The Aulos A204AF soprano and the A309AF alto recorder are designed for players with finger disabilities. Simply rotate 6 or 8 separate adjustable sections to accommodate fingers that are missing or do not function normally. Once adjusted for an individuals hand, the sections may then be glued or taped into permanent position. Allows a person with any six usable digits play an entire chromatic scale from c to a. Seven fingers extend range by three semitones. ABS plastic & dark brown body with ivory colored mouthpiece, ring and foot.
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Comments about Aulos Recorders for Disabled:
I recently purchased the Alto recorder. The rotating segments are ingenious, however, do know that it is possible to have seven digits and not be able to play the full range of the instrument. I have an unaffected left hand and two fingers on my right hand. With my left hand on top, I cannot use my left pinky, and so I do not have enough fingers to use the double hole on the foot joint. I was surprised that the top finger hole was not directly across from the thumb hole (It sits a quite a bit lower). The fingering system is more difficult than a normal recorder. Starting with A above middle C, the fingerings require a half hole thumb. I notice a difference in tone color and intonation in this register, though I believe this is, in part, caused by my technique as a beginner on this instrument. I plan on comparing this instrument to standard models, in the event that I prefer the more regular fingering system and sound quality of those instruments. Both instruments pose challenges for missing fingers, and I am not fully convinced that the adapted model is best for me. (Keep in mind that every hand situation is different!) Kudos to Aulos for venturing into the field of adapted instruments! I challenge them to upgrade the model!
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