i havent played the recorder for a few decades since i was 8 years old. i learnt on a german made wooden recorder, but dont recall i took much care of the instrument im afraid.
ive just purchased a wooden recorder made by zamir. it appears that its never been used and was part of a collection. im awaiting my purchase of a learn to play the recorder book as i cant remember any of my learnings, but im wanting to get my recorder ready for use.
i dont want to shock it as it feels very cold from sitting around in various places.
im currently just handling it. im a bit nervous of my breath in a very cold never used instrument.
Since no one else has responded, here’s my take. Let the recorder sit in the room where it will be played for a while – an hour would be ideal. Also, especially when it’s new, mop it through frequently, and always before you put it away. Aside from that, get on and play – you shouldn’t do any harm.
I keep most of my wooded recorders in “fur” lined padded bags (from the Early Music Shop) to give them some insulation from temperature extremes when I need to take them out to a venue.