Why are Bernolin resin
recorders superior to standard plastic recorders?
This is a matter of how they
are made. Plastic recorders are injection-moulded. A professional
quality recorder cannot be made in this way, because it has too much
undercut. For it to be moulded and removed from the mould, the
geometry of the recorder must be significantly modified, and these
modifications make a big difference to its sound.
Does this resin sounds
I selected the resin carefully with its sound
qualities in mind. Some recorder makers already offer plexiglas or
synthetic ivory recorders, and the result is quite convincing. This
shows how synthetic polymers can be a valid alternative to
What is the difference between the two
colors? Which to choose?
These are two different resins, not
only from a visual point of view but also about their mechanical
characteristics. The Ebony color resin is stiffer and sends
back energy, so the sound is a little clearer than with the Ivory
resin, which gives a slightly more mellow tone. However, these
differences are slight, and unrelated to the visual difference which
is much more bigger.
The Ebony color recorder , more than a meter away, merges completely
with a blackwood or ebony wooden flute, and appears thus as a more
professional instrument. Other hand, the aging of Ivory color
recorders is less meaningful because the light objects are more
sensitive to dirt than dark objects.
Can I play my Bernolin resin recorder all day?
Yes, as long as you have the
energy to play!
Will my Bernolin resin
recorder suffer from the same condensation problems as plastic ones?
No. Condensation is linked to several windway
parameters: air flow, condition of the surfaces, surface tension and
temperature. I have dealt with the first three parameters, you will
be responsible for the fourth. You will not experience more problems
with Bernolin resin recorders than you would with a boxwood or
grenadilla recorder. You need only warm the head in your belt as you
do with a wooden recorder. Occasionally you can apply some dilute
liquid soap in the windway. This advice is intended only to standard
new LM-77 system can provide the
anti-condensation behaviour you need, in case you experiment
problems in general with your recorders.
Where was my Bernolin resin recorder made?
It was made entirely in my workshop in France.
What are the ecological implications of a
Bernolin resin recorder?
Ecological problems are associated with
disposable and poor quality products. Making a resin recorder
requires less energy and generates less waste than wooden recorders.
And a resin recorder will last almost forever. This is a remarkable
advantage of resin recorders.
How can you offer such a high quality
instrument at such a low price?
The resin as such is not expensive and the
precision of the manufacturing process and overall stability of the
instrument means that adjustments are not necessary. The goal is to
offer an affordable instrument for everybody. I hope to democratise
the use of good quality recorders to some extent.
How can I order an instrument?
can easily make a order on this page. You can pay by credit card,
PayPal, check (only if you have a French bank account) and bank
transfer. The shipping costs are calculated automatically according to
your destination. The waiting time can vary from 1 to 4 weeks..
Who is this recorder is intended for?
For teachers who need a good instrument for their
lessons, and who want to protect their expensive handmade wooden
recorders. Also students who need a low cost, almost indestructible
instrument for extended practice. Then there are non-professional
recorder players who will be pleased to have a responsive recorder
they can make progress with. And also – and why not? - professional
recorder players who need a totally reliable backup instrument for
concerts and recordings.
This instrument is intended to replace
industrial recorders, while the player is waiting to acquire a first
class handmade recorder in a traditional material.