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Aulos 211A Robin Tenor Recorder
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- Ideal for the beginner to intermediate player
- Beautiful clear and gentle tone
- Produced from ABS plastic with a curved windway design for improved intonation
- Great for younger students - overall design suits smaller hands
- Complete with leatherette bag, fingering chart, cleaning rod and joint grease
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|Item Dimensions||1.75 x 24 x 1.75 in||2 x 2 x 14 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||2 x 2 x 14 in||12.3 x 1.3 x 3.2 in||1.5 x 18.5 x 1.5 in|
The Aulos 211A tenor recorder is part of the well-known and popular 'Robin' range which includes the 205A soprano and 209B alto recorders. The instrument is produced using dark brown ABS resin which is hard wearing and of a very consistent quality. The instrument is a little smaller than some tenor recorders which makes it lighter than other. This coupled with finger holes which are less widely spaced make it the ideal model for the younger player - it is lighter and suits smaller hands. The instrument plays in the key of C and has a range from middle C to the D two octaves above that. It is supplied with a fitted leatherette bag along with a very detailed and useful fingering chart. It also comes with joint grease and a cleaning rod to keep the recorder in tip top condition. The tenor recorder produces a richer, deeper tone than the soprano version and because of this model's lightweight design it is the ideal instrument to progress to for the younger student.
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Definitely the reach is easier than on the Yamaha 300 tenor that I used for a while. My middle three fingers can comfortably span 4", or can do 5" with a stretch. My first finger to pinky is 6" comfortably, 7" stretching. I could manage with the Yamaha, but this is less tiring during longer sessions. The one caveat is that I find the low C to be a little finicky. It probably depends somewhat on things like the humidity (and therefore the condition of my skin), but some days it seems I require either more force to get a good seal or a somewhat awkward twist on the right wrist and/or elbow.
I like the sound in the middle part of the range; the instrument plays very easily there. Up through high G is no trouble.
The price I paid was very reasonable.
I don't like the low C. Even when it's not finicky to produce, it has a thin and somewhat weak tone. Perhaps that's a compromise from having such a short instrument. The Yamaha that I used had a key/lever for the low C/C# instead of the double hole that the Aulos features. I prefer the Aulos arrangement on purely ergonomic grounds, but I liked the Yamaha sound better. Low D is better, though still a bit weak. I think the sweet spot starts with the E.
High A and above starts to require more care, though I can generally manage at least the A reliably. This is similar to my skill with the Yamaha though, so I don't have reason to think the instrument has a problem with higher notes. Fortunately I rarely encounter a need for the higher notes in the music that my consort plays.
I have significantly more clogging issues with this recorder than I do with my Yamahas. The frequency of clogging is one aspect, but I find that the rate at which the recorder goes from sounding good to sounding weak and airy is worse. With the Yamahas, I feel like I have lots of time before there's any noticeable effect, plus plenty of time between when the tone is beginning to deteriorate and when it really sounds bad. That warning time is usually enough that I'll come to a spot where I can clear it before it gets to the bad stage. The Aulos seems to fall apart more rapidly, so I have to be very diligent about clearing every chance I get, and even then I sometimes run into issues with longer passages where there's no good spot to clear.
Overall: a reasonable instrument for the money, pretty comfortable to play, but with a couple of compromises.
I have to say that I was disappointed. It is certainly easy to play, but its tone quality is not even remotely comparable to the tone quality of the Yamaha 300 series plastic tenor recorder which I play most of the time. I would still have given it a four-star rating except for one thing: it has no high C# ! That's right, the second to top note in the standard range of the instrument is simply missing. The standard fingering doesn't work for it, and the fingering chart from Aulos which came with the instrument omits this pitch. I tried other fingerings, and nothing worked. I did find a fingering online which involves stopping the end of the instrument with one's knee (one can get an entire extra octave above the standard range using fingerings like that), but I have never considered this practical for normal performing.
D major is a fairly common key in early music (many of the early flutes had D as their lowest pitch instead of C), so the fact that the high C# is missing is a serious problem for anyone interested in playing Renaissance and Baroque pieces. Taking that together with the unimpressive tone color, I think this instrument rates only three stars. If the high C# isn't important to you, take my rating as a four star rating instead.
Secondly, the wooden recorder (I have two-pieced one) falls apart if you don't play for two days because wood gets dryer. I call it 'recorder jealousy', maybe you don't have this with more expensive wooden recorders? If someone could tell me, I would be grateful. Anyway, the Aulos is always ready to play - it's plastic so it doesn't matter if you don't play for weeks.
I always wanted to have a lower recorder, and tenor's just good for me. You don't have to learn much new fingering after having played a soprano recorder because it's in C too. After having played piano for a couple of years it wasn't so hard for me to reach the holes with the fingers, the only problem being the G (a bit hard for the fourth finger of the left hand to reach that hole fast).
As you all know, the only problem is that it doesn't hold water at all, as all plastic recorders don't. But I'm very glad I bought this recorder at a great price and I really enjoy it! A pretty case it comes in is worth mentioning too, of course.
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The Aulos 211A has a very weak low C and C#. It’s thin and muted even when you get it right.Read more