Its wide cylindrical bore and its fingering imply it was a chalumeau or clarinet in the bass range. Four anonymous bass chalumeaux or clarinets apparently dating from the eighteenth century and having from one to six keys also appear to be among the earliest examples, and one in particular has been suggested so far from before 1750. However, the authenticity of at least one of these contraptions has been wondered. Additional designs were developed by many other makers, adding Dumas of Sommières who called his tool a "Basse guerrière" in 1807; Nicola Papalini, c. 1810 an odd design, in the type of a serpentine series of curves, carved out of wood; George Catlin of Hartford, Connecticut "clarion" c. 1810; Sautermeister of Lyons "Basse orgue" in 1812; Gottlieb Streitwolf in 1828; and Catterino Catterini "glicibarifono" in the 1830s. These last four, and a few others of the same period, had bassoon like
folded shapes, and most had extended ranges. A instantly bodied instrument without extended range was produced in 1832 by Isaac Dacosta and Auguste Buffet. Music is from time
to time encountered written for the bass clarinet in A, e. g. in Wagner operas, and Mahler or Rachmaninov symphonies; this music also tends to be written in bass clef however not constantly e.