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Need some help, here

Geez - I'm up to once a month.  I guess that's movement in the right direction.  I'm just otherwise too busy to breathe.  Not a good feeling.  I'll catch up on that later.

At any rate - here's the thing.  Charlotte is intrigued by the kids at school playing band instruments, and has asked about playing an instrument.  I can get *entirely* behind that - and since two hundred years ago I used to play, I can even help.

So, where do I get a decent quality, reasonably priced recorder?  I'm thinking soprano, because I never learned to read in any key but C.  For that matter, *I* could use a decent quality, reasonably priced recorder (soprano or tenor.)  I want wood, but plastic is plenty good for the short one.


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Jul. 8th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
You start here:


This is a great first instrument for both of you. It is a Renaissance bore, which will give you a fuller sound and an appropriate one if you want to play in the SCA. However, it has baroque fingering and a bit of a wider range than a standard renaissance bore instrument.

VonHuene are AWESOME folks. I ordered some books and they transposed the card numbers I gave them. The books arrived with a note inside asking me to please call when I had a chance to give them a corrected CC number.

The Mollenauers do come in wood as well. You can also call VonHuene and ask what they have for resale from their used collection. They'll play them for you over the phone and if you give them a CC#, they'll send it to you to try out. If you like it, call them and they'll charge your card. If you don't, you just send it back.
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
...and this is a really good book to get:


If you would like to learn F fingerings, it has instructions for both C and F.

Edited at 2014-07-08 05:06 pm (UTC)
Jul. 8th, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC)
I have that one. Every few years I take a stab at F fingerings. C is just so ingrained that it never takes.
Jul. 8th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, after 30+ years of playing flute, I still have to hit the switch (smack myself in the head).
Jul. 9th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
And then you can try G fingerings... 8)

Jul. 31st, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
If you haven't gotten one by now, let me know - decent ones are carried at my local music store. Phenomenally modern colors, but they sound pretty good.
I need to go pick up another anyway, because they do not stand up to a 7yo who intentionally removes the center 'reed' part to see how it works.
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