QUOTE(salrec @ Oct 16 2007, 03:08 PM)
However, you wouldn't be penalised for playing on plastics as long as they were good. As you'll know, good plastics are far better than bad wooden ones.
I'm planning to use a cheap plastic one for some parts of my g5 descant exam.
It's a translucent multicoloured Yamaha (currently green at each end and blue in the middle, but it changes from time to time). My old Aulos falls apart and has a hole through the mouthpiece (I used to bite it, so there are two deep grooves, one with an actual hole in).
The Yamaha has a more robust sound to it than my wooden one (pearwood Dolmetsch), so I'm using it for the Turner Fanfare. Using the Dolmetsch for the Rameau and the Keuning. Will probably use the Yamaha for scales as that's what I practice them on (don't want to over-play the wooden one) and it's in three sections so I can adjust the position of the bottom holes, which I can't on the Dolmetsch. Will use whichever is least clogged up by that point for sight-reading.
For higher grades I'll need to switch to treble (for most if not all of it) and currently have only an old Aulos (with a few tuning issues which I /think/ are at least partly down to the instrument). So I think an upgrade is going to be required - either to a new plastic instrument or, most likely, to a wooden one. If I'm going to invest in a new treble, I want one that'll see me right through to grade 8 if I ever want to do it.
We need to organise a padded mat or something so she has somewhere safe to put the one she's not playing.
What have other people done about this in multi-recorder exams?
My current plan is just to stick whichever I'm not using at the time into the back of the waistband of my jeans - keep it warm, safe and out of the way, but easy to get at. (It won't look silly, as I never tuck my shirt in.)
That's with just descants though. Dunno what I'll do for treble when the time comes.
QUOTE(anacrusis @ Oct 16 2007, 03:18 PM)
I pre-warm my instruments by cuddling them under my jumper until I go in, and then wrap them in a duster to keep them as cosy as possible; I take in a treble or tenor case and rest the instruments not in use across it on the floor. I'd also recheck tuning carefully with each change, if nothing else to get fingers used to the change in size - I know that all sounds obvious, but it's very easy to forget to do so in the pressure of an exam.
I pre-warm my Dolmetsch by tucking it into my sock inside my jeans, or into the back of the waistband. :-)
Hadn't thought about re-tuning when switching instruments, but after the first switch I'll be unaccompanied anyway, so I just need to remember to tune the Yamaha before playing the second piece.
edit: Thanks Sarah! I'll need it - never played in a festival before and I'm absolutely terrified.