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Yamaha YRS-23Y Soprano Recorder, Natural
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- Recorder is 12-3/4" long
- Double holes; C-C#, D-D#
- Three piece construction
- Easy to play with a soft pure tone
- Ideal amount of air resistance for easy control and accurate intonation
- Key of C
- Great for beginners!
- German style fingering (as indicated by “G” stamped packaging)
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Yamaha's 20 and 30 Series recorders are designed to provide a perfect start to anyone's musical education. They offer an ideal amount of air resistance for easy control, and feature an accuracy of intonation you would expect to find only one more expensive models. Though other maker's plastic recorders may have a similar appearance, Yamaha ABS recorders are truly superior instruments. Models are available with either 'German' or 'Baroque' fingering systems. The 20 series, easy to play throughout their ranges, are primarily intended for beginners. 30 series recorders, which feature an arched wind-way for improved breath control and tonal expression, are for more advanced players. Note: The G stamp on the packaging indicates German style fingering (not the key).
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* Multiple joints that slide well, easy to tune and adjust pinky holes
* Sounds just like I remember from 20 years ago
* I learned how to play the Harry Potter song and I can reliably get 70-80% of the notes correct
* My roommates have it made it clear that they don't think learning recorder is something a grown man should be doing
This recorder is the best sub-$10 recorder available. It's well-tuned (make sure you keep the head joint pulled out a couple millimeters for the best tuning), has a pleasant sound, and looks fantastic. I've gotten lots of comments on mine. The transparent pink plastic is always a conversation starter. And at such a low price as they're being offered here, how can you lose?
This is the recorder I always recommend to parents who want to get one for their young children. It's dishwasher safe (!) so if it gets gunked up with food or other crud, just pop it in the dishwasher and it's good as new. Ideally you should re-grease the joints with Yamaha recorder grease before reassembling if you do that, though. The only problem I have this this model of recorder is that it doesn't come with a thing of grease like the more expensive Yamahas.
One warning: some other manufacturers make transparent recorders. Don't be fooled! The Yamaha ones are the best available by far.
I recommend the Yamaha YRS-24B Soprano Recorder that uses the standard Baroque fingering (also called English fingering).
The Yamaha YRS-23Y and the YRS-24B are almost identical. The main difference is that the third hole from the bottom on the Yamaha YRS-23Y (German fingering) is slightly smaller than the one on the YRS-24B (Baroque fingering). This changes the fingering so that the F and F# notes are slightly easier to play using German fingering. A small chart showing the difference in fingering comes with either recorder.
The German system originated in Germany in 1930 and was developed for beginners. Recorders with German fingering are slightly easier to play, but some of notes play out of tune.
Many manufacturers offer soprano recorders with German fingering, and I think this is because there is a big market for young children learning to play recorder. I personally think that it's a bad idea to give a child a recorder that plays out of tune.
All alto, tenor, and bass recorders use Baroque fingering. So if you learn German fingering, it makes it difficult to unlearn German fingering and learn Baroque fingering when you want to switch to alto or tenor recorder.
In the early part of the 20th century, Peter Harlan developed a recorder that allowed for apparently simpler fingering, called German fingering. A recorder designed for German fingering has a hole five that is smaller than hole four-whereas baroque and neo-baroque recorders have a hole four that is smaller than hole five. The immediate difference in fingering is for F and B♭, which on a neo-baroque instrument must be fingered 0 123 4-67. With German fingering, this becomes a simpler 0 123 4 - - -. Unfortunately, this caused many other chromatic notes to become so out of tune that they were considered unusable. German fingering became popular in Europe, especially Germany, in the 1930s, but rapidly became obsolete in the 1950s as the recorder began to be treated more seriously and the limitations of German fingering became more widely appreciated. Recorders with German fingering are manufactured exclusively for educational purposes.
Use your browser to search on "recorder musical instrument wikipedia".
Scroll down to the "Contents" box.
Click "German fingering" (under the "3 Structure" heading).
Additional Note: Use your browser to search on “michala petri” and listen to her play Bach and Vivaldi on YouTube. Michala Petri is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of the Recorder”.
HI TO ALL - MY REVIEW IS ABOUT RECORDERS. TO START OUT, I BOUGHT 2 OF THE . Yamaha YRS-23Y Soprano Recorder, Key of C .. THESE ARE PERFECT, AT THE PRICE AND QUALITY, JUST FOR STARTERS. I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT GETTING THEM. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE IS THAT ALL THE MUSIC STORES IN MY AREA DOESN'T SELL THEM. THEN, AFTER HEARING THIS, HE MUST BE NOT SELLING THEM BECAUSE OF GREAT PRICES WE GET AT AMAZON. SINCE AMAZON HAD MY 2 RECORDERS WERE DELIVERED, TO MY FRONT DOOR, ON A SUNDAY!
NOW, I WANT TO SAY MORE ABOUT MY OWN, PERSONAL RECORDERS. THAT WAS IN THE 1970'S, AND I WAS A NUN, LIVING IN A CATHOLIC MONASTERY. THERE WERE PLACES WHERE OTHERS WOULD TO PLAY. SOMEONE SAID IT WAS "CHAMBER MUSIC," SO I WAS ABLE TO BUY MY FIRST RECORDER. IT WAS MADE BY MOECK. IN THOSE DAYS THE PRICE OF THINGS WERE VERY DIFFERENT. I KNEW I WANTED THE MOECK, SO I WENT BACK TO THAT MUSIC STORE AND I WAS ABLE TO BUY IT. I DON'T REMEMBER THE PRICES OF THE MOECK AND TRADE IN, BUT I DO REMEMBER THAT IT COST $1,000. BUT FOR ME TO SPEND THAT