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Urquhart Urquhart   17–18C Scotland Maker of flutes and recorders. His mark includes a thistle, indicating a Scottish origin, perhaps.

I would welcome further details concerning this maker. His instruments bear a great resemblence to those of Bressan.

Recorders by Urquhart
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Arnold Arnold Anthony contemporary Bramcote, Great Britain (England, United Kingdom, GB, UK) For contact and other details see here.

Recorders by Anthony Arnold in Museums
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Dushkin Dushkin David 1898–1986 Poland & United States of America (USA) One of the pioneers of the recorder in the USA. He contrived a plastic recorder with a removable wooden block. This instrument was reputedly easy and full in tone owing to its wide bore, but the tone was rather coarse. Dushkin started making recorders in 1934. See Hunt (1977: 160).

As plastic was somewhat in its infancy, the material sometimes deteriorated over time. I have seen a few of them over the years, in various woods and in different sizes. He was an innovative fellow, and certainly the first American recorder maker of this century, pre-dating Koch by a couple of years (Nik von Huene, 2002).

Born in Poland, Dushkin studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris where he met his wife Dorothy Smith. Together they established a music school for children at Winnetka, Illinois (USA) which still operates as The Music Centre of the North Shore. Later, the Dushkins moved to Vermont.

Recorders by David Dushkin
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Schott Schott   20C London, Great Britain (England, United Kingdom, GB, UK) Produced a wooden recorder in 1940, an example of which was auctioned in 2015.
Commenced production of plastic neo-baroque recorders in 1939.
I would welcome further information on this company.
Recorders by Schott
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Skowroneck Skowroneck Martin 1926–2014 Bremen, Germany Primarily a maker of harpsichords, one of the pioneers of the modern movement of harpsichord construction on historical principles. Also a flautist and teacher he started making recorders and baroque flutes in his student years.

As yet, there are no recorders by Martin Skowroneck in public collections.
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Zen-On Zen-On Music Co., Ltd &nbs; 20C – Tokyo, Japan For contact and other details see here.

Recorders by Zen-On
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Scheele Scheele Klaus contemporary Loxstedt, Germany For contact and other details see here.

Recorders by Klaus Scheele
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Nikkan Nikkan Gakki   1892–1970 Tokyo, Asakusa, Japan Nikkan (NIhon KAngakki seisakusho, i.e. ie Japan Wind Instrument Factory) made woodwind, brass and percussion instruments as well school recorders in plastic and bakelite. They had collaborated with Yamaha from 1937 and were fully acquired by them in 1970.

In the September 1957 edition of the magazine Ongaku-no-Tomo Nikkan advertised an keyed recorder for which a patent was applied for on 25 February 1060 and issued by the Tokyo Patent Office on 7 February 1963 (see Henseler & Otse 2010: 16). From the illustration this instrument appears to be a recorder with a semitone hole for the little finger of the lowermost hand and two keys operated by the little finger of the uppermost hand, presumably to extend the range downwards.

Recorders by Nikkan
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Morgan Morgan Frederick 1940–1999 Amsterdam, Netherlands; Daylesford, Australia For obituary see here.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1940, Morgan began playing the recorder at age twelve. In 1959 he began working for the Pan Recorder Company which made recorders for schools, working there until 1969. During the 1960s he played both as a soloist and ensemble member in a variety of performances in Melbourne and formed The Frederick Morgan Recorder Consort. In 1970 he won a Churchill Fellowship to study Recorder Manufacture and Usage in Europe, making drawings of instruments in museums and private collections and meeting internationally acclaimed recorder virtuoso Frans Brüggen. Following this, he worked for a couple of months at the von Huene recorder workshop in Boston, USA, before returning to Australia where he perfected his designs and sold his first instruments in 1972.

In 1979, Morgan established a workshop in Amsterdam but returned to Australia in 1982 to continue working in Daylesford, Victoria. Morgan's reputation grew throughout the 1980s and 1990s making a range of recorders including the early Ganassi type. He published numerous articles about the recorder for the Victorian Recorder Guild and in the international music journal, Early Music. In 1981 he released a folio of technical drawings of instruments in the collection of Frans Brüggen. A greatly talented instrument maker and player, Fred Morgan was sadly killed in a car crash in 1999.

Recorders by Fred Morgan
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Mollenhauer   Conrad Mollenhauer GmbH 1822– Fulda, Germany Musical instrument manufactury begun by Johann Andreas Mollenhauer (1798–1871) which has continued through several generations to the present day. In the past, Mollenhauer made recorders for Bärenreiter as well as in their own right.

For contact and other details see here.

Recorders by Mollenhauer
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Bärenreiter Bärenreiter   fl. 1935 Erfut & Kassel, Germany In the mid-1920s Bärenreiter, probably through an introduction by Willibald Gurlitt, made contact with Harlan. In the following years he supplied the range of Bärenreiter recorders of different sizes which sold for about 4 Reichsmarks. In fact the recorders sold under this label were made by others, including Franz-Carl Kruspe, Max Hüller, and Conrad Mollenhauer.

