Welcome to Wooden Recorders

Welcome to woodenrecorders.co.nz. We are dedicated to promoting recorder playing in New Zealand by providing players with the opportunity to purchase a range of high quality wooden recorders. We currently stock ranges from three major suppliers: Moeck, Mollenhauer and Kung, with models suitable for beginners to professional standard.

Use the Recorders link to see the full range of recorders we can provide, and the Price List link to check prices. Use the Buy/Contact link to order or to ask an questions you have. 

We are based in Omapere in the Far North, but are able to send recorders out all over New Zealand. We are able to give advice by email (info@woodenrecorders.co.nz) or phone (021 028 43979). And of course you're welcome to drop in by appointment and see and try out our stocked range - just telephone first to make sure we're in.


From beginner to advanced player

Learning to play an instrument is one of the most rewarding things you can do, and the recorder is a great place to start. Our range of recorders for school children and beginner adults lets you start playing on a real wooden instrument, with its unique and wonderful sound quality, without spending too much. As you become more proficient, you will play more demanding music and make more demands of your instrument. Recorders suitable for advanced players are available in a range of styles and woods to suit your personal style and the kind of music you play. And for professional standard recorder players, we stock the very best from the best contemporary makers.

What kind of wood?

Recorders are made from a variety of different woods, and each has its own tone. Beginner recorders are often made from maple or pear wood, which gives a warm, soft and well-balanced tone. Fruit woods such as plum, cherry and olive are slightly harder and give a clearer and brighter tone. Hardwoods such as boxwood, palisander, rosewood and grenadilla give a more powerful and brilliant sound. It is not always true that a more expensive recorder produces a better sound: some woods are just more expensive than others, and the way you play your recorder is more important than what kind of wood it is made of. What matters is that you play a recorder whose sound you love, that sounds good with others in your group.

Sizes of recorder

Children often start by learning the soprano (descant) recorders. It is small enough for little hands, and very portable. The high sweet tone is lovely. However most serious players will also play the Alto (treble) recorder. Most of the repertoire, particularly from the baroque period, is for the Alto. The fingerings are different from those of the soprano so some adjustment of learning is required.  For ensemble playing, the tenor and bass recorders add a lower tone and round out the group.