|Plastic recorders have come a long way in the last twenty years. There are now a number of very good options for high quality, consistent plastic recorders. We highly recommend that beginners start with plastic recorders so that they can gain some proficiency and a better idea of what they are looking for before beginning the process of purchasing a wooden instrument. Plastic instruments can also make great practice instruments, backup instruments, or ensemble instruments, or allow you to cover all the sizes without breaking the bank. A matching set of plastic instruments will frequently result in better blend and intonation than an unmatched set of wooden ones!