Aulos A204AF Soprano Recorder for Players w/Disabilities

Brand: Aulos

Item: #400220
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$19.45

MSRP: $28.99

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The A204AF 7-piece C soprano recorder from Aulos is designed specifically for players with finger disabilities - anyone with six usable digits (including the thumb) can play an entire chromatic scale from C to A. The A204AF features a dark brown body with ivory trim. A distinct advantage of this model is that students can use this recorder with adapted fingerings but the instrument will look identical to the recorders other students are playing. The A204AF is similar to the 400217 model (available separately), but with seven pieces; with the head piece, there are six separate sections for holes, fitting smoothly into one another. By rotating and plugging certain holes, this recorder can accommodate fingers that are missing or do not function normally. Various fingering options are possible, from using 5 fingers on one hand and one from the other, to using 3 fingers from each hand. Once adjusted for an individual's hand, the sections may be glued into permanent position.   

The Aulos A204AF is 13” long and includes a snap-top brown leatherette carrying bag , glue for securing the sections, cleaning rod, fingering chart, joint grease, and a detachable thumb rest.

***Please note: if the glue dries out before the recorder is glued in place, or if extra glue is needed, DO NOT use Superglue. The adhesive that comes with this recorder is most similar to model airplane glue.

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5.0 (based on 3 customer reviews)

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I had a student who had the use of six fingers--his full right hand and his left thumb. I was concerned that even this recorder wouldn't be a good solution, but fortunately I was wrong. He was able to achieve success, and he also enjoyed learning it a little differently than the rest of the class. Putting the recorder together was challenging. I ordered two recorders so that I could practice and learn along with him, but ended up using the second when a piece was glued incorrectly.
Kristin D on Dec 3, 2013
I have a student who needs this recorder. She is very excited!! Thank you!
Kyla B on May 21, 2013
I had a student who had the use of six fingers--his full right hand and his left thumb. I was concerned that even this recorder wouldn't be a good solution, but fortunately I was wrong. He was able to achieve success, and he also enjoyed learning it a little differently than the rest of the class. Putting the recorder together was challenging. I ordered two recorders so that I could practice and learn along with him, but ended up using the second when a piece was glued incorrectly.
Kristin D on Dec 3, 2013
Recommended by Music Teacher, My son has missing digits on his right hand.
Mario D on Jul 27, 2013
I have a student who needs this recorder. She is very excited!! Thank you!
Kyla B on May 21, 2013
So excited to let Rylee try this out! So thankful for a wonderful, thoughtful music teacher!
Jackie M on May 9, 2013
My daughter has a limb difference and others suggested this as an option for playing the 4th grade recorder. THanks so much for providing these so my daughter can play the recorder like everyone else in the class.
Joey H on Mar 20, 2013
I have a student who has disabilities and this might help her to play the recorder better.
Linda S on Dec 3, 2012
It is really helpful for kids with finger disabilities. This is my personal experience.
Saicharan V on Nov 30, 2012
Shirley Egdal is 90 years old with arthritis in her left hand fingers and the adaptable recorder finger sections will let her begin to learn the recorder which she could not do otherwise.
Shirley E on Oct 13, 2012
I have a student with disabilities and this was a way to let her play with the rest of the class.
Kelly C on Sep 24, 2012
Two students in our school with hand disabilities. After shopping around I found your price the best.
Christopher D on Sep 23, 2012
I have some students with disabilities. This might work perfectly!!!
Sarah C on Apr 11, 2012
We have a student with limited use of hands and we are hoping this will allow him to play beautiful music.
Jill W on Feb 2, 2012
Recommended by Music Teacher, My son has missing digits on his right hand.
Mario D on Jul 27, 2013
So excited to let Rylee try this out! So thankful for a wonderful, thoughtful music teacher!
Jackie M on May 9, 2013
Some tone holes look very small in the picture, my students with disabilities struggle with fine motor skills, does this recorder really help that issue?
A shopper on Oct 4, 2012
BEST ANSWER: I wanted to ask if the person who originally asked this question ended up purchasing this recorder and used it for students who struggle with fine motor skills? I am currently looking for a recorder that will work with a student who struggles with fine motor skills and I'm not sure if this one would really help with that.
My student doesn't have a right hand. Can this be one-handed?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: My son is also missing his right hand and we purchased this instrument. If your son has enough length and the right anatomy that he can cover one hole with the end of his right arm, this will work. Even if he doesn't, I think he can play several notes using just his left hand.

My son has about two inches below his right elbow and a rather pointy stump (imagine depressing any one key on a computer keyboard), so he did just fine. It helps that he had a music teacher who was willing to take the time to assist as needed.

Good luck!
Does the recorder have to be glued together or will the sections stay together like a regular recorder? I am a music teacher and would like to be able to adjust it for other students as needed.
Mary R on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The recorder does not have to be glued. The glue just helps when you find a permanent position that works well.
Are there instructions on how to configure the instrument, and how the fingerings should be different? Or is this something I would need to figure out according to my students' individual disabilities?
Victoria C on Jan 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The instrument does come with a instruction guide.
I have a student with use of only the right hand. Will this work?
Jennifer
A shopper on Dec 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Jennifer,

Yes. There might be some notes he/she won't be able to play because there are more than five holes, but it should work. The main purpose of this recorder is to make the wholes closer together and limit the amount of fingers needed to play the instrument.

Hope that helps!

Rachel
Will you ship to the UK? If so, what would cost be?
Gail W on Jun 23, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we do ship to the UK. To get a shipping quote, you can place your order and we'll email you with the shipping cost to your address. You can also e-mail us at service@westmusic.com to request an international shipping quotation.
My son has 7 fingers, no thumbs, & is very excited about this recorder. However, his hands are tiny & a couple of his fingers are unable to straighten, so the stretch of his fingers is limited. What is the distance between the first hole and the last? (I'm assuming the distances cannot be changed even though the placement can.) Thank you.
Kathy C on Sep 28, 2013

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