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425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200

Mountain View, CA 94043

(650) 938-5367

(866) 511-2981

LazarsEMS@gmail.com

 

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Küng SUPERIO Recorders

soprano

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Tenor

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Key Additions

Greatbass

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Küng July, 2011 Price List

Unfortunately, I have had to raise my prices.

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Küng SUPERIO  Recorders

The new series

What the SUPERIO recorders have in common are the baroque sound, a light elegant tone and the possibility for dynamic playing.

However, the five different sizes have very different sound characteristics, as described below.

Model Number

Description

Sound Sample

Price

Sopranino (new)                                          Top of Page
For over a year, the Japanese recorder builder Yukiko Yaita has been part of our team, and we gave her the task of designing a new sopranino based on our existing models. With good advice from our top recorder builder, Geri Bollinger, she has succeeded brilliantly in creating an instrument which has both a sweet and a powerful sound. The grenadilla model, in particular, is meant for playing recorder concerts with a modern chamber orchestra.  It is tuned to A442 Hz
2201 Sopranino, pearwood, 2 pc., double holes, curved windway   $231
2207 Sopranino, grenadilla, 2 pc., double holes, curved windway   $348

The SOPRANO recorder has a clear, soft and well-rounded sound.

blowing pressure high
fingering easy, Baroque fingering
length 31.6 cm (12.4")
weight 150 gms (5.3 ozs.)
outer shape high Baroque
block height high
bore wide
window wide
treatment inside paraffin impregnated
treatment outside oiled
special characteristics requires high blowing pressure; must be oiled

2301

Soprano, Pearwood, 2-pc, double holes, curved windway (cw)

 

$245

2304

Soprano, Plumwood, same

 

$293

2306

Soprano, Palisander, same Kung Superio palisander soprano

 

$390

2308

Soprano, Tulipwood, same

 

$444

2309

Soprano, Olive, same

sound

$444

For the ALTO recorder, too, we consciously sought a wider sound spectrum. That is why this is an all-purpose recorder, which responds well in both upper and lower registers.                                                             Top of Page

blowing pressure high
fingering easy, Baroque fingering
length 47.3 cm (18.6")
weight 250 gms (8.8 ozs.)
outer shape high Baroque
block height high
bore wide, according to Stanesby Jr.
window large
treatment inside paraffin impregnated
treatment outside oiled

2401

Alto, Pearwood, 3-pc, double holes, cw  

Maurice Steger plays Vivaldi

$485

2404

Alto, Plumwood, same  

sound

$667

2406

Alto, Palisander, same

Maurice Steger plays Vivaldi

$784

2408

Alto, Tulipwood, same

 

$810

2409

Alto, Olive, same                 Kung Superio palisander alto

 

$895

An outstanding new development is the Souffleur® by Küng. With a hole through the block, you are able to influence sound production and to play even more piano than with other known mechanisms.
Hear the difference: MP3 (1, 2) and see a description of the Souffleur (pdf 291 KB).

Souffleur Instructions

2911

    Alto, stained pearwood, Souffleur

 

 $703

2921

    Souffleur addition to your recorder

Sound 1, 2

     $116 + shipping

The tenor recorder is distinguished by a brilliant high register (can be played to G''', giving a range of two-and-a-half octaves!) but still has a wonderful depth: strong and with a full sound, even on the bottom notes. Thanks to the richness of its upper tones and its dynamism, it is similar to the traverso and highly suitable for the whole traverso repertoire. But the range of its sound also means it can be used to play contemporary recorder music or modern transverse flute pieces.                                       Top of Page

By popular request, Kung is offering additional keys for their tenor models STUDIO and SUPERIO.


Kung can mount one or two keys on your tenor recorder as required, so as to ensure a comfortable fingering position.

Keys that I add are shown here.  These keys, when mounted on hole 4, make you reach over the axle to get to the key lever.  I'm in the process of getting keys analogous to the ones shown above.

$110 each

blowing pressure high
fingering wide despite keys, Baroque fingering (chart)
length 64.8 cm (25.5")
weight 450 gms (1.0 lbs)
outer shape high Baroque
block height high
bore narrow
window short
treatment inside paraffin impregnated
treatment outside oiled
special characteristics A=442 Hz, powerful, low tones thanks to long foot with double key, light response, particularly suitable for solo literature. Instrument requires oiling.

