I’m using FontBook, which is, as you say, clunky. Great for viewing fonts though.
But my needs are simple nowadays. Once upon a time - 15 years ago - in making magazines, I kept a ton of fonts around and still have a CD (somewhere in a box) of the entire Adobe font library (1600 bucks in its day). That’s when Suitcase was an absolute necessity. (And what’s that you say? The print world has gone to a PDF workflow now? Well, ain’t that something. My has the world improved while I’ve been out hiding in the hinterlands. Eh? He said all this as he lifted his listening horn up to his aging ears.)
But in recent years, I don’t want to clog up my Mac with too many fonts to choke on. So I just keep a few loaded for basic choices. Would be nice to be able to hide the fonts I NEVER use (some are System fonts and CAN’T be got rid of). But I’ve not been able to figure out how to make groups in FontBook, so I can have more control. (Haven’t tried hard, though.) Can that even be done? Can you use FontBook to pick and choose which fonts are open? (A simple yes or no would be great - if yes, I’ll go look it up for a “how-to”.)
Since I can’t make groups in FontBook, I found a kluge way to do it. I figured out that there are “favorites” in Affinity Photo, so I’ve been using that feature to cull down the list of available fonts.
I recently discovered the wonder of Google Fonts, so have downloaded to my hard drive about a hundred of those. Been fun to play with them again. Fonts are a beautimus thing.