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Yamaha YRS-20BB Blue Translucent 3-Piece Soprano Recorder w/Standard Fingering

Brand: Yamaha

$4.65

MSRP: $9.99

Item: #400288
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Yamaha is a brand well known in the music world so start your beginning recorder player out right with the Yamaha recorders.  When my daughter was in elementary school, she had to have one of each of the three translucent models, and quickly designed her very own tri-toned version.  Well, at least until everyone else in class decided to follow suit and share some of their parts too! See items 400289 and 400291 for the other colors! -Judy

Buy 100 recorders or recorder packages and get free shipping!

Players of all levels will enjoy the precise, uniform intonation of the 20 series recorders. These recorders, made of ABS resin, combine outstanding Yamaha quality with durability for the ultimate in lightweight recorders. Ease of play makes the 20 series the perfect place to start.   

Specifications:

  • Key of C
  • Double holes; C-C#, D-D#
  • Three piece construction
  • Baroque fingering
  • Recorder is 12-3/4" long.   
  • Includes a carrying bag and fingering chart.  Yamaha recorders do not include a cleaning rod!  We recommend purchasing item# 450806 (Basic Beat Recorder Cleaning Rod).

Recorder Care:

  1. After playing, wipe out moisture inside of recorder (use a lint-free gauze or cloth); then put the recorder in it's case. Use item # 450806 - Recorder Cleaning Rod with the cloth.
  2. The labium (where the air flows in the front of the recorder just under the mouthpiece), and section immediately surrounding it, is the most important part for sound production.  Be careful not to damage it in any way.  
  3. The mouthpiece section is the part most easily dirtied;always keep it clean. Wipe the outer surface clean whenever it becomes dirty. NEVER use benzine or methyl alcohol.
  4. Use recorder cream around the joints when assemblying your recorder.

