Even when I shot wheels(early 80's) I could not stand the cold metal riser. Always shot wood riser bows.
If it is going to be your first sticbow, I would encourage you NOT to invest big $$ in it. The are a lot of good used bows out there and like Yote said, the Jag is pretty decent priced. Starting to see a few being sold as used on some of the trad sites.
what hoyt recurves are you refering to the dorado,gm1,gm2 or the older wood riser ones. i have 2 huntmasters that were produced for hoyt by either samick or aim back in the 80's that shoot great and are very fast bows.