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So on my recent visit to family in Ireland, I discovered that my niece is learning to play the Tin Whistle and in a moment of weakness I admitted to her that I used to play the recorder while growing up. This of course elicited plenty of pleas for me to play with her and eventually led to me purchasing this Yamaha Descant recorder.
The product itself is pretty simple, made of plastic with a shiny appearance, this Yamaha Descant recorder comes in a white Yamaha branded bag with drawstring and the words "Yamaha Soprano/Descant Recorder Baroque YRS - 24B" printed on the material. Inside the bag you will find the brown coloured recorder along with a user manual and cleaning rod. The recorder itself is made of moulded plastic and can be taken apart for easy cleaning.
As for the quality of sound, this is certainly an instrument aimed at either the beginner or those who are just a casual enthusiast. Having said that the sound quality isn't bad at all and considering the price of only £6.49 you really can't go wrong. In terms of robustness, this little recorder seems to be pretty sturdily made, with no rough edges at all so it's perfectly safe for little ones and adults alike. I would say that the spacing on the finger holes is probably more suited for older children, teenagers and adults though.
I purchased mine from Amazon but I am sure that most music stores will have this stock, however I'm sure the price will vary somewhat. Bear in mind that the price quoted does not include delivery so be aware that this may increase the overall price. Overall I am more than happy to recommend this Yamaha Descant recorder to all those who are looking for a basic instrument that does exactly as described. Taking into account the overall appearance, quality of sound, construction and materials used as well as the price, I'm quite happy to give this 4 out of 5 stars.
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As a child I used to play the recorder in Junior School. I was quite an accomplished player (sounding a bit olde fashioned now) playing three different sizes, Descant, Treble and Bass I believe. The one I played the most was the Descant and it was something I thoroughly enjoyed and was encouraged in by my Mum who believed it would help my Asthma. As I progressed into senior school I did not continue playing, so when my daughter put in a request a few years ago to start playing I was most enthusiastic and purchased the Yamaha YRS24B Descant/Soprano Recorder.
The recorder is similar to the one pictured in the Dooyoo catalogue apart from the fact that it is dark brown. The recorder comes in a nice fabric, drawstring bag that offers the recorder a little protection while being transported around in school bags and the like. Also supplied with recorder is a cleaning rod, the rod is like an oversized sewing needle where a strip of fabric can be threaded through the 'eye' and then be inserted into the recorder to clean out spittle accumulated while playing.
The recorder is made of strong, dark brown plastic and can easily be separated into three parts, enabling easier cleaning. I used to clean my recorder a few times a month by taking it to pieces and washing it in warm soapy water and allowing it to air dry. I did the same for my daughters.
The finger spacing on the recorder is very comfortable; the holes are very smoothly finished. The bottom hole can be twisted around to a comfortable position for the little finger.
The sound produced by the Yamaha YRS24B is nice and clear and seems to take very little effort to produce a smooth tone. The mouth piece is nicely sized and again very smooth, which is essential as it goes in the mouth and any rough edges could cause sore lips or accumulate dirt.
As a first school recorder I can find nothing wrong with it. It is well made and able to take nocks when in a school bag. The cleaning rod and bag are great extras when you consider the low price £6.45 with free postage on amazon.co.uk, I think I paid slightly more for my daughters as it was purchased through the school. The sound is easy to produce and is nice and clear.
My daughter did not play the recorder for long but it did produce an interest in music which resulted in her playing the flute for a while, that has gone out the window since starting secondary school though, but I hope she picks it up again at a later date as I think the ability to play a musical instrument of any sort should be encouraged and is very rewarding.
Thank you for reading.