“ .. . In the 1930s Carl Dolmetsch completed the upper end of the family with the sopranino as well as producing recorders at modern pitch - until then all production had been at low pitch. Production at low and modern pitch continues side by side to the present day. The company continued making many kinds of hand-made early musical instruments (viols, lutes, harps, rebecs, harpsichords, spinets, clavichords, recorders, pipes and tabors, tambourin, psalteries, and so on). A delightful, though not wholly uncritical, description of the Dolmetsch workshop (as it was in 1947) is given by Frank Hubbard who, in that year, joined the firm as an apprentice.
The first Dolmetsch plastic recorders were manufactured in 1947, establishing the name in the area of educational musical instrument manufacture. More recently the Company has formed manufacturing and design associations with other manufacturers (including Coolsma in Holland - owned by Aafab b.v.) to broaden the range of instruments bearing the Dolmetsch name. However, the family (Jeanne Dolmetsch, Marguerite Dolmetsch and Brian Blood) continues to this day to play a central role designing, promoting and making, setting the standard of craftsmanship and reliability for which the company is justifiably famous. ..“
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