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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?
Hi all, again. I am still trying to gauge the viability of an idea I have for a nonprofit organization in my community, and it still kinda depends on you lovely Maestronetters whether anything can get started within the year. I have located supportive faculty at the University of Kansas, veteran Suzuki teachers, a vast array of enthusiastic strings pedagogy majors who are willing to be very underpaid, children in need of private music lessons, interested grant making foundations, a large space and several small rooms that can be used for free any time, a luthier (obviously), contacts from similar organizations, and so forth. That's all pretty good, I think. While I have no idea how to apply for nonprofit status (I hear from an attorney friend that it takes many more hours than it used to), I would still like to get started. All that is missing is instruments. Tiny instruments to not-so-big instruments. Cellos, violas, and violins. Anything you might otherwise retire from your rental fleet. Anything that might be in a basement space never set up and gathering dust. That sort of thing! If I had nonprofit status for such a project, I could seek funding for new instruments, I realize, but again, that is really hard, there's no board yet for example, and also... I know that some of you throw away good fractional instruments from time to time. Also, still looking for advice and experiences with similar organizations and startups. I know there is such a huge variety of experience and expertise here, and I'm hoping to hear a few stories and experiences. Thanks.