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Modern Alto recorder with F-foot grenadilla
Harmonic recorders: Mollenhauer & Nik Tarasov/Joachim Paetzold
Strong and powerful: this instrument will help you to hold your own when playing with other modern orchestral instruments or with a piano. It will be equally suitable for playing in a pop, jazz or folk band, in a string orchestra or a piano trio – this recorder won’t go unheard!
A range of almost three octaves: the easy response and chromatic mobility as well as the extended note-range surpasses all traditional models.
The Modern Alto uses traditional Baroque fingering. Only the notes in the third octave require different fingerings.
The collaboration between recorder player Nik Tarasov and maker Joachim Paetzold resulted in 1996 in the development of the Modern Alto. It is the first modern recorder that follows the principle of Harmonic recorders with pure harmonics and a long bore: overblowing the first octave will produce clear in-tune harmonics whereas in traditional recorders the resulting sounds are not in tune and can at best be used as trill or alternative fingerings. Unimportant as it may at first seem, the ability to produce in-tune harmonics has far reaching consequences for the entire instrument – an incredibly strong and powerful low register and a range extending well into the third octave!
Choose the voicing of your Modern Alto
Voicing” means fine tuning of block and windway, the process by
which the recorder maker makes basic decisions about the sound
and purpose of the instrument.
Baroque Voicing – Baroque Sound
- Full, round and distinguished sound, assertive even in combination
- with modern orchestral instruments.
- A range of 2 ½ octaves with easy response.
Modern Voicing – Modern Sound
- Strong, assertive and unmistakable – a sound full of character.
- A range of almost 3 octaves! Even, easy response and a clear and
- brilliant sound right into the highest register.
Wood type: Grenadilla
Keys: with F-foot and double key for F/F sharp
Fingering: Baroque; the notes in the third octave require different fingerings
Fingering chart: download
Range: f1 – d4
Pitch: a1 = 442 Hz
Block from Synpor-wood composite: This special block provides the instrument with a new musical 'durability': the core of the block consists of an artificial imitation wood product – synpor, that absorbs the moisture of breath condensation without swelling. The synpor core is embedded into a solid, naturally grown, cedar wood shell.
- Cleaning rod wood
- Joint grease
- Fingering chart
- Maintenance instructions
Sound sample baroque Voicing:
Carlo Ambrogio Lonati: Prelude (Walsh, 1705, in: Preludes & Voluntaries).
Nik Tarasov – Moderne Alto
Sound sample modern Voicing:
Georg Philipp Telemann: Dolce, from Fantasie No. 7 after TWV 40:20.
Nik Tarasov – Modern Alto