Considered by many to be the best beginner's recorder available on the market today.
The Yamaha 20 Series Recorders are excellent instruments for playing in a classroom or ensemble situation. The Series 20 recorders have very good intonation and they are ideal for musicians, students, and educators.
Sopranino, key of F, Baroque fingering, double holes: C-C#, 2-piece construction.
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Comments about Yamaha YRN-22B Sopranino Recorder with Baroque Fingering:
This is not a perfect instrument. It has problems, but it still manages to work. The most glaring issue is the single hole for low F. This makes low F# nearly impossible to play with any sort of accuracy, since you have to half- hole. Then there is the response issue with low G#. The hole for it is too small, and playing that note with any vibrato or enthusiasm is nearly impossible without the recorder jumping up an octave. Other than that, it's a fine instrument. The tone is serviceable. It's a little harsh for my taste, but sometimes the music needs that kind of sound for it to work. It is a good instrument for introducing young students to fingerings for F recorders, especially if their hands are too small for an alto. If you're looking for a first sopranino, you aren't going to find anything cheaper than this that plays this well. It's a responsive instrument, and besides the two lowest accidentals (which you only need once in a while anyways), it does what you want it to. The profile is much more plain and modern than the 20 series soprano and alto, and the ergonomics are fine. It comes in two pieces, meaning that the lowest hole cannot be adjusted, but only those with extremely small hands would have trouble with this. However, if you want a sweeter sound, the YRN 302 or Aulos 509 sopranino are your best bet.
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