Gerhard Huber Recorders

January 2014 Price List


These premium-quality Swiss-made instruments, available in the United States only from our workshop, are superior in quality of wood, workmanship, appearance, and performance to most other recorders currently available. The Model II pearwood recorders are excellent general-purpose modern instruments with a full, robust, dark, and complex tone quality that is ideally suited to ensemble playing. The Model III hardwood instruments have a light, clear, well-focused tone that lends itself equally well to solo and ensemble use. The Model IV baroque recorders are authentic overtone-rich baroque designs, but are not copies of any one particular maker. All Huber recorders feature extremely easy and accurate response in both high and low registers.

Model I School Recorders


Outstanding pearwood student instruments, with simple profile. The Model I soprano recorders have been discontinued, but the 6-tone kindergarten flute is still available. We do not stock this item, but are happy to obtain it on special order for educational customers

Instrument Features Wood Choices Price
Kindergarten six-note flute in g'' one piece, cloth bag pearwood 70.00

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Model II Recorders

Modern instruments made from fine quality European pearwood, with a simple modern profile. These recently-redesigned instruments have a large, meaty, dark, and rich tone quality, with excellent high register response and an unusually full middle and low register. They are superb ensemble instruments which blend well with other recorders, yet make themselves heard in a complex texture. For many years, they have been and continue to be our first recommendation to our customers wanting to trade up from a plastic recorder to an excellent, all-purpose, easy-to-play wooden recorder at a relatively inexpensive price point.

Note: new for 2014 is a Model II tenor recorder of bent-neck design, available only in pearwood. This extremely ergonomic design, which also features a greater offset of the third hole (ring finger, left hand) make this instrument easily playable even by very petite players with short arms.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Price
Sopranino in f'' two piece, denim pouch pearwood NLA
Soprano in c'' two piece, padded denim bag, Velcro closure pearwood 155.00
haldu NLA
adina NLA
American cherrywood 234.00
plumwood 265.00
Alto in f' three piece, padded denim bag, Velcro closure pearwood 444.00
haldu NLA
adina NLA
Tenor in c' keyless, padded denim bag, Velcro closure pearwood 698.00
haldu 745.00
pearwood, bentneck design 870.00

Note: We have a very few Model II tenor recorders available in haldu, an Indian yellow-brown wood similar to boxwood. These are a one-time limited edition series.

Update: We have been extremely fortunate in persuading Huber to make a small additional number of Model II sopranos and altos in adina, another Asian hardwood very similar to haldu in tonal properties, but orange-brown rather than yellow-brown in color. These will undoubtedly sell out just as quickly as the original haldu instruments. Customers wanting to purchase hardwood recorders for the same or little more than the pearwood models are advised to get them while they are still available.

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Model III Recorders

Modern instruments made from a variety of fruitwoods and tropical hardwoods, with an elaborate baroque profile. These instruments have a bright, clear, well-focused tone and extremely fast and clean response that renders them well-suited to solo playing, although the softer woods are also well-suited for ensemble use.

The keyless tenor recorders are easily the most ergonomic tenor instruments available from any maker. Their outstanding bass recorders, the finest made by any maker, are once again available after having been out of production for several years. The keywork has also been completely redesigned and is highly ergonomic. All of the padseats are bushed with a non-hydroscopic material, so they will remain wholly stable, not warp, and the pads will continue to seal tightly and not leak after a period of time, a common problem with virtually all other bass recorders which causes increasing weakness in resonance of the lowest notes.

Please note: in the past, all of the Model III sopranos were made as three-piece instruments. Currently, all instruments are being made only in two pieces, with the exception of the grenadilla and European boxwood models, which continue to be made in three pieces. However, we still have a few three-piece bubinga, palisander, and violetwood instruments available, for those players who would prefer an adjustable footjoint.

