Conrad Mollenhauer Recorders

April 2014 Price List


Student Recorders

Newly redesigned in 2009 as a substitute for the now discontinued Ninjo soprano is this excellent inexpensive soprano recorder for entry-level players. This instrument is made of pearwood and has a zippered semicircular canvas bag. Although slightly more expensive than the Ninjo model which it replaced, it is a substantial improvement and is in fact the least expensive high-quality wooden soprano currently available. The excellent padded case provided with the Student soprano is a vast improvement over the thin unpadded Ninja case; it is alone worth the additional cost.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Soprano in c'' two piece, double holes pearwood 97.00

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PRIMA Recorders

These all-new Mollenhauer instruments are of hybrid construction, with textured plastic headjoints and wooden bodies. Although rather unorthodox in appearance, they do play very well and sound extremely rich and full. The headjoints, thanks to a novel windway design, are somewhat less prone to clogging than most all-plastic instruments. Both soprano and alto headjoints were originally available in several garish color choices, but both instruments are now available only in the less obtrusive beige plastic. Both models are provided with cloth bags.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Soprano in c'' two piece, double holes beige plastic headjoint/pearwood body 53.00
Alto in f' three piece, double holes beige plastic headjoint/pearwood body 148.00

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Canta Recorders

Completely new for 1999 was the Canta student soprano recorder of pearwood, with a full, broad, slightly windy and spread tone quality and good high register response. Since then, the series has been expanded with the introduction of alto, keyless and keyed tenor, and bent neck bass instruments. Tenors with additional middle keys and a bentneck greatbass are new for 2009. This series replaces and is vastly superior to the previous Chorus student instruments.

The Canta instruments are particularly well suited for renaissance ensemble music, provide a viable low-cost alternative to renaissance reproduction recorders, and are a good deal easier to manage as well. The smaller instruments are supplied with a semicircular padded cloth pouch with zippered closure; the bentneck tenor, bass, and greatbass recorders are provided with excellent form-fitted hard cases made by Jacob Winter.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Soprano in c'' two piece, double holes pearwood 112.00
Alto in f' three piece, double holes pearwood 295.00
Alto in f' three piece, double hole, double key pearwood 483.00
Tenor in c' three piece, double holes, keyless pearwood 473.00
Tenor in c' three piece, double hole, double key pearwood 679.00
Tenor in c' three piece, double hole, double key, two additonal keys pearwood 936.00
Tenor in c' bentneck model, three piece, double holes, keyless pearwood 586.00
Tenor in c' bentneck model, three piece, double hole, double key pearwood 795.00
Tenor in c' bentneck model, three piece, double hole, double key, two additional keys pearwood 1,104.00
Bass in f three piece, double hole, double key, bent neck design pearwood 1,607.00
Greatbass in c five piece, nine keys, bent neck design pearwood 3,639.00

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Waldorf-Edition Recorders

New in our inventory for 2010 is this unique series of instruments, consisting of pentatonic flutes in d'', pentatonic soprano and tenor recorders, and a quartet of SATB recorders, which was developed by Mollenhauer specifically for use in Waldorf School music programs. The full-range recorder models are also extremely useful to early music performers wanting instruments with renaissance tonal properties that use standard modern fingerings and have the wide range and ease of playing characteristic of modern recorders. These instruments are in fact wide bore, late renaissance/early baroque-type transitional instruments in the van Eyck style, having a warm, full, blending tonal quality in the middle and low register, a bright, clear, ringing sound in the upper register, and a wide range of over two octaves. The soprano, alto, and tenor instruments are also eminently suitable for the early 17th century van Eyck solo pieces as well as the early 17th century Italian solo baroque pieces by Cima, della Casa, Fontana, and others. The pentatonic models are available on special order for educational customers, but the full-range soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders are in stock for immediate delivery.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
"Bäumling" Pentatonic Flute in d'', five notes one piece pearwood 80.00
"Bäumling" Pentatonic Flute in d'', seven notes one piece pearwood 80.00
Pentatonic Soprano Recorder in c'', five notes two piece pearwood 120.00
Pentatonic Soprano Recorder in c'', seven notes two piece pearwood 120.00
Pentatonic Tenor Recorder in c', seven notes two piece, keyless pearwood 486.00
Renaissance Soprano Recorder in c'' wide bore, curved windway, two piece, single holes pearwood 122.00
Renaissance Soprano Recorder in c'' wide bore, curved windway, two piece, double holes pearwood 122.00
Renaissance Alto Recorder in f' wide bore, curved windway, two piece, double holes pearwood 393.00
Renaissance Tenor Recorder in c' wide bore, curved windway, three piece, double holes, keyless pearwood 561.00
Renaissance Bass Recorder in f wide bore, three piece, double hole, double key, bent neck design pearwood 1,816.00

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Dream Recorders

Designed in collaboration with the Dutch maker Adriana Breukink, these are relatively inexpensive wide bore neo-renaissance soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders made of lightly-stained pearwood with dark brown rings. Inexpensive plastic sopranos were introduced in 2004. The alto model in grenadilla is very well suited to the early 17th century solo repertoire, but it will be discontinued in 2013. New hand-made professional soprano, alto, and tenor models in plumwood with maple rings were introduced for 2012, and a matching plumwood bass recorder has been announced for 2013.

