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Posted 10 July 2019 - 17:51
Maizie, I can see the charm of the special recorder for that. Anacrusis, thanks so much for posting the cartoon, it's great! I'm guessing, then, that it's just a matter of planning and practice... keep trying, and eventually it will be possible.
I am, whimsically, wondering about recorder-player's trousers with a spongy blob covered in smooth, hole-sealing leatherette or similar, such that on applying recorder to knee, in event of misjudging, there is some buffering?
Posted 10 July 2019 - 18:13
Having been used to the knee-lifting required to stop the bell of my treble I nearly lost my front teeth the first time I tried it with my 415 voice flute as I had completely forgotten to allow for the extra length.
I do remember being very careful about my clothes for my Grade 8 to avoid the problem anacrusis mentions. The examiner didn't bat an eyelid when I stood on one leg, which was good.
Posted 10 July 2019 - 18:22
fo you can alwayff recognife a recorder player who'f learning how to play thofe notef?
Posted 15 July 2019 - 06:13
Well, I've accidentally bought another cheap plastic recorder. I found another old plastic Dolmetsch in a 2nd-hand place. I do find Dolmetsch interesting; I bought it because of their place in the history of the instrument and its rebirth into school music. Mass-produced Dolmetsch plastic recorders are a weird mix of contrasts. The Dolmetsch's were professional makers of historical instruments, big in the rediscovery of historical performance, and yet these recorders happily disregard authentic construction, with their big, letterbox mouths. They look like nothing-special, cheap recorders, but again with this one I've been shocked by their quality when played. They are designed by a genius. This descant is about 1cm shorter than an aulos descant, but is quite in tune with it. It plays easily all the way from bottom C to top d, even the top c being an easy note. It's made in a fairly heavy black plastic with ivory-coloured mouthpiece (which, oddly, also forms the top of the windway, so there's a sort of ivory-coloured tab sticking down below the mouthpiece into the mouth, which looks a bit cheap and weird, but obviously isn't doing it any harm). It has the usual Dolmetsch odd arrangement of a long tenon into the lowest joint, with a diagonal slot cut out of it to accommodate the right-hand little-finger hole. Really, surprisingly playable. I bought it as a curio, but I may actually use it.
Posted 16 July 2019 - 06:18
Nice! It sounds like a little treasure! I agree over Dolmetsch. My very first recorder aged about 9 or 10 was a Dolmetsch - we learned a few notes in the girl's cloak-room as there wasn't anywhere else to teach us and the lessons were rapidly discontinued. There was a considerable gap between then and when I started learning seriously. But I retain a soft spot for Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and London's Burning! Dolmetsch feels like part of the history, especially in the UK where as you say it was responsible for the revival. There must be lots of people around my age who remember the white and red box!
Posted Yesterday, 08:51
My school was an aulos school, so we remember the yellow cloth sleeves! Despite being an avid aulos fan, I have to say the Dolmetsch is probably the better school instrument. We are lucky to have been born into a world just after the revival.
Posted Yesterday, 09:22
I had a Dolmetsch tenor, bought for me when I was in the last year or two of primary school. On advancement to secondary school, it was up for ridicule for not looking like all the other recorders. When I then acquired a treble, I was told to ensure I got an Aulos to 'match everybody else'.
As much as I loved my 'funny' tenor, I always assumed it was because I'd been bought a cheap'n'nasty thing instead of the 'normal' one. Was deeply chagrained later to discover I'd had something much nicer than I'd ever realised. When I ended up getting my old recorders out of my mother's loft, I was disheartened to find it no longer in tune with itself (although delighted I was able to work that out for myself). At the time, Dolmetsch would give you a 50% discount on a Nova plastic instrument if you sent them in a same size instrument (any brand, any condition). So I traded in my old Dolmetsch for a new Dolmetsch (and subsequently upgraded to a boxwood Dolmetsch at the early music festival - boxwood was no longer on the price list in that range, so they sold it to me for the price of the next wood down )