Been listening to a lot of gypsy jazz, New Orleans jazz and similar sort of stuff, and the sound of the clarinet has been really appealing to me, and I had a good autumn work wise, so today decided to take the leap and rent a starter clarinet, with a view to buying it (I can put the 1st 6 months rent against the purchase price). I ended up getting a John Packer entry model, the lady in the shop who was helping me out said there was little to be gained from getting one of the more expensive entry models, but I did end up getting an upgraded, yamaha, mouthpiece.
1st impressions are it's a bit of a trick to get a consistent tone from it, so spent most of the afternoon, in small doses (cos it's hard work on little used muscles) getting a consistent embouchure, but think I'm getting there. Got my 1st lesson booked next weds, so really looking forwards to that.
I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.