(Springy G reaches for jeweller's screwdriver and makes micro-adjustment to a very, very tiny screw)
*honk* *rumble* *sing*
Ah, that's better.
In the spirit of My philosophy "It never hurts to ask for what you want," it gives Me great pleasure to introduce Ada, the newest member of My family of musical instruments. Ada is an alto clarinet (a Buescher), acquired second-hand this afternoon and already played for a couple of hours.
I've wanted an alto clarinet for... Well, for as long as I've known that there was such a thing as an alto clarinet. I began to get suspicious that this wasn't just a passing fancy when I went "Squee!" every time I encountered one in the wild (first in a clarinet choir at International Band Camp a couple of years ago, and more recently in a community band here in town).
The search is over. Now the hard part: Learning how to play it.