Yamaha Recorders: Wooden and Plastic Recorders

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Lazar's Early Music

Bill Lazar

425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200

Mountain View, CA 94043

(650) 938-5367

(866) 511-2981

LazarsEMS@gmail.com

 

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Yamaha Recorders
 
Yamaha Knick Tenor Recorders
Yamaha Wooden Recorders
Yamaha Plastic Recorders
Bent Neck/Knick Modification
Key Addition
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Yamaha Knick Tenor Recorders/Key Additions

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I have modified the standard Yamaha plastic tenor to transform it into a bent-neck design, as suggested by a customer, Elena Cardinell.  It raises the position of the right hand, allowing a straight wrist for increased comfort, similar to the position when playing alto.  This also results in a slightly greater ability to stretch the fingers to reach the holes/keys, often allowing people with small hands or stretch/reach problems to play tenor.  The design change does not affect tuning or the sound of the instrument.  $112.75.

I am also happy to modify your Yamaha YRT-304B for $52.50 or other plastic tenor for $60.00.   

Keys: Adding keys is of major help in alleviating finger stretch problems.  The worst stretch on most tenors is for hole 4, pulling your index finger up while your ring finger wants to cover the D/D# holes and your pinky wants to go down for the C/C# holes or keys.  Many people also have problems with hole 3, the left hand ring finger.  A key here helps with reaching hole 1. (see below for pricing); see pictures at right and below.

I subcontract the addition of custom keys to my excellent woodwind repair person, so additional time may be needed to allow for transport from me to his shop and back again, and occasionally there are delays in his shop as well. If you are looking at a deadline to have this work done, please communicate that fact and the deadline to me so I can do my best to make sure we can meet it before you ship an instrument to me for this work.

By the way, I also carry a double-keyed foot joint to replace your old single-keyed joint ($22.80).  

Comments from buyers: 

"I have not heard so many clear notes from a recorder (Yamaha YRT-304B plastic tenor, with bent neck and added hole 3 & 4 keys) in ages.  Although the keys sometimes get in the way, compared to the old way, they are magnificent and sure lessen the stretch my poor short fingers had to endure.  I wish I had known about this conversion years ago.  Just think how much better a player I would be!  Better late than never!  Thank you again for helping me with my problem."   DP, 03/31

"Hello, Bill, Just thought I'd let you know that after 25 years of messing about with neck straps and thumb rests and giving up on the instrument, your keyed tenor (Yamaha plastic with extra keys on hole 3 & 4) is a simple pleasure to play. The thumb rest is probably necessary, but I've no need to think about any other support problem nor hurt my hand stretching for the holes. Thanks for a great little innovation! Cheers"

" Thank you! I love!! the recorder!  I can play the tenor now."

"The recorder joint with the added key has arrived and I have already tried it. Now I can play for one hour without worrying about the stretch pain on my hand. No doubt, this 4th-hole key is a top plus on a tenor recorder."

"I love it (knick tenor).  I just absolutely love it. I'm having so much fun with it!"

"I'll have to learn to play this instrument (Yamaha plastic bent neck tenor) all over again--but without pain!"

"I got the recorder (knick head + 2 keys) last night.  It is now a delight to play.  I look forward to getting better now that I can cover the holes."

"I must write to thank you for all the advice you've given me on extracting maximum out of my tenor recorder, patiently guiding me through the decision to let you customise my tenor recorder with the Bent Neck & 2 additional keys.  It has made a world of difference - a much desired instrument that otherwise would be unplayable due to my handspan - is now a perfect fit and enables me to enjoy its sonorous tones.  I LOVE IT!  So Thank You.  Highly recommended.  It is WELL WORTH the investment.  (It's been almost six months and my increasing lung capacity is allowing me to enjoy the tenor to the fullest =) - a totally different story about the bass but that's not relevant here.)"

How to determine what you need: bent neck, keys, both?

Keys on holes 3 (left) and 4 (right), the usual culprits

The keys on the upper tenor are from Mollenhauer Canta Comfort tenor. They are more expensive.  The keys on the lower Yamaha plastic tenor are from the Mollenhauer Canta alto. The major difference is that the tenor keys (upper picture) have the correct handedness.  In other words, the axle and posts are away from your finger, so you don't have to reach over them to close the key. This is not a problem on the upper key, as your finger angles down from above.  But if you have short fingers, it may present a problem or be irritating for the lower key, as your finger may touch the axle/post on the lower Canta alto key (on right, in bottom picture.)

Canta alto keys can be added to altos or tenors.  Canta Comfort tenor keys can only be added to tenors, not altos.