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Yamaha 20 Series YRS-20B C Soprano Recorder, Translucent (Yamaha 20 Series YRS-20BB 3 Piece C Soprano Recorder, Translucent Blue)
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West Music Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Jessica P: This is a great quality recorder at an inexpensive price. I have been ordering these for about ten years. Sep 16, 2014
Multisensory A: A fantastic sounding recorder for the money, and my students LOVE the fun colors! Helps them take ownership of it. Apr 4, 2014
Mary F: It is good quality and produces a nice tone. Students like the color! Feb 3, 2014
Linda J: Student choice Dec 19, 2013
Jennifer F: Good tone quality, and colors the students enjoy. Nov 18, 2013
Stephanie T: I've been using them for years. The children love them. The quality of sound is good. Oct 15, 2013
Bryn A: Good choice for my young kids. Needed to 3 different colors Jul 23, 2013
Margaret M: Our music department have a preference for these and the translucent colours make them fun for kids. Jul 4, 2013
Kimberly B: 5 star rating Jul 2, 2013
Peggy M: We have starting a summer camp and wanted the children to learn to play the recorder. Jun 13, 2013
Linda S: The Yamaha recorders are definitely the best deal for the money, and the sound quality is great! May 6, 2013
Lacy W: good quality. great sound. don't break easily when dropped. Kids love the colors. May 3, 2013
Teresa B: I am donating these to Mass General Hospital Hope Program. Music director recommended these. Apr 2, 2013
Kevin C: Good value- not as breakable as other plastic recorders we have used. Kids love the colors Mar 12, 2013
Barbara K: This Yamaha recorder is a hit with my students! They love the colors and I love the quality of the recorder and the beautiful tone that it has when played. Feb 12, 2013
Susan S: These recorders work well for elementary recorder use. They have a nice tone and are a decent price. Feb 10, 2013
Cicek B: My daughter's school is playing these recorders - and she loves them. She insisted I buy them for her so she can practice at home and bring her own to school every time she has music class. Jan 29, 2013
Christy L: I choose this because it is a good quality instrument and the price is very reasonable. Jan 29, 2013
Lorinda J: It is a good quality recorder at a reasonable price. Jan 28, 2013
Joan C: Three piece recorder allows my disabled student to adjust the piece so she can play with the rest of the class. Jan 27, 2013
Caroline W: Great Recorder!! Nice sound and kids love the colors!!! Jan 18, 2013
Pamela S: This is a high quality student recorder. Both children and college students like the colors. Jan 11, 2013
Colleen E: Purchased my child this one from school and the dog chewed it up the first day home Jan 9, 2013
Karen S: stays in tune, good sound, kids like to choose their colors, affordable Jan 7, 2013
Ronith E: I choose these recorders because they are great quality and my students love the fact that they get to pick the color.
I buy the recorders at West Music every year, and I have never had any issues with the instruments or the delivery.
Jan 3, 2013
Sarah W R: I have 90 3rd grade students. We enjoy the various colors and the Yamaha quality of sound. Dec 15, 2012
Dorte R: I have been told, that it is the best start with and I find it very cool Dec 6, 2012
Carolyn C: it's high quality and affordable price. Dec 5, 2012
Brandy A: great colors that my students love and gets a nice sound. easy to tune Dec 3, 2012
Keith T: Fun colors and still good quality. Nov 28, 2012
Laura H: The recorder is needed for my daughter's music class. This item was recommended by her music teacher. Nov 27, 2012
Kortney P: This recorder received good reviews online, and they are an awesome price for quality soprano recorders for elementary students. Nov 26, 2012
Terri B: The color selection and quality make these recorders an excellent and economical choice for my students. They love mixing and matching the sections with their friends to make new color combinations. Nov 12, 2012
Jaya P: This item was recommended by my kids school for their music class, because this is the best instrument for the right music. Oct 24, 2012
Curtis C: pay a little more for quality, and the kids love the colors Oct 18, 2012
Jerrilee S: This is a fourth grade favorite at my school Oct 12, 2012
Riesa M: Item has a five star rating. Sep 23, 2012
Rebekah T: Great price Sep 21, 2012
Ryan M: i wanted to get a baroque english one and I like the colors. Sep 10, 2012
Regina H: best quality for the price..kids love the colors Sep 8, 2012
Judith L: For a middle schooler for fun. Aug 20, 2012
Amy W: This is the same one my daughter had last year, but cannot find for this year. :-) Aug 20, 2012
Gerardus S: I believe in Yamaha quality. Aug 17, 2012
Garine F: Fun and colorful. Aug 16, 2012
Garine F: Fun and colorful. Aug 16, 2012
Jill B: Yamaha recorders sound so nice and the moveable foot joint is a great help. Jul 30, 2012
Jill B: Nice musical instruments my students love Jul 30, 2012
Kit K: There recorders have a lovely sound. We already have two, for my sons, and now we got two more my me and my daughter so we can all play together. A lovely first recorder. Also stays remarkably clean... Jul 4, 2012
Osvaldo B: good price and colorful for beginners in kinder. Jul 1, 2012
PAUL B: GOOD PRODUCT Jun 12, 2012
Judy B: price Apr 10, 2012
Michelle S: The translucent recorder really helps children learn how to play the recorder. They are able to self-check hole coverage. It is a quality sound and the fun colors really turn children on to playing. Another fun fact about this recorder is that children love to see condensation on the inside of the instrument. A great science connection. Apr 4, 2012
Susan R: My students like the colors; I like the quality of the sound and intonation. Mar 29, 2012
Cheryl H: My son needed it for his music class Mar 12, 2012
Christine H: Site and brand recommended by music teacher Feb 29, 2012
Christy L: Because they are good quality recorders at a reasonable price Feb 29, 2012
Deborah R: he needed for school. my dog chewed his and shipping was free and on sale Feb 29, 2012
Robert C: teacher at school told us about your site...we want cotton candy blue Feb 17, 2012
Audra H: The kids like the "see through" recorders. Feb 3, 2012
Lisa J. R: Good price and excellent quality! Jan 27, 2012
Jennifer L: Reliable product, and the kids love the colors! Jan 27, 2012
Wendy F: These are fun prizes for our students. Jan 23, 2012
Ann C: Very sturdy.....never have had one crack. Colors appealing. Jan 21, 2012
Amy D: My daughter loved the colors! Jan 18, 2012
Russell S: My daughter's music teacher recommended it. Jan 13, 2012
Kaitlin B: I bought this item because it was required for one of my Education classes and I figured it would be good because I have several instruments already from Yamaha. Jan 10, 2012
PEGGY S: The students chose the color. I chose this instrument for its quality and bargain price! Dec 16, 2011
Judy B: Popularity, price Dec 12, 2011
Karie B: price Dec 12, 2011
CHRISTOPHER B: MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN LEARNING TO PLAY THIS INSTRUMENT IN SCHOOL Dec 9, 2011
Christa B: teacher requested Dec 8, 2011
Renata A: I like the colors. Nov 27, 2011
Ayesha F: It was affordable and it seems like it will be easy to use. Oct 20, 2011
Miriam C: For 3 - 6 grade recorder classes Oct 15, 2011
Alisa B: My students love the different colors. Student can also see the bodies of the recorders fog up when they blow warm air! Oct 1, 2011
Tomas T: It was recommended by the school to come to this website if I wanted to purchase a recorder. Sep 11, 2011
Jim V: Recommendation of our classroom instructor. Sep 7, 2011
Alisa B: These recorders are very durable, and the kids love the colors! Sep 1, 2011
Hal H: Gift to graduating students Aug 24, 2011
A shopper asked: How do I order sour apple green? its only giving me the blue option Dec 22, 2011
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Amy LStaff: Under the words "Please select an option:" there is a box, listing the blue recorder. If you click on the box, a list of all three recorders will appear, then you can choose the color you want from that list. Dec 23, 2011
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Linda S: sorry, wrong box for question...Students do love the different colors Jan 17, 2012
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A shopper asked: How long does it take for your recorder take to ship to your house? Apr 12, 2014
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Mark JStaff: There is a map of estimated shipping times under the "How are shipping rates determined?" FAQ.

http://www.westmusic.com/faqs.htm
Apr 14, 2014
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Mia B asked: How much is the shipping cost? Nov 22, 2012
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Melinda PStaff: Our shipping cost is calculated based on the subtotal of your order; a table of shipping rates can be found at the following link:
http://www.westmusic.com/customer#faq-how-are-shipping-rates-determined

If you order a quantity of 100 or more of these recorders, your shipping is free. ALSO, we are currently having a holiday free shipping special that lasts until December 16, 2012; if you order any quantity of these during that time, you will get free shipping.
Nov 24, 2012
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A shopper asked: Which recorder is best for left-handed students? I don't see any left hand option... May 2, 2013
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Merlyn K: Recorders are all meant to be played the same way, whether a student is left-handed or not. The left hand goes on top and the right hand at the bottom. This is how other woodwinds like clarinets, oboes and saxes works as well. For a flute it is similar but held to the side, with left hand closer to the face. The holes are slightly offset to fit the usual lengths of the fingers that belong to the hole. I find that it's often easier for left-handed students to begin correctly, if you start with the usual BAG, because they will use their left hand at first. Right-handed students need frequent reminders to use their left hand on top! If you have a student with missing or non-working fingers, you can buy adaptive recorders, which come in about 6 different pieces that you put together to suit the individual's particular hands. West Music has those, or at least they used to. May 2, 2013
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David Lee R: To my knowledge, recorders are not designed for left-handed players because even left-handed people play the recorder the standard way (left hand on top). This development leads to other keyed instruments (clarinet, saxophone, oboe, flute, bassoon, etc) which all are played with the left hand on top or on the first set of keys and the right hand below or on the next set of keys/holes
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In my 12 years of teaching experience, it's actually the left-handed students who have an easier time with the beginning notes because the left hand is on top. It's the right-handed students that have to work on remembering to use their left hand. Hope this helps.

May 2, 2013
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Marcelyn S: Actually, your left-handed students will probably find the recorder easier than the right-handed students. RIght-handed students usually want to put their right hand on top, which doesn't work at all. Left-handed students are very comfortable with their left hand on top and like the fact that the first notes learned use mostly the left hand. May 2, 2013
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Jill B: There is no left handed option because all students should learn the proper way of playing a woodwind--with their left hand at the top/closest to the mouthpiece.
It may actually be easier for left-handed students to learn since their left hand is used to finger the first three notes taught-- B, A and G.
May 2, 2013
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KM G: Musical instruments are not dominant-hand specific. The recorder is played the same whether the musician is left handed or right handed. A left handed student may actually have a bit of an advantage because the starting notes are played by the left hand. May 2, 2013
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Jennifer J: All students, whether left or right handed, should play with the left hand on the top of the recorder. This helps prepare them for other instruments in band later in life, and is why there is not an option for left or right handed recorders. May 2, 2013
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A shopper asked: how long to ship? Apr 24, 2013
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Amy LStaff: Shipping times vary based on your proximity to Iowa. Orders normally ship out within 48 business hours (not counting Saturday or Sunday). It is approximately 4-5 business days to the East or West Coast, as well as the southern half of Florida. If you have further questions, please send us an email at service@westmusic.com Apr 30, 2013
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Janaina B asked: hi do you have blue one? Feb 22, 2013
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Melinda PStaff: Right now we have plenty of each color in stock, including blue. Feb 23, 2013
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A shopper asked: Recorder for a 7 year old girl? Sep 7, 2012
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Melinda PStaff: This recorder is great for elementary-age students, so it would be fine for a 7-year-old to learn to play. Sep 8, 2012
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A shopper asked: Are English fingerings the same as Baroque? Sep 4, 2012
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Amy LStaff: Yes. English and Baroque fingerings are the same. Sep 4, 2012
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Linda S asked: German vs. English fingerings
translucents are? English
Jan 17, 2012
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Amy LStaff: The Yamaha translucent recorders use the English fingering system. Jan 23, 2012
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