QUOTE(niobe @ May 9 2012, 11:37 AM)
QUOTE(niobe @ May 7 2012, 05:59 PM)
My old Schott descant is still in good working order
Have been having fun with the old descant this week but the penny soon dropped that it is horribly flat. Does this suggest deterioration of the wooden instrument -or the player
- or perhaps both?
Have decided to buy an Aulos treble but want to keep up to speed with the descant so any thoughts on the sound quality of the descant would be appreciated.
Flat is tricky
- sharp can be pulled out, to an extent anyway, but flat can't be pushed together any further than so far, and recorders being recorders, even if breath support is doing all it can, it won't go higher than so high, I'm afraid. My treble is a bully, and won't let me play at a'=440Hz unless hidden under my vest for about twenty minutes before playing, in cold weather, and then blown with conviction: my husband tends to tune our harpsichord ever so slightly south of that to allow me a chance to play in tune, in winter time
. Nowadays the European makers are tending to make them about 2Hz sharper, to allow for cold weather and/or a cold instrument, but if your descant is refusing to come up to pitch even when warm and pushed well together, I'm afraid it becomes a practice instrument only, with another being needed for anything ensemble.
'Tis the lot of the recorder player, I'm afraid, to "need" ever more recorders......each time I get another, my mind turns very swiftly to the next again
. And yes, it's true that players might well find a recorder knocking around in a house (hopefully not in the dog basket though
), theyd not tend to stumble across a complete bassoon in that way - so the good news is, an individual recorder may not be all that expensive......just the hobby of playing them tends to be.