reedsongs:

instrumental-artistry:

Clarinet in B–flat, ca. 1830
Charles Joseph Sax (Belgian, 1791–1865)

- Materials: ivory, brass
- Other Notes: C. Sax is the father of Adolphe Sax, considered the father of the saxophone. Elephant-tusk ivory was a material used often for high-end instruments for the quality, tone, and construction, but [fortunately] lost popularity and is no longer used by ethical crafters.

Source: NY-MetMA

Holy crap this is gorgeous

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