2501

Tenor, Pearwood, 3-pc, double c-c# key, cw

sound

$905

2503

Tenor, Cherry, same

Pictures:1,2,3,4

$1010

2509

Tenor, Olive, same

 

$1425

Extra keys available     Instruments are available with extra keys on holes 3 & 4  Pictures: 1,2,3,4

$134 each key

One of the nicest instruments of this series is the BASS recorder. It has a range of two octaves and a fifth, has good tuning; fingering is no problem thanks to the knick and it sounds amazingly bass (many a Renaissance bass recorder has trouble keeping up!) with a strong, deep rich tone. It is therefore not only ideal for playing in a Baroque ensemble but is also excellent for Renaissance or contemporary music.
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blowing pressure medium, requires a lot of air
fingering large finger holes, somewhat wide, Baroque fingering (chart)
length 89.1 cm (35.3")
weight 1200 gms (2.65 lbs)
outer shape not historical, adapted to the Superio line
block height medium
bore wide
window large
treatment inside paraffin impregnated
treatment outside oiled
special characteristics Good, low register with a clear highest register, extremely versatile (ensembles and solo). The angle gives an acoustically excellent instrument, which would not be the case via a crook.

2601

2611 stained

 

Bass, Pearwood, knick (bent neck), double f-f#key, cw

    Piers Adams plays Purcell;

    Piers Adams plays Cima

    QNG Mozart--Studio tenor, Superio B, GtB, CtB

    QNG-Studio Sop, Alto, Superio B

 

$1595

$1645 stained

2603

Bass, Cherry, sameKung Superio cherry 2603 bass recorder

sound

$1795

9622 Adjustable bass end pin:

Stable, easily and quickly put on or taken off

Does not block bore or change pitch of low notes

Requires installing threaded socket in hole drilled in foot joint of bass

  $130; $161 installed
9635 Stand   $86
Key Additions Keys can be added to tenors, basses or even altos. Here is an example of a key added on hole 5 of an older Kung Superio bass.
Keys that I add are shown here. These keys, when mounted on hole 4, make you reach over the axle to get to the key lever. I'm in the process of getting keys analogous to the ones shown above.

 

   

2722

    Greatbass in C, Knick (bent neck), 8 keys, thumbhole, 1st finger hole, 4th finger ring key hole

sound

$3595

9722 Küng Superio Great Bass Endpin, for playing while standing, adjustable from 10.6"-18.9" QNG Mozart--Studio tenor, Superio B, GtB, CtB $155
9735 ng Superio Great Bass Stand (works well on hard surfaces, not on rugs)   $102

This wide-bore instrument has deep, powerful lows and easy, clear highs for dynamic playing. The narrow wind-channel needs slightly more breath pressure than other greatbasses, but provides pleasant blowing resistance and more control.  The knick style gives the advantages of a direct blown instrument, with quick response. The knick elbow's two ends are the same diameter but of different lengths, allowing adjustment of the instrument height for different sized players.  Fully chromatic with C/C#; D/D#.  Well-designed keywork makes fingering easy.  A ringed key on hole 4 makes the normally weak F# strong and clear in both octaves.  Plays from CC to f, 2-1/2 octaves.  Sound comes out of the side of the foot joint, so the greatbass can be played resting on the floor when sitting, or using an adjustable support post when standing.  The instrument is paraffin impregnated with a lacquer finish.  Height is ~45"; weight is 4 lbs. 

I was prepared to be disappointed after all the hype this recorder has received. However, my first great bass is one impressive instrument! It plays easily over a range of more than two octaves, with a CLEAR and strong sound. The bottom C is very strong and speaks easily, without needing a soft attack. The highs play with surprisingly low breath pressure and speak clearly and easily without the necessity of strong attacks. The keywork is very functional and easy to use, and done to the usual high workmanship standards of Küng.

Subsequent instruments have been excellent.  This is a very popular instrument. Küng has a winner!               Top of Page

fingering easy fingering, thanks to the keys
length 115 cm (45")
weight 1.8 Kg. (4 lbs.)
outer shape free interpretation of Kynseker (greatbasses with 2 octaves are not historically correct)
block height medium
bore wide, angled
window large
treatment inside paraffin impregnated
treatment outside stained, lacquered
playing position on floor
special characteristics strong, deep register with absolutely clear high register. Extremely versatile (ensemble and solo), strong F sharps thanks to ring key.
Kung Superio stained maple 2722 great bass recorder in C

