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Orpheus Music stocks new Mollenhauer Recorders from Germany, Kung Recorders from Switzerland, Kunath/Paetzold Recorders from Germany, Aulos, Yamaha and Zen-on Recorders from Japan.

Orpheus Music stocks new Mollenhauer Recorders from Germany, Kung Recorders from Switzerland, Kunath/Paetzold Recorders from Germany, Aulos, Yamaha and Zen-on Recorders from Japan.



  • The trade mark “AULOS” is taken from Greek mythology meaning the Wind Instrument with double reed.

    When our plastic recorders - the first - were launched into the market in 1955, the name AULOS was chosen by Mr. Masaru Hanamura from the Japanese Ministry of Education. Since this time we have been continually developing techniques to maintain and improve performance and quality.

    AULOS recorders are currently used in schools not only in Japan but in more than 50 countries worldwide. In addition to recorders, high precision instruments such as a traditional flute called “Shinobue” and Flauto Traverso have been successfully manufactured from our specially made resin. They are highly valued as excellent instruments.

    The slightest shape difference in manufacture reflects timbre so our precision molding has a tolerance in micron units (1/1000 millimeter). Experienced and skillful engineers are engaged in producing superb and uniform instruments in our factory in Japan. This is reflected in creating instruments of the highest quality.

    We continually strive to make the best, thus contributing to a standard of excellence in music making throughout the world.

  • FRANZ KUNG was one of the early pioneers of 20th Century Recorder making. He founded his workshop in the family villa at Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1938, and by the early 1950s he was winning international awards for his work. He continued making until his death in 1977, and has been succeeded by several generations of Kung family members.

    The current model line-up began to appear in the 1970s and 80s, and has been refined in the subsequent decades into some of the most finely finished and prestigious recorders available. 

  • Mollenhauer has a history of recorder craftsmanship for almost 200 years. This innovative company has released several recorder series to cater for all the needs of recorder players, students and ensembles. Ideal series for recorder ensembles and soloistic needs are their Denner, Canta, Adrian's Dream, Dream and Kynseker series. Student centred recorder series include Prima, Swing, Waldorf-edition. Their most recent series an electronic recorder series 'Elody' which can be hooked up to an amp.  Mollenhauer pride themselves in using the best quality woods and materials to provide great recorders at a reasonable cost.


  • These recorders are usually made to order with a waiting time between 3 and 6 months - so please contact us to discuss. An ordered instrument is dispatched to us immediately on completion, and will travel from Germany to Australia by express courier - shipping costs are therefore high. All prices shown include instrument, hard case, shipping from Germany to the customer's door and customs clearance charges. 

    Around 1975, Herbert Paetzold began to offer a square contrabass recorder made out of plywood that had been invented by his uncle Joachim Paetzold.[1] In 1977 Frans Brüggen ordered three of these instruments for his trio Sour Cream, and they soon became popular among performers for their strength in low consorts. The line has expanded to include basset, great bass, subcontrabass instruments and more recently, tenor. Herbert Paetzold merged his workshop with Kunath in 2011.

    Joachim Kunath, who formerly worked for Mollenhauer, offers several lines of school recorders and reed instruments as well as the Paetzold by Kunath square recorders. 

  • In 1936 the Berlin Olympics were held, with recorder performances included in the celebrations, and at that time a Japanese national was in the audience. That was a man named Yoshitaka Sakamoto, who was studying abroad in Germany at the time. Seeing a performance by a large crowd of children playing recorders made a deep impression on him, and recognizing the educational value of the instrument he took soprano, alto and tenor models back to Japan with him when he returned. It was at that time that the recorder came to Japan. Sakamoto tried to produce these models of recorder in Japan, and petitioned Nihon Kangakki Kabushikigaisha (later Yamaha Corporation), where their manufacture began. 

    Because of their meticulous attention to detail throughout the production process, Yamaha recorders are recognized worldwide for their high quality, and loved by the best musicians in the world.

  • For more than 50 years ZEN-ON has been promoting recorders as the best musical instruments for school 
    children, and has made great efforts to manufacture top quality instruments at reasonable prices. ZEN-ON
    recorders has enjoyed the highest reputation for quality and have been used as the best recorders under 
    the brand names of "
    ZEN-ON", "BRESSAN" and "STANESBY Jr." ZEN-ON is the first recorder
    manufacturer in Japan that has complete line of products from Sopranino to great bass so as to meet the 
    demands of any recorder player and teacher. ZEN-ON recorders are recommended by many world famous 
    recorder players and school teachers not only as ideal school instruments, but also as good instruments for
    professional players.

  • Doris Kulossa was born in 1968 in Wunstorf-Luthe near Hannover and grew up in the north Eifel area.

    After hr musical science studies in Bonn, she finally got a long awaited place at Moeck in Celle for training as a recorder maker. After the apprenticeship Doris was in charge of the mobile recorder repair shop. For years she travelled through Europe with her tool kit - repairing recorders, organizing exhibitions and holding lectures.

    In the meantime Doris was partly in charge of the historical department, partly in the development department and in the “ordinary” construction department.

    She says "During my time at Moeck I was able to practice and perfect the so called 'Voicing' on innumerable recorders. The many different repairs gave me new inspirations and new ideas again and again.


    Accademia Filarmonica di Verona, 1994

    Although I eventually changed to another workshop „Blezinger“, I always fondly recall my Moeck history.

    Two years at the Blezinger workshop and two years at the Mollenhauer Firm in Fulda completed my journeyman’s years of service. It is always very interesting to discover different styles of work and ideals.

    In May 2005 I was very happy to open my own workshop in Bochum! My idea of a recorder is to have a dynamic and flexible instrument with an infinite number of possibilities and expressions for the player."

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