Special Types of Recorders

The biggest recorder in the world – the sub-double-bass!

Subkontrabass (liegend)

The sub-double-bass recorder has been developed by the instrument making company Paetzold. It is made of birch plywood and has been produced since 2012 under the label “Paetzold by Kunath” in Fulda. Jo Kunath describs the sub-double-bass (SDB) as follows:

“The biggest recorder in the world sounds with a proud length of 360 cm. Due to the double 180° buckling of the air column (in the head piece and the base piece), the total height is being reduced to 245 cm and the mouthpiece is still 19 cm long (up to 8x shorter compared to similar basses). That’s why the sub-double-bass reacts significantly faster and more direct.”

Because of its length, not every room is suitable to set up the SDB. High rooms such as churches, staircases and outdoors are preferable.

The sub-bass

Quite a bit shorter, but still very imposingly with a length of 188 cm is the sub-bass!

Sub-Bass (liegend)

It is easy to transport and an enrichment in every recorder ensemble. Sub-bass and sub-double-base form a great tonal symbiosis – the sub-bass contributes to a supporting sonorous sound of the sub-double-bass.

The Souffleur

The Souffleur is an innovative development by Geri Bollinger, Schaffhausen.

Souffleuse (Kopf)


The soprano recorder with its short beak and the additional prompter wind tunnel, enables the player to experiment with new timbres.

The Garklein recorder

The shortest playable recorder is the Garklein recorder with a length of 17 cm – approx. the distance between the ball of the thumb and the stretched middle finger, or as long as a smartphone!

One-piece – problem-free transport – always ready to be played! If solo: chirping like a little bird or in an ensemble: varied sound expansion upwards – the “icing on the cake”!

The Soprina and the Tenorina

Soprina and Tenorina are so-called half recorders. The fingering, tuning in C and the sound correspond the “real” instruments of soprano recorder and Tenor recorder. With the Soprina and the Tenorina, “only” the left hand is needed to play, which are the notes from g’ to d’’ or from g’’ to d’’ respectively.

Soprina und Tenorina

The Soprina is suitably for young beginners – they can focus on the movements of the fingers of one hand.
The Tenorina sounds one octave deeper – very pleasant for the ears, suitable for somewhat older children, who prefer warm sounds.