About Ralf Ehlert Recorders
The recorders Ralf Ehlert makes today are near copies of original instruments from the Baroque era. Ehlert believes in maintaining the diversity of the past. The stylistic differences between various recorder makers used to be enormous, especially when they worked long distances from each other and were influenced by different musicians and composers of the day. Each instrument not only had its own unique sound and look, but also its own individual feel when played. Often we can only guess at the use of a particular instrument by studying its measurements.
That is why Ralf Ehlert is committed to crafting each instrument according to the intonation, pitch and response preferences of its player - just like the masters of the past made their instruments according to the needs and wishes of each musician.
About the Consort Recorders
There is extensive evidence from the 18th century of recorders made, not only for solo playing, but also for use in consorts. Some Baroque composers such as Lully, de Monteclair, Marcello and Telemann specify the use of a recorder ensemble. Numerous recorders original to the period have been handed down, including trebles, descants, tenors, basses, and in the case of Johann Benedict Gahn (Nuremberg), even a complete quartet of matching instruments.
These Ehlert Consort recorders are pitched at A=392 Hz (the so-called French chamber pitch) in order to give the consort a full, warm sound. This also helps to integrate the descant, which often stands out like a solo instrument. The descant and treble are modeled after originals by P. Bressan and are made with stained European boxwood. The tenor is after J. Hotterre and made with stained zapatero boxwood. The bass is after J.H. Rottenburgh and made with stained maple.
All Ralf Ehlert instruments are available by special order. Contact us with inquiries.
Because of the delicate nature of our merchandise, we take great care to ensure that every order arrives safely. Every shipment is insured, and we typically require signature confirmation on wooden instruments.
In an effort to be environmentally responsible, we often reuse shipping materials. So don't be surprised if your package arrives looking a bit well-loved. However, we will never compromise on the safety of your instrument. If you have any requests or specifications, please indicate them in the comments section of your order or contact us directly.
We ship to all major countries. Customers are responsible for all import fees, taxes, etc.
Damaged or Missing Items
Shipments should be inspected for damage upon receipt. If there is a problem, save all packing materials and contact us promptly. The shipping company will need to inspect shipping materials in order to approve a claim. If a claim is denied because of missing shipping materials, we cannot offer any reimbursement or replacement.
If damage is due to a defect in material or workmanship, it may be covered by a manufacturers' warranty. See our warranty page for more information.
A number of our instruments are available only by special order. If you would like to make a special order, please contact us. For most special orders we require a partial deposit to get the order started. For some instruments we require the full balance at the outset. Once we receive the final product, we will contact you to pay the outstanding balance. When the full payment has been processed, we will ship the instrument.
Please note that, because special order instruments are made per request, they take longer to craft and ship than other, ready-made instruments. If timing is an issue please let us know before you place your order. We will do our best to accommodate or we will direct you to an alternative option that can be shipped in time.
All special orders are considered final sales and are ineligible for return. If there is a quality issue or the instrument has been damaged, we will work with you to have the problem fixed.
Instruments can be returned within 30 days provided the instrument is still in like-new condition. If an instrument is returned damaged, stained, or smelling of cigarette smoke, mildew, etc. we cannot offer a full refund. If the instrument can be repaired, we will offer a refund less the cost of repairs. If an instrument is returned after the 30-day window, we can provide a partial refund or we can sell the instrument for you on consignment.
Special orders are not eligible for returns or refunds. See above for more information.
Customers are responsible for all shipping costs.
How to Return
We ask that customers contact us before returning instruments. To make a return, pack up each item securely and mail it to our address.