I only started my world flute journey in around 2009. I played jazz trumpet since I was a kid and messed around with bass since highschool, piano lessons etc.. went through a life transition and started with native american flutes and then started listening to other traditions. Got plenty of world drums too.
I think I got caught on the quena more out of stubbornness than anything else. I heard these Peruvian guys like Checho playing modern music on a stick with holes. And I said how hard can that be? So I purchased one, and it was much harder than I thought. I'm like damn. It must be a bad stick. It wasn't a great stick. So I bought another and another. I wasn't going to let a wooden stick with holes in it beat me. And began to realize, I needed to practice that thing like any western instrument. And so I did. It can take awhile to get the embouchure down and like anything you are always adjusting.
I am not really a silver flute player but I do own a student model. Just that these world flutes take alot of time and there is only so much time in a day because I play Chinese rim blown flutes too. They are sweet. It's learning the musical traditions that takes all the time and the repetoire. So if you are playing MOzart and Vivaldi on the silver flute, you the man.
So warning, finding a good quena and the right quena is a journey in itself. If you need any guidance, let me know.
I do have some video's but I'd rather not post them in this forum. Kind of takes away from the anonymity one enjoys on a financial related forum. Plus I am recording new stuff. After I record stuff, I don't listen to it much because I'm focused on something else.