For over a year, the Japanese recorder builder Yukiko Yaita has been
part of our team, and we gave her the task of designing a new sopranino
based on our existing models. With good advice from our top recorder
builder, Geri Bollinger, she has succeeded brilliantly in creating an
instrument which has both a sweet and a powerful sound. The grenadilla
model, in particular, is meant for playing recorder concerts with a
modern chamber orchestra. It is tuned to A442 Hz
An outstanding new
development is the Souffleur® by Küng. With a hole through the block,
you are able to influence sound production and to play even more piano
than with other known mechanisms.
Hear the difference: MP3 (1,
2) and see a description of
the Souffleur (pdf 291 KB).
The tenor recorder is distinguished by a
brilliant high register (can be played to G''', giving a range of
two-and-a-half octaves!) but still has a wonderful depth: strong and
with a full sound, even on the bottom notes. Thanks to the richness of
its upper tones and its dynamism, it is similar to the traverso and
highly suitable for the whole traverso repertoire. But the range of its
sound also means it can be used to play contemporary recorder music or
modern transverse flute pieces. Top of Page
request, Kung is offering additional keys for their tenor models STUDIO
can mount one or two keys on your tenor recorder as required, so
as to ensure a comfortable fingering position. $134 each
One of the nicest instruments of this series is the
recorder. It has a range of two octaves and a fifth, has good tuning;
fingering is no problem thanks to the knick and it sounds amazingly bass
(many a Renaissance bass recorder has trouble keeping up!) with a
strong, deep rich tone. It is therefore not only ideal for playing in a
Baroque ensemble but is also excellent for Renaissance or contemporary music. Top of Page
medium, requires a
lot of air
holes, somewhat wide, Baroque fingering (chart)
89.1 cm (35.3")
1200 gms (2.65
adapted to the Superio line
Good, low register
with a clear highest register, extremely versatile (ensembles and
solo). The angle gives an acoustically excellent instrument, which
would not be the case via a crook.
Küng Superio Great Bass Stand
(works well on hard surfaces, not on rugs)
wide-bore instrument has deep, powerful lows and easy, clear highs for dynamic playing. The
narrow wind-channel needs slightly more breath pressure than other greatbasses, but provides pleasant blowing resistance
and more control. The knick style gives the advantages of a direct blown instrument,
with quick response. The knick elbow's two ends are the same diameter but of different lengths,
allowing adjustment of the instrument height for different sized players.
Fully chromatic with C/C#; D/D#. Well-designed keywork makes fingering
easy. A ringed key on hole 4 makes the
normally weak F# strong and clear in both octaves. Plays from CC to f, 2-1/2
octaves. Sound comes out of the side of the foot joint, so the
greatbass can be played resting on the floor when sitting, or using an
adjustable support post when standing. The instrument is paraffin
impregnated with a lacquer finish. Height is ~45"; weight is 4 lbs.
I was prepared to be disappointed after all the hype this recorder has
received. However, my first great bass is one impressive instrument! It
plays easily over a range of more than two octaves, with a CLEAR and strong
sound. The bottom C is very strong and speaks easily, without needing a soft
attack. The highs play with surprisingly low breath pressure and speak
clearly and easily without the necessity of strong attacks. The keywork is
very functional and easy to use, and done to the usual high workmanship
standards of Küng.
Subsequent instruments have been excellent. This is a very popular
instrument. Küng has a winner!Top of Page
fingering, thanks to the keys
115 cm (45")
1.8 Kg. (4
interpretation of Kynseker (greatbasses with 2 octaves are not
register with absolutely clear high register. Extremely
versatile (ensemble and solo), strong F sharps thanks to ring
Contrabass in F, bocal
blown, double F/F# keys
The new Küng contrabass is the ideal
complement to the rest of the Superio models--a low register partner to
the successful greatbass. It has a range of more than two octaves, a wide bore
and large fingerholes, and its sound is therefore deep and strong
but still rich in overtones. It has a clear high register thanks to
the direct blowing position of the bocal tube. The subbass is
eminently suitable for ensemble playing, for both traditional and new
music. This exceptional instrument can be played seated or standing.
Accessories such as a playing pedestal or recorder storage stand make it easier to
use. The adjustable length bocal makes it accessible for short or
The keys for the right hand are mounted on the
long foot-joint. This makes them stable and contributes to the
instrument's low key noise. The outlet of the bocal is directly over
the wind-channel and is the main reason for the precise, direct
focused sound. And the top can also be turned so that the airstream
goes indirectly to the wind-channel, resulting in a duller, less
focused sound. A small removable cup collects condensation from the
bocal and can be quickly emptied as needed.
In the words of one customer, "What
a great horn! Best $5 grand I ever spent!"
received two contrabasses in June and played one at the SFEMS Med/Ren workshop. It was a big hit with teachers, students
and audience alike. It plays with a deep, rich, clear sound all the
way from the very bottom to the top--VERY nice. It speaks
surprisingly quickly in spite of the long bocal. I played both the
Paetzold and Küng in our Renaissance Band concert. The Küng
takes more air compared to the Paetzold, but the reward is a
richer and fuller sound. My first customer took his to the
Amherst Early Music Workshop. He had people trying to buy the
instrument from him. The Flanders Recorder Quartet borrowed
the instrument to use in their performances. The instrument is
impressive to look at and even more impressive to hear.
Another great design from Andreas Küng and Geri Bollinger. Top of Page
recorder - E3 alto in f' with e’
E3 alto recorder came into being as the result of a
search for a unique alto recorder and the cooperation
between Adriana Breukink, Geri Bollinger and the
recorder manufacturer Küng.
The wide bore,
the metal labium, the octave key for the high registers
and the key system with e’ foot extension provide for a
full and powerful sound.
To allow for ensemble playing with modern instruments,
the E3 has a strong lower register and a chromatic range
of over 2½ octaves.
potential of the E3 alto recorder.
sound, suitable for modern orchestral instruments
MARSYAS recorders are characterised by a colourful
sound (even with gentle blowing pressure) and the effortless response of the
high register. Its sound is very elegant and fine, singing and sweet. A «flauto
dolce» in the truest sense of the word.
The sopranos MARSYAS are very fine and elegant
sounding instruments and have an astonishing flexibility and strength in
Even with low blowing pressure you will hear a
very colourful sound on the altos MARSYAS. Its sound spectrum ranges
from warm to brillant, the sound itself remains elegant. The attack and
speech of the altos is as well very easy, therefore these altos are very
popular with amateur players.
The tenors have a bearing and sonorous sound. The
bottom notes are very stable even though the tenor is not fitted with
keys. The sound is round, warm and quite close.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
I don't give out customer contact
information to other companies.
personal checks, money
orders or cashiers checks.