When I was MUCH younger there was an older German couple who lived up the street and almost every weekend they'd have a gathering of recorder players at their house. No matter how many showed up, they would always play the most amazing pieces. I thought it was grand fun, and so early in my music education (Middle School) I didn't know I was supposed to hate on recorders! Of course, I was run through the recorder pipeline in school, too, so I got tired of screeching sopranos like everyone else. Today I'm not opposed to picking it up again, but if I did it would have to be at least a tenor or lower