Maizie, thanks so much! I think I need to buy a lottery ticket, or see if I can find a friendly inter-library loan option. It looks like an amazing book.
Dotty-old-crotchet, Dan Laurin is so inspirational.
Flossie, what a good idea: maybe makers of better instruments should always recommend a matching cheap practice instrument! One reason I rarely use my (low-ish end) wooden recorder is because it's very different to my plastic recorders, and part of me won't put the effort into adapting to it, when I'm going to play it less anyway... a sort of self-reinforcing cycle.