New for 2014 is a Model III tenor recorder in bent-neck design, available in cherrywood only. The extremely light weight and ergonomic design, which also features a greater offset of the third hole (ring finger, left hand), makes this instrument easily playable even by very petite players with short arms.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Price
Sopranino in f'' two piece, padded denim bag, Velcro closure pearwood 363.00
bubinga 445.00
palisander 500.00
olivewood 527.00
grenadilla 527.00
violetwood 527.00
European boxwood 678.00
Soprano in c'' two piece, fitted hard case, zipper closure American cherrywood 404.00
plumwood 404.00
walnut 404.00
bubinga 459.00
palisander 527.00
olivewood 582.00
violetwood 582.00
three piece, fitted hard case, zipper closure grenadilla 651.00
European boxwood 815.00
Alto in f' three piece, fitted hard case, zipper closure pearwood 610.00
American cherrywood 747.00
plumwood 815.00
walnut 815.00
bubinga 911.00
palisander 1,089.00
olivewood 1,226.00
violetwood 1,226.00
grenadilla 1,253.00
European boxwood 1,705.00
Tenor in c' three piece, keyless, fitted hard case, zipper closure pearwood 815.00
American cherrywood 979.00
American cherrywood, bent-neck model 1,089.00
walnut 1,089.00
bubinga 1,363.00
palisander 1,500.00
olivewood 2,048.00
Bass in f direct blow, f-f# key,
with fitted compact hard case, plush-lined
pearwood 2,294.00
American cherrywood 2,577.00
bubinga 3,212.00
walnut 3,381.00
Knickbass in f direct blow, f-f# key,
with fitted compact hard case
pearwood 2,520.00
American cherrywood 2,788.00
adina 2,817.00
bubinga 3,353.00
walnut 3,381.00

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Model IV Recorders

These are superb baroque reproduction instruments with narrow curved windways and heavily undercut tone holes, having a rich, reedy, intensive tone quality and excellent pitch stability and projection. They are based on the original Jacob Denner alto recorder in the Copenhagen museum collection and are ideally suited to the authentic performance of late baroque solo and mixed ensemble literature. The boxwood model is made from wood which has been aged for over thirty years and is extremely stable.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Price
Alto in f' a'=440 Hz., fitted hard case, zipper closure grenadilla 2,076.00
European boxwood 2,213.00


Egyptian Recorders

These are unique instruments with a fascinating history. A few years ago, the Huber workshop obtained a small quantity of wood from a recently-discovered and well-preserved 4,500-year-old swamp oak tree. Since this tree grew during the period during which the Egyptian pyramids were built by the pharaohs, Huber decided to make a limited series of soprano and alto recorders from this extremely rare hardwood, with exterior designs based on those of Egyptian flutes depicted in iconographical sources and hand-carved hieroglyphics on the headjoint. Each instrument was housed in a wooden case and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. In addition, for those who wanted a piece of ancient history at a much lower price, a larger number of instruments with the same ancient profile but without the hand-carved hieroglyphics were made from modern plumwood. These instruments were later discontinued and unavailable for almost a decade, but Huber has once again decided to make them on special order in limited quantities and in a choice of three woods.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Price
Egyptian soprano recorder in c'' special wooden presentation box
certificate of authenticity
very limited availability
4,500 year-old oak 3,812.00
Egyptian alto recorder in f' special wooden presentation box
certificate of authenticity
very limited availability
4,500 year-old oak 5,083.00
Egyptian soprano recorder in c'' denim case, Velcro closure plumwood 459.00
olivewood 600.00
violetwood 600.00
Egyptian alto recorder in f' denim case, Velcro closure plumwood 840.00
olivewood 1,264.00
violetwood 1,264.00

Transverse Flutes and Chalumeau

The Huber workshop has just added to its catalogue three wholly new historical woodwind instruments at extremely attractive prices: soprano and alto transverse flutes, which are essentially baroque recorders with transversely-blown headjoints that use standard recorder fingerings, and a keyless, non-overblowing soprano chalumeau with a range of a ninth that uses a standard modern Bb clarinet mouthpiece and inexpensive reeds that are available in any music store. These three instruments should prove very useful to adult recorder players wanting to expand their horizons to other types of historical woodwind instruments as well as younger players wanting to transition to modern flute or clarinet, and at a bargain price as well.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Price
Soprano Transverse Flute in c'' denim case, Velcro closure pearwood 140.00
Alto Transverse Flute in f' denim case, Velcro closure pearwood 353.00
Soprano Chalumeau in c' denim pouch pearwood 312.00


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