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Welcome to Antique Sound Workshop, Ltd.

America's leading source for historical musical instruments
celebrating 41 years of service to early music performers
1973-2014

Telephone: +1 (508) 833-3979 • Fax: +1 (508) 833-3760
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 10 AM-6 PM EST

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What is Antique Sound Workshop?

For over forty years, we have dedicated ourselves to improving the standard of recorder playing, one instrument at a time. This link will tell you everything (and quite possibly more than) you ever wanted to know about who we are and what we offer, as well as some information about our history, our publications, and our sales policies. If you can't find the answer here, there is always E-mail, telephone, fax, or [shudder] snail mail for the hopelessly retro.

Antique Sound Workshop Catalogue

Our extensive on-line catalogue offers more than 800 different models of recorders and an equal number of other historical woodwind, brass, string, keyboard, and percussion instruments. Our sheet music catalogue contains more than 15,000 titles the last time we counted. Feel free to download and print out any specific catalogue pages in which you are interested. However, if you're looking for something specific or want advice or guidance, it might just be quicker if you call up and ask.

ASW Information Bulletins

These bulletins will provide you with concise, detailed, and authoritative information on various aspects of the recorder and its playing technique. If you need a crash course in some specific subject, this is a good place to start. Beginners will want to read the first five bulletins in the order listed. If you have questions not answered here, feel free to call us, but do bear in mind H. L. Mencken's dictum: "For every complex question, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." To which we would add the corollary: "For every simple question, the only correct answer is long, complex, and detailed."



Special Notices to Our Customers

Antique Sound Workshop's order department and telephone lines will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM on all Saturdays and Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas for those holiday gift buyers who find it more convenient to do their shopping on weekends. The workshop itself will be closed on weekends as per usual, in order to give our staff time to do their own holiday shopping and celebrating as well as get some much needed rest. The ASW elves have a strong union, and we have found it best to accommodate their wishes in that regard. We can guarantee that all orders for our custom-serviced historical instruments that are placed before December 15th will be serviced and delivered in time for Christmas gift-giving. We pay for shipping via UPS Ground Service for all orders over $100, However, orders placed after December 15th may require shipping via expedited air services at the customer's expense in order to insure timely arrival. We recommend that you shop early and get free shipping!

We have just undertaken the sale of a very large and comprehensive estate collection of several hundred recorders, historical woodwind, brass, and string instruments. Included are recorders by Fehr, Huber, Küng, Mollenhauer, Roessler, Adler-Heinrich, Moeck, Hopf, Blezinger, and many other makers, as well as historical woodwind instruments by Körber, Moeck, Hanchet, Wood, and Sweet, cornetts by Christopher Monk, Moeck, and Kđrber, brass instruments by Dotzauer, and string instruments by Ellis, Folkcraft, and Kelischeck -- this is only a partial listing. Most of these instruments are unused and in mint condition. Thus far, we have gotten the entire collection catalogued and priced, but it will take us several months to service all of the instruments in our workshop and have them ready for delivery. The first of these instruments are already listed for sale in Carlton's Clearance Corner. Customers are welcome to inquire about specific instruments or sets of instruments in which they might be interested. We will be happy to reserve and take advance orders for any instruments from this important collection. Pre-ordered instruments will be prioritized for service and delivery.

We regret to inform our customers that we are completely sold out of Yamaha 300 series plastic bass recorders and have been informed by the maker that we will not receive any more until mid-January. We will therefore also be unable to deliver any of our custom-tuned Mayflower Special matched sets of Yamaha 300 series recorders, which include a bass, until mid-January as well. However, we will be happy to accept backorders for future delivery of these extremely popular instruments. Orders will be filled strictly in the order received, and we expect quite a backlog to accumulate during the next two months. Thank you for your patience and understanding in awaiting delivery.

We once again have Huber Model III alto recorders in plumwood as well as Model III tenor recorders in cherrywood in stock after their having been unavailable since early summer. Unfortunately, we are still backordered on the Huber Model III sopranos in plumwood and do not expect delivery of this model for several more months.

