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Date Parameters and Editorial Standards

A pre-1925 date limit for BMO increases the timeframe covered by the print editions to include the beginnings of the early keyboard revival. As a primarily crowd-sourced information system, BMO editors make a reasonable effort to ensure accuracy of information and consistency of its presentation, but necessarily accepts all credible data from observers all around the world. Users are strongly urged to alert editors when they have new information, corrections, or photographs.

Costs and Funding

All staffing is volunteer. However, website hosting and professional web development are costly. BMO receives funding from the Musical Instrument Research Catalog (www.MIRCat.org), a non-profit 501(c)3 charity that solicits funding from individuals and organizations in support of the BMO initiative and other closely related digital resources for musical instrument research.


General Editor and Website Administrator is John R. Watson, based in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. (email Editor@Boalch.org). Biographies editor is Lance Whitehead based in Edinburgh, Scotland. (email Biographies@Boalch.org). A board of contributing editors is being formed.


BMO is an independent initiative that regularly reports its progress to MIRCat, on which BMO depends for funding, encouragement, and consulting. There is also a Boalch advisory committee to advise on editorial policy and database interface improvements.

Project Status (as of 2021-10-01)

The conversion of all data from the 1995 print edition to the database format is complete. John Watson and Lance Whitehead are now editing, updating, and adding to the instrument entries and maker biographies respectively. New and corrected information on instruments may be sent to Editor@boalch.org.  It will be announced when we can accept new and corrected information for maker biographies. Web developer Wendi Taranto is creating a user interface for the online database. Our target date for publication is April, 2022.