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Perosa Ivory Sopranino in ivory made in two pieces at around A410 in the private collection of Guido Klemisch Guido Klemisch makes a copy of this instrument as a soprano at A415 in three pieces.Listed by Bruce Haynes, the only other known instrument by the maker Perosa is a soprano at A410 in Vienna. Dan Laurin has played on this original instrument and states that it actually plays at A415. Note that hole 7 (of the sopranino) is in a straight line with the other holes and cannot be adjusted, as the instrument is made in two pieces. The soprano copy does not have this problem, as it is in three pieces.
Rosenborg Soprano c. 1640-78 at A478 in narwhale tusk (drawing by Ture Bergstrøm) Ralf Ehlert boxwood A415 2002The instrument has been scaled to A415 from the original pitch which was A478 in narwhale tusk. You can hear Eva Legene playing a Morgan copy in narwhale tusk on RONDO RCD 8347 Track 7 (Van Eyck) X and Track 9 (Schop) X
Richard Haka Ivory  Soprano c.1680 Edinburgh at approx A440 (drawing by F. Von Huene) and anon ivory soprano at the Hague approx A532 Heinz Ammann olive A415 2002The outer profile follows Haka, but another early baroque recorder corresponds more accurately to Ammann's own model - a small ivory instrument (approx A532) in the Museum Den Haag which he measured in 1978. It has a slightly conical bore which narrows considerably between holes 5 and 6.  The instrument has been scaled to A415. You can hear Conrad Steinman playing an Ammann Haka made in 1986 on CLAVES CD50-8103 Track 2:  Dario Castello Sonata Prima. X
Richard Haka Soprano,  ebony with ivory mounts c. 1685-1690 Vermillion Shrine to Music  
Richard Haka Soprano, ebony with ivory mounts c. 1685-1690 Frans Bruggen Collection (drawing)Tim Cranmore boxwood with artificial ivory mounts A415 2001 You can hear the original Haka on Frans Bruggen Edition Vol. 4 (Early Baroque Recorder Music - Teldec 4509-97466-2) Track 4 (Van Eyck) X

Thomas Boekhout Soprano A408
c. 1700
Tom Prescott boxwood A415 Original is ebony with ivory mounts, single holes, baroque fingering in Crosby Brown Collection - NY Metropolitan Museum of Art
Terton Soprano - Gemeente-Museum The Hague  You can hear the original Terton on
Frans Bruggen Edition Vol. 4 (Early Baroque Recorder Music) Track 3 (Van Eyck)
X also on: Saskia Coolen (Jacobus Nozeman, Son 4, Allegro X
Terton Soprano - The Hague (book photo) - boxwood with silver mounts at A412 Jacqueline Sorel boxwood at A415 2002 You can hear the original Terton on
Frans Bruggen Edition Vol. 4 (Early Baroque Recorder Music) Track 3 (Van Eyck)
X also on: Saskia Coolen (Jacobus Nozeman, Son 4, Allegro X
Terton Soprano - Window Detail (book photo) Jacqueline Sorel  boxwood A415 2002 You can hear the original Terton on
Frans Bruggen Edition Vol. 4 (Early Baroque Recorder Music) Track 3 (Van Eyck)
X also on: Saskia Coolen (Jacobus Nozeman, Son 4, Allegro X
Steenbergen Soprano boxwood - Frans Bruggen Collection (drawing) Jean-Luc Boudreau boxwood A415 2001, Moeck  
Bressan 4th Flute, Oxford - stained boxwood. Ralf EhlertThe 4th flute is a soprano in Bb, useful for some Dieupart suites and other French flute suites in flat keys. 
Stanesby Sr.  Sixth Flute in ivory - Dayton Miller Collection 1214  Sixth flutes are sopranos in d, an octave higher than the voice flute they are suitable for some English concertos as well as occasional French flute music with a low tessitura.
W. Beukers Sixth Flute - Washington, Dayton Miller Collection 1257 Sixth flutes are sopranos in d, an octave higher than the voice flute they are suitable for some English concertos as well as occasional French flute music with a low tessitura.
 Three 17th c. Dutch Recorders - Beukers, Anon. & Terton
W. Beukers Gemeente-Museum The Hague  You can hear the original Beukers soprano  on Frans Bruggen Edition Vol. 4 (Early Baroque Recorder Music) Track 2 (Van Eyck) X

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