I'm thinking about taking up archery again. It's been 30 years or so, but I remember it as a sort of single-focus, "zen" thing. Ought to work with my current mindset. I've looked at compound bows and they are not appealing to me. Too mechanical with all those cams and things. I've done some searching on the internet and found that the Fred Bear company has been resurrected and sells new recurve bows from $800 - $1,200. Gasp! They're gorgeous, but I'd rather spend that kind of money on a bamboo rod. Found several other current makers that look promising. E-Bay has older ones, too, and they seem to be dirt cheap. I'd probably looking for a three piece bow. I see some with fiberglass tips. Don't know if those proved to be superior to wood or not. Probably looking for something in the 40 lb. draw range to get started. Anybody else been down this road? I would appreciate any advice you might have.