Fred Morgan was one of the seminal 20th century recorder makers, both raising the level of reproduction instruments and influencing many of the best makers still working today. He was a pioneer, making the first A392 copies of Bizey, one of the first Ganassi designs (along with Bob Marvin and Alec Loretto), and the first copies of the Rosenborg early baroque recorder following Eva Legene's research in that area. Rodney Waterman, a fellow Australian, has written a detailed Obituary containing much biographical data of interest to recorder players. Waterman's link also has a Discography of CD's using Morgan recorders. Read my review of the book Recorders Based on Historical Models – Fred Morgan, Writings and Memories originally published in May, 2008 issue of ARTAfacts.
In addition to makers influenced by Morgan, the workshop continues to produce partially finished bodies using his original specifications and reamers to be finished by a number of today's recorder makers, including Nikolaj Ronimus (better known as a performer) and Jacqueline Sorel among others. In a special agreement with Mollenhauer, his widow has licensed the Morgan name to be used with their Morgan Denner series of altos at A440.
||Alto||440||Stained Zapatero Boxwood||Three||Double||English||New - Very easy high notes. Excellent quality instrument at a very moderate price!||$659||$479|
|392||European Boxwood w/Ivory thumb bushing||Three||Double||English||Used, as New - in excellent condition! Fred Morgan body, voicing by Nicolaj Ronimus!||$3750||$3750|
|415||Stained Rock Maple w/Ivory thumb bushing||Three||Double||English||Used - in excellent condition! One of Morgan's earliest recorders! A True collector's item!!||$NLA||$5750 obo|
Morgan Denner (Special
||Alto||415||European Boxwood||Three||Double||English||New - Soloistic tone! Special quality instrument at a very reasonable price!||
||SOLD to private collection|
||Voice Flute||415||Stained Maple||Three||Double||English||Used - Mint condition! Has the second style of Morgan voicing, which is more open and a little breathy, rather than the narrower windway with more resistance and focus. This allows for quite a bit of projection. The waiting list for Morgan-Ronimus instruments is now 3-4 years, so get this while it is available!||
to the gentleman in Bologna.
||Soprano||415||Ebony||Three||Double||English||Used - VERY RARE!! Excellent condition. Suitable for Collectors and Professionals. Very minor wear to thumbhole and slight discoloration of lip (see photo).||$5,750 O.B.O.||
to the gentleman in Nagoya.
|Morgan/Ronimus||Debey||Alto||415||Boxwood w/artificial ivory thumb bushing||Three||Double||English||New - Body reamed and turned by Morgan's assistant Dieter, with original Morgan design, and tuned and voiced by Nikolaj Ronimus||$2850|
10/15/2005 to the gentleman in Fukuoka
||Alto||415||Boxwood (detail of thumb hole)
||Three||Double||English||Used - VERY RARE!! Pristine condition. Excellent for Collectors and Professionals. Beautiful haunting tone with full low notes and singing high notes.||$5,000||SOLD|
07/09/2005 to the professional recorder player in Belgium
||Alto||415/440||Boxwood (detail of thumb holes)
||Three||Double||English||Used - VERY RARE!! Two centers AND foot joints! Pristine condition. Excellent for Collectors and Professionals. It plays beautifully at A415 and is the nicest baroque recorder I have ever seen or heard at A440 after successful revoicing by Ralf Ehlert!||$6,500|
SOLD to the gentleman in Japan
|Three||Single||English||Superb early Morgan||$5000|