Clarinet by J Riley

I’ve been eyeing this up in our local second hand shop for a while and today, I gave in. Anyone know anything about these instruments? It’s stamped with “The Diaphone, Joseph Riley and sons, Birmingham” (UK not US). Riley and sons were active from about 1850 and sold a variety of instruments, which hasn’t helped much in trying to date this one! It appears to be made of rosewood.

J Riley clarinet


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Musician and teacher. Guitarist, bassist, ukulele-ist, lutenist and an ist!
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