The pearwood instruments produce a uniform, well-focused, but rather plain tone quality, with a full middle and low register; the sopranos offer a choice of single or double tone holes, the larger models have double holes, and all models use standard modern fingerings. The wooden instruments, as modified and serviced in our workshop, do not have the tuning and response problems common to the unserviced production instruments. However, the newer hand-made plumwood instruments are substantially richer in tone quality and have superior response to the pearwood models. The plastic models are sold only "as is" with no custom tuning. The plastic and pearwoood instruments are provided with semicircular padded cloth pouches with zippered closure, similar to those provided with the Canta series instruments. The plumwood models have handsome black leather cases.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Soprano in c'' two piece, single holes white or black plastic †39.00
two piece, double holes †39.00
two piece, single holes pearwood, dark brown rings 162.00
two piece, double holes pearwood, dark brown rings 166.00
plumwood, maple rings 429.00
Alto in f' two piece, double holes pearwood, dark brown rings 427.00
‡grenadilla 945.00
plumwood, maple rings 737.00
Tenor in c' three piece, double hole, double key pearwood, dark brown rings 1,033.00
plumwood, maple rings 1,460.00
Bass in f bent neck, three piece, double hole, double key pearwood, dark brown rings 1,919.00
plumwood, maple rings 2,597.00

†Please note: the plastic Dream soprano recorder models are sold "as is" without any custom tuning or adjustment. The white plastic models have been discontinued by the maker; supply is limited to the few remaining instruments that we have in stock.

‡The grenadilla model has been discontinued and availability is listed to instruments in stock.

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Denner Recorders

These recently redesigned instruments are excellent quality modern baroque-style recorders of moderate cost. They have curved windways, are rich, complex, sweet, and slightly reedy in tone quality, and offer superb intonation and high register response. They are available in pearwood as well as a wide variety of tropical hardwoods and are particularly well suited to baroque solo and ensemble repertoire. The smaller instruments are supplied with zippered semicircular padded cloth bags with genuine leather trim; the bass and greatbass are supplied with an excellent custom fitted hard case made by Jacob Winter. Mollenhauer's ten-year collaboration with the estate of Fred Morgan has ended, and the Mollenhauer-Morgan alto model is gradually being replaced in the course of 2012 by a redesigned model that will not bear the Morgan name. Based on the first samples of the new model, we strongly recommend that our customers get the Mollenhauer-Morgan altos while they are still available.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Sopranino in f'' two piece, double holes pearwood 242.00
Castello boxwood 283.00
palisander 341.00
Soprano in c'' three piece, double holes pearwood 236.00
Castello boxwood 350.00
palisander 422.00
olivewood 478.00
tulipwood 506.00
grenadilla 506.00
Alto in f' three piece, double holes pearwood 391.00
Castello boxwood 576.00
palisander 762.00
olivewood 873.00
tulipwood 944.00
grenadilla 944.00
Alto in f', a'= 415 Hz. three piece, double holes pearwood 472.00
Castello boxwood 690.00
Tenor in c' keyless, double holes pearwood 594.00
Castello boxwood 714.00
palisander 942.00
double c'-c#' key, double hole pearwood 811.00
Castello boxwood 932.00
palisander 1,169.00
double c'-c#' key, double hole, two additional keys pearwood 1,097.00
Castello boxwood 1,218.00
palisander 1,455.00
Bass in f double f-f# key, two additional keys
direct or bocal blow, hard case
pearwood 1,840.00
Greatbass in c three piece, ten keys
bocal blow, hard case
pearwood 3,941.00

†The Mollenhauer Denner soprano recorder was awarded the coveted Deutscher Musikinstrumentenpreis when it was introduced back in 1999 for the most meritorious woodwind design in the entire German musical instrument industry. Excerpts from the jurors' comments about this instrument were as follows:

„Damit setzt sich die Flöte insgesamt weit vom übrigen Feld ab."

„…hervorragendes Instrument… mit einer insgesamt schlüssigen Gesamtkonzeption…"

„…besonders gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis."

