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Adriana Breukink Eagle Recorders FAQs


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What is the history of the Eagle?

Adriana Breukink began building Eagle recorders in 2008. The original idea was to create a recorder that allowed people to improvise and play in a meditative manner.

Just play...great sound...unlock potential...reconnect with your own body...soar like an eagle...

And thus the name was created.

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In order to have the best possible playing experience it is important to have the correct recorder. Therefore custom mouthpieces and voicings were developed for the different breathing styles (Solar and Lunar).

The first 'Archaic Eagles' already had this unbelievably large and free sound and the range of tone was 1+ octaves. The sound of a Baroque alto recorder is too silvery and weak, particularly in the first register, to be able to play with modern instruments.

The archaic Eagle had potential but too little range.

Therefore an instrument with such a large bore simply needs keys. Over the course of the last centuries all other modern woodwind instruments have had keys added to the design.

Geri Bollinger, who also quickly became enthusiastic about the project, began to develop keys for the Eagle recorders. The version from 2009 had the diameter of a normal Baroque F alto recorder. The sound of the low notes was strengthened but access to the higher tones remained difficult. To do that, essentially the octave hole needed to be placed much closer to the labium. The solution was an octave key like that on a saxophone that is operated simultaneously with the thumb hole!

In the summer of 2010 Adriana came up with the idea of making an E foot. In this way the Eagle could attain the range of more than 2+ octaves, allowing most of the music literature to be performed.

In 2011 Geri Bollinger designed a thin labium out of stable metal. Therefore the attack is easier and it is also possible to play without the octave key. Of course, the octave key is always present as support.

The firm Kung does the turning work and makes the labium and the keys.

Why the name 'Eagle'?

The sound of the Eagle recorder soars above an orchestra or modern ensemble, like an eagle flying majestically over high mountains.

Where does the idea come from?

The first 'Eagle' was a meditation flute with only 4 holes, tailored to the standard blowing styles described below (see Breathing types). The starting point was to put a new, louder recorder on the market, one that could hold its own against modern orchestral instruments. The prototypes had such presence that they blended very well with modern instruments. The advanced, modern Eagle was developed from this beginning.

The windway of an Eagle can be customised to the player's personal blowing style as either 'inhaler' or 'exhaler' (see Breathing types and alternative voicings); alternatively, the voicing can be 'neutral'.


Is the sound different from a baroque recorder?

Yes, the sound is much, much louder and has more presence.

Do you blow differently on an Eagle?

Yes, on an Eagle you blow the low register strongly and the high register elegantly and without pressure. It is the opposite of baroque recorder technique, where, normally, you have to play softly in the low register and strongly in the high register. The balance of sound is much better on an Eagle.

What are the possibilities of the F alto?

It is meant for players who want to have a big Eagle sound, but don't need all the extras. The instrument is lighter, cheaper and requires less air, but the sound is a bit softer.


Eagle e' foot

Eagle f' foot



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e' foot extension

f' foot

additional keys

register key and e' extension key


breathing type

solar, lunar, neutral



e' - c''''

f' - g'''


Grand orchestral sound

Chamber music sound


$ 1850

$ 1080

Breathing types and alternative voicings

You can order the alto (with E foot extension) and the soprano (with B foot extension) in 3 different versions:


  • Solar

  • Lunar

  • Neutral


Look at breathingtypes on this website.

How can I find out my breathing type?

Easiest is to go to the website ⇒ and fill in your birthdate and year

What is the physical difference between the head joints?

A Solar head joint has a thicker mouthpiece and a smaller windway entrance (left in picture below)

A Lunar head joint has thin mouthpiece and a more open windway entrance (right in picture below)

A neutral head joint is something in between.

left Solar (exhaler) und right Lunar (inhaler)

Is there a difference in sound between a solar and a lunar head joint?

No, it's just a matter of ensuring that the voicing matches the player's breathing style in order to produce the optimum sound for that player.

Is it useful to specify a breathing type, when ordering an Eagle?

Yes, it makes playing easier and the sound will be more satisfying.

Read more about it ⇒here

How does the 'blue' version work?

The Blue Eagle opens the door to other types of music as jazz, pop, ethnic, etc.




The beak is very short and has a double windway:


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    If the lower lip closes the hole in the block, the sound is "normal" like an f' foot Eagle.

    The sound reacts quickly to other mouth positions. Different noises are easier to produce.

    Blowing the wind through the second control windway allows for quiet sounds and breathier timbres.

    By covering the labium with the upper lip loud sounds and different harmonics can be produced.

Do you need to put more air into an Eagle?

Yes, you need +/- 20 % more air, about the amount of air you need for a tenor recorder. A louder tone does not come by itself :).

All players get used to this and it is great to learn to use all the hidden possibilities of your body.

Why does the Eagle recorder sound very well with modern instruments?

Because of its wide bore, the fundamentals are stronger. This blends better with modern orchestral instruments. The metal labium gives the sound more presence and volume. The efficient key system makes the Eagle play easily and chromatically over the whole range of the instrument.

Can I combine an Eagle recorder with other recorders?

Yes, but you need strong, modern basses and tenors and you have to blow more softly.

Are there 'in between' or 'mixed' breathing types?

