Modern Harmonic Recorders
A collaboration between recorder player Nik Tarasov and maker Joachim Paetzold in 1996 resulted in the development of the Modern Alto. It is the first modern recorder that utilizes the principle of Harmonic recorders with pure harmonics and a long bore. Whereas in traditional recorders, overblowing in the first octave produces sounds that are out of tune and can, at best, only be used as a trill or alternative fingering, the Modern recorder produces clear, in-tune harmonics. Unimportant as it may at first seem, the ability to produce in-tune harmonics has far-reaching consequences for the entire instrument – an incredibly strong and powerful low register and a range extending well into the third octave!
Choose your voicing!
Voicing is the fine-tuning of block and windway. It is the process by
which the recorder maker makes basic decisions about the sound
and purpose of the instrument. The Modern alto is available with either Modern voicing or Baroque voicing. (Note: models with a G foot are only available with Standard voicing.)
|Wood||pearwood, rosewood, grenadilla|
||Baroque, w/ double holes and double or triple keys|
|Range||f1 - d4|
This instrument is sold in a hard, clasped case with a cleaning rod, cork grease, fingering chart and maintenance instructions. We include duponol with every recorder order and oil where necessary.
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.