The recorder’s here.

This one — Comes with a nicer case than the one shown, naval canvas with a nice sturdy zipper, and the interior is subdivided into little sections for each part.

Just in time to make up for the temporary absence of my viola. He needs a name, too. I have to play him and see how the sound strikes me before naming him — as far as I’m concerned, all violas should be named Stevie, so I have to find a good name for tenor recorders, too.

The C/C# key looked quite cool. It’s not too different from the little soprano torture device I played as a freshman in high school; you cover the hole for a C and just cover it less for a C#. The way it works is quite neat, though. This is my first real foray into Stuff Whut Gits Blowed Inta, and so I’ve never even seen a keyed wind instrument up close before. I’m looking forward to going home tonight and messing with it. I’ve seen a way to make a totally silent mute for one using a bit of bent card, so I’m hoping that I can finagle a way to make a mute that will just shut it up a bit.

I’m not entirely fond of the range; I’d rather it went down at least to the G below middle C, but wind instruments are even more constrained by their physics than stringed ones; you can hit a low note even on a small instrument, it might just sound different, like on octave violins. With SWGBI, you can’t even hit a low note unless you want to play something a mile long, which I do not. At least it’s exactly one octave up from the viola, so I can practice with most of that repertoire. I imagine one “slurs” notes that are meant to be played on one breath, but I’m not sure. Hm, I wonder if the cello suites are doable on these things? They don’t have an amazing range, so possibly not.

I wish there were a good forum for these things where I could ask about good method books for tenor recorders, but the only recorder forum in existence appears to be deader than roadkill. Update: I have found a more active one, but it’s for all woodwind instruments, and do I ever feel like a fish out of water just browsing the posts!

It also comes with a slotted stick to act as a swab for the interior, and I’m trying not to think about that too much since the idea of having to clean spit out of a musical instrument OMFG is also quite new to me and more than a little revolting. One person online remarked that they had bought a pretty translucent plastic recorder only to discover that playing it after having eaten red wine and brie was pretty disgusting. o_O Cute as the colored translucent plastic ones are, I think I’ll pass. And to be fair, the only other device I own that comes with a slotted stick for cleaning it is a lot more deadly than a recorder, no matter how poorly played. 🙂

I am curious though, as to whether or not anyone has ever used dyed dymondwood. Some of that stuff can be absolutely beautiful, and it’s also waterproof in a way that most hardwoods are not. If I decide to take this quite seriously (not a guarantee since once again, I’m not too up on SWGBI), it might be worthwhile to talk with an instrument maker and find out about whether they would be up for making one out of colored dymondwood.

There goes that GAS again … 😦