2822

    Contrabass in F, bocal blown, double F/F# keys                 IN STOCK

sound

$6495

9822

    playing rostrum to raise contrabass to comfortable playing height

sound2-Trio

Nino Rota

QNG Mozart--Studio tenor, Superio B, GtB, CtB

The Bassano Quartet: Breukink Eagle alto, Breukink Dream tenor, Kung greatbass and contrabass

$155

9835

    stand to store instrument in upright position

(works well on hard surfaces, not on rugs)

 

$102

 

     Instructions, use, fingering chart

   

The new Küng contrabass is the ideal complement to the rest of the Superio models--a low register partner to the successful greatbass. It has a range of more than two octaves, a wide bore and large fingerholes, and its sound is therefore deep and strong but still rich in overtones. It has a clear high register thanks to the direct blowing position of the bocal tube. The subbass is eminently suitable for ensemble playing, for both traditional and new music. This exceptional instrument can be played seated or standing. Accessories such as a playing pedestal or recorder storage stand make it easier to use. The adjustable length bocal makes it accessible for short or tall players.

The keys for the right hand are mounted on the long foot-joint. This makes them stable and contributes to the instrument's low key noise. The outlet of the bocal is directly over the wind-channel and is the main reason for the precise, direct focused sound. And the top can also be turned so that the airstream goes indirectly to the wind-channel, resulting in a duller, less focused sound. A small removable cup collects condensation from the bocal and can be quickly emptied as needed.

In the words of one customer, "What a great horn! Best $5 grand I ever spent!"

The Bassano Quartet: Breukink Eagle alto, Breukink Dream tenor, Kung greatbass and contrabass
 

blowing pressure

medium, requires much air
fingering good; more comfortable to play if standing up (chart)
length 200 cm (~79"; 6.6 ft.)
weight 6 Kg (~ 13 lbs.)
outer shape according to Kynseker
block height medium
bore wide, early Baroque
window large
treatment inside paraffin impregnated
treatment outside stained, lacquered
special characteristics strong low register with clear high register – thus very versatile (ensemble, solo)

Sorry for the price increase.  Küng has raised the price on this instrument quite a bit as of the first of this year.

Küng Contrabass Flier  Height Adjustment of the Block

I received two contrabasses in June and played one at the SFEMS Med/Ren workshop.  It was a big hit with teachers, students and audience alike.  It plays with a deep, rich, clear sound all the way from the very bottom to the top--VERY nice.  It speaks surprisingly quickly in spite of the long bocal.  I played both the Paetzold and Küng in our Renaissance Band concert.  The Küng takes more air compared to the Paetzold, but the reward is a richer and fuller sound.  My first customer took his to the Amherst Early Music Workshop.  He had people trying to buy the instrument from him.  The Flanders Recorder Quartet borrowed the instrument to use in their performances.  The instrument is impressive to look at and even more impressive to hear.  Another great design from Andreas Küng and Geri Bollinger.    Top of Page

 

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Küng Classica Recorders

Characteristics: appealing sound that carries well, good tuning and response.  

The larger proportions of these instruments makes them ideal for use in ensembles.

 

Model Number

Description

Price

 
 

3107

Garklein in C, grenadilla

$152

 
 

3108

Garklein in C, tulipwood

$152

 
 

3201

Sopranino in F, pearwood

$152

 
 

3205

Sopranino in F, bubinga

$180

 
 

3207

Sopranino in F, grenadilla                        Kung Classica 3207 grenadilla sopranino recorder

$298

 
 

3208

Sopranino in F, tulipwood

$298

 
 

3307

Soprano in C, grenadilla

$411

 
 

3308

Soprano in C, tulipwood                        Kung Classica 3308 tulipwood soprano recorder

$411

 
 

3407

Alto in F, grenadilla                      Kung Classica 3408 grenadilla alto recorder

$767

 
 

3408

Alto in F, tulipwood

$767

 

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Küng Studio Recorders

Full, warm, rather deep tone, but at the same time strong, thanks to fairly narrow labium.

Characteristics: full sound, consistent intonation, good response in the upper and lower registers.

Küng Studio Model recorders have a full sound, balanced tone, and a good, easy response in all registers.  Their dark, warm sound is well-suited for ensemble playing.

   

The construction characteristics are medium block height, wide bore, medium window, paraffin impregnated, matte lacquer finish, in pear (earthy warm sound).  The instrument is 60.8 cm (24 inches) long and weighs approximately 370g (13 oz.).  

