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of Blrenreiter can be obtained -through their English agents Novello and Co., Ltd.; these too have English fingering.
Most makers supply a tablature with their instruments, and the fingerings given should be followed, as there may be slight deviations from the authentic English fingerings which are given in example 43. But it is best to examine an instrument and the tablature supplied and to purchase one which conforms to the standard English fingerings.
Some German firms make instruments resembling recorders which do not possess the authentic English fingerings and are in fact not recorders at all; it is not possible to play all the major and minor scales on them as on English recorders unless some of the holes are half-covered. This makes them difficult to finger and limits their use to music written in certain keys. Unfortunately, these instruments occasionally find their way into the English market and they should be avoided. When purchasing a recorder for the first time the advice of a com­petent player should be sought.
In addition to the wooden instruments, cheaper plastic recorders are also available, but many of these are most un­satisfactory. Some, however, such as those made by the Dol-metsch firm, are really good. But it is doubtful whether any recorder tone is quite so lovely as that which can be produced from a good wooden instrument.
The Dolmetsch firm have recently produced and patented what may be described as a Tone Projector which makes the recorder sound louder; it will be found useful to advanced players when giving recitals or when playing with an orchestra. The device is shaped like a tiny wheelbarrow top and is clipped over the window of the instrument; acting like a small mega­phone, it projects the sound forward away from the player.
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