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Paetzold by Kunath Square Bass Recorders

Paetzold greatbass and contrabass recorders  
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The Washington Squares, Port Townsend Workshop

 

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March 1, 2012. 

Herbert Paetzold has retired from making the square bass recorders. Jo Kunath has bought the business. Jo was the CEO of Mollenhauer from 1991 to 2005. He then started making his own instruments--Renaissance recorders and student instruments. 

Jo is open to any suggestions for improving the square basses.  At my suggestion, he will explore making a bocal with smoother curves to see if this helps the response and tone quality of the instruments.  We are looking forward to a fruitful business relationship.

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The range of Paetzold recorders is the same as that for standard baroque recorders—more than two octaves (A-442).  Five sizes are now available—a basset (bass) in f, a great bass in c (an octave below a tenor), a contrabass in F (one octave below a regular bass),  a (6' 4") subgreatbass in C (two octaves below a tenor), and now a monster subcontrabass in FF (two octaves below a bass).  I am not aware of any other maker that currently offers a subcontrabass. One major attraction of Paetzold recorders, in addition to their lovely tone, in tune notes and unusual appearance, is that their sound, even on the lowest bottom notes, is very strong, in contrast to many other makers' low instruments. In my opinion, the Paetzold recorders also have a much sweeter and richer sound than any other makers' low instruments that I have heard or played (except for the amazing Kung Superio bass, great bass and contrabass). They blend wonderfully with other recorders, as well as with viols. All notes on each of these Paetzold recorders are played with keys, and include double keys for the two bottom notes (i.e. C/C#, D/D# on C instruments; and F/F#, G/G# on F instruments, although the subcontrabass in FF has no low F#).  Key design and placement on all Paetzold recorders allows easy playing of all notes, even for people with small hands or those with limited range of use or facility (repetitive stress injury, stroke victims). The basset (bass) is slightly longer than a tenor and has the quick and light response of an alto recorder. All Paetzold recorders include a custom fitted, plush-lined hard case.  The waiting time for delivery is approximately eight months, although I normally stock the basset, great bass and contrabass beech-veneered models.

The impetus for the design of Paetzold recorders came from a desire to lower the cost and simplify the construction of large recorders, making them available to a wider range of players. They are modeled after an organ pipe, and are square in cross-section, with a tapered bore. Since they are made of high quality beech-veneered plywood, neither expensive solid blocks of wood nor labor-intensive lathe work is required. The resulting recorders, although not cheap, are considerably less expensive than other makes of comparably sized recorders. For instance, mass-produced Moeck recorders cost considerably more: list price is over $6000 for the contrabass, without double keys, and $3000 for the great bass. Both of these are Renaissance instruments with a more limited range than the Paetzold instruments. The basset is priced comparably to the Moeck Rottenburgh or Renaissance models with double keys.

We play our Paetzold recorders in groups such as the Monterey Bay Recorder Society and the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra with approximately 20 to 40 other recorders. We can easily be heard in the group, without being overpowering. The only disadvantage is that when we make a mistake, everyone knows it!  Their unusual design and lovely sound always attract attention and curious questions. They are great fun to play. We play them doubling the bass and/or tenor lines an octave down on a lot of music. Since we have both the great bass and contrabass, we play a lot of SATB consort music an octave down, using T B GtB CtB. I also play them in place of or in addition to the viola da gamba on the basso continuo line on Baroque trio sonatas.  At the 1997 Port Townsend workshop, we had a great time playing in a quintet of square basses (dressed in cardboard appliance boxes and dubbed the Washington Squares--see picture above).

Pete Rose was commissioned by the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet to write a special work for the group's new consort of Paetzold's 8'-pitch recorders.  The work is for bass, great bass, contrabass and subcontrabass Paetzold recorders. The Paetzold square bass recorders are used by the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Frans Bruggen, Walter van Hauwe, Kees Boeke, Vicki Boekman and other demanding players around the world.  

Article describing their use with electronics.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your interest in these unique instruments.

Paetzold by Kunath Recorder Price List

June, 2012

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Square Bass Recorder

Item Description

Price

All include a fitted, plush-lined hard case

Paetzold Basset recorder in f

Bent bass recorder f in 3 parts, a'=442 Hz, chromatically playable over 2 octaves, square construction, size: 79 cm (31.1"), height of the air column ca. 85 cm, birch plywood, 2 tuning plates, normally played while seated by placing recorder on the chair between your legs.

