Küng Recorders

January 2014 Price List


Model I Studio Recorders

These relatively new instruments are more robust and complex in tone than the well-known, older, Model II instruments which they replaced. They are made only in the less-expensive softer woods and have a simplified modern exterior profile. They feature very easy response in the extreme high register and a good, solid middle and low register. The keyless tenors are extremely ergonomic, second only to the Huber tenors in that regard. The Studio instruments are an excellent choice for entry-level players wanting instruments that are equally suitable for solo and group playing.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Piccolo in c'''
garklein flötlein
one piece, single holes, cloth bag pearwood 155.00
maple 155.00
Sopranino in f'' two piece, double holes, canvas bag pearwood 214.00
maple 214.00
†cherrywood †276.00
Soprano in c'' two piece, double holes, canvas bag pearwood 137.00
maple 137.00
cherrywood 178.00
Soprano in bb'' two piece, double holes, canvas bag pearwood 316.00
palisander 522.00
Alto in f' three piece, double holes, canvas bag pearwood 380.00
maple 380.00
cherrywood 496.00
Tenor in c' three piece, keyless, double holes, canvas bag pearwood 620.00
maple 620.00
cherrywood 806.00
three piece, keyless, bent neck design, double holes, canvas bag pearwood 745.00
key for left hand ring finger, special order 174.00
key for right hand index finger, special order 174.00
adjustable thumbrest, special order 72.00

†This model has been discontinued by the maker. Availability is limited to the few instruments that we presently have left in stock.

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Model II Classica Recorders

The original classic Küng series of modern recorders, made for decades, encompassed eight different sizes of instruments from piccolo to contrabass. This was the most comprehensive assortment of modern recorders offered by any one maker. Each instrument is made from one continuous piece of wood, and the quality of wood and workmanship are outstanding. These instruments are rather plain, clear, uniform, open, and strong in tone with relatively little overtone development and good overall response; they often appeal to those who play modern woodwind or brass instruments. These models, previously available in as many as twelve different woods, are now available only in one to at most a few exotic hardwoods. The entire Model II Classica series is gradually and regrettably being discontinued by the maker. Models marked with † are no longer being produced; availability is limited to the instruments that we presently have left in inventory. All other models will be discontinued in the course of 2008 as current wood supplies are exhausted.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Piccolo in c'''
garklein flötlein
one piece, single holes, cloth bag bubinga NLA
tulipwood NLA
grenadilla NLA
Sopranino in f' two piece, double holes, cloth bag bubinga NLA
tulipwood NLA
grenadilla NLA
Soprano in c" three piece, double holes, leather-trimmed case bubinga NLA
tulipwood NLA
grenadilla NLA
Alto in f' three piece, double holes, leather-trimmed case †bubinga †755.00
†tulipwood †1,028.00
†grenadilla NLA
Tenor in c' canvas bag, double c'-c#' key, leather-trimmed case bubinga NLA
Bass in f direct blow, double f-f# key, leather-trimmed case †bubinga NLA
bocal blow, double f-f# key, leather-trimmed case NLA
direct and bocal blow, double f-f# key, leather-trimmed case NLA
Greatbass in c bocal blow, double c-c# key,
five additional keys, deluxe fitted hard case
†iroko NLA
bubinga NLA
Contrabass in F adjustable bocal, single F key,
seven additional keys, deluxe fitted hard case
iroko NLA
bubinga NLA

†These models have been discontinued by the maker. Availability is limited to the few instruments that we presently have left in stock.

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Model III Superio Recorders

This newest series of instruments from the Küng workshop in Switzerland ingeniously combines the characteristics of both historical and modern recorders. They manage to incorporate the strengths of both types of instruments while avoiding the drawbacks: they offer an overtone-rich, complex, sweet, and gentle tone quality, stability of pitch, sensitivity to articulation, and wider range of dynamic expression characteristic of baroque instruments, but they also provide good high register response, full resonant middle and low registers, and ease of playing typical of modern recorders. All five sizes have extended ranges of two and a half octaves! They blend extremely well in ensembles, yet have sufficient character and projection to be used as solo instruments. They are designed to be played at higher breath pressures, have some degree of blowing resistance, and are recommended primarily to intermediate and advanced players with well-developed playing techniques.

