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Yamaha YRA-302 BIII Alto Recorder

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Alto Recorder

  • Baroque fingering
  • Three-piece body made from ABS plastic
  • Double hole
  • a' = 442 Hz
  • Brown
  • Includes bag
Available since December 2003
Item number 166329
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Material Plastic
Colour Dark Brown, Ivory Design
Double Holes Yes
Keys No
$32
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A fine plastic alto recorder. Highly recommended.
Mark9073 19.05.2014
I own two plastic alto recorders: the Yamaha YRA-302BIII and the Aulos 509B "Symphony". In this review, I will compare the two recorders: I wondered for some time which of the two I should buy and a direct comparison such as this would have been helpful to me at the time.

In terms of build quality and finish, there is nothing to choose between the Yamaha and the Aulos. They are both extremely well-finished; the joints are tight; they both come in a decent protective case. They are both very attractive musical instruments.

Both recorders are easy to play, in all registers. Reaching the highest notes is not a problem on either recorder.

I have read adverse comments on the web about both of these recorders regarding their intonation. I would disregard these comments entirely. If you were to attempt to play every single note on *any* recorder using exactly the same breath pressure, you would find that some notes played out of tune. This is the nature of the instrument. It is up to the player to play an instrument well in tune by applying the correct amount of breath pressure to each note. Regardless of what you may read elsewhere, don't worry about the intonation of either of these instruments; you will have no trouble playing either the Yamaha or the Aulos in tune.

One difference between the two is that the windway of the Yamaha is somewhat narrower than that of the Aulos, which means that there is more resistance against your breath when you play the Yamaha. This also means that the Aulos sounds louder than the Yamaha - the wider windway means that you blow more air into the instrument. Neither is "better" than the other in this respect; but they do differ and you may prefer one over the other.

Volume aside, the Yamaha has a very different tone quality to the Aulos. In my opinion, the Yamaha sounds more refined and poised, whereas the Aulos sounds more robust and meaty. In terms of tone, I can't say that I prefer one over the other; they both have their merits and I enjoy the sound of them both.

I find that the Yamaha's narrow windway causes it to clog sooner than the Aulos and I do find this annoying. Of course, the Aulos clogs too, eventually. A quick suck clears the windway of condensation on either recorder and enables you to continue.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend either of these recorders. They are both excellent musical instruments and if you're in the market for a plastic alto recorder, I don't think you would regret buying either one. If I were forced to choose between these two recorders, it would not be an easy decision. I think that I would probably choose the Aulos over the Yamaha, mainly because it does not clog quite so readily. But then I would miss the delicate tone of the Yamaha...
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Beautiful sound
AnaZ 28.10.2021
it's really worth its money!! Great sound quality and tuning! (Yamaha always in tune!!)
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Big difference with wood
André- 31.08.2023
I played a wooden Alto Recorder for 8 years as a child 40 years ago before switching to guitar but I lost it.
I wanted to see if I was still able to play it, so I bought this plastic one because wooden ones are really expensive.
Conclusions:
I really can't play it well anymore...
The quality and the sound are miles away compared to a wooden one. It's really not the same, seems like a toy.
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Great for beginners
Agnes Laurens 29.11.2020
This is a great flute for beginners. My daughter loves playing on this one. Thanks for a great service.
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