Hi folks. Sorry I'm posting this here, since I don't know where to post this--which is part of the reason I'm asking some questions. Pete, Steve--whoever--please move to the appropriate sub-forum. Thanks Back when I was in jr. high, I got minty Artley 18S Prelude clarinet when I started my clarinet studies. I played it for about a year, and then switched to the school bass. I kept playing bass all throughout school and beyond into university. Then I gave up clarinet until about a month ago, when I picked it up again for a musical. I'm playing the Reed 3 book for Guys and Dolls. I am quite amazed by this Artley 18S Prelude. I remember ATT these instruments had a very good rep. The serial # puts it at 1974. (At lest if the serial # chart on the Selmer USA website is correct.) Looking at it, you would think it is new. I had it into my tech, who only had to replace 2 pads before I started playing it again. I was wondering Steve, if you could give me any info on this little beast. Stuff like: Who made it originally. Since it's a simulated wood grain, composite body of some kind, I know it's a student horn of some kind, so I'm wondering how they compare to what's out there in general. I'm just surprised at the warmth in sound that it has. It doesn't sound any different to the wooden Buffet I sit next to--mind you that guy too is a sax player, and not the world's strongest clarinet player. My MP is a late 1970s Herb Couf Artist 4*. Maybe you could tell me something about that too. I have a couple of those for alto and tenor from back in the day, as they were quite popular, but I don't know if the one I have for the clarinet is a jazz piece or not. I also have a Selmer HS*, but I haven't tried it. I don't know what it plays like, since I've just been concentrating on relearning all my fingerings again--more or less done, just trying to keep the L&R pinkie notes straight in my head is a challenge--and developing my clarinet embouchure. For that I figure 1 MP will be challenge enough, why mess around with 2. So insights that you could provide Steve, into my horn or MPs would be greatly appreciated. I'm not planning on upgrading, since playing clarinet is not going to become a regular thing for me. That said, I did get a really interesting--read antique--Albert system clarinet for the Big Band I play in, and I am planning on learning its key layout, but I just need to get this musical out of the way before I clutter up my head with yet another fingering system.