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Dolmetsch Recorder Navigator


 

 
All our recorders are based on baroque recorder designs
  • the bores are conical; widest in the head, narrowest at the foot- or bell-section end
  • the tone holes are usually small and where necessary undercut
  • the exterior designs are derived from surviving original recorders, except for instruments from the Millennium series
  • all our instruments have a two octave plus range

 
Using the chart delow, you can go from this navigator page to information on any model of Dolmetsch recorder
  • M (a'=440Hz, standard or modern pitch) or M / L (where L refers to a'=415Hz which is baroque or low pitch) are links for information about prices
  • Series Name is the link for information about any particular model

 
Series Name  Nova SchoolAcademyConservatoire StanesbyBressan Gold Millennium
 TypePlastic/ResinMid-PricedHandmadeOne-HandedHandmade
 Bore ShapeRoundRoundRoundRoundSquare
SizeKeyABSWoodWoodWoodWood
SopraninoFM   M / L   
Soprano/DescantD    M / L   
Soprano/DescantCMMMMM / LM / LM 
Soprano/DescantBb    M / L   
Alto/TrebleG    M / L   
Alto/TrebleFMMMMM / LM / LM 
Alto/TrebleEb    M / L   
TenorD    M / L   
Tenor no keyC MMMM / L   
Tenor C/C# keyCMMMMM / L   
BassFM   M / L   
Great BassC       M / L
Contra BassF       M / L
Sub Contra BassC       M / L
Sub Sub Contra BassF       M / L

 

How a Recorder in Made


 

This video is taken from a Discovery Channel programme which was made in a North American recorder workshop.
 


Woods Used To Make Dolmetsch Recorders

Boxwood/Buis

Boxwood/Buis
(Buxus sempervirens) density 0.95-1.1 gm./ccm.
the traditional wood (shown unstained) for original recorders. When stained, european boxwood takes on a dark nut brown colour. We also use South American boxwood for Academy & Conservatoire ranges.
We purchase our European boxwood from:
A B Aubrey, The Willows, Crudwell, Malmesbury, Wilts. England SN16 9EL
tel: 01666 577451 (also fax)


Coralwood

Coralwood
(Guibourtia spp.) density 1.1 gm./ccm.
the grenadilla hardness of this reddish-brown timber produces solo instruments with a similarly bright, emphatic but smooth tone. This wood is now in short supply and is only available on special order.


Grenadilla

Grenadilla
(Dalbergia melanoxylon) density 1.2-1.25 gm./ccm.
also called African blackwood; a very hard, dense night-black wood producing consummate solo instruments of striking beauty and remarkable stability. This wood is not a sub-tropical wood and does not grow in the world's great rain forests.
We purchase our African blackwood from:
Klicksi Limited, Unit E, 15 Oakcroft Road, Chessington, Surrey, England KT9 1RH
tel: 020 8974 1500; fax: 020 8974 1540


Kingwood

Kingwood
(Dalbergia caerensis) density 1.0-1.1 gm./ccm.
a rare, expensive wood with a violet-brown colour producing exquisite solo instruments of unsurpassed beauty.


Maple

Maple/Sycamore
(Acer spp./Acer pseudoplatanus) density 0.6-0.75 gm./ccm.
A close grained wood producing mellow-toned instruments, particularly tenors and basses. We also use a close relative, Sycamore.
We purchase our Maple and Sycamore from:
WL West & Sons Ltd, Selham, Petworth, GU28 0PJ
tel: 01798 861 611


Pearwood

Pearwood
(Pyrus spp.) density 0.65-0.8 gm./ccm.
a hard fruitwood (shown unstained) producing a clean, incisive tone but lacking the long life of traditional hardwoods.


Rosewood

Rosewood
(Dalbergia spp.) density 1.0-1.1 gm./ccm.
a large family of decorative sub-tropical hardwoods all producing durable, reliable recorders with tonal clarity and strength.


Satinwood

Satinwood
(Swietenia spp.) density 1.0 gm./ccm.
a ravishingly beautiful, decoratively figured, timber producing instruments less susceptible to condensation problems than other hardwoods.


Tulipwood

Tulipwood
(Dalbergia frutescens var. tormentosa) density 1.0-1.1 gm./ccm.
a wood of exotic beauty producing excellent ensemble and solo recorders with a warm but strong tone.


Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedar
(Juniperus virginiana)
Red Cedar, also called the Tennessee Red Cedar or the Pencil Cedar, is a softwood tree primarily found in the eastern United States from the Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes Region south to Texas and Florida. The tree grows to an average height of 50-75 feet, but it can reach 100 feet in some instances. The sapwood is almost white in color, while the heartwood is purple to rose-red when first exposed, but aging to dull red or red-brown. The heartwood is commonly used for making recorder blocks or plugs


Wood Allergy Information

Please refer to this excellent resource:
The Botanical Dermatology Database


Tone Hole Spacing On Dolmetsch Recorders

Descant/Soprano Recorders

Dimensions are given in millimetres/inches. Measurements are made to and from tone hole centres. For double holes, the 'centre' lies between the top of the higher and bottom of lower hole.

