Mudcat Café message #1846723 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94923   Message #1846723
Posted By: GUEST
30-Sep-06 - 07:37 AM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
I have absolutely no problems getting two octaves and a tone out of my plastic recorders, including my Dolmetsch Bass. Theoretically you can get two octaves and a fifth though some of the third octave notes require you to stop the bell end (like Uillean pipers do).

For sessions I take Mollenhauer Dream Descant and Tenor and Plastic Yamaha descants. I use the transparent Yamahas as they are in nice bright colours and are just as good as those of more conventional appearance. It usually attracts comment from someone. I don't usually use a plastic tenor as I find the finger stretch a little uncomfortable for playing at speed, whereas the Mollenhauer Dream Tenor has shorter finger stretch than most and is quite comfortable and has a good tone.

I sometimes take my Paetzold Contrabass to sessions. Though quiet, it has a lovely tone and makes a good bass instrument and I am assured it can be heard. It definitely makes a good talking point and I will invariably be asked what it is.