Cranmore Alto Recorder after Stanesby Jnr (a=415)
This low-pitch alto is made after Stanesby Jnr by English maker Tim Cranmore.
Thomas Stanesby Jnr. was apprenticed to his father, Thomas Stanesby Snr. in 1706 and set up his own workshop over the Temple Exchange in Fleet Street near St Dunstan-in-the-West soon after being released from his indenture in 1713. In 1728 he received the Freedom of the Turner Company and in 1739 he was elected Master. The English alto, or treble recorder had a characteristically wide bore, giving great resonance to the lower register, and it is interesting to note that the Handel recorder sonatas use this to greater effect than the continental composers such as Telemann, where the tessitura is concentrated at the upper end of the instrument.Cranmore's alto, made from boxwood (stained and unstained), is a copy of an originally Stanesby Jnr. instrument held in the Warwick County Museum in England.It is supplied with a handmade blue roll case.