Frequently asked questions

How do I order instruments, music, or CDs from you?

This site is strictly non-commercial. There is nothing whatsoever for sale here. However, there are pointers to recorder makers and recordings that will be of assistance to you. Most of this information is available in the Makers database and the Recordings database.

How much is this old recorder which belonged to my grandfather worth?

I am not a valuer. If the instrument is of genuine historical interest I would strongly encourage you to donate it to a public museum with an actively maintained musical instrument collection. You will find contact and other details of many such museums worldwide in the interactive Historic Makers, Instruments & Collections databases on this site.

Who made this old recorder labelled MADE IN GERMANY I found at a swap meet?

Someone in Germany.

Can you recommend a recorder teacher?

Since I live on an island to the south of Australia (namely Tasmania), it is barely possible for me to recommend a teacher to you if you live in the Wild West (ie Perth), Deep North (ie Darwin), Middle East (ie Adelaide), or Far East (ie Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane). If you live on the other side of the globe, for example in Europe or the USA, you will find details of many tertiary institutions offering the recorder as a subject listed on the Study page. If you live on another planet, I can’t help you – yet.

What recorder do you recommend I buy?

This is very much a matter of personal choice, and there is a great deal of variation between instruments of the same make and model. There are some useful general recommendations given on the Contemporary Recorder Makers page. If you are looking for a high-quality instrument, much can be learned from visiting the websites of the many makers noted in the Contemporary Recorder Makers Database accessible from the same page. It is also a good idea to discuss your choice with your teacher before committing to the purchase of a particular instrument.

What can I do about a recorder which is consistently flat, even when fully warm?

First, make sure that the problem is that your recorder is flat rather than that the other instrument or tuning meter you are using as a reference pitch is sharp! If you still believe the problem lies with the recorder then send it back to the maker for adjustment or replacement.

How did the recorder get its name?

This is a tangled tale. See How the Recorder got its Name.

How can I find others to play with?

There are societies devoted to the recorder and early music throughout the world. Contact and other details of most of them can be found in the Societies database.

What are the paintings featured on your splash page?

The four paintings featured on the splash page are by Australian artist Sydney Long (1871–1955), namely  Pan, Spirit of the Plains, Spirit of the Land, and The West Wind. The instruments played by the figures in these paintings are highly ambiguous pipes, but I like to think of them as recorders. Long was a major participant in the fin de siècle school of Australian Paganism, reflected in the literature of the period as much as in the art, and counting among its practitioners Lionel Lindsay and his brother Norman.

What do you use to manage this web-site?

This site is built and maintained using WordPress, with the assistance of my daughter, Maeve Lander, a professional software engineer, intrepid rock climber, and demon trumpet player/multi-instrumentalist.

The eight databases concerning 313 contemporary recorder makers, 385 historical makers, 1,823 original instruments and the 284 collections in which they are housed, 591 places to study, 433 literary quotations, 288 societies, and 13,415 recordings are maintained in MySQL with public interfaces in the form of interactive tables built with TablePress (7) and wpDataTables (1).

The extensive supporting bibliography, housing details of some 4,000 items, is maintained in Zotero which is used to prepare the in-text citations, reference lists, and bibliographies scattered throughout this site.

Can I directly access your MySQL databases myself?

Using the already freely available public interfaces to these databases available here it is a simple matter to print, copy or export selected records or the entire tables in a variety of file formats, including text, CSV, Excel, and PDF. Such extracts can be uploaded to a word processor, spreadsheet, or database of your own, should you wish to do so, without the need for any special access privileges.

Can I directly access your Zotero citation database myself?

Apart from fields containing my own notes, the complete bibliographic database is already publicly accessible on the Zotero website, here. The Zotero interface is straightforward to use and allows you to search and export selected entries in a variety of file formats and to create your own citation lists in a range of journal styles. All you need is your web browser. This will be of particular assistance to students and researchers.

Cite this article as: Nicholas S. Lander. 1996–2023. Recorder Home Page: Frequently asked questions. Last accessed 6 February 2023. https://www.recorderhomepage.net/frequently-asked-questions/