Many years ago I played the recorder. I started out learning it on my own and eventually worked my way up to private lessons from John Tyson the recorder instructor at NEC Early Music Program. I wasn't all that great on recorder but I was pretty good at improvising on it (Baroque preludes mainly.) My first recorder was a piece of plastic junk but my last recorder was a handmade instrument made by a famous instrument maker. But my life changed with getting married and practicing it conflicted with my wife's work schedule. You have to play a wooden recorder daily or it drys out and you have to spend a month breaking it back in before it can be safely played again.

-- gary