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Resources and data gathering
#2879627 08/14/19 05:52 PM
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Hi everyone!

We are currently building a large database that contains information about piano manufacturers, piano models, and piano serial numbers. We are using the following as our references:

1. Pierce Piano Atlas
2. Pianos and their Makers vol. 1 and 2.
3. The International Directory of Music Industries (1911)
4. The Piano: An Encyclopedia

I am looking for more to add to this short list. Can anyone point me to some more resources?

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Originally Posted by karolus
Hi everyone!

We are currently building a large database that contains information about piano manufacturers, piano models, and piano serial numbers. We are using the following as our references:

1. Pierce Piano Atlas
2. Pianos and their Makers vol. 1 and 2.
3. The International Directory of Music Industries (1911)
4. The Piano: An Encyclopedia

I am looking for more to add to this short list. Can anyone point me to some more resources?


Who are we ? Just curious!

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karolus #2879652 08/14/19 08:40 PM
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Some of those resources you mentioned sound awfully old. For newer models Piano Buyer is best(?)I think ...

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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
Some of those resources you mentioned sound awfully old. For newer models Piano Buyer is best(?)I think ...


Just FYI to the OP, Piano Buyer is copyrighted material ......... I would suggest you use the materials provided by manufacturers as your core data


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karolus #2879676 08/14/19 11:22 PM
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Pierce Piano Atlas is also still in print, so just cutting and pasting their work on your own site without proper attribution or permission is not good behavior. I have never heard of items #3 and #4 on your list.

Piano Buyer + a copy of the Pierce Piano Atlas (both available online or in print) pretty much does what you're trying to do, at least as you have explained it.


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Originally Posted by karolus
Hi everyone!

We are currently building a large database that contains information about piano manufacturers, piano models, and piano serial numbers. We are using the following as our references:

1. Pierce Piano Atlas
2. Pianos and their Makers vol. 1 and 2.
3. The International Directory of Music Industries (1911)
4. The Piano: An Encyclopedia

I am looking for more to add to this short list. Can anyone point me to some more resources?


Is this a school project ? The only thing I can suggest is going to piano dealers and asking for catalogues.You may find they give you a few especially if it is school project.
Pierce Atlas.,The online version only seems to give the age of pianos (through the serial numbers) up to 2011 .At least that is the only version I am able to consult.However as terminaldegree has mentioned ,this as well as Piano Buyer are copyrighted material. So permission would be needed.

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