UPS will increase its ground and air shipping rates an average of 4.9% for 2015, effective December 29th, 2014. All UPS Ground Service packages will also become subject to dimensional weight charges as well, just as their air shipments have been for the past several years. Effective December 29th, We will pay UPS Ground Shipping costs for all domestic orders over $150, but orders totaling less than that amount will be billed for shipping at the new 2015 prices.

New from the Gerhard Huber workshop in Switzerland are three extremely inexpensive historical woodwind instruments: two transverse flutes and a chalumeau. These well-designed and impeccably-crafted instruments represent this maker's first expansion into woodwind instruments other than recorders and are ideal choices for recorder players wanting to expand their musical horizons to historical flutes and clarinets –– and at a bargain price as well.

We have just added a large selection of high-quality, hand-crafted wind chimes by Music of the Spheres to our catalogue. Made here in the United States, these fine musical instruments are available in over fifty models; there are five standard sizes, each of which is available in ten different tunings, plus several additional specialized models in single tunings. Please see What's New at Antique Sound Workshop? for our detailed comments on these new items.

We have recently changed credit card processors and are now able to accept a complete selection of credit cards for payment: in addition to VISA and MasterCard, we now also accept payment by Discover, Diners Club, JCB, and American Express. Please also note that we no longer are required to submit the three-digit CCV code for VISA transactions. Our ASW Order Form has been updated to accommodate these additional possibilities for payment. As always, we ask that customers please submit their orders using our on-line order form, so that we may fill your order as expeditiously as possible.

We ask that all orders for plastic recorders, accessories, and/or sheet music be placed using our ASW Order Form. This will enable us to process and fill your order much more quickly and efficiently. Credit card information may be safely left on our office answering machine outside of our regular business hours if desired; please include your name and your credit card's number and expiration date. Because of the great volume of orders for our custom-serviced plastic recorders, we are not able to accept telephone, fax, or E-mail orders for these items and ask for your cooperation and consideration of our other customers in this regard.

Customers placing orders via our on-line ASW Order Form and requesting shipping via UPS Ground, Air, or International services will automatically receive detailed shipping, tracking, and delivery information via E-mail. Any delivery delays caused by adverse weather conditions or other problems will also be rescheduled and reported. If you wish to have us send this information to multiple E-mail addresses, simply provide the additional addresses in the information box at the bottom of the order form. Orders placed by phone, fax, or E-mail must be processed manually, which causes more delay in processing and shipping and does not allow for automatic confirmation and shipping notification.

We endeavor to confirm all orders and answer all inquiries promptly. A few customers have reported that they did not receive our order confirmations or shipping notifications, apparently due to overly-aggressive spam filtration by their Internet Service Provider or E-mail client. Please be certain that aswltd.com and ups.com are trusted domains in your server and personal E-mail security settings if you wish to insure that you will receive our communications.


ASW Staff E-Mail Addresses

In order to serve you more efficiently, each member of our staff now has his or her own E-mail address. Our ASW staff directory provides you with quick and easy-to-use E-mail reply forms.

How to Place Your Order

If you want to "cut to the chase" and place an order now, go to our ASW Order Form. If you want to send us an order by E-mail, please contact our Sales Department at sales@aswltd.com. You may also call, fax, or write us.

What's New at Antique Sound Workshop?

You will find here direct links to the newest items in stock at Antique Sound Workshop. All items are in reverse chronological order, so the most recent items are listed first.

Carlton's Clearance Corner

This link will take you directly to our current inventory of pre-owned, demonstration, imperfect, discontinued, overstocked, and closeout recorders and other historical instruments.

ASW Web Site Search Engine

If you are looking for something very specific, rather than just browsing, our new and powerful site-wide search engine will find every mention of it for you in just a few seconds.

Chrestologia Archives

We have listed the contents of all back issues of our customer newsmagazine for the last ten years it was published. Copies of some back issues may still be ordered from us, but many are sold out and no longer available. At the request of many of our customers, we have begun making available on our website a few selected articles and editorials from those back issues that are now out of print. It is a slow and tedious process, but we will add to these republished articles as time permits.


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