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  Finished and Kit RWC Racketts  
  Finished and Kit RWC Racketts  

Es: Ranqueta, Fr: Cervelas, Cervelat, Cortand,  De: Faustfagott, Stockfagott, Rankett, Ranckett, Rakett, Rackett, It: Cortaldi, Eo: Ranketo, Kolbasbagoto, Nl: Ranket, Raket, Rackett, Wurstfagott

The rackett is an instrument that was mainly used in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The name derives from the german word for "crooked". The early racketts evolved into two slightly different instruments. We now distinguish the so called renaissance and baroque racketts.

The renaissance rackett consists of nine parallel cylindrical bores through a single piece of wood or ivory, joined at the top and bottom by the end caps in an alternating manner, creating one continuous tube. There are several sizes of rackett, in a family ranging from soprano to great bass.

The instrument actually has a playing length several times its physical length. The size of the rackett is amazingly small compared to its low pitch. Since the bore diameter is relatively narrow, the sound of the rackett is soft.

The baroque rackett was built in a similar fashion, but had ten pseudo-conical bores. The pirouette was replaced by a bocal emerging from the central bore to allow the double reed to be fully exposed. The extra tubing created a lower-pitched instrument. This type of racket dates from c. 1700, and was built in one size only (bass). Many of the improvements to the rackett are attributed to the German instrument maker Johann Christoph Denner (1655–1707).

Having no less than nine parallel bores the rackett must surely be the ultimate development of multiple bored instruments. Because its unusual construction the fingering pattern is somewhat strange.

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  Finished and Kit RWC Racketts  
  Finished and Kit RWC Racketts  

RWC Rackett
The rackett is one of the Renaissance Workshop Company's considered specialities and we make not one but three sizes, tenor, bass and great bass each one set up with either a cane or a plastic reed.

They are made from a single block of sycamore bored nine times and slotted at alternate ends to create a series of interconnecting bores. The whole body is turned to shape around the central bore before being sealed with linseed oil. Cork bungs fitted to the slots are sealed with wax and the ends of the instrument are covered by polished brass plates. The finished racketts are then tested for any leaks before being tuned by our experienced craftsmen.

Our Great Bass Rackett is less than 15" (43cm) high yet bottom note plays at the pitch of a pedal C organ pipe. Great Bass range: CCC - GG

Our Bass Rackett is less than 12" (35cm) high yet plays a bottom FFF below the sub contra bass recorder. Bass range: FFF - D

Our Tenor Rackett is less than 9" (23cm) high yet plays at the same pitch as a sub contra bass recorder. Tenor range: CC - G

The price includes your choice of cane or plastic reed.

Each instrument is entirely hand built to special order by in house craftsmen in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) and comes with 12 months warranty.

A fitted carrying case is available as optional extra if required.


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Finished and Kit RWC Racketts
 
  Finished and Kit RWC Racketts  

Rackett Kit
The same range of instruments are offered in kit form for home assembly.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

If you are interested in building your own rackett and unravel the mysteries of this fascinating Renaissance instrument, choose among the three sizes: Great Bass Rackett Kit with a range: CCC - GG, Bass Rackett Kit with a range of FFF - D and Tenor Rackett Kit with a range: CC - G

The body is supplied in English sycamore with all the bores pre-drilled and slotted. All the hardware parts, drills, cork, brass end plates, cane or plastic reed, pirouette and the all important fingering chart are included. A plastic reed is supplied as standard with the option of cane upon request.

Full instructions in a clear and concise manner take the builder step by step through the construction of this fascinating instrument, explaining the inner workings of a multiple bored instrument.

A special working template ensure that each fingerhole is drilled into the right bore, in the right place and at the right angle even for the first time builder.

All the kits Include free access to our customer 'Helpline' should you need any advice on construction, setting-up or playing.

An attractive fitted hard case is available to protect the instruments above when finished.


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Finished and Kit RWC Racketts
 
  Finished and Kit RWC Racketts  

Rackett Plan
You can make the same range of instruments from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner.

A fully dimensioned plan and a set of templates illustrates each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.


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Not all of the items listed on our site are available immediately. Products without a reference nor a price are rarely available for quick dispatch. If you are interested in them, please contact us.

We publish standard availability, which means that this product usually ships in that time since it has been ordered. But at the specific time of your order, that interval can be longer or smaller depending on many production factors.  In addition, you still will have to wait for your product to arrive (delivery time). [More info about availability & delivery dates]

  Finished Instrument   Two months  
  Kit   Two weeks  
  Drawing   Two days  

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  Rackett - Tenor CC - G
  Finished Instrument                
    Rackett - Tenor CC - G   F-RAT   Finished   531.02  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Rackett - Tenor CC - G   K-RAT   Kit   221.23  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Rackett - Tenor CC - G   P-RAT   Plan   40.81  RWC  
                   
  Rackett - Bass FFF - DD
  Finished Instrument                
    Rackett - Bass FFF - DD   F-RAB   Finished   578.68  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Rackett - Bass FFF - DD   K-RAB   Kit   255.28  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Rackett - Bass FFF - DD   P-RAB   Plan   47.62  RWC  
                   
  Rackett - Great Bass CCC - GG
  Finished Instrument                
    Rackett - Great Bass CCC - GG   F-RAGB   Finished   662.09  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Rackett - Great Bass CCC - GG   K-RAGB   Kit   279.11  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Rackett - Great Bass CCC - GG   P-RAGB   Plan   52.72  RWC  
                   

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