Birch-plywood

$1700

Solid Cherry

$2400

Airbrushed, black

$1865

Airbrushed, cherry

$1865

Airbrushed, palisander

$1865

Stand , 2 piece

$80
Paetzold Greatbass recorder in c

Bent greatbass recorder c in 3 parts with support peg, a'=442 Hz, chromatically playable over 2 octaves, square construction, size without support peg: 110 cm (43.3"), height of the air column ca. 118 cm, birch plywood, 2 tuning plates, normally played while seated, using support peg.

Birch-plywood $2300
Solid Cherry $3200

Airbrushed, black

$2495

Airbrushed, cherry

$2495

Airbrushed, palisander

$2495
Stand, 1 piece, folding X base $130
Stand, 2 piece folding X base, stores in hard case $195
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Paetzold Contrabass recorder in F

Bent contrabass recorder (Subbass recorder) F in 3 parts, a'=442 Hz, chromatically playable over 2 octaves , square construction, size: 152 cm (4.99'), height of the air column ca. 175 cm, birch plywood, 2 tuning plates, normally played while seated with instrument resting on floor.

Birch-plywood

$3400

Solid Cherry

$4400

Airbrushed, black

$3600

Airbrushed, cherry

$3600

Airbrushed, palisander

$3600

Stand, 1 piece, folding X base

$140

Stand, 2 piece folding X base, stores in hard case

    $205

Fingering Chart

 
Paetzold Subgreatbass recorder in C

Bent subcontrabass recorder in C in 3 parts, a'=442 Hz, chromatically playable over 2 octaves, square construction, size: 6'5" tall, length of the air column ca. 7' 5.5", birch plywood, 2 tuning plates, played while seated on high stool or standing.

Birch-plywood $4700
Solid Cherry $5700

Airbrushed, black

$4950

Airbrushed, cherry

$4950

Airbrushed, palisander

$4950
Stand, 1 piece, folding X base $160

Stand, 2 piece folding X base, stores in hard case

$265
   

Paetzold Subcontrabass recorder in FF  (no low FF sharp)

Double bent subcontrabass recorder FF in 4 parts, a'=442 Hz, chromatically playable over 2 octaves (no FF sharp), square construction, size: 8'0.5" tall, length of the air column ca. 11'10", birch plywood, 3 tuning plates, played while standing.  The stand is highly recommended.

Case dimensions are: 37.8" x 24.4" x 6.7"

It has wheels on one end and a handle on the other, to be pulled like a wheeled suitcase.  The subcontrabass and case weigh 45 pounds.

Birch-plywood (Pictures:1,2)

$6000

Airbrushed, black

$6350

Airbrushed, cherry

$6350

Airbrushed, palisander

$6350

Stand, 1-piece, for storage or playing (will not fit in case; pictures:1,2,3)

(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!)

$300
   
Extras
Bocal, complete (3-pc) $120.50
  Extra-long bocal, complete (3-pc) $139.50
  Bocal, wooden piece only $75
  Extra-long (8.75") bocal, wooden piece only $94
Mouthpiece $32
  Drip catcher $13.50
  Drain plug $31
Extra tuning spacer plate $13.50
  Great bass support spike $27
  Staining, airbrushing or decoration inquire

 


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Key Layout

Front Keys

Lower Keys

Lower Keys--Close Up

Upper Keys

 

Bottom Flappers

Thumb keys

Thumb holes

 

Instrument Decoration

 

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I attended the two week summer Amherst Early Music Workshop (2006).  A woman, Marian Henry, was there with her Paetzold great bass recorder.  She had decorated it with acrylic paintings of these wonderful figures.  She donated an instrument decoration to the Amherst auction and I won it.  She carried my Paetzold contrabass back to her home in Rochester, NY and a few weeks later, I received my transformed instrument.  I bought my contrabass in 1979, and it was getting a little drab, so this decoration helped add some excitement to one of my favorite instruments.

Marion Henry is available to decorate any wooden instrument you are willing to send her.  You can contact her at:

 Marian Henry
145 Standish Rd.
Rochester, NY 14626

mariansue@frontiernet.net

 


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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Paetzold instruments are warranted for two years from the date of purchase against defects in materials or workmanship.  Tuning and voicing is also covered for this same period.  They should be returned to Herbert Paetzold for difficult warranty work.  I can repair gaskets, keypads, or other minor problems.  I have a US repair person for tuning and voicing.