- John Solum
German family of wind-instrument makers and dealers active in Leipzig. Gabriel Crone (b Leipzig 1701; d 1763) worked and lived with his brother, Gottlieb (b Leipzig, 1706; d 1768). Apparently no surviving instruments are attributable to Gabriel, but from Gottlieb at least four flutes (one partial), one alto flute, one oboe, one clarinet, a horn dated 1750 and a trumpet (incomplete) dated 1744 survive. Gottlieb’s instruments are usually marked with a crown, a lion rampant, and ‘G. Crone’. His son, Johann August (b Leipzig, bap. 6 Dec 1727; d Leipzig, 20 June 1804), married in 1752 and became his father’s partner in 1764, in which year father and son became co-owners and cohabitants of a house on Quergasse. Upon Gottlieb’s death, Johann August succeeded him, and in 1782 moved the business to a house on Haynstrasse. Surviving instruments (some partial) attributed to his prominent manufactory include one piccolo, 18 flutes, 10 oboes, four clarinets, and five bassoons; he also sold recorders and brass instruments, some of the latter apparently produced by Gregorius Ludewig. The flutes were made of boxwood, ebony or ivory and had as many as three ...