A Comprehensive Database of Early Pianos, 1700-1860
Welcome to Clinkscale Online, a comprehensive research database
dedicated to the worldwide cataloging of historic pianos from before
1860. The database is now available as an online resource available
to all registered users without cost. Explore information about
nearly 7000 historic pianos, and easily submit information on
pianos not yet included, or corrections for existing data.
Started in 1987 by
Martha Novak Clinkscale, the database formed the basis of her two
groundbreaking books published by Oxford University Press:
the Piano 1700-1820 and
Makers of the Piano 1820-1860. This website continues her work by
offering visitors an opportunity to search the now much expanded
database, and contribute to its completeness and accuracy. For more
about the database and website, visit the Clinkscale Online FAQ (see
dropdown menu above).
Instrument Society for a 2010 grant making possible the initial online publication
of Clinkscale Online and for a 2015 grant for site upgrades.
- Numerous piano owners, collectors researchers, restorers, and
dealers who have have generously provided information for the database since its
beginnings. They are named in context.
Kenneth Mobbs of Bristol, England
has donated a significant archive of field notes (5000 index
photographs (19,000 slides). All have been digitized for the
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for providing space and
volunteer assistance with digitizing.
James Judson who continues development of the user interface.
Database Administrator: John R. Watson
Editors: Tom and Michele Winter
Archivist: Tom Strange