Recorders by Bärenreiter
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Marvin Marvin Robert contemporary Eustis ME, United States of America (USA) Specialises in reconstructions of renaissance recorders and double recorders.

For contact and other details see here.

Recorders by Bob Marvin
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Loretto Loretto Alec ?–1972–2013 Auckland, New Zealand (NZ) Recorder maker, teacher and prolific writer.

Recorders by Alec Loretto
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Rudall Carte Rudall Carte & Co.   op. 1872–1950 London, Great Britain (England, United Kingdom, GB, UK) Famous maker of flutes and other wind instruments.

Recorders by Rudall Carte & Co.
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Küng Küng Blockflötenbau   1933– Schaffausen, Switzerland Küng Blockflötenbau was founded in 1933 by Franz Küng. The company is managed today by Thomas Küng. For contact and other details see here.

Recorders by Küng
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Goble Goble Robert 1903–1991 Haslemere and Oxford, Great Britain (England, United Kingdom, GB, UK) Worked for Dolmetsch from 1924-1937 where he was responsibile for the tuning of recorders. In 1937 he set up his own workshop in Haslemere making recorders and furniture. In 1947, he established a new workshop in Headington, near Oxford, making recorders, clavichords, spinets and harpsichords. After five years he abandoned recorder making. The firm continues as Robert Goble & Son.

Christie's - London
Musical Instruments
Auction Date : Mar 15, 2000
Lot 15 : An alto recorder by Robert Goble, stamped Robert Goble/407 ; the sounding length 15.7/8in (402mm)
No photos found.
Estimate: $ 314 - $ 628

Christie's - London
Musical Instruments
Auction Date : Mar 15, 2000
Lot 7 : Two modern recorders by Robert Goble ; one sopranino stamped ROBERT GOBLE/1063, the sounding length 7.15/15in (202mm); the other, alto, stamped ROBERT GOBLE/251, the sounding length 16in (407mm) (2)
No photos found.
Estimate: $ 628 - $ 942

Christie's - London
Musical Instruments
Auction Date : Jun 16, 1999
Lot 365 : A tenor recorder by Robert Goble stamped Robert Goble/1186 on the headjoint; ivory fipple, sounding length 24.1/8in. (61.3cm)
No photos found.
Estimate: $ 40 - $ 318

Christie's - London
Musical Instruments
Auction Date : Mar 17, 1999
Lot 476 : A tenor recorder by Robert Goble stamped Robert Goble/1186 on the headjoint; ivory fipple, sounding length
24.1/8in. (61.3cm)
No photos found.
Estimate: $ 408 - $ 489

Christie's - London
Musical Instruments
Auction Date : Jun 16, 1999
Lot 364 : A descant recorder by Robert Goble stamped Robert Goble/377 on the headjoint; ivory fipple and mounts, overall length 12.5/8in. (32.1cm)
No photos found.
Estimate: $ 40 - $ 318

Christie's - London
Musical Instruments
Auction Date : Mar 17, 1999
Lot 477 : A descant recorder by Robert Goble stamped Robert Goble/377 on the headjoint; ivory fipple and mounts, overall length 12.5/8in. (32.1cm)
No photos found.
Estimate: $ 245 - $ 408.

Recorders by Robert Goble
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Grey Grey John 20C London, Great Britain (England, United Kingdom, GB, UK) Probably the name is simply the trademark of a dealer in musical instruments, namely John Grey & Sons Ltd, a subsidiary company of Barnett Samuel & Sons of London. I note that John Grey & Sons did make some of their own instruments but re-badged many others supplied to them by 'makers to the trade' of the time. John Grey & Sons were eventually acquired by Rose, Morris & Co. Ltd.

Recorders by John Grey
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Hail Hail   ?18C ? France I would welcome information about this maker who seems to be known from a single instrument.

Recorders by Hail
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Herwiga     early 20th century Markneukirchen, Germany Originally the trademark of Gustav Hernsdorf (1890-1945, who offered recorders from 1938 with historical rather than so-called German fingering.
Instruments sold under this name were manufactured for Hernsdorf by various Vogtland makers, notably Max König & Söhne of Zwota.
Models included Herwiga Chor, Herwiga Chorflöte, Herwiga Rex, Herwiga 2, Herwiga 3, Herwiga Selekta, Herwiga Solist, Herwiga Regina
Recorders by Herwiga
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Hopf Willy Hopf & Co.   1948– Taunusstein, Germany The musical instrument-manufacturing firm Willy Hopf & Co. was established in 1948 by Willy Hopf (1906-1990), building strings and woodwind and employing a number of professional craftsman. In the 1970s and 1980s recorder making was undertaken by Peter Kobliczek, who later managed the firm as Kobliczek Instrumentenbau GmbH. Today the Kobliczek workshop is managed by recorder-maker Christoph Hammann. However, Willy Hopf's son, Dieter, continues the family tradition as a guitar maker who also markets a range of school recorders and metal recorder under the Hopf label, for which see here

Recorders by Willy Hopf
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