We congratulate our colleagues at the Mollenhauer workshop for this singular achievement.

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Modern Recorders

These innovative instruments are a further refinement and development by Mollenhauer of designs originally developed by the well-known recorder maker Joachim Paetzold of Tübingen, Germany, in collaboration with the young recorder virtuoso Nicolaj Tarasov. The alto recorder is about 1.25 inches longer than a standard alto recorder and has a double key for f'-f#' which permits larger tone holes for the notes f#', g', and g#', eliminating the thin, nasal, or "pinched" quality caused by the small diameter double holes found on most modern recorders. This instrument has a clear, non-reedy, warm, flute-like tone quality which is highly uniform in color and volume throughout the entire range of two and half fully chromatic octaves. It has excellent projection and carrying power, is an ideal instrument for performing music of the late 18th century, 19th, and 20th centuries, and the hardwood models complement the tone quality of historical and modern pianos extremely well. Our custom retuning of this instrument permits the use of much simpler fingerings in the third octave than the extremely cumbersome ones recommended by the maker. All models are now being supplied with a custom fitted hard case. New for 2004 were three new alto models with a triple key mechanism that extends the lower range down an additional half tone to e', strengthens and stabilizes the tone in the lower register even further, and permits additional fingering choices in the third octave as well. New for 2005 was a companion soprano recorder in pearwood or grenadilla with triple b'-c''-c#'' key.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Modern soprano recorder in c'' triple b'-c''-c#'' key pearwood 1,066.00
grenadilla 1,484.00
Modern alto recorder in f' double f'-f#' key pearwood 1,037.00
palisander 1,196.00
grenadilla 1,515.00
triple e'-f'-f#' key pearwood 1,328.00
palisander 1,497.00
grenadilla 1,841.00
Modern alto recorder in g' double g'-g#' key pearwood 1,037.00
grenadilla 1,515.00

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Maarten Helder Harmonic Recorders

These are superb if expensive solo alto and tenor recorders with extensive modern keywork and a wide range of over three octaves. Both models are now equipped with a "Sound Unit," which includes three interchangeable windway roofs and a special mechanism which allows modification of the voicing and control of tone quality and dynamics during performance by the lips. Provided with handsome custom-fitted hard case. This instrument is intended for the professional performer of nineteenth and twentieth century music. and is custom-made on special order only. All prices are net and not subject to sale discounts.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Solo alto recorder in f' extensive modern keywork, low e key grenadilla 3,607.00
Solo tenor recorder in c' extensive modern keywork, low b key rio palisander rosewood 4,393.00

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Elody Electric Recorders

The newest and perhaps most innovative recorder ever produced by the Mollenhauer workshop is the Elody Electric alto recorder, which features an integrated electronic pickup built into the headjoint. The acoustical design is derived from the earlier Mollenhauer Helder Harmonic alto recorder, has three keys including a low E key similar to those on the Modern alto recorder, and provides an extended range of almost three octaves. This instrument is intended for professional studio musicians and performers of rock, pop, jazz, and other alternative musical styles, but it should also be a great boon to players of more traditional music who find it necessary to compete in mixed ensembles with a variety of modern woodwind, brass, string, and keyboard instruments in churches, concert halls, or even out of doors. Just like the much more expensive Helder Harmonic alto recorder, it has a very full and loud tone with excellent projection, even when played acoustically without benefit of amplification. However, its full capabilities are realized when the electrical signal from the internal pickup is amplified or played through a mixer, synthesizer or signal processor. A connection cable and sturdy fitted aluminum road case are included.

The new Elody recorder is being offered in three colorful standard finishes inspired by rock guitar designs. However, they have also made a very limited number of nine Special Edition models. Some of these models are more conservative in color and design than the three standard production models and might well appeal to those players with more traditional tastes in recorders. Customers interested in having one of the Special Edition models should contact us immediately in order to insure availability. All prices are substantially discounted and not subject to further sale discounts.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Electric alto recorder in f' three keys with low e key
integrated electronic pickup
three-octave range
"Space" airbrush design $2,221.00
"Dark" airbrush design $2,221.00
"Lovely" airbrush design $2,221.00

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Picco Flute

The Picco flute is intended as a transitional instrument from recorder to transverse flute for young players. It is essentially a soprano recorder body with a transverse flute headjoint. In spite of its extremely low price, it is nicely crafted and plays very well. It is the perfect choice for a recorder player wanting an inexpensive introduction to renaissance and baroque flute playing.

