What I think is most important, is whether you feel attracted to an instrument or not. Do you want to pick it up, do you want to play it? Obviously there’s a number of other elements to look out for and perhaps you’ve got a teacher to help you. But you’ll never enjoy playing an instrument that doesn’t appeal to you! Having sad this, here are some practical points:
- Ask how the after-sale service is arranged at the shop or maker. It’s nice to buy an instrument that sounds well when you purchase it, but it will change and you want to be sure that revisions and other service work will be done adequately!
- It’s important to know if the instrument has beenplayed in a bit already or if it’s brand new. A very new instrument will change very quickly and isn’t stable yet. That’s perfectly ok, as long as you know what to expect.
- Have a good look at how the instrument is finished. Sharp edges, tiny chips of wood, rough turning work, wood that feels very dry etc. – usually not a good sign.
At the For sale page you can see which instruments are available directly, so check this page regularly! It sometimes happens that I have an instrument for sale that isn’t yet on the website so sending me an email could be useful.
In general my basic altos’s are available immediately and if not, within three monts.
The way to order an instrument is: you go to the order form, fill in all the fields and email the form to me. At the receipt of your form I’ll send you an invoice for a 10% deposit (20% for special orders) and after payment your order is a fact.
Of course I’ll be happy to help you with your choice.
Also have a look at the terms of delivery.
At the moment the delivery time is about 6 months, depending also on the model. Please contact me for more details.
Fortunately this happens very rarely. But if this is the case, you’re never stuck just with what I have sent to you. We’ll discuss things and first I’ll try to fix the problem. If this isn’t possible, you will be given an other instrument (or part). If then still the problem isn’t solved, you can send the instrument back and I’ll give you a refund.
Aha! This is one of the most personal matters and entirely up to you. Sorry! As for me, there is no such thing as the best wood, they all have their own qualities and (sound) characteristics. In general: the harder the wood, the louder the sound and the quicker the response. In any case: You can count on high quality, carefully seasoned wood!
Some players have a definite preference for this or that wood and a lot depends also on how you’re going to use the instrument; solo? in ensembles? In general the softer the wood, the better it blends with other recorders but if you want to stand out a bit, go for the tropicals.
I have no preferences or ‘religions’ about how to apply which wood, such as ‘a Renaissance recorder should always be made of maple’. My motto is: choose what you like best within the context of the usage of the instrument.
I do lend out instruments, only to those clients who have already ordered an instrument. If you would need an instrument before the delivery time of your own recorder, for instance for a concert, recital, audition, course, in principle I offer you the possibility of lending you a recorder of the model you ordered for that particular occasion; the sooner I know the better of course, as the number of instruments I have available for this purpose is limited.
I do not rent out instruments.
I recommend linseed-, peanut- or raw sesame oil (so not the toasted sesame oil!!). I know that almond oil is still used quite often but I’m not a fan of almond oil (for oiling wind instruments, that is), because it is relatively thick and dries fast. This can cause a sticky surface which isn’t a good thing.
Whatever oil you use: never apply oil that smells rancid, this will leave the sticky surface that you don’t want.
Keep the oil refrigirated and take from the fridge about half an hour before applying to the instrument.
If your (new) instrument doesn’t function well anymore (tuning changes, clogged all the time, squeeky sound etc.) it’s probably time to have it serviced. This is always free (except postage costs) as long as you are the first owner of the recorder.
In general I like to have an instrument back in the workshop within 6 month after purchase, or sooner if necessary. In case you doubt, please do contact me, I’m here to help! It’s really unnecessary to struggle with an instrument that doesn’t work well for you!
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