Well, the title basically speaks for itself, but I do need to include a bit of background. I have never played a stringed instrument before in all my 54 years. I have, however, at one time or another achieved a fairly decent level of competency with bagpipes, recorders, English pennywhistles and Irish tin whistles. So, I suppose that conventional wisdom might dictate that I should stick with woodwinds: hence, the clarinet. Still, I am attracted to something completely different. That is why I am looking to the cello, or even the bass. I am not, however, into self-flagellation. If either the clarinet or cello is so realistically too difficult at this point in my life without heroics, other than proving that I can take a good beating, then by all means be honest and tell me to forget either or both. Thank you in advance for any suggestions and hones topinion, even negative, that you might have to offer. I would love to one day be able to play Artie Shaw's clarinet solo in "Frenesi."