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A703BW Haka Soprano Recorder - Wood Grain

Catalog: A703BW

Price: $30.95

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The Aulos A703BW Soprano Recorder was designed after the recorders of Richard Haka, a 17th-century European instrument maker. It is made of sturdy ABS resin and features a matte woodgrain finish with ivory ABS accents. It has three-piece construction, a curved windway, and Baroque fingering.

This is an instrument designed for performance, and has been widely reviewed as the best plastic soprano recorder manufactured today. It is great for solo or consort playing, and also makes an excellent practice recorder for those whose main instruments are wood.

The outfit includes a soft vinyl full-zipper case, joint grease, cleaning rod, clip-on thumbrest, and a fingering chart.

Groth Music's recorder specialist, Liz, says:

"Depending what sound you personally prefer and the other instruments with whom you play, you basically have three choices in professional-level plastic sopranos, all of which are quite good solo and ensemble instruments:

1. Yamaha YRS-312/YRS-314 woodgrain sopranos and Aulos A503B soprano - the clearest tone, all very similar in sound. Good for performing outdoors or in large spaces where clarity is paramount.

 2. Aulos A703B Haka brown soprano - warmer and a little woodier than the Yamahas and the A503B, but a little less complex and less assertive than the A703BW. Good for more acoustically-agreeable indoor performances and ensemble work. 

3. Aulos A703BW Haka woodgrain soprano - the most complex, woody tone of all of these, more assertive than the A703B. A great solo instrument.

I am most attracted to the tone of the A703BW as a solo instrument, but the woodgrain Yamahas and the Aulos A503B and A703B all have good things to recommend them. I didn't find any significant differences in ease of playing or intonation between any of them. (Full disclosure: I have played a YRS-314 for about 10 years now and got a YRS-302B a few years back, and have been playing mostly Yamahas since the late 1980's.)

Of the standard professional plastic soprano options, the YRS-302B (plain glossy brown) is at the bottom of the pack - it's a very nice student instrument, but it does sound a little more plasticky than the other pro plastics."

Model: A703BW
Manufacturer: Aulos