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I was thinking here how complex the universe of varnishes for musical instruments is - especially the classic ones. Following here on the forum, even without understanding enough, I see how "organic" a topic on this topic can be. Those who understand the English language are in privileged terrain for the most diverse areas of knowledge. It is no different with varnishes. For other speakers, terms can get even more ambiguous. Another thing I find difficult to deal with is the fragmentation of knowledge. How often is information lost or incomplete, like a broken link or photo, on forums! There is also a lot of noise in the discussions. Books should be a good source, or perhaps the best, for those with the access and budget, I think. In that sense, I'm led to believe that a repository of information on varnishes would be wonderful. Just like free software developers have, for example. On which, the most experienced and competent act as the main moderators in a mutual help group. Of course I say this from my point of view and limited context that may be irrelevant to most of this forum. Anyone interested in elaborating and expanding this idea?
I am releasing a large database of instruments including maker name, year built, price sold, date sold. Below is a link to the database. Due to the uncompressed data taking 40 gigabytes of storage, I will only be releasing the database without image data at this time. My goal is to increase knowledge of the violin trade through the eyesight of statistics. If one would like to provide critique or help in the project, below are desired questions regarding the database. 1. Accuracy: What information is wrong? Are there any systematic errors in the database? Is the price sold data accurate? 2. Generality: Where does the database fail in representing the entire violin trade (trade and contemporary instruments for example)? 3. Future work: What can be done with this database? What unanswered question is the violin trade ? 4. Accessibility: What is the best way to increase sharing this information? What method of sharing leads to the largest number of people being able to benefit from my data collection? Who is interested in having photo data and what is the preferred method for large file transfers? 5. Thought?
I have a database of around 10,000 instruments containing maker name, instrument type, location made, year built, year sold, price sold, and photos of the instrument. I have so far calculated the inflation rate for instruments of different type, value, and age from auction data of instruments that have been publicly sold multiple times. My interests are twofold: one is to integrate statistics into the history of the violin trade. The other is to apply to a branch of computer science to predict the price of instruments based on only a photo of the instrument. The process of creating such a database was excruciating. I may release it later after I am done testing it for its accuracy. My unfinished website can be viewed here: instrumentappraiser.com . The end website should predict the quality of an instrument solely based off photos. It will never be perfect, but could serve as a spam identifier or have some other unknown purpose. A couple interesting graphs and charts can be viewed here. https://violinsarecool.wordpress.com/home/history-of-violin-trade/ https://violinsarecool.wordpress.com/home/violin-inflation-statistics/ My questions are the following: if one was to have a database of the entire violin trade, what would one do with it? What are unanswered questions in the violin trade that could be solved with data? Does anyone else have interest in helping me in this project. Attached below is a compressed file of what I have accomplished so far. snippets.zip
Hello - I am researching three violinists - Amely Heller - ca. 1905 Helen Jourdan-Morhange - b. 1888 d. 1961 Anne Briggs - ca. 1895 (her sister, Esther Briggs played piano) I have exhausted my resources to find any dates of performance or bibliographic material - Jourdan-Morhange was a friend & colleague of Ravel. Does anyone know about digital files of back issues of The Strad magazine, other periodicals such as Violins and Violinists and The Violin Times. Cheers - Andrew