This proves that throwing a bottle in the sea does bring a reply!
That’s interesting, the cracks along the grain vs across. It does make more sense that it would crack along the grain.
My poor old (not so old) rosewood alto started opening up again.
I can still play it but the high notes don’t speak so I finally retired it and am using my plastic Aulos.
The plastic certainly doesn’t feel as nice under the fingers, but it plays beautifully in tune AND gives me the high and low notes.
And, needless to say, maintenance is a breeze.
Ps. I’m now into JamKazam for ensembles. Early days.
It works here (Canada) but this morning I’ll be testing it with someone in England.
It’s all an adventure.
Let me know if you hear of any recorder JK ensembles that are up and running.
Thank you so much for your reply.
All the best.