Addition of brass key to hole (hole 3 &/or 4 are the usual ones needed)

    $185 for 2 keys; $102.50 for one key added, using Canta ALTO keys (see bottom tenor)

                  $220 for 2 keys; $120 for one key added, using Canta Comfort TENOR keys (see top tenor)

 

Keys can be added

See pricing below

 



 

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Yamaha Wooden Recorders

New Prices 3/25/2014

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Manufacturer
Number

Description

Price

 
 

YRS-61

Handcrafted Wooden Soprano Recorder, oiled Castello boxwood, double holes, 3-pc

$283

 
 

YRS-62

Handcrafted Wooden Soprano Recorder, oiled kingwood, double holes, 3-pc

$423

 
 

YRS-64

Handcrafted Wooden Soprano Recorder, oiled rosewood, double holes, 3-pc

$353

 
 

YRA-61

Handcrafted Wooden Alto Recorder, oiled Castello boxwood, double holes, 3-pc

$395

 
 

YRA-64

Handcrafted Wooden Alto Recorder, oiled rosewood, double holes, 3-pc

$550

 
 

YRT-61M

Handcrafted Wooden Tenor Recorder, oiled maple, D/D# holes, C/C# keys, 3-pc

$787

 
 

YRB-61

Handcrafted Wooden Bass Recorder, oiled maple, Bb, C, F/F#, keys, G/G# holes

$1,394

 
 

MJB415

A=415 Middle joint for above bass 

$433.50

 
  YRB-61SP NEW     YRB-61 + MJB415 + hard case to fit both  NEW $1813  
 

YRGB-61

Handcrafted Wooden Great Bass Recorder, oiled maple, C/C#, D/D#, F, G keys

$2,350

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

YRS-82

Handcrafted Wooden Soprano Recorder, kingwood.  This recorder features a unique bore taper and refined undercut tone hole design for extraordinary richness and remarkably balanced response, arched windway to further facilitate good response, and simulated ivory rings make this recorder stand out in appearance.

$613

 
 

YRS-83

Handcrafted Wooden Soprano Recorder, ebony.  This recorder features a unique bore taper and refined undercut tone hole design for extraordinary richness and remarkably balanced response, arched windway to further facilitate good response, and simulated ivory rings make this recorder stand out in appearance.

$508

 
 

YRA-901

Handcrafted Wooden Alto Recorder, boxwood, A = 415.  This recorder features a unique bore taper and refined undercut tone hole design for extraordinary richness and remarkably balanced response, as well as arched windway to further facilitate good response.

$923

 
 

 

 

 

 
  YRN-801     Sopranino, Baroque fingering, double holes; arched windway, handcrafted, 2 pieces, Castello boxwood

$395

 
  YRN-814     Sopranino, Baroque fingering, double holes; arched windway, handcrafted, 2 pieces, rosewood with simulated ivory rings

$423

 
  YRA-801     Alto, Baroque fingering, double holes; arched windway,; handcrafted; 3 pieces, Castello boxwood

$604

 
  YRA-802     Alto, Baroque fingering, double holes; arched windway,; handcrafted; 3 pieces, kingwood

$867

 
  YRA-803     Alto, Baroque fingering, double holes; arched windway,; handcrafted; 3 pieces, ebony

$867

 
  YRA-804     Alto, Baroque fingering, double holes; arched windway,; handcrafted; 3 pieces, rosewood

$867

 
  YRA-811     Alto, Baroque fingering, double holes; arched windway,; handcrafted; 3 pieces, Castello boxwood with simulate ivory rings

$691

 
     

 

 
   

Yamaha Plastic Recorders

New Prices 1/1/2011

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All instruments include a soft case, joint creme and a swab stick

 

 
  Aulos 507B-E     Plastic sopranino

$13.00

 
 

YRN-302BII

Plastic Rottenburg Style Sopranino Recorder

$14.00 

 
 

YRS-302BIII

Plastic Rottenburg Style Soprano Recorders

$15.50 

 
 

YRS-312BIII

Same as YRS-302B, but simulated rosewood; wood-like textured surface

$24.75 

 
 

YRS-314BIII

Same as YRS-302B, but simulated ebony; wood-like textured surface

$24.75 

 
 

YRA-302BIII

Plastic Rottenburg Style Alto Recorders

$25.75 

 
 

YRA-312BIII

Same as YRA-302B, but simulated rosewood; wood-like textured surface

$35.00 

 
 

YRA-314BIII

Same as YRA-302B, but simulated ebony; wood-like textured surface

$35.00 

 
 

