood. That being said I could not help buying this one, because of its unique place as the only budget recorder at A=415 ("baroque" pitch). It’s a great instrument, nicely balanced throughout most of its range, apart from a tendency for high e and f to be a bit shrill. It’s a good buy.

Nicholas T.
France France
Zenon Bresson at a 415

A good puchase for anyone who needs a low pitch, low cost alto recorder. I have been comparing this one with my 35 year old Zen On Bressan alto at a 440. They both play well in tune and sound good. Perhaps the old one is slightly brighter in tone being higher pitch. I think it would have been nice to have stamped the 415 Bressan with the Pol Bressan mark, as on the 440 rather than a fleur-de-lys...

Iain D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
At last a plastic treble at A415

This was long overdue. Well done the Zen On chaps! Now, without forking out for a hand made wooden instrument, you can have an affordable plastic treble at A415 so you can play along with your viol consort chums. How does it play? Absolutely fine. Probably better than fine to be fair. If you like music at period pitch start giving out big hints for a Christmas present.

Derek C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
A useful practice instrument

I found the finger hole spacing for the right hand a little different from that on my wooden instruments, but soon adjusted to it. I will use it for practice, to spare my wooden instruments. Tone and responsiveness are satisfactory.