I think he did better on harp.
I did note a book to get:
From the Clarinet d'Amour to the Contra Bass
A history of large size clarinets - 1740-1860
Albert R. Rice, Oxford University Press, 2009
Something else to add to the clarinet shelf in the library...
I took a look at the site. It is very nice. I like the fact that it is focused on French clarinets. Despite that not really my thing, it makes it very useful though as a resource tool however. Good find Pete!
There does seem to be a bit on other things, such as the Orsi-made Linton contrabass and a bit on Mahillon -- i.e. Netherlands and the main reason I was at that website -- but I think it might be concentrating on French stuff for two really good reasons: most of the interesting clarinet stuff is French and the folk(s) that run the website don't read English ....
I do think I'll have to do some research on the Saxonettes. Looks like at least three companies produced them, including Buescher.
I would say that there's a lot of interesting stuff in German on the clarinet as well. But, it's in German and you know how that goes...
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