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    J.C. Denner's birthday.

    Well, today's the birthday of Johann Christoph Denner, inventor of the Clarinet, and late 17th century woodwind maker. Coincidentally, its also my birthday, which is why I occasionally make a joke I was fated to play Clarinet. I actually got to play on a copy of a chalumeau made by his son at...
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    Cantabile X-20 ... a very interesting woodwind for beginners?

    At age 70 and with breathing problems it seemed a bit silly to consider taking up a non-fipple woodwind instrument. But hey - so what - I went ahead anyway. After flirting with a Xaphoon (ghastly mouthpiece), a LittleSax (interesting but weird fingerings), a Nuvo Dood (actually pretty good...