About Paetzold Recorders
Kunath's Paetzold Recorders are the result of an effort to create large recorders that are ergonomic and affordable without sacrificing quality of sound. And the Paetzold recorders are just that. The innovative design of Paetzold recorders allows for the use of cheaper materials and manufacturing techniques, resulting in much more affordable instruments. Additionally, their ergonomic key design means that even players with limited hand motion or small hands can play these large instruments comfortably.
While Paetzold recorders are more affordable, they don't compromise the quality of sound. They produce a lovely sweet and rich tone that blends easily with other instruments. And, while other basses often fade out on the lowest notes, Paetzold instruments produce a strong sound throughout their range. The ergonomic design also allows their low instruments to have a remarkably quick response time.
Kunath now produces seven sizes of Paetzold recorder - tenor (C), bass (F), greatbass (C), contrabass (F), subgreatbass (C), subcontrabass (FF), and a subsubgreatbass (CC). Their range is the same as their standard baroque recorder counterparts. Their unique design is inspired by an organ pipe, featuring a square cross-section and a tapered bore. All notes on Paetzold recorders are played with keys, with double keys on the two bottom notes.
About Master Series Paetzold Recorders
Kunath's Master Series instruments are made from exquisite birch plywood or solid cherrywood in a finely tuned interplay of machine-aided operations and consummate craftsmanship.
Each instrument receives its own distinctive character through the unique piece of wood chosen for its construction and the multi-layer hand-finished surfaces. Instruments of this series have been at home on the big stages of the world for decades.
About Master Series Subgreatbass Recorder
The Master Series bass is in the key of C and tuned to a=442 Hz, and has a chromatic range of over two octaves.
The subgreatbass can be purchased with either a direct blow head or a blowpipe head. The direct blow head can also be purchased individually. Both models are made of birch plywood. The direct blow model comes with a natural finish, and the blowpipe model is available with a natural finish or in black.
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. Shipments typically go out on the next business day after the order is placed. We do not ship on weekends. 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.
If you want an instrument that we don't currently have in the store, you can purchase it through a special order. 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. If you would like to make a special order, please contact us.
Made to Order Instruments
Some of the instruments we carry are made to order. This means that the workshop will only begin crafting the instrument once an order has been placed. For this reason we require a partial deposit to begin an order or, in some cases, will ask for the full balance at the outset. Once we receive the final product, we will contact you to pay any outstanding balance. When the full payment has been processed, we will ship the instrument. If you would like to purchase a made to order instrument, please contact us.
Please note that, because made to 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 sales on made to order instruments 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.
Order on made to order instruments 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.