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Moeck 2100 Rondo

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Brand: Moeck / Instrument Type: Recorder

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      17.03.2014 17:06
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      High quality instrument

      I am by no means a great musician, however I do enjoy the occasional go just for the fun of it. As a casual user it's not worth me buying my own instruments, so I borrow my wife's, who is an extremely good musician (mainly on the bassoon, but she can turn her hand to most things). A few years ago she decided that she needed a better recorder than the typical cheapo ones we had which are really only suitable for learning the basics on, and opted to get this Moeck. This review is most certainly from the perspective of a less than serious musician, however I can confirm that when someone who knows what they are doing plays it, it sounds great - very smooth and almost fruity.

      The recorder comes in two pieces consisting of a mouthpiece and a body, which fit into one another very snuggly. There is a cylinder of cork on the body which makes a tight seal, requiring a small effort to separate and put together the two parts. The wood is maple, a nice pale colour with some discernible but not heavy graining visible. It is quite shiny, having been polished. The two halves are normally stored separately in pouches in a custom designed cloth case, which protects it when not in use.

      This recorder has baroque fingering, according to the leaflet with it. I have absolutely no idea what the differences are between that and modern recorders, it feels - to this amateur - to be pretty much the same. The instrument is noted as being suitable for ensemble playing, which I take to mean it isn't good enough for a professional to use as a soloist.

      Playing it seems quite easy. The sound it makes is quite smooth and pleasant, and it isn't prone to those horrible squeaks you tend to get from school recorders. The fingering is crisp, and it is well balanced so holding it is not a strain, it just feels natural. The tone is excellent, very clear, and the low notes are especially pleasing, sounding quite mellow and relaxed.

      It's easy to keep clean, just a quick wipe. It came with a pull through I think, but this got lost a while ago so we have to use another. It's important to keep the airway dry, so wiping it out after each practice is essential. The instructions suggest greasing the cork occasionally to keep it from cracking.

      Summary: a very nice instrument. It would be too expensive for a casual user to get just for themselves, but is great to borrow off someone rather better. A good choice for a more serious player.

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