YRT-304BII

 

Plastic Rottenburg Style Tenor Recorder, double C/C# keys (I normally add a slip-on thumbrest to your order for an extra $3)

$59.75 

 
  YRT-304BKnHd    Conversion of normal tenor head joint to bent neck style (knick)

$52.50

 
 

YRT-304BKn

Same as YRT-304B, but bent neck (knick) (See pictures above)

$112.25

 
  YRT304B key addition     Addition of brass key to hole (hole 3 &/or 4 are the usual ones needed)

    Plastic:  $175 for 2 keys; $97.50 for one key added using Canta alto keys (see bottom tenor)

                  $210 for 2 keys; $115 for one key added using Canta Comfort tenor keys (see top tenor)

    Wood:  $185 for 2 keys; $102.50 for one key added using Canta alto keys (see bottom tenor)

                 $220 for 2 keys; $120 for one key added using Canta Comfort tenor keys (see top tenor)

$87.50-$220 (see explanation at left)

Your can order a combination of key types to save money.

 
 

W3041761

Foot joint for old YRT-302B, w/double C/C# keys.                            

Turns YRT-302B into YRT-304B 

Replacement C/C# keys for YRT-304-B

$22.80

$15.00

 
 

YRB-302BII

Plastic Rottenburg Style Bass Recorder, soft case, neck strap

$242.00 

 
 

YRP-300B

NSAT set (includes NSAT w/cases and canvas case to hold all 4 instruments)

$183.00 

 
  YAC YRDC

  NSAT Cordura soft case--holds all 4 assembled instruments. Dimensions of slots are flexible but are made for: Sn: 10"; Sop: 12 3/4"; Alto: 18 5/8"; Tenor: 25 3/4"

$78.00

 
 

YRNSATB302B

NSATB set

$347.00

 
 

YRNSATB302B+

NSATB set plus canvas case for NSAT

$404.00

 
         
  YRS-24B Plastic Soprano Recorders; Baroque and German Fingering

$5.50

 
  YRA-28B Plastic Alto Recorder

$17.75

 
         
  YRS-20B Translucent Soprano Recorders

$5.50

 
         
  YRF-21 Plastic Fife, in C; German fingering

$6.25

 

Plastic Recorder Care and Feeding

Lazar’s Early Music

425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200, Mountain View, CA 94043

(650) 938-5367; Bill.Lazar@gmail.com; www.LazarsEarlyMusic.com

 

Plastic recorders seem indestructible, at least compared to wooden ones.  However, they do require some simple care in use and handling to keep them in good playing condition.

 

First of all, in playing, they tend to clog more than wooden instruments.  To lessen clogging, warm up the head joint to as close to body temperature as practical before playing.  Warming can be accomplished by holding the head joint under your arm or in your hand, or by putting it in your pocket for a few minutes. This will minimize condensation of moisture from your warm breath onto the colder plastic surfaces.

 

Treatment of the windway with dilute detergent will also help to alleviate serious clogging problems.  Some players are ‘wetter’ than others.  For those who have especially bad clogging problems, avoiding eating or drinking right before playing can help reduce saliva production.

 

Second, use the protective plastic tenon (joint) caps that came with your instrument when storing plastic altos, tenors and basses away in their cases.  This will prevent the greased joints from picking up grit that could abrade and eventually loosen the joints.

 

Third, storing the instrument in its case will prevent damage to the labium and keys, critical areas of the instrument.

 

Fourth, windways do get dirty, especially if you eat right before playing (not recommended; see above), without scrubbing your teeth.  Plastic instruments can be cleaned using warm soapy water.  Do not wash them in the dishwasher as the heat can warp the instrument.


These simple steps will ensure that your instrument lasts many years without problems.

 


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.

 

I don't give out customer contact information to other companies.

 

I accept personal checks, money orders or cashiers checks.  
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CONTACT

 

425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200

Mountain View, CA 94043

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(866) 511-2981 toll free

(Pacific Time Zone)

(650) 938-5367 local/foreign/Skype

LazarsEMS@gmail.com

www.LazarsEarly Music.com

OPEN BY APPOINTMENT-Call--I'm here most of the time, 6-7 days a week

 

To order, email, phone or write me your request.

 

I don't give out customer contact information to other companies.



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Yamaha instruments are warranted for one year from the date of purchase against defects in materials or workmanship.   See below for contact information.

Yamaha warranty service:

 

Yamaha Warranty Service Center

8340 S. Madison, Ste. 10

Burr Ridge, IL 60527

(630) 413-4366