Recorders are generally made from either plastic or wood. This affects the sound and tone of the instrument – plastic is easy for beginners to keep clean and is very hardy. Wood on the other hand, allows advanced players to get the most out of the instrument.

Recorders can be made in either two piece construction – for smaller models – or three piece which is the standard and which allows the bottom joint to be adjusted for player comfort.

Step up and advanced models often feature a ‘curved wind way mouthpiece. It is crescent, rather than oblong shaped and helps produce rounded notes, a more professional tone and make high notes easier to reach.