FAQ

What are the origins of the Early Pianos database?
What publications have been drawn from the database?
What is the scope of the database? What does it include?
How accurate and up to date is the database?
I want to submit information on a piano. What should I do?
Who administrates Clinkscale Online?
What information technologies are used for Clinkscale Online?

What are the origins of the Early Pianos database?

The database was first created in 1987 by Dr. Martha Clinkscale. Information came initially from her systematic survey of printed sources, including museum catalogs and checklists, journal articles, dissertations, and other publications. Her visits to museum collections and private communications with scores of piano owners, collectors, and scholars provided much information for the database. New information and corrections to the database have been continuously entered for nearly twenty five years.
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What publications have been drawn from the database?

Two books were based upon the database:
Makers of the Piano, vol. 1: 1700–1820 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993).
Makers of the Piano, vol. 2: 1820–1860 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
Preparation of the Clinkscale Online began in 2009 and was made publically accessible in 2011.

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What is the scope of the database? What does it include?

The database includes pianos of all types made up to the year 1860. Pianos remain in the database whether or not their current location is known, and in some cases, after they are known to have been destroyed. The database is not able to accept data on post-1860 instruments due to practical limits of database maintenance and administration.
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How accurate and up to date is the database?

Every effort has been made by database administrators to maintain acceptable data accuracy. Nevertheless, due to the massive number and geographical spread of the instruments, information has come from many sources. This sometimes results in information that is sketchy or hampered by a lack of universally accepted descriptive language. Publication of the database to the Internet will enable you to help in the data refinement process.
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I want to submit information on a piano. What should I do?

Use the online data entry form to enter your information. Click the little “+” sign next to the field name for an explanation of the field and tips for filling it out correctly. An editor will check over the entry. Please consider uploading photos to assist editors with the description.
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Who administrates Clinkscale Online?

John R. Watson, who illustrated Martha Clinkscale’s second volume and assisted with the database in her last few years, continues work on the database and is responsible for publishing it on the internet. Major editorial help is provided by Associate Editors Tom Winter and Michele Winter.
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What information technologies are used for Clinkscale Online?

Clinkscale Online uses a MySQL database on the back end with an ASP.NET interface by programmer James Judson.
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