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alto recorder
  • Johannes Adler
    active: Germany
  • alto recorder, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • pear wood, varnish, string, carving, staining
  • Object Length/Diameter: a) 17.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a) 6 7/8 x 1 9/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 23.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 9 1/4 x 1 3/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 10 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 3 15/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0544.a,b,c

This wooden recorder is in three parts. It is a glossy brown color.

2007.0544.a is the mouthpiece. It is nearly cylindrical, though it is wider and more bulbous at the mouthpiece end. It has a square whistle hole. There are two raised ridges at the distal end, separated by three incised lines.

2007.0544.b is the cylindrical middle section. It has five fingerholes and a sixth divided fingerhole. It has "male" parts on either end, wrapped with white string, to insert into parts a and c.

2007.0544. is the short foot section. It has a raised ridge on the proximal end with three incised lines and one divided fingerhole. It is flared at the end.