 

Model Number

Description

Sound Sample

Price

 
  1101    Garklein in C, pearwood sound $106  
  1102    Garklein in C, maple   $106  
 

1201

Sopranino in F, pearwood

sound

$146

 
 

1202

Sopranino in F, maple                   Kung Studio 1202 maple sopranino recorder

 

$146

 
           
 

1211

Sopranino in F, stained pearwood

 

$130

 
 

1301

Soprano in C, pearwood          Kung Studio 1301 pearwood soprano recorder

Maurice Steger plays van Eyck

$94

 
 

1302

Soprano in C, maple

sound

$94

 
 

1303

Soprano in C, cherry

 

$122

 
 

1311

Soprano in C, stained pearwood

 

$102

 
 

1901

Folklora Soprano in Bb, pearwood

Andreas Küng plays 'voll dra' - Swiss country music

$216

 
 

1906

Folklora Soprano in Bb, palisander

 

$357

 
 

1401

Alto in F, pearwood          Kung Studio 1401 pearwood alto recorder

sound

Steger--Vivaldi

$260

 
 

1402

Alto in F, maple

 

$260

 
  1403     Alto in F, cherry   $339  
  1411     Alto in F, stained pearwood   $270  
 

1501

Tenor in C, pearwood

sound

$424

 
 

1502

Tenor in C, maple

 

$424

 
 

1503

Tenor in C, cherry     Kung Studio 1503 cherry tenor recorder

QNG Mozart--Studio tenor, Superio B, GtB, CtB

$551

 
 

1511

Tenor in C, stained pearwood

 

$437

 
 

1581

Tenor in C, bent neck, pearwood

sound

$509

 

Ordering Information                                                                                                                                                Top of PageSubcontrabass recorder in Bb, by Adriana Breukink

Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.

Many people have told me how much they enjoy my bringing my ‘store’ of instruments to workshops so that they can try many different ones over the course of a few days.  This makes their decision-making process much easier. 

Obviously, when ordering by mail, I can’t send you my whole ‘store’ of instruments to try, but I do try to come as close as is reasonably possible.  All instruments can be ordered on approval.  I am happy to send out two or more instruments for you to compare.  For instance, I could send out two or three rosewood altos, or rosewood, pearwood, grenadilla and  boxwood altos for you to sample.  Then you can play them (please, no more than 15 minutes per day, just as if you were starting the breaking-in process), let your friends try or listen to them, and let a teacher try them.  This gives you some feedback on your choice, and gives you more confidence in your decision. 

I want you to be satisfied with your instrument, and feel under no obligation to buy it if you don’t like it.  A normal time for deciding is approximately one week.  I, of course, expect any returned instruments to be in like-new condition (see below).  Whether you decide to buy an instrument or not, all I ask is that you pay for shipping costs both ways.

Once you have decided on a purchase, I will bill you. 

Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.

 

I had an instrument returned that smelled of cigarette smoke.  The customer did not smoke, but a visitor did.  I haven't yet succeeded in removing the smell.  I can't sell a smoky instrument, so I do not want to send instruments on approval to households where people are allowed to smoke.  If a smoky-smelling (or mildew-smelling) instrument is returned to me, I will not accept it, and you will have bought it, since it is no longer in like-new condition.  In my experience, hardly any recorder players smoke, so this should be a rare occurrence.  So please, no smoke, mildew or lipstick, and brush your teeth before playing--all things you should do if the instrument were yours.  I hope you understand this policy.

 

I don't give out customer contact information to other companies.

 

I accept personal checks, money orders or cashiers checks.  
I accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. VisaMasterCard  
CONTACT

 

425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200

Mountain View, CA 94043

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(866) 511-2981 toll free

(Pacific Time Zone)

(650) 938-5367 local/foreign/Skype

LazarsEMS@gmail.com

www.LazarsEarly Music.com

OPEN BY APPOINTMENT-Call--I'm here most of the time, 6-7 days a week

 

To order, email, phone or write me your request.

 

I don't give out customer contact information to other companies.



Warranty                                                                                                                                                                                Top of Page

Küng instruments are warranted for one year from the date of purchase against defects in materials or workmanship.  Contact David Ohanessian (davidohan@earthlink.net) for warranty service.

Küng warranty service:

Von Huene Workshop, Inc./The Early Music Shop of New England

65 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02445 / USA

Tel: +1 (617) 277-8690; Fax: +1 (617) 277-7217

email: Patrick@vonHuene.com

 

David Ohanessian
106 NW 104th. St.,
Seattle, WA. 98177

(206) 781-8517

davidohan@earthlink.net