Here are some older models of the clarinet. How many differences can you spot between these and a modern instrument?
I think that over time, the clarinets have improved in many ways. For examples, there is less keys than in a regular clarinet that we use now. That might of caused it for it to have less notes and fingerings.Besides that, the wood has certainly been modified and they clarinets aren’t all the same size. However, overall, they haven’t changed a whole lot to the present clarinets in shape and structure.
The old clarinets look a lot simpler than a modern day one, maybe because they were obviously made straight from the wood. I noticed it had some things which are not part of a modern day clarinet, such as that extra hole at the bottom. I wonder what that was for. I also find it quite odd that the clarinet in the middle appears to have no mouthpiece. But other than these differences, the modern day clarinet is not too different from the ones in the picture. I feel that if I was handed one of these (except for the middle one), I could play it just fine.