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Lazar's Early Music
761 N. Cherokee Rd, Suite C
Social Circle, GA 30025
The new Bass Recorder from Kung
Deep - strong - clear, these three
characteristics were the prescribed goals when developing the SUPERIO Bass
We tried to fulfill the wish for a bass recorder which has a deep, strong tone but still a good sound. Geri Bollinger, the man who makes our wishes come true, naturally came up against certain limiting factors which he describes as follows:
Deep, strong, clear - what are the limiting factors?
Finger hole size: Large finger holes are the result of a wide bore. This is what makes the deep tone. (Most bass recorders have rather narrow bores!)
Solution: Choose as wide a bore as possible and undercut the finger holes to the extreme.
Their diameter is thus smaller on the outside than on the inside of the tubes.
Distance of holes: If equipped with only a foot-key, the hand span would be too wide.
Solution: Two additional keys (but which do not rattle!) for the left ring-finger and the right index-finger facilitate a comfortable positioning of the hands. In addition, the knick makes for a relaxed position thanks to the reduced arm span.
Fingering: The baroque fingering is unfortunately a must for amateurs. With a more unusual fingering (e.g. Ganassi), other interesting sounds would be possible!
Solution: None - the instrument has to be easily playable. But even small fingering deviations can have a positive effect, particularly in the upper registers!
Air consumption: A strong, deep tone needs air! Were there no limits, organ bass recorders would be possible. So either you have the lungs of a top athlete or you have less bass - there is no way round this.
Solution: Do not make the quantity of air small, but just still easily manageable.
And look at this, or rather hear it:
The SUPERIO Bass sounds deep, has strength, sounds good and can be played with great spirit!
Why the knick?
Geri Bollinger tested the various blowing systems over a long period. Blowing tubes (bocals) reduce the depth of tone and add interference. Direct blowing through the block is in fact better, but it leads to noisy upper tones. Blowing with the labium towards you is acceptable; on the other hand the fingering is not ideal and the whole sound is blown into your pullover.
So that leaves the knick - optically different - acoustically excellent!
For us and for many players, whether they play for fun or professionally, playability and the sound produced are more important than anything else!