Model Beak-Thumb Beak-Hole 1 Hole 1-2 Hole 2-3 Hole 3-4 Hole 4-5 Hole 5-6 Hole 6-7
Nova N601 140/5.51 145/5.71 22/0.87 22/0.87 23/0.91 24/0.94 21/0.83 23/0.91
School 3120/3121
Academy 6120/22/24
128/5.04 135/5.31 21/0.83 21/0.83 24/0.94 24/0.94 21/0.83 25/0.98
Conservatoire
8120/22/24/26
136/5.35 141/5.55 21/0.83 21/0.83 23/0.91 23/0.91 19/0.75 22/0.87
Stanesby 139/5.47 145/5.71 22/0.87 21/0.83 22/0.87 20/0.79 17/0.67 21/0.83
Stanesby Low Pitch 143/5.63 153/6.02 23/0.91 22/0.87 24/0.94 21/0.83 18/0.71 23/0.91
Bressan 137/5.39 144/5.67 22/0.87 21/0.83 22/0.87 20/0.79 17/0.67 22/0.87
Bressan Low Pitch                

Treble/Alto Recorders

Dimensions are given in millimetres/inches. Measurements are made to and from tone hole centres. For double holes, the 'centre' lies between the top of the higher and bottom of lower hole.

Model Beak-Thumb Beak-Hole 1 Hole 1-2 Hole 2-3 Hole 3-4 Hole 4-5 Hole 5-6 Hole 6-7
Nova N151 203/7.99 210/8.27 34/1.34 33/1.30 38/1.50 31/1.22 20/0.79 29/1.14
School 3130/3131
Academy 6130/32/34
189/7.44 193/7.60 33/1.30 33/1.30 34/1.34 35/1.38 24/0.94 30/1.18
Conservatoire
8130/32/34/36
195/7.68 200/7.87 34/1.34 33/1.30 35/1.38 35/1.38 22/0.87 29/1.14
Stanesby 205/8.07 212/8.35 35/1.38 29/1.14 34/1.34 35/1.38 25/0.98 29/1.14
Stanesby Low Pitch 211/8.31 224/8.82 34/1.34 33/1.30 34/1.34 33/1.30 28/1.10 31/1.22
Bressan 198/7.80 212/8.35 27/1.06 32/1.26 37/1.46 29/1.14 28/1.10 26/1.02
Bressan Low Pitch                

The addition of F/F sharp keys will shorten the hole 6-7 distance. Body keys can be fitted to shorten the 2-3 and 4-5 distances.

Tenor Recorders

Dimensions are given in millimetres/inches. Measurements are made to and from tone hole centres. For double holes, the 'centre' lies between the top of the higher and bottom of lower hole.

Model Beak-Thumb Beak-Hole 1 Hole 1-2 Hole 2-3 Hole 3-4 Hole 4-5 Hole 5-6 Hole 6-7
Nova N301 257/10.12 273/10.75 39/1.54 36/1.42 53/2.09 44/1.73 31/1.22 keyed
School 3140/3141
Academy 6130/32/34
253/9.96 273/10.75 38/1.50 36/1.42 52/2.05 34/1.34 30/1.18 34/1.34
Conservatoire
8140/42/44/46
253/9.96 275/10.83 39/1.54 36/1.42 51/2.01 35/1.38 31/1.22 33/1.30
Stanesby 253/9.96 278/10.94 37/1.46 38/1.50 53/2.09 36/1.42 33/1.30 35/1.38
Stanesby Low Pitch 278/10.94 298/11.73 40/1.57 36/1.42 52/2.05 38/1.50 38/1.50 keyed

All measurements are for the standard unkeyed tenor. Recorders are keyless except for the Nova 301 and low pitch Stanesby. We also make knick-tenors where a bend in the head section shortens the distance between the beak and the holes. The addition of C/C sharp keys will shorten the hole 6-7 distance. Body keys can be fitted to shorten the 2-3 and 4-5 distances.

Bass Recorders

Dimensions are given in millimetres/inches. Measurements are made to and from tone hole centres. For double holes, the 'centre' lies between the top of the higher and bottom of lower hole.

Model Beak-ThumbThumb-Hole 1 Hole 1-2 Hole 2-Key 3 Key 3-4 Key 4-Hole 5Hole 5-6 Hole 6-Key 7
Nova N1501 290/11.42 30/1.18 41/1.61 16/0.63 195/7.68 29/1.14 31/1.22 15/0.59
Stanesby Modern Pitch                
Stanesby Low Pitch crook blown 46/1.81 46/1.81 19/0.75 135/5.31 22/0.87 38/1.50 27/1.06

All our basses are keyed on holes 3, 4 and 7, the last a double key providing bottom F and F sharp. Measurements where there are keys are made to a point 5 mm (about half the width of a little finger) into the key touch piece.

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