The exterior form of the smaller instruments is derived from an original alto baroque recorder by Rippert. All models have curved windways; the tenor has double c'-c#' keys, and the extremely compact bentneck bass has double f'-f#' keys plus two additional keys for easy fingering. The new, unique bentneck greatbass has double c'-c#' keys plus six additional keys. A matching contrabass has been announced for production in 2006. The soprano and alto models are available in a choice of pearwood, plumwood, or palisander rosewood, whereas the tenor and bass are available in either pearwood or cherry. The smaller instruments are provided with handsome sailcloth cases trimmed in genuine leather, and the bass and greatbass are provided with an extremely compact, equally handsome black all-leather case.

Instrument Features Wood Net Price
Sopranino in f'' two piece, double holes, curved windway pearwood 298.00
grenadilla 500.00
Soprano in c'' two piece, double holes, curved windway pearwood 303.00
plumwood 362.00
palisander 483.00
†tulipwood †550.00
†olivewood †550.00
Alto in f' three piece, double holes, curved windway pearwood 666.00
plumwood 825.00
palisander 970.00
†tulipwood †1,108.00
†olivewood †1,108.00
Tenor in c' three piece, double c'-c#' key, curved windway pearwood 1,157.00
cherrywood 1,291.00
†olivewood †1,820.00
key for left hand ring finger, special order 149.00
key for right hand index finger, special order 149.00
adjustable thumbrest, special order 61.00
Bass in f bent neck design, double f-f#key, curved windway pearwood 1,884.00
cherrywood 2,135.00
Greatbass in c bent neck design, double c-c#key, curved windway dark-stained maple 3,845.00
Contrabass in F bocal blow, double F-F#key, curved windway dark-stained maple 7,736.00

†Please note: the Model III soprano and alto recorders in tulipwood and olivewood, as well as the tenor in olivewood, are being made in a limited series. They will be available only for a short period of time.

‡The Superio contrabass models are usually backordered with the maker. We will be happy to place your order on our waiting list for future delivery.

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MARSYAS Recorders

The MARSYAS instruments are modern neo-baroque recorders that were originally the product of a unique cooperative venture between the Küng recorder workshop and Heinz Ammann, a noted independent Swiss recorder maker who was for years the head of recorder design and production at the H. C. Fehr workshop. Effective January 2006, Ammann withdrew from the MARSYAS enterprise, which is now wholly owned and operated by the two brothers who are principals of the Küng workshop.

These instruments were originally sold as a separate brand and at controlled premium prices through a select invitational dealer network, an unusual marketing strategy which was not successful. As of January, 2011, the MARSYAS models have been integrated into the Küng catalogue and are being made available at much more realistic prices through all Küng dealers.

MARSYAS recorders have a light, bright, overtone-rich quality that makes them eminently suited to the performance of solo baroque repertoire. Unlike the Küng Model III recorders, the MARSYAS instruments are designed to be played at rather low breath pressures and will be extremely sharp if played at normal breath pressures. Upon request, we will retune these instruments to play at somewhat higher breath pressures if so desired.


Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Soprano in c'' two piece, double holes, soft case pearwood 370.00
plumwood 442.00
boxwood 442.00
palisander 589.00
olivewood 670.00
tulipwood 670.00
grenadilla 670.00
Alto in f' three piece, double holes, soft case pearwood 812.00
plumwood 1,006.00
boxwood 1,006.00
palisander 1,266.00
olivewood 1,445.00
tulipwood 1,445.00
grenadilla 1,445.00
Tenor in c' three piece, keyless, double holes, soft case pearwood 1,126.00
cherrywood 1,257.00
plumwood 1,394.00
boxwood 1,394.00
palisander 1,585.00
olivewood 1,810.00

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Küng Recorder Stands

These attractive, well-made beechwood stands will hold your instruments in an upright position during rehearsals and performances, help to avoid clogging and damage, and can also serve as handsome display stands in the music room. Interchangable maple pegs accommodate various sizes of instruments, and additional alto and tenor pegs are available if needed.

Item Description Net Price
table stand for 2 recorders (SSA pegs inc.) 72.00
table stand for 5 recorders (SSSSSAT pegs inc.) 109.00
extra alto recorder peg for either stand 4.00
extra tenor recorder peg for either stand 6.00
floor stand for bass recorder 121.00
floor stand for greatbass recorder 137.00
floor stand for contrabass recorder NLA


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