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?