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For Renaissance dances, I'd expect the main time drain for "relearning recorder playing" to be articulation. For a pleasant combination with other instruments, both regarding intonatory blend-in while maintaining discernible voice leading, Renaissance recorder play seems to stand and fall with the player's mastery of leggiero.


The basic answer (which applies to carbon fiber stringed instruments too) is that our current understanding of materials science is insufficient to produce a material which exhibits as "flat", i.e. uniform frequency resonance curve as wood. Keep in mind that it takes a lot of skill to select proper wood -- there's a reason reed instruments are made ...

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