The only "contemporary" recurve I've ever shot is a Fred Bear and it was lots of fun. I've picked up a couple "antique" recurves on ebay for about half the price of a new one. Just have to be careful what I buy and ask lots of questions before making a bid. So far I've had good luck with a Shakespeare and a Ben Pierson. I shoot them all the time with no problems.
I previously owned a Martin Howatt Hunter recurve bow, which I found to be a very nice shooting bow. It had the advantage of being able to purchase additional limb sets to change the draw weight of the bow. Cabela's, among others carries this bow.
In the spring of 2007 I was the unfortunate recipient of an injury cause by a damaged carbon arrow that shattered on release of the arrow. I was in the yard going to take a few practice shots before dinner and the second arrow is the one that did the damage. That day will forever be burned in my mind. After I release what happened I made mistake #2 I pulled the tail shaft of the arrow out of my hand causing more damage.
Thank goodness that my wife was home and was able to...