hi. i've got several recorders. my best sopranino is cracked after years in the desert, but it is still very responsive and i use it for magical purposes, playing with the fauns or fairies for example and projecting my melodies in my imagination to a destination, a piece of land, a sick friend, or some political situation that needs healing. my other one is soft and purring and i play it often for pleasure. it likes to play folk tunes while the 'best' one plays free-flowing spontaneous melodies.
i've still got my old school recorder, a descant, which has a lovely floaty tone and have aquired a secondhand cheapy that has a woody voice and a sad, thuddy sort of moodiness, but it likes to be loved!
i've also got a tenor, which is also rather dull and woody - wooden play if ya didden get tough with it - you really have to blast away to get it reverberent and deep, but then it's melifluous enough. my best friend stepped on my very expensive alto which i'd just begun to learn to play, and guess what, she's still my best friend!!!!
if the aerial spirits, faeries and fauns know you are playing for them, they'll help you though you may not be aware of it at first - it's a relationship that grows... you have to take your recorder or flute to a place where you feel their presence - or create a place indoors with plants or flowers, pictures and other decor effects, and music to call them, and when you feel them around you, whisper it, or tell them out loud, and believe it! they'll help you in ways you won;t be able to doubt.
yeah, never despise the old recorder. some beautiful baroque music, by vivaldi and others, exists using recorders of different kinds in delightful conversation with each other. have joy!!!!