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Mollenhauer Elody and Modern Altos

The Elody is a Tenor record with a footjoint with E extension and triple key for E/ F/ F-sharp. It is made of pearwood with a choice of dynamic interesting airbrush design s. It is a new type of recorder: an instrument based on the Modern Harmonic Alto with innovative cool design, powerful tone and provision for connection for use as an electric recorder.

The Elody can be played in two ways:

  • Its purely acoustic sound is impressive and allows the instrument to be used as a Modern Harmonic Alto that is suitable for any musical style and context.

  • Every Elody has been fitted with a hidden pickup. The combination package includes a special cable for easy connection to any common effects unit or amplifier.

The Modern Alto is the result of a collaboration between recorder player Nik Tarasov and maker Joachim Paetzold. It is the first modern recorder that follows the principle of Harmonic recorders with pure harmonics and a long bore: overblowing the first octave will produce clear in-tune harmonics whereas in traditional recorders the resulting sounds are not in tune and can at best be used as trill or alternative fingerings. 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! It has a strong tone, almost 3 octaves, and uses traditional baroque fingering except for the third octave.