Many copies of Baroque recorders are made to play at modern pitch rather than their original low pitch and therefore lose a lot of their character. Our instrument is based on an original recorder which plays at the higher “Chorton” pitch of a=440 Hz. We can therefore build our model with very few alterations. The original Alto recorder was made by Joannes Maria Anciuti who worked in Milan during the first half of the 18th century. It can now be found in the Styrian State Museum Joanneum in Graz. It dates from 1717 and is made from stained boxwood.
We make this recorder to play at a=442 Hz in Maracaibo boxwood, European boxwood or grenadilla.