MODERN Alto Recorder by Mollenhauer - Rosewood / Baroque / E foot with E/F/F# triple keys

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Modern Harmonic Recorders
A collaboration between recorder player Nik Tarasov and maker Joachim Paetzold in 1996 resulted in the development of the Modern Alto. It is the first modern recorder that utilizes the principle of Harmonic recorders with pure harmonics and a long bore. Whereas in traditional recorders, overblowing in the first octave produces sounds that are out of tune and can, at best, only be used as a trill or alternative fingering, the Modern recorder produces clear, in-tune harmonics. Unimportant as it may at first seem, the ability to produce in-tune harmonics has far-reaching consequences for the entire instrument – an incredibly strong and powerful low register and a range extending well into the third octave!

  • Strong and powerful: This instrument will hold its own when played with orchestral instruments or a piano. Its full, round sound combines resonance, sweetness, and versatility. It is well suited for any kind of playing - traditional, modern, jazz or pop.
  • Scope for discovery: Where other sopranos reach their limits, this instrument offers the scope to venture into new areas of repertoire.
  • A range of almost three octaves: The easy response and chromatic mobility, as well as the extended note range, surpasses all traditional models.
  • Traditional fingering: The Modern Alto requires traditional Baroque fingering. Only the notes in the third octave require different fingerings.
  • Block from SYNPOR-wood composite: This special block provides the instrument with new durability. The core of the block consists of an artificial imitation wood product - synpor - that absorbs the moisture of breath condensation without swelling. The synpor core is embedded into a solid, naturally grown, cedar wood shell. This allows the block to retain its dimensions, even with prolonged playing.
  • A variety of foot joint keys: The Modern alto is available with E-foot and E/F/F# triple keys, with F-foot and F/F# double keys, or with a G-foot and G/G# double keys.

Choose your voicing!

Voicing is the fine-tuning of block and windway. It is the process by
which the recorder maker makes basic decisions about the sound
and purpose of the instrument. The Modern alto is available with either Modern voicing or Baroque voicing. (Note: models with a G foot are only available with Standard voicing.)

  • Baroque Voicing: A full, round, and distinguished sound, assertive even in combination with orchestral isntruments. This provides a range of 2½ octaves with an easy response.
  • Modern Voicing: A strong, assertive, and unmistakable sound full of character. This provides a range of almost 3 octaves. The response is easy and even, providing a clear and brilliant sound into the highest register.


 Wood pearwood, rosewood, grenadilla Key f' Fingering
Baroque, w/ double holes and double or triple keys Range f1 - d4 Pitch a=442


This instrument is sold in a hard, clasped case with a cleaning rod, cork grease, fingering chart and maintenance instructions. We include duponol with every recorder order and oil where necessary.


Product Specs

ConditionBrand New (New)
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Made In
  • Germany

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