MINIM UK – A Data Base for Historic Instruments
These days, people tend to forgo upright and acoustic pianos in favour of digital instruments. Digital pianos are a much easier instrument to deal with when it comes to learning how to play – there are no maintenance costs to worry about, they are usually fairly portable, and they are normally the cheaper option. Despite our love of electronic pianos, many of us still have a huge interest in historic instruments. Thankfully, MINIM UK has been created to help us find out more.
Using MINIM UK
MINIM UK is an easy to use data base of historical instruments which is being filled up at a rapid speed. It is free to use, and navigating the site is fool proof. By using the search bars across the top of the website, you can easily search for something if you know some keywords, or the specific name of the instrument. Alternatively you can search for an instrument by family. If you want to find a Stradivarius violin, then simply type ‘Stradivarius’ into the search bar. Or if you want to have a browse then you can go to the ‘strings’ section and then use the helpful filters to narrow your search down to just violins.
Once you have found an instrument you want to find out more about simply click on the image. The site is in the process of being built up and added to but you should find the location and date of manufacture on all listings. Some listings have additional information to browse through, and more instruments are being added to the online MINIM UK collection all the time.
Back to the Present
If your love of old and historic instruments inspires you to get playing, then why not consider purchasing a digital piano. These instruments are versatile, and if you are a lover of Baroque music then you will be pleased to know that most digital pianos come with a harpsichord voice.