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Aulos 709W Alto Recorder

by Aulos
10 reviews
£49.17 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

The 709W 'Haka' alto plastic recorder in an imitation rosewood finish.

The 709W is made after an original instrument by early 18th century Dutch maker Richard Haka. It has a rich, reedy tonal quality, making it suitable for much of the baroque solo repertoire, with a stronger more reliable tone than cheaper models. 

This recorder is in three pieces and is supplied with a brown case, cleaning rod, thumb-rest, fingering chart and joint grease.

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Alessandro U.
United States United States

Pretty cool, believe me!

I received the recorder recently (1-1.5 weeks ago) and here is my review!!! The low notes: very reedy sounding and cool volume. High notes: sounds like a Csakan and they are easy to play compared to the Yamaha Ecodear:-) c# is easy. Whole register: very reedy and sounds close to a dizi for me:-) the low and high register are balanced but the high register is a little more overpowered. The grip or how easy is to get a good hold of the instrument I can say Aulos is the best plastic recorder I have:) When it comes to the appereance: Aulos is not shiny and has a wonderful wooden look. Have a cool day,

Valerie L.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Forward to my past!

Just relearning how to play the alto recorder now I am old, having played the soprano recorder at school 123 years ago. Thanks to good advice from the Early Music Shop team, I now have an excellent recorder. So. No excuses from me on the sometimes hideous noises I’m making

Mark D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

An excellent plastic recorder

I have three plastic trebles: the Aulos Haka, the Aulos 509B and the Yamaha YRA 302BIII. The Haka is by far my favourite. It has the most complex, interesting sound of the three, it's possible to do more with the sound in terms of varying the volume and articulation, and (unlike the Yamaha) clogging is minimal. It's a very nicely-made recorder too, and looks very attractive in its wood grain finish. I'd argue this is more of a soloist recorder, as I think its strident, reedy sound would not blend as well with other instruments as that of the Aulos 509B. As a solo instrument, highly recommended: I enjoy playing it as much as I enjoy playing my Mollenhauer Denner in castellowood. And that's saying something!

Helen C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very pleased with the purchase

I found that the tone is very good for a plastic recorder. The high notes are easy to obtain and the recorder itself is very pretty to look at. I would certainly recommend it to someone else.

M.J. Searle
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Aulos Alto Haka - for folk music

I love the sound of this recorder. It's richer, warmer and fuller than most plastic recorders. It feels slightly longer than other altos, but not by much. I'll be using it for English traditional music. The low notes are surprisingly loud - great for playing with fiddles on their bottom string. (The bottom F is a bit quieter, but fiddles can't play below G.) The mid range is excellent. The top 4th on the fingering chart (D to G) sounds a bit less refined but the notes speak easily, although you might need to open the thumb hole a bit more. There are even more notes 'off the chart' that still play well, up to a top B. (I couldn't get a C to sound, but most English fiddlers don't like playing in third position, so they rarely play above B.) The downside? Like most alto recorders, the top F# can be tricky. Here, the fingering is different from usual, so the individual note speaks well, but I found it difficult to fit the fingering into a run of notes. (If you try the 'usual' fingering it plays sharp.) The alternative 'knee over the end' fingering sounds ok, but this recorder has a concave end, so it is harder to do this. So - it's a great sounding recorder, it's very agile on jumps spanning more than an octave, it covers the range of most English fiddle music, and I'll be using almost all of its two-and-a-third octaves, but I'll probably revert to a soprano when I need a high F#.