QUOTE(sarah123 @ Jul 11 2009, 04:49 PM)
What is the normal way of keeping more than one recorder warm while you switch between them?
For my grade 7 exam, I just kept my descant in my pocket apart from when I was playing its piece and had a borrowed treble that wouldn't muck me about if left on the piano stool during the descant piece, so it wasn't too bad.
This time, however, I have 3 instruments to juggle. (None of which I trust to not go out of tune if I leave it out on the piano/floor/case/etc.)
The order of things is going to be Vivaldi on new Treble, Bergmann on descant, Quantz on new treble, scales and sightreading on old treble.
I can easily fit one treble and descant in my pockets, but it's a bit of a squeeze to fit two trebles in (and I would end up looking rather odd with various ends of recorder sticking out all over the place)
And that's ignoring the fact that I really want to keep old treble separate from the other two so they don't catch its mildew....and I don't really want to put new treble in with anything hard (including other bits of itself) because I'm paranoid it's going to crack.
What would you do?
I played my LTCL (which turned into an LGSMD, but I still can't help thinking of it as the former) using descant, treble and tenor, and here's what I did:
before setting off, I nicked my daughter's hotwater bottle and filled it with warm, not hot, water. I screwed the cap on very tight and wrapped it in a towel, and took it along to the exam with me.
On arrival, I opened my case (I have the one for as many instruments as I need to carry - it will hold three trebles, two tenors and a descant, or a bass with a tenor, treble and descant), took out the three instruments I was going to play, and stuffed them down my shirt, wincing a bit cos it was November and they were cold.
I turned the instruments in my shirt til I'd stopped wincing.
Once called for the exam, I scooped up my bag and the hotwater bottle, and walked into the exam hall with them, placing the instruments I wasn't using on my open bag, and covering them with the towelled bottle. I made sure that the cap end of the hotwater bottle was facing over the edge of the case and away from my instruments, cos I'm neurotic like that. After playing each instrument, I'd place it under the bottle and pull out the next one: there were no fuggings-up, and they all were at a good temperature to play. I did also take a moment to mop out my treble, which I played in the middle then again at the end, as it had had ten minutes' continuous playing before its rest. If you have separate cases for all your instruments, then a multiply-folded towel might do the business for you just as well, maybe laid on a couple of the cases to raise it a bit from the floor.
Piers Adams does similar, but he has a special warm bag for his instruments: he doesn't let the business of fishing out the next instrument interrupt his performances at all
I am still trying to get round to building the perfect recorder player's performance outfit: the blokes get to wear roomy jackets with big pockets, but it's harder for me as a girlie