Denner Recorder by Ralf Ehlert

SKU: EhlDenA415EB

Available By Special Order

 About the Denner Recorders

Johann Christoph Denner, born 1655 in Leipzig, was a member of an established instrument-making family. After his apprenticeship as a horn turner and maker of hunting signals, he specialized in the making of woodwind instruments.

It is believed that he adopted the new type of baroque recorder - three-part instruments with a narrow conical bore as known from the Hotteterres in France - and made them to perfection. His workshop in Nurnberg produced a great number of recorders, giving him an influential reputation even during his lifetime.

Ralf Ehlert's Denner voice flute is based on a voice flute by J.C. Denner, which is exhibited in the Germanischen Museum in Nurnberg. It is not typical of voice flutes used in England at the time because it is tuned as a high tenor in c'. Its strengths lie in the middle and lower registers, where it has a warm, full-bodied tone.

Ehlert's Denner alto is modeled after a widely renowned alto recorder, which was made by J.C. Denner's son, Jakob Denner. The younger Denner together with his brother, took over their father's workshop when he died in 1707. The original instrument, an exhibit in the Musikhistorisk Museum in Copenhagen, responds quickly and precisely in the top range and has a wonderful tone.

Ralf Ehlert's renditions of the Denner models are almost exact copies. Both instruments are pictured in European boxwood, but the alto is also available in grenadilla. They are all tuned to 415 Hz.

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. 


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.


Special Orders

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. 


Return Policy

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

  • All wooden instruments that are shipped by air mail must be sealed in an airtight plastic bag. This includes services like Priority Mail, Express Mail, FedEx express, and UPS express among others. If you are not sure how your package will be shipped, use an airtight plastic bag just in case. This step is crucial as instruments dry out under the low air pressure and dry air conditions of air services. This can cause instruments to change dimensions, often irreversibly, resulting in tuning and voicing changes. If an instrument arrives in this condition, we cannot offer a full refund. If the instrument can be repaired, we will offer a refund less the cost of repairs.
  • Please insure the package for the total value of the contents and email us tracking information.

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