Yamaha v Aulos keyed tenor

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    Aulos303
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    I had an Aulos tenor a while ago but it had no keys and I found it a stretch (Aulos 211 Robin). However they also make a keyed tenor, the 511B, and also Yamaha produce one for around the same price. But which do people prefer? And at the budget end is the Thomann tenor worth getting? Its very cheap.

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    #762

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    I own both the Aulos keyed tenor and the Yamaha. I prefer the sound of the Yamaha – I find it richer – but I play the Aulos more as I find it less of a stretch. The holes seem the same distance apart on both models. The only difference I can see that would explathis is that the plastic key on the Aulos is a bit longer so your little finger has less of a stretch. This tiny detail makes a big difference to me. Regarding the Thomann tenor, I bought one of these first. It sounded fine but the finish was very poor. It had rough plastic seams, it was scratched and the key screws were damaged. I sent it back and bought the Yamaha. You get what you pay for. I hope this helps.

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    Aulos303
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    I own both the Aulos keyed tenor and the Yamaha. I prefer the sound of the Yamaha – I find it richer – but I play the Aulos more as I find it less of a stretch. The holes seem the same distance apart on both models. The only difference I can see that would explathis is that the plastic key on the Aulos is a bit longer so your little finger has less of a stretch. This tiny detail makes a big difference to me. Regarding the Thomann tenor, I bought one of these first. It sounded fine but the finish was very poor. It had rough plastic seams, it was scratched and the key screws were damaged. I sent it back and bought the Yamaha. You get what you pay for. I hope this helps.

    Thanks, it does indeed!
    I think I would go for the Aulos as being able to play comfortably is important. I have a low D whistle which sits in the tenor range but the lowest hole is just too much of a stretch.

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    #844

    Pavane
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    I was about to post a question about this but you have more-or-less answered it. That was a while ago so not sure you will even see this, but in case you do:

    Just how similar is the hole spacing between the Yamaha and the Aulos? If you look at Lazar’s tenor finger spacing chart (http://www.lazarsearlymusic.com/finger_hole_distances.htm) the plastic Yamaha has almost the worst spacing there is. Lazar’s list isn’t very comprehensive but the 4-5 gap between the Yamaha and, say, the popular Moeck Rotty, is substantially bigger at 47/37mm.

    I have the Aulos Robin tenor and the spacing is much easier on that, though I find the lower notes overblow very easily. I also have the Yamaha which is much better in terms of quality, but I would get the Aulos Symphony as well if the spacing was better than on the Yamaha. I don’t find the stretch to the keys on the Yamaha a problem so no point buying the Aulos if that’s the only gain.

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    Aulos303
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    I was about to post a question about this but you have more-or-less answered it. That was a while ago so not sure you will even see this, but in case you do:

    Just how similar is the hole spacing between the Yamaha and the Aulos? .

    I have the Aulos Robin tenor and the spacing is much easier on that, though I find the lower notes overblow very easily.

    I now have the Aulos robin tenor (211A). It is easy to finger as the holes are drilled at angle so are closer together at the surface.

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    #849

    Pavane
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    I now have the Aulos robin tenor (211A). It is easy to finger

    Easier than the Yamaha or the Aulos Symphony? I agree that the Robin is quite easy to finger but I don’t actually like it all that much.

    #850

    Aulos303
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    Oh I like it a lot. I can’t say about the other tenors as the 211 is the only tenor I’ve played.

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