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Thread #8707   Message #3061272
Posted By: Jack Campin
25-Dec-10 - 06:38 PM
Thread Name: recorder music
Subject: RE: recorder music
Just got another couple of recorders, brand new Zen-On C tenor and F bass in sycamore wood (from a charity shop that was selling them for about a tenth of the new retail price). Tried them out at an acoustic music session on Christmas Eve. So one of the first things I tried with the bass was playing it left-hand-only making a percussive train-whistle sounds while playing a cajon with my right hand, for a song I'd never heard before called "Santa Claus is Coming on the Boogie-Woogie Train".

The Zen-On bass is a bit hard to play in its high register, but it has a great response to really hard attack. In a group of miscellaneous folk instruments it stands out much more than its continuous volume would suggest, it's almost like a wind-powered marimba. And it's extraordinarily light. Playing Telemann on it would probably be a non-starter but it does what I want. The tenor is less unusual, though it has a very bright tone compared with my others. I am thinking of it as a specialist Happy Music instrument.