Curious what turns up where.
On 15 Nov 2015 7:28 p.m., Peter Dillane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Fantastic Peter
> I was idly wandering through an exhibition of historic instruments in
> the Museum of Fine Art in Boston recently and in the midst of serpents
> and sackbuts was stopped in my tracks not by some ancient thing of hide
> and brass but by a Grafton plastic saxophone hiding in one corner with
> the curator's note that they never quiet caught on but held a special
> place as Charles Parker played one. As I have been listening to a
> recording of Parker playing this instrument for over forty years it was
> a magical moment and I couldnt quite get excited by the other older wonders.
> On 11/16/2015 9:21 AM, P wrote:
> > In development: a database of historic musical instruments. “A new online database of historic instruments is to be created by the Royal College of Music (RCM) as part of its ongoing digitisation initiative. It will allow the public to find out about 40,000 individual instruments held in more than 100 musical instrument collections in the UK, including the world’s only octave contrabass serpent.” That contrabass serpent looksawesome.
> > http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/rcm-create-historic-musical-instruments-database