Happy little recorder-vignette last weekend: I took small son to a flea-market, and he spotted a pot full of assorted tin-whistles and recorders, ran over and grabbed one, and started peeping. I apologised to lady and asked if it was OK, and she responded "Yes, give us a tune". So I did, on which basis she knocked 50p off the price and sold me a little descant for 1pound50. It's a little wooden school recorder I'd guess (Adler), and quite cute if rather battered, and judging from Ebay, probably half its true value! It will definitely get played (appears to be English fingering). I also got Richard Jones Baroque Keyboard pieces vol. 2 for 50p. Thanks, ABRSM, for publishing this one. It's got so much useful information about baroque style and keyboard technique that it's valuable for anyone, not just keyboardists. Rather heavy on fingering, but I can understand why: the author is trying to tell his players about non-romantic detatched style, and how fingering fits in with articulation. It's only confusing when there's also a figured bass annotation too! Definitely worth the price(!) I'd have paid a good bit more. But we resisted a totally-beaten-up trumpet.
Sometimes the world is a nice place.