It's a wonderful instrument, sounds very good (see below for my useage), very responsive, light in weight and requires absolutely no maintenance. I wish all my instruments were like that!
I've had one of these instruments on loan for a very long time, close to 20 years but wanted to get my own. After considering getting a wood recorder I read up on the issue and found that in the lower register recorders it hardly matters at all to the sound whether it's wood or plastic. And the plastic lasts 'forever' whereas the wood will not, far from it.
So I got me a new one which is 99% the same as the old one (different thumbguard) and it feels exactly the same and I will be very surprised if it doesn't last longer than I will :)
Disclaimer: I'm an experimental improviser so I don't play conventionally. In fact, most of the time I sing while playing to generate more than one 'pitch' at the same time as well as heavily processing the output of the recorder. I never use the top mouthpiece (white thing with the tube) but blow directly into the top dark brown piece, the 'sound hole'. Just so you know :)