Instrument Features Wood Net Price
Picco soprano flute double holes pearwood 143.00

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Kynsecker Renaissance Recorders

These are authentic reproduction early 17th century-style late renaissance/early baroque recorders designed after a set of surviving original instruments by Hieronymous F. Kynsecker in the Nuremberg Germanisches Museum; they feature two piece construction with unique elaborate headjoint profile, wide, largely cylindrical bores with narrow, curved windways and large diameter single tone holes; they were scaled from the original pitch of a'=462 to a'=440 Hz., and have a useable range of two and a half octaves in the smaller sizes. The unique alto recorder in g' after Ganassi features a very wide bore with a pronounced flare in footjoint and has almost a three octave range, but has been out of production for several years and is currently being redesigned. The Kynsecker piccolo and sopranino recorders are supplied with cardboard boxes; the Kynsecker soprano, alto, and keyless tenors have a handsome semicircular black leather bag. The keyed tenors, basses, and greatbass are provided with custom fitted hard cases made by Jacob Winter. We recommend these instruments only to experienced players with well-developed playing techniques; less experienced players would probably be better off using the much less expensive Canta or Waldorf-Design instruments for renaissance ensemble music.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Piccolo in c''' one piece, single holes maple 382.00
plumwood 458.00
Sopranino in f'' two piece, single holes maple 432.00
plumwood 515.00
Soprano in c'' two piece, single holes maple 459.00
plumwood 551.00
Alto in g' two piece, single holes maple 641.00
plumwood 743.00
Alto in f' two piece, single holes maple 641.00
plumwood 743.00
Tenor in c' two piece, keyless maple 814.00
plumwood 925.00
Tenor in c' key and fontanelle maple 1,325.00
plumwood 1,461.00
Bass in f direct blow, single f key maple 2,493.00
plumwood stained pearwood 2,624.00
Greatbass in c bocal blow, single key maple 4,142.00
Ganassi alto in g' two piece pearwood NLA

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Baroque Recorders

Due to the termination of Mollenhauer's contract with the estate of Fred Morgan, their handmade baroque reproductions alto recorders are currently being redesigned and renamed, and the new models will be available after September of 2012. We strongly recommend that our customers acquire the Morgan-designed models while they are still available. These instruments have extremely narrow, highly curved windways and labium, heavily undercut toneholes, thread-lapped joints, and produce a sweet, gentle, rich, quiet but complex tone quality. They are a good deal easier to manage and much less quirky than most other reproduction baroque recorders.

Instrument Features Wood Choices Net Price
Denner baroque soprano in c'' a'=440, double holes
soft leather case, thread-lapped joints
unstained European boxwood 649.00
Denner-Edition baroque alto in f' a'=440, double holes
soft leather case, thread-lapped joints
Castello boxwood, stained 1,429.00
grenadilla 1,707.00
a'=415, double holes
soft leather case, thread-lapped joints
Castello boxwood, stained 1,429.00
grenadilla 1,707.00

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Mollenhauer CD Demonstration Recordings

We now offer five private label CD recordings featuring instruments from the Mollenhauer workshop. We are making these available to our customers because they are unavailable through normal commercial channels.

"Spinnaker" contains soft jazz played on the Mollenhauer PRIMA soprano and alto recorders by French jazz artist Jean-François Rousson and his combo. This album provides some very pleasant easy listening. "Cantabile" is a recital of late 18th and 19th century music performed by Nicolaj Tarasov and Michael Weiger on a variety of Modern recorders, including prototypes of other sizes not yet in production.

"Die Moderne Altflöte" is a demonstration of the capabilities of the new Mollenhauer Modern alto recorder in a wide variety of repertoire, performed by Nicolaj Tarasov. "Die Moderne Sopranflöte" is the companion recording for the soprano model. "Adri's Traumflöte" is a demonstration recording played on Mollenhauer Dream soprano, alto, and tenor recorders by a variety of players including Marion Verbruggen, Paul Leenhouts, designer Adriana Breukink herself, and a number of others.

Title Description Performer Net Price
Spinnaker soft jazz played on Mollenhauer PRIMA recorders Jean-François Rousson, recorder 32.00
Cantabile 18th & 19th century music played on Mollenhauer Modern recorders Nikolaj Tarasov, recorder
Michael Weiger, fortepiano
32.00
Die Moderne Sopranblockflöte demonstration recording played on Mollenhauer Modern soprano recorder Nikolaj Tarasov, recorder 17.00
Die Moderne Altblockflöte demonstration recording played on Mollenhauer Modern alto recorder Nikolaj Tarasov, recorder 17.00
Adri's Traumflöte demonstration recording played on Mollenhauer Dream recorders Marion Verbruggen, Paul Leenhouts,
Adriana Breukink, et al.
17.00


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