Ecodear Recorders- How good are they?

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    Jocelyne Yendall

    Hello everyone, I’ve decided to play the recorder again after a 20 year hiatus. I’m 90% sold on Yamaha Ecodear range, but just wanted to know how good they are for returning players? I know that after 20 years I am back to being a ‘beginner’ but I’d like to start with a nice sounding recorder that is ideal for re-learners such as my self.
    When I played recorder all them years ago, I played on wooden recorders which I remember sounding so much nicer than cheap plastic school recorders. I’m not anti plastic recorder though! If a plastic recorder is of good quality and value for money, then I’m all for it. Is the ecosesr such an instrument? How does it compare to other plastic recorders and also to wooden recorders?
    My plan is to start with a plastic and once I’m back to the level I was years ago (I hope I can get back to that level!) then I’ll look to getting a quality wood recorder.
    Apologies if my questions have been all over the place I’m just so excited to play again after such a long time!

    Ken In Dallas

    Nobody answered? Okay, here’s my 2¢. During this pandemic I’ve purchased way too many resin recorders. I think the Yamaha Ecodear is the best sounding of the plastic sopranos and altos. I wish they made a sapranino or a keyless tenor.

    Its ‘con’ is its tight windway, which clogs sooner than most others. If you learn to mix your own anti-clog mild soap solution, it’s no problem. I get about two hours of no-problem playing once it’s set up. On the fly, I’ve applied the solution and then hit it with canned compressed air from the computer store. I don’t believe I’d try that with a wooden instrument as it might damage the voice. The voice of the Ecodear compares well against my decent mid-priced Pear and Maple instruments. (I don’t own any Boxwood recorders.) It’s “Reedy” in voice. The voices of my 30+ year old exotic woods are not comparable. The Yamaha is absolutely in tune. I wouldn’t be hesitant to perform with a properly anti-clog(ged?) Ecodear.

    I know you’re not asking, but I’ll offer that though the voice is not as warm, the Alto Zen On is faster fingering for me… if you’re an Alto player. I practice on the Zen On and play for family after dinner on the Ecodear. I record myself on wooden recorders. Is that a sense of my take on things?

    I don’t know how long it’s been since you played, but many new wooden recorders (to my ear) don’t compare well to their older siblings. Perhaps the manufacturers aren’t investing the time they used to. I just don’t know. but you just may find the Yamaha meets all your needs.

    — k

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