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Databases / Databanken
On the internet there are 3 seperate databases focussed on harmonium and reed organ. These three together deliver us listings of
These three share some properties. All three are based on a database model designed by Joop Rodenburg. This design was made in the old and stable format of Dbase.
On all three of the web sites you will find information how to register your instrument to be added to the database. To register your instrument in a database you need to supply the following data:
a) One or more pictures of the instrument. Preferably a **correct ** exposed digital picture. When shooting with a digital camera: Set the camera to the highest quality level. Do NOT resize or "webalize" (= save for web). Further more: take care, some or most of e-mailing programms have the nasty habit to resize your pictures when sending them through e-mail meaning that your picture will be lesser in quality.
b) All information you can find about the instrument. Brandname, name of seller, manuall compass, number of rows of reeds. Derived stops and from which row they are derived. Style name, action number, couplers and type of forteflaps (front & back or bass & treble. Try to find a serial number. Look for glued labels on the inside. Pencil remarks. The history of the instrument in your family, is the invoice still at hand?
c) The FULL stoplist. Use the accepted format to start at the left side. Play the instrument to be absolutely sure the stop is bass or treble. When the stoplabel has fallen of, mark it as [blank] Even without the label you can define it is an 8 or 4. So name it [ blank 8] or [blank 4].
d) Fill in the properties of the wind system. Footblown, handblown, windmachine.
e) In what location: home, church, or whatever.
f) Condition of the instrument: playable or not.
g) Was it restored? When? By whom?
h) Fill in your personal data ( name, address, phone, e-mail). These data are NOT shown in the database.
Tips for more brilliant pictures
Please find a moment to browse the three databases and have a good look at the quality of the pictures. Lots of them where made in the "analog era". So there was no way to check to quality. Sometimes this meant that a (long) trip was made to make pictures. And only two weeks later the prints came in, finding they were not correctly exposed. Or shaken. Or underexposed. Or not framed nicely. You will see many pictures that lack or even don't have quality. But hey!, there is no possibility to redo the pictures. So we have to avoid these mistakes. That's why you have to look at the pictures we now have.
When making new pictures with a digital camera we CAN make sure the pictures are okay for database publication.
Try these tips: