Many players give their instruments names. Because you recognize a personality in your instrument.
This was also the case with the development of the new school recorders Flautina and Flautino. During the months of development it became more and more clear to us that very special instruments are made.
A short excerpt from the development diary.
It was our first goal to develop a school recorder that can do more than all existing school instruments on the market. We no longer wanted to accept the fact that plastic recorders could come up with an elaborate form decorated with decorative rings. The classic wooden school recorders that can be bought today still have the simple and plain forms that were possible in the sixties and seventies due to the technical possibilities.
We wanted the children to be able to hold a similarly attractive instrument in their hands as their teachers.
The second goal was to achieve superior tangibility. Here, too, we took the plastic recorders as a model.
We wanted to make our instrument three-part. It should have its own foot section so that the tone holes on the foot piece can be adjusted to the length of the children's fingers.
The third goal was a better articulability and modulability of the sound. For this purpose we equipped the instrument with a conical wind tunnel, which forms the air better. This feature is normally used in instruments from 200 €.
However, we felt that beginners have a right to get the best possible.
We wanted to achieve all these goals at the normal price of a school recorder from the established workshops.
When we presented the first instruments to well-known teachers for testing, we noticed from the reactions that we were on the right track.
The reactions were partly exuberant and encouraged us to continue on the path we had taken and to set our goals even higher.
At the end of the development we had not only two instruments, as originally thought:
Flautina - with gemstone - the princess
Flautino - without precious stone - the prince,
but both instruments in a three-part and a two-part variant.
The two-part variant - without a separate foot piece - was desired by the teachers, who feared that the third part (the foot) could be lost.
To round off the concept, we created a small comic strip to take over the task of the care instructions. Since nowadays (unfortunately) there is less and less reading, it seemed to us to let child-friendly pictures and few words speak.
In the comic Tina and Tino discover the recorder in a chest during a nocturnal ramble through the castle in the treasure chamber.
Here the instrument is subtly and automatically assigned a value. What is stored in the treasure chamber must be valuable. The two then take the instrument to the room and play a little.
In addition, they explain how to assemble, store and handle the instrument correctly.
The reactions to the comic show us that this unusual way was also the right one. From feedback we know that parents and their children look at the comic together and thus establish a first contact with the story of the little flute that lies before them.
What experiences have you had with the introduction of school flutes to your children or pupils?