The Hotteterre-tenor has a powerful and warm sound in all registers. The instrument is most suitable for solo playing and its extended compass of 2 1/2 octaves gives access to the baroque flute literature. Because of their considerable length the instruments have keys for the lower notes.
Three recorders branded with the anchor serve as models for the Hotteterre-tenor. The anchor sign belongs to Jean Hotteterre and his descendants: a very influential French family of woodwind instrument makers and composers in the 17th and 18th century with a widely spread family tree. It can not be proved with any certainty that the instruments were designed by Jean himself or by one of his descendants. Two of the three recorders are to be found in the Musée de la Musique in Paris, one belongs to the Frans Brüggen collection in Amsterdam.