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I want to buy a new recorder for my wife - an alto pitched at A415, to replace the Moeck Steenbergen she bought 25 years ago and has never been able to play. The windway of this instrument is very narrow, and after a few minutes playing, the block swells up to the extent that the sound is very compromised.

So I'm looking for a "big sounding" instrument, and one which can take a lot of blowing, so to speak. And made of a decent hardwood.

How do you shop for and purchase a quality wooden recorder? What do you look for to gauge its quality? Can you shop online without ending up buying a recorder that doesn't fit your needs?

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Alasdair McAndrew: Welcome to Musical Practice and Performance. Unfortunately, recommendations for specific purchases are off-topic here. StackExchange is not a traditional discussion forum; we have some unusual rules aimed at trying to answer questions with facts, as we avoid questions and answers that lead to open discussion and opinions. Nonetheless, we welcome your participation. –  Wheat Williams Dec 30 '13 at 16:48
    
Welcome to Music.SE! Per the help center, please avoid questions soliciting buying recommendations. Specific objective questions about certain products are fine, though. –  American Luke Dec 30 '13 at 19:04
    
So, since music.SE isn't the place, where does one go to find advice on shopping for a recorder? –  Jeff Snider Feb 12 at 19:01
    
Find a forum specifically for recorder players or historically-informed performance and early music enthusiasts. –  Wheat Williams Feb 13 at 5:03
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closed as off-topic by Shevliaskovic, Dr Mayhem Dec 30 '13 at 11:00

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