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The consort recorders are copies of 16th century instruments. These widely drilled, slightly conical flutes with a flare at the bottom were built by the Bassano family, at first in their hometown Bassano near Venice and later from 1531 in England, until far into the 17th century.
The enormous sub-Contra bass, nearly three meters high, is also based on one of the Bassano flutes.
Eagle and Dream recorders
Over the centuries many different recorder sounds have been in fashion. During the Renaissance the internal bore of the recorder was wide giving a round sound with rich lower tones. After the Baroque period the recorder developed into a narrow and strongly conical tapered model. This created a silvery sound and a brilliant virtuoso high register. After the Baroque period many beautiful recorders were designed but in the long term they could not capture the increasingly loud, romantic and fast chromatic modern sounds. This required recorders to be louder and a sound with strong fundamentals.
For the last 20 years, Adriana Breukink has been working to develop a better balance within the recorder sound. The Dream and Eagle recorders are the result of this quest. The wider bore lives a strong low register and through the use of a modern key system these recorders have a much larger range. Due to the strength, direct and pure sound, it blends easily with all modern orchestra instruments.