On the subject of wood recorders: my first instrument was drums – wooden drums played with wooden sticks. Next was the quitar followed by the lute – both wood instruments. Then came the cello – a wood instrument played with a wood bow. I have come to love the feel and appearance of wood, in addition to its sound. I’m quite willing to spend a bit more for quality wood recorders, and to do the added maintenance required to enjoy not only their sound, but their feel in my hands.