There are 4 John Parker bassoons in the Hichwa-Rachor database. He worked in London from a1770 until his death in late 1814 or early 1815. In newspaper advertisements from 1799, he described himself as a “flute-maker,” and more flutes by Parker have survived than reed instruments. He was an oboist, bass singer and bassoon player who made bassoons for the Goulding music business. According to The British Encyclopaedia of 1809, his bassoons were highly regarded because of their excellent intonation.
John Parker Literature
Jansen, Will. The Bassoon: Its History, Construction, Makers, Players and Music. Frits. Knuf, 1978 Vol. 1, pp. 449, 450.
Lasocki, David. “New Light on Eighteenth-Century English Woodwind Makers from Newspaper Advertisements”. The Galpin Society Journal, Vol. 63, May 2010, pp. 131, 132.
Waterhouse, William. The New Langwill Index. Tony Bingham, 1993.
Waters, Simon. “Networks on Innovation, Connection and Continuity in Woodwind Design and Manufacture in London between 1760 and 1840”. in The Galpin Society Journal, LXXIII, March 2020, pp.10-29.