I hope it’s not too late to advise getting a plastic Yamaha over any Hohner, especially a wooden one. Inexpensive wooden recorders are to be avoided like the plague! And generally speaking, Yamaha is considered a better recorder manufacturer than Hohner. Yamaha, Aulos, and Zen-on are the most respected plastic recorder makers. You cannot go wrong if you stick to them.
Hello, Thank you for your reply….it is a bit too late….. but I have ordered a Yamaha as well (a cheaper model – just 30$). I checked reviews for the Hohner and they were very good and I do like it but I am very new to Recorder and will perhaps see the difference soon. I do find that maintaining a C5 in one long breath difficult (seems to want to go to C6 but that may be my technique for sure)….. I really appreciate your advice and am looking forward to comparing the two recorders…
Of course after only a couple of weeks now I also want an Alto recorder!! lol
So I received a Yahamha recorder yesterday. Resin and about 30$. I really like the sound of the Hohner much better. Is price of Yamaha really crucial to performance? The tone of the Hohner is much less harsh (?)
You’re probably hearing the difference in wood vs. plastic. (Did you get the “Ecodear” Yamaha? Supposedly the Ecodear models sound a little closer to wood.)
I’ve done a bit more research on the Hohners. What I’m seeing are reports of decent tone, but some intonation problems on certain notes (F and E♭ are mentioned) and some difficulty in playing notes in the higher registers. I’d be interested to know if you find any issues in those areas, specifically.