Yes and No. Various factors, such as your physique and learned playing techniques, will influence your breathing and playing.  So it may sometimes appear that you have some of the characteristics of both breathing types.  However, far behind these different body energies lies your latent or forgotten basic breathing type. When you support that, it makes playing/blowing easier and more convincing. Also when you're stressed or nervous you'll tend to move to the opposite breathing type.


What is the range of an Eagle?

The range is more than 2 x of the standard tuning of the Eagle which is 443?

You can order tuning rings for free, which will solve the tuningproblems when you pull out the middle joint.


How does the octave key work?

You can use the octave key in two ways:

  • 1. as a key to improve the attack of the high f;

  • 2. as a piano key, in combination with adjusted breath pressure.

The notes are changed in different ways; in the first octave, the notes become a half tone higher; in the second octave the pitch changes become smaller and smaller, the higher you go.

How do I adjust the octave key?

See video:

How do I use the E key, F Key and F# key?

See this video:


Can I change the metal labium?

You are strongly advised not to touch the screws that hold the metal in place. The labium is adjusted very precisely by the makers.


Do I need to oil the Eagle?

When the atmosphere is dry, you can oil a little. Be careful not to deposit oil on the key pads.

Do I need to oil the keys?

If the keys are starting to become noisy, you can oil the key-system with special oil such as ⇒this.

Is it necessary to warm the head joint before playing?

Yes, a grenadilla head joint will not be so prone to clog up if you warm it very carefully before playing. Allways warm the head joint thoroughly before you play.

How do I use the anti-condens solution?

When the windway is tending to clog up too much with moisture in spite of thoroughly warming the head joint before playing - you can put in anti-condens. Don't forget to warm the head joint before playing!



Comfort tips

How do I adjust the thumb rest?


Thumb rest adjustment



How do I adjust the octave key?


Octave key adjustment



Can I use a sling, if instrument seems too heavy?

Yes, you can attach the sling's hook to the hole on the thumb rest.



Do I need a head joint that's adjusted to my breathing type?

It's recommended. Your technique and blowing will be well supported, when your Eagle's voicing matches your blowing type.

left Solar (exhaler) und right Lunar (inhaler)



Customer Feedback

I love it. Full sound, rich and complex. A great instrument for the work that I do. JW, 08/12

Carlos Nunez:       The flute is fantastic! It is so unique and it has a very personal sound.  It opens many possibilities for the music of the future.

Michala Petri:        It is an absolutely wonderful instrument - and i am very impressed that you have been able to make an instrument so "fully" and complete and convincing at the 'first go'.

Dan Laurin:           The Eagle is a sensation with musicians. All the wind players where stunned by the power and beauty of its tone - and for me as a player it was so easy to balance and blend with the clarinets, saxophones, flutes, oboes, bassoons, trumpets, trombones - even with the tuba! Intonation as a consequence is easy: the timbre of the Eagle is good for the ears of the players. I guess it is the overtones that are logically structured and helps the player tremendously. This is a break for me as a musician. It is a possible new lifestyle that my students must get to know and understand the importance of. Just to play with all those other great musicians' is such a moving experience that it is hard to describe.

Susanna Borsch:    The volume is really cool. It blends really well with other instruments, and I'm sure I can make good use of it.

Piers Adams:         I am working - slowly but surely - on a dedicated Eagle CD project.  I am excited by it.



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grenadilla NEW Modern C Soprano "Eagle" with B foot A443   video 1 2 $1525

Modern F+ Alto  'Eagle' with E foot + register key, A=443

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Modern F+ Alto  'Eagle' with E foot + register key, A=443

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Ordering Information                                                                                                                                                Top of PageSubcontrabass recorder in Bb, by Adriana Breukink

Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.

Many people have told me how much they enjoy my bringing my 'store' of instruments to workshops so that they can try many different ones over the course of a few days.  This makes their decision-making process much easier. 

Obviously, when ordering by mail, I can't send you my whole 'store' of instruments to try, but I do try to come as close as is reasonably possible.  All instruments can be ordered on approval.  I am happy to send out two or more instruments for you to compare.  For instance, I could send out two or three rosewood altos, or rosewood, pearwood, grenadilla and  boxwood altos for you to sample.  Then you can play them (please, no more than 15 minutes per day, just as if you were starting the breaking-in process), let your friends try or listen to them, and let a teacher try them.  This gives you some feedback on your choice, and gives you more confidence in your decision. 

I want you to be satisfied with your instrument, and feel under no obligation to buy it if you don't like it.  A normal time for deciding is approximately one week.  I, of course, expect any returned instruments to be in like-new condition (see below).  Whether you decide to buy an instrument or not, all I ask is that you pay for shipping costs both ways.

Once you have decided on a purchase, I will bill you. 

Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.


I had an instrument returned that smelled of cigarette smoke.  The customer did not smoke, but a visitor did.  I haven't yet succeeded in removing the smell.  I can't sell a smoky instrument, so I do not want to send instruments on approval to households where people are allowed to smoke.  If a smoky-smelling (or mildew-smelling) instrument is returned to me, I will not accept it, and you will have bought it, since it is no longer in like-new condition.  In my experience, hardly any recorder players smoke, so this should be a rare occurrence.  So please, no smoke, mildew or lipstick, and brush your teeth before playing--all things you should do if the instrument were yours.  I hope you understand this policy.


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