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Mollenhauer Denner Edition Alto Recorder in Grenadilla

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£1,162.50 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

Mollenhauer Denner Edition Alto in grenadilla, a=442. This is a hand-crafted recorder after Jacob Denner (1681–1735).

The bore shape is based on concepts that were developed in the Denner family workshop, in particular by Jacob Denner. The Denner family from Nuremberg were one of the most important and influential woodwind makers. Modern processes have made it possible to achieve a sound quality that was previously only a characteristic of low-pitch baroque instruments. Balanced and stable intonation across all the registers are the basis for the versatility of the refined sound.
The characteristically direct voicing combines lightness and brilliance with focused airflow. An extensive amount of time is dedicated to crafting these exclusive instruments. Every instrument is voiced over a long period of time – periods of intense playing alternate with phases of fine tuning. In this way, Mollenhauer can closely monitor and adjust the development of every instrument.

Specification of the Denner Edition recorder:
    Craftsman-made windway 
    Heavily undercut finger holes
    Bushed thumbhole 
    Rounded and polished beak 
    Finish: historically stained, oiled and polished by hand. 
    Threaded joints 
    Case: Leather bag

Click here to read Mollenhauer's brochure about their Denner Edition recorders.

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Helen W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Mollenhauer Denner Edition Alto Recorder in Grenadilla

This instrument is extremely responsive and has a beautiful tone, particularly in the lower register. Low F and G ‘speak’ really clearly and strongly with an amazingly full, rich sound - this is the best instrument that I have encountered for playing in the lower register. Having purchased the instrument very recently, I am still playing it in, and so far I am happy with it as it is very much in tune. Hopefully, the occasionally unpredictable top notes in the high register will develop over time to match the superb lower register.

Steve M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Top Quality Altos

This recorder is of the top quality that I have come to expect from Mollenhauer. It is made from a beautiful piece of wood and with many refinements as standard - a bushed thumb hole, thread wound joints and flared off edges to the 'beak', making a neat small oval of the windway end. The tone is very clear as you would expect from Grenadilla, with ease of note production throughout the register, without exceptions. One of the features that finally influenced my choice of this instrument was the position of the double holes, the f/f sharp cup is at a slight angle which makes the bottom notes assured when you do not have a very long little finger!!