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Thread #94923   Message #1846705
Posted By: Howard Jones
30-Sep-06 - 06:53 AM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
Even a cheap recorder should be able to get at least 2 octaves. On my Aulos descant I can get high D. On my Moeck descant, which overall has a better sound, I can get this note but it sounds a bit shrill. On both instruments I suspect my failure to get even higher notes is down to my poor technique rather than the limitations of the instruments.

I have found the wooden Moeck to be fine in sessions. However I don't usually play it all the time, so it doesn't get too damp. If I'm going to be playing constantly, especially at a festival where the sessions may go on all weekend, then I'll share the load with the plasic Aulos.

I agree with Liz the Squeak that recorders are great in sessions, they do have a different quality of sound. It's not just that the tone is different from a whistle (especially with a wooden recorder) but the greater use of tonguing gives a more defined sound.