Ernst Meyer recorders’ website, still (partially) accessible

Swiss recorder maker Ernst Meyer at work

As many recorder players may have noticed, Ernst Meyer’s short-lived website (online from July 2013, when I had the pleasure to help him setting it up during a visit to his workshop), is gone since 2014. Which is a real pity, as it contained some stunning, full-size photos of Ernst’s work, as well as a catalogue of his recorder models.

Archive.org to the rescue: what many people may have not noticed, however, is that archive.org’s Wayback Machine robots saved it partially for posterity. Just a couple of screenshots, though, but, fortunately, one of them was his model list. Check them out:

Great, isn’t it? (you can donate to archive.org here, by the way. It’s a great initiative.)

Here’s the above linked catalogue again. Please note that, since it’s from 2013, it may not be accurate or complete (actually, it was never complete, since it did not include his Renaissance models):

Ernst Meyer recorders — 2013 catalogue

Models: Denner Bressan TNT Renaissance
1. Soprano c” 440 Alto f’ 440 “The Naked Truth” ist demnächst in diversen Grössen, Alt und Tenor erhältlich Alto g' 415 - 440 - 466
2. Soprano c” 415 Alto f’ 415 [“The Naked Truth” will soon be available in various sizes, alto and tenor”] Tenor c 415? - 440 - 466
3. Soprano b’ 415 Alto f’ 392
4. Soprano a’ 415 → bb’ 392 Tenor d’ 440
5. Alto g’ 415 Tenor d’ 415
6. Alto f’ 440 Tenor d’ 392 → c’ 440
7. Alto f’ 415

“In industry, you do not really learn how to make a good handmade flute. They believe in the blissful technology of a machine. Not me.”
—Ernst Meyer (Tibia, 2005–1)


Update: March 2017

Ernst Meyer, 24–12–1954 – 04–06–2016

And it goes on! Und es geht weiter!

After Ernst Meyer’s lamented, untimely passing, his sons Joel and Sebastian, who have been closely working with his father for many years, continue his father’s work and are currently producing most of Ernst’s instrument catalogue. Here’s a list from November 2016:

Joel Meyer. Sebastian Meyer

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Size Model Pitch Boxwood Grenadill
Soprano in c Denner 443 Hz 2400 CHF 2600 CHF
Soprano in c Denner 416 Hz 2400 CHF 2600 CHF
Alto Ernst Meyer (bore after Bressan) 443 Hz 2600 CHF 2800 CHF
Alto Denner 443 Hz 2600 CHF 2800 CHF
Alto Historical Bressan bore 416 Hz 2600 CHF
Alto Ernst Meyer after Bressan 416 Hz 2600 CHF 2800 CHF
Alto Denner 416 Hz 2600 CHF 2800 CHF
Alto Ernst Meyer after Bressan 392 Hz 2600 CHF 2800 CHF
Voice flute Ernst Meyer after Bressan 443 Hz 2800 CHF
Voice flute Ernst Meyer after Bressan 416 Hz 2800 CHF 3000 CHF
Tenor in c 443 Hz 2800 CHF
Voice flute Ernst Meyer after Bressan 392 Hz 2800 CHF

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Contact & orders

Joel meyerrecorders@mac.com
Sebastian sebastian@meyerrecorders.com

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