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Mollenhauer Modern Alto Recorder in Palisander

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£1,041.67 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

Mollenhauer 5920 Modern alto (treble) in f', palisander, with with f-foot joint and double key f/f#. This design was the product of collaboration between recorder virtuoso Nikolaj Tarasov and recorder maker Joachim Paetzold. A little longer than the conventional alto, it has a double f/f# key that firstly gives these notes a significantly more powerful sound than is usual on alto recorders and secondly, enables notes in the third octave to be played much more easily than on a conventional alto. It has a strong, warm and very expressive sound that makes it a versatile instrument capable of playing music from the 18th century to present day. The recorder has a SYNPOR block, a synthetic block similar to cedar, which imitates the molecular structure of wood and which can absorb moisture humidity through its micropores.

With hard case, CD with sound examples, mop, cork grease, fingering chart, maintenance instructions.

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Franceska D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

I originally wanted a Modern for the third octave notes, but ended up buying one because of the amazingly resonant lowest notes. This is a great all-rounder which speaks easily and cleanly throughout the full register and which allows for a far broader dynamic range than any other treble I've tried. As well as a great solo instrument, I use mine to play the lower part in duets, where the low notes have been practically inaudible on other trebles in the past. The two footjoint keys make life so much easier for me too: no more stretching and straining my hand.

john b.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
It's all good...

There are already some excellent reviews and recordings of the Mollenhauer Modern Alto by recorder players who are significantly more experienced and knowledgeable than myself, and I would definitely recommend the Sarah Jeffery/Team Recorder YouTube review and comparison between the baroque and modern versions of the Alto. However, as a dedicated amateur, I can report that my experience of playing the Mollenhauer Modern Alto so far has been overwhelmingly positive. I find the sound of each note is precise and robust across the full range and the recorder is not as sensitive to small anomalies in breath/blowing strength (or in some cases finger position) as with my various Baroque recorders which can often take the first 5 minutes for me to recalibrate my playing 'style' depending on which recorder I am using. The Modern Alto, is providing me with a reliable baseline as I attempt to progress my playing and increase my repertoire beyond Baroque and Renaissance music, such that I am confident that any mistakes I make are due to my own lack of ability and not because of any quirkiness of the recorder itself. The only challenge I have had that is worthy of comment is learning to use the key levers. As always, the service from the Early Music Shop was first class and the advice and knowledge provided by Peter Booth was invaluable.