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~Yamaha YRS-302B - A good little recorder~
I have bought and played a number of musical instruments including a small range of recorders such as the Yamaha YRS-302B. This useful soprano type recorder is one which I found easy to source, as it is widely sold and is available from most reputable music stores. Having bought the Yamaha YRS-302B and other recorders ( as well as other instruments) from this maker, I feel that I understand why the Yamaha brand are so well respected. In my experience Yamaha offer well priced and well made instruments across this particular product range.
I feel that the Yamaha YRS-302B recorder has a nice easy to play quality about it. The recorder is quick and easy to put together ready for use and just as easy to handle once it has been set up ready to play. The 3 parts that make up the recorder slot together well and are quick and simple to separate after use, which makes storing the recorder easy. The product comes with a nicely made zip style storage pouch that has just enough padding so as to protect the instrument from harm when not in use and I feel this is a useful addition to the product that you get without having to pay extra money for.
The materials used to make the recorder are smooth, solid and well balanced, making the recorder feel easy to handle, being sturdy yet not overly heavy when in use. The simple blend of off white cream and deep brown black ABS resin plastics make for a smart and uniform look that is continued throughout the Yamaha recorder range. I rather like the look of these simple colours as they don't fade or become dull over time and remain smart and neat looking. The finish of the exterior surfaces of the recorder are smooth and well formed, so as to make playing the instrument really comfortable and easy to work with.
The mouth piece works well and is easy to clean as and when required, the main recorder body is well balanced and allows for easy finger positions, making this a good choice for a beginner or younger recorder player. The resin body of the recorder is durable and easy to clean and in my opinion also ensures a nice even clear tone when playing the recorder. The recorder comes with a small fold up printed fingering chart which is easy to look at and refer to as and when needed. In my opinion the inclusion of the chart should be fairly helpful to those just starting out with the instrument.
The set up comes with a simple recorder cleaning rod which can be flushed through the recorder body when needed so as to maintain it. This well made soprano/ descant recorder has a nice even clear tone when played and if handled with care it should be something that will last for many years once purchased. This recorder can be bought and played by both young and old alike and I feel it has been made for players with a wide range of musical ability.
The cost of the recorder is around £10 to £12 which is not overly expensive in my opinion. My rating for this product is 4 stars as I feel it is well made, produces a nice clean clear sound when played and is easy to look after and maintain.
This term I've somehow been lumbered with what I consider to be probably the worst lunch time club in the world of primary schools... the recorder club! This is an instrument that I just don't think could ever be called "beautiful" when it's played and I've certainly never heard of any famous recorder playing people! However this doesn't seem to deter the lower junior children at my school, nor their parents who seem to encourage their participation in this club (I can only presume that's because their child doesn't practise the recorder at home) and I've managed to maintain attendance at about thirty children each week.
Now the majority of children have invested in their own recorders (such devout players that they are) but there are a few that borrow one of the school's recorders. These are Yamaha YRS-302B Descant Recorders which have been around for a while now as I can remember owning one while at primary school (before my dad mysteriously broke it one day)! Yamaha is quite a well known brand within the music world and has been producing musical instruments for over one hundred years now. Their recorder range is certainly one of the cheaper items that they currently manufacture - they offer a descant and a soprano model.
The recorders that we use at school are a dark brown and a creamy white in colour, apparently you can also buy them in much brighter colours but these are the traditional colours. There are three main parts - the top area which has the mouth piece attached to it, the middle area with the holes which you cover to play the different notes and the bottom area. They're made from durable ABS resin and believe me when I say they're durable... my recorders have withstood being banged, dropped, played and thrown with hardly a single scratch to them (and that's only what I do to them, never mind the actual children themselves)!
The Yamaha YRS-302B is really easy to assemble, the three pieces just slot together and they take about ten seconds to fully assemble. To play the recorder you simply place your mouth over the mouth piece and blow (no dirty jokes please!) which results in a sound. There are a number of holes down the front of the recorder and also one on the back, by covering these in different combinations you can vary the notes you play. The recorder comes with a simple fingering chart but if you're serious about it it's worth investing in a book which will go into it in much more detail... or simply join a delightful little recorder club!
Now my big issue with recorder club is... germs! With children sharing the recorders you can imagine how germs spread (I bought my own one after the first week as I don't wish to share anymore germs that is necessary)! These recorders come with a cleaning rod which can be used to clean each separate part of the recorder and this does do an okay job. However, to ensure thorough cleaning, I tend to just wash them all in boiling hot water with a bit of fairy liquid to reduce the spread of any nasty germs. It also came with a carrying case which will keep it safe when it's not in use (which will be, hopefully, the majority of time)!
I've seen the Yamaha YRS-302B Descant Recorders at a range of different prices, I think we managed to buy them through school for around £6 each but they seem to be slightly higher online and closer to the £10 price really. They're priced at £8.99 on Amazon which seems a fairly decent price for such a durable and long lasting musical instrument. So if you fancy taking up a new hobby or learning a new musical instrument then you might want to consider the recorder... I'd urge you not to if I'm honest as you might find your family and friends complaining but this model would be an ideal place to start!
Thanks for reading!