A = 415 Hz Recorders

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  • #255
    STEFANOS SKIATHITIS
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    The German Fingering Recorders produced, even today, are tuned to A = 415 Hz – approximately a semitone below the A = 440 Hz.
    At least the 3 such recorders I possess ( 2 wooden Hohner + 1 plastic Suzuki 62-25 – 4 euros respectively) that is their tuning .
    I realized that , when I tried – after I had uploaded to Youtube some videos for such recorders – to accompany these melodies with my guitar .Then I found out that I was off by 1 semitone tuning . Listen to such a C major recorder with guitar chords B major

    Of course, if you play the recorder alone then tuning no matter.
    But if you decide to learn playing in a band then you should choose baroque fingering (A=440 ) .
    Baroque fingering recorders are tuned both in 415 and mainly 440 Hz.

    #256
    Tony Newnham
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    Hi

    I’m surprised to hear of plastic recorders tuned to A=415. I admit I’ve never really got into German fingering – but the only A=415 recorders I’ve seen have been wooden, abd often more upmarket models in the Early Music Shop.

    A couple of my early plastic recorders were slightly out to A=440 – possibly C=256Hz? which was still around in the early ’60’s. This was just far enough off to make playing with other instruments difficult – and is presumably why my Dolmesch Treble has gone missing over the years.

    Good to know about such issues.

    Every Blessing

    Tony

    #257
    STEFANOS SKIATHITIS
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    Suzuki plastic recorder (4 euros) is very accurate in 415 Hz tuning..
    In baroque fingering for producing F note holes 0 1 2 3 4-6 7 are covered
    In German fingering for producing F note holes 0 1 2 3 4 – – – 7 are covered thus having easier fingering (as happens on flutes..). For this reason German fingering was and still is, in many European countries (mainly in: Greece , Germany , Austria , Switzerland) popular though German fingering has been criticized that is not accurate tuning on some sharps / flats . (The only not accurate note, for me, is flat E (Eb).

    Comparison of 3 different models of German Fingering Recorders:

    #259
    recorderoz
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    I’m not aware of any plastic 415 recorders. They would be nice to have. I have an excellent Rosewood 415 alto from David Coomber, but it is due for a service. It would be nice to have a decent plastic one to tide me over until it comes back.

    Mostly alto, plays with Balmain Baroque

    #325
    Chris Baron
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    Vincent Bernolin make excellent resin (plastic) 415 alto recorders. i bought one a number of yrs ago and i like it very much.

    http://www.bernolin.fr/english/

    here is one in action.

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