Mollenhauer 5924E Alto Recorder

Modern Alto Recorder

  • Modern Voicing (construction design and fine tuning of the wind-way and block)
  • Modern sound, strong, assertive and distinctive
  • A sound with entirely individual character
  • Range of almost 3 octaves with balanced, easy response and clear, brilliant sound
  • Harmonic recorder
  • Made of grenadilla wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)
  • With E-foot
  • With covers
  • Tonal range up into the 3. octave
  • Baroque fingering
  • a = 442 Hz
  • Case included

Further information

Double Holes Yes
Keys Yes
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Not a professional option

31.05.2015
The overall voicing of the instrument is quite poor and it lacks flexibility. Low register seems ok at first but do not expect to get a strong low g sharp / a flat. I expected to get a powerful instrument but middle and high registers are quite poor and less flexible than in other Mollenahuer recorders like the Denner model. The 3rd octave fingerings are quite intricate and not very practical if you have to be fast.
There are far better options for non historical versions of an alto for much less money: Mollenhauer Dream edition allows for high f sharp without the use of the knee to cover the bell hole for a far better price.
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Test Alto mollenhauer paw of mi grenadille

François573, 09.06.2011
A first remark this flute is not for a beginner player if only by its price and fragility. (I am myself an intermediate player +)

The flute is just for all the notes and without having to overheat some, which seems to be obvious but that is unfortunately not always the case even with the major German brands ...

The low notes f, sol and la have a loud volume and a warm tone that is not found in any of the other flutes that I have or that I had the opportunity to try. The note mid serious (with the key) is less obvious to play and does not come out always sharp especially with great difference of notes. It may be a lack of habit. The contribution of this 3rd key is for me to check.

All the notes of the second octave are clear and powerful and pass without problems. The flute being broken in I did not venture in the third octave or in fort too marked.

The diameter of the body of the flute is ideal (between a soprano and a viola) the holes also have a perfect diameter neither too big nor too small. The holes are also remarkably made with small chamfers on the top and for the bottom some have a form of saucers that are found in the flutes of luthiers.

It is possible to vary the loudness significantly compared to other recorders which is a plus undeniable.
The use of keys is relatively easy and the mechanisms fall well under the fingers. On the other hand, the speed of execution is slightly slow compared to a standard viola without keys. To do with habit.

The aesthetics is correct without more (I prefer the moeck with ivory ring).

Concerning defects: The trilling fingering given for the soil is not satisfactory and the low ground is weak compared to the other notes of the low register.

The beak seems quite fragile because there is very little wood (1 min) between the windcanal and the outside, so beware of shocks.

The game with other standard recorders gives a very average rendering and it's normal.

The plastic plug generates salivation more important than a traditional cedar plug, which is sometimes annoying.

The amount of breath needed to play this instrument is important and is close to a tenor flute, which significantly changes the place of breathing on standard scores (except of course if you have the rib cage of an athlete ...) .

The box is of high quality and the flute does not risk shocks. By cons maintenance equipment (a simple piece of rag at the end of a bamboo rod, without oil can) is a real scandal given the quality of the instrument.

The documentation provided is disappointing and a production number would be welcome and give a "class" rating to the instrument.

The break-in boards seems particularly optimistic (20 minutes per day) and it seems preferable to follow the standard method (5mn / week1 // 10 mn / week 2 // 15 mn / week 3 etc) with oiling every 15 days . during the first 3 months. A micro crack appeared after 3 months of use on my instrument without the origin being known but therefore caution on that side.

I would have liked to be able to test the modern voicing with the barock voicing to choose but the sound of the model suits me and passes smoothly with the classical repertoire.

In conclusion, I am particularly pleased with this instrument that I recommend to open another dimension to the game of the recorder and if the sum invested is important and may seem excessive (the price of an unpretentious clarinet) c is a good investment.
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