June 20, 2018 at 2:59 am #632
Hello first post. I’m very new to recorders and have the entry level Yamaha soprano plastic one (the model above the clear colored plastic one). I’m looking for a plastic 415hz recorder as I love the more soothing sound of the lower frequency. I’d like to get an alto. I’m having a lot of trouble finding options but here’s the two (technically 3) I’ve found:
1) Zen-on Bressan 1500B, and its updated model the G-1A
2) Bernolin resin recorder (not sure on model name)
The Bernolin one is expensive for me so I’ll probably stick with the Zen-on. Are these Zen-on models at 415hz? I didn’t see it specifically stated for them but I’d heard people say they were tuned for Baroque style.
Are there any other plastic options? Also, is there a best site to buy these Zen-on models because I’m having trouble finding them except on places like ebay.August 2, 2018 at 7:13 pm #656
We have been having a similar discussion on recorders.ning. The Zen-On is 440, I believe.
I would NOT recommend the G-1A. I sent mine to a friend who has the 1500B and he compared them (he has been playing for over 40 years). The newer one is not better, according to him. It is worse. I haven’t played the 1500B yet, but I have played the G-1A. It is not good. I have ordered the 1500B from Early Music Shop (http://www.earlymusicshop.com/product.aspx/en-GB/1002725-zen-on-bressan-alto-model-1500b-plain). It is costing me about $63 because it is coming from London.
I also have the Yamaha Ecodear, which I like a lot. The Yamahas, however, seem a tad sharp (as in cutting, not in tuning), but the Ecodear is more mellow to my hearing. I have the Aulos Haka Alto which I have just gotten and it is nice, too.
I considered the Bernolin, and I am sure it is nice, but it is just too much for me to spend on a resin recorder. Now, if I get really good in the future, maybe.
Take what I say with caution as I am fairly new to this. But, my friend has a lot of experience and I trust his expertise.September 4, 2018 at 10:41 am #661
To the best of my knowledge, the only plastic altos you can get at A=415 are the Bernolin you already know about, and one from Aafab/Coolsma, which you can look at here. NB the Coolsma costs the best part of €2000 so makes the Bernolin look very reasonably priced! I know someone who has the Bernolin soprano which they say is an excellent instrument.
For what it’s worth, I don’t like the Zen-On alto, though that’s purely subjective and I know people who do like it. I can highly recommend the Aulos Hakka.
“Tuned for Baroque” probably means in most cases that they have Baroque (aka English) fingering rather than German fingering. Instruments in A=415 (or other “baroque” pitches) tend to be either top-end models or hand made, thus expensive in either case.
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