Since I'd played the clarinet for 7 years, I decided to pull it out again today to see what I could still do - and the wood is drying out, and the pads are busted! So, it will have to wait to be fixed, since I have no idea how much such a thing would cost, although I already know it's more than I have.
I loved the clarinet - it's a very logical, flexible instrument, but its wide range typically plunks it into the "harmony" section of any symphonic piece. Hence, Klezmer, where the clarinet takes the forefront as the lead instrument. I'm looking forward to playing it again - embouchre and breath support be damned! The clarinet will be mine, again!