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by NewAge
09 Aug 2017, 09:00
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Carl Ecke Piano worth
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Carl Ecke Piano worth

If your piano has not been tuned for about 7-8 years (whether it has been regularly played or not), it certainly needs it! I would also bet that the piano would benefit from a good regulation. I recall on another forum that a gentleman said his acoustic piano had not been tuned in over 20 years, as ...
by NewAge
12 Jun 2017, 22:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Best piano
Replies: 4
Views: 4574

Re: Best piano

I think many specialists would say, don't buy a piano by name only. If it sounds good, and the keys feel good to you (or the intended player) that is often equally important as the maker's name. From the names you give, I'd want to know the date of each, which was in tune, and which has been regular...
by NewAge
12 Jun 2017, 22:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Supertone piano for sale on ebay"
Replies: 1
Views: 3961

Re: "Supertone piano for sale on ebay"

As you are obviously looking for a good used piano, how many others have you seen so far, and equally important - how many have you tried yourself or had someone play for you in order to get an appreciation of the sound and touch? In the link you supplied I couldn't identify thick oil on the tuning ...
by NewAge
16 May 2017, 19:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 5396

Re: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.

Hi, My children are learning to play and we were kindly given a straight strung 19th Century Cramer a couple of years ago. I'm finding that you have to strike the keys fairly firmly to get notes out of them, and the piano tuner last time said it was nearing the end of it's life. So I'm thinking of ...
by NewAge
06 Mar 2017, 23:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The "C" in front of Sauter, Bechstein
Replies: 4
Views: 4430

Re: The "C" in front of Sauter, Bechstein

What is the difference between a piano that has "C. Sauter" written on it and an instrument with only "Sauter" on it (same for "C. Bechstein"/"Bechstein", "W. Hoffmann"/"Hoffmann")? Unlike Bechstein, the 'C' in Sauter does not imply a premium model.The 'C' in Sauter indicates the founders first nam...
by NewAge
19 Jan 2017, 23:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying my first piano!
Replies: 13
Views: 5579

Re: Buying my first piano!

From your listing, if I had to check out one it would probably be the Knight. I've never played one, but believe they can be pretty good. My golden rules to prospective buyers are: - Take your time, DONT rush to make a purchase. - Play as many different pianos as possible. Generally newer means bett...
by NewAge
13 Nov 2016, 18:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Barless Club
Replies: 25
Views: 11057

Re: The Barless Club

Thanks again for the info. I'm trying to contact the dealer but he's never in when I call and is not calling me back. I'm trying to trade in my current piano for this one so we'll see what happens. I'll try to get a serial number. There is no info whatsoever online except what I've stated already. ...
by NewAge
13 Nov 2016, 18:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How Do They Make Cast Iron Frames in Pianos?
Replies: 2
Views: 4236

Re: How Do They Make Cast Iron Frames in Pianos?

Every piano has one . It is the backbone to structural integrity. It’s also what gives a piano most of its weight. What is it? Commonly called the frame, harp or plate, this iron mass in the piano withstands the 19+ tons of string tension. Read this month's blog on how they cast iron frames for pia...
by NewAge
30 Aug 2016, 13:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: George Russell piano for refurbishment
Replies: 5
Views: 4945

Re: George Russell piano for refurbishment

Colin,
Regarding your comment, "the left & right hand brass turnbuckles have come undone". Now that's what I call observation!
It may be time to change your avatar. May I suggest this one?
http://www0.f1online.de/spthu/005412000/5412958.jpg
by NewAge
26 Aug 2016, 16:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 XA tuning problems
Replies: 3
Views: 4704

Re: Yamaha C3 XA tuning problems

Colin's questions are indeed pertinent; are you in Asia or another country with rapid swings of temperature and humidity?
And to enlarge on question 4, is your piano close to a radiator or other forms of heating, or in front of a window in direct sunlight?
by NewAge
16 Aug 2016, 19:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Frequencies
Replies: 19
Views: 6964

Re: Frequencies

Three tunings in the first year with a new piano is nothing to worry about. I experienced the same with my Sauter when it was brand new. The second year I expected it to remain stable after the 2nd tuning that particular year, but it also needed a third before I began to be happy (total 6 tunings in...
by NewAge
15 Aug 2016, 21:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: My Grandmothers Brinsmead #53083
Replies: 20
Views: 2631

Re: My Grandmothers Brinsmead #53083

Bill, after an extensive internet search, I too have failed to find any 1897 Brinsmead piano catalogue. The John Brinsmead & Sons Ltd catalogue from around 1915 is still available on line in a 46 page pdf format, which I'm sure you're aware of. Interesting enough the latter wasn't flagged up using t...
by NewAge
12 Aug 2016, 23:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: My Grandmothers Brinsmead #53083
Replies: 20
Views: 2631

Re: My Grandmothers Brinsmead #53083

Interesting Vernon. I located the picture you refer to, and the piano in question, where one can observe that the center panel is higher/lower than the adjacent side panels, effectively similar to the other Brimsmead. As you say, a very beautiful picture indeed. http://static.artuk.org/w800h800/GL/G...
by NewAge
12 Aug 2016, 13:46
Forum: Piano History
Topic: My Grandmothers Brinsmead #53083
Replies: 20
Views: 2631

Re: My Grandmothers Brinsmead #53083

I can advise that the picture on the center panel is entitled 'Captive Andromache', originally an oil on canvas c.1888 (197x407 cms) by Frederic Leighton. It depicts Andromache (the widow of Hector) taken captive after the fall of Troy. According to Greek mythology, Hector was killed by Achilles and...
by NewAge
05 Aug 2016, 16:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7606

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

I love reading Colin's detailed comments, and must confess have picked up a lot since joining this forum a few years ago. I even spotted the bi-chord string replacement and the uneven coils before having read Colin's comments, so I'm certainly improving too. That particular string also looks to be o...
by NewAge
27 Jul 2016, 14:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need part(s) for 1900 Pleyel grand piano
Replies: 31
Views: 7776

Re: Need part(s) for 1900 Pleyel grand piano

I am torn between: "Must have" and "forget it". That is why I need a bit of discussion. What would you do? It is a one time opportunity for rare parts without fear of destroing another piano. But maybe a whole other complete one is out there. I DON'T KNOW. Regards Bernt BTW: Are we a 2 person forum...
by NewAge
05 Jul 2016, 20:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Broadwood bought at an auction
Replies: 12
Views: 2085

Re: Broadwood bought at an auction

My very first reaction on seeing the photos, was "there's something very wrong with those pedals and/or lower kick-board. Knowing that Broadwood was a very reputable name and generally known for their quality, I can't possibly believe that it came out of the factory like that. The pedal cut-out desi...
by NewAge
05 Jul 2016, 18:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: This look like a good deal?
Replies: 2
Views: 4278

Re: This look like a good deal?

I agree with Colin here, it looks like a great deal, AND I see the price has been reduced to 1500 pounds. Don't loose a second more in checking that one out.
And please let us know how you get on.
by NewAge
11 Apr 2016, 20:29
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Paul Roland upright piano
Replies: 7
Views: 1764

Re: Paul Roland upright piano

This is probably a stencil piano. There is no such company in the catalogs. when you ask these questions about old pianos or any piano, always send a photo so i can see it. that makes all the difference. Uh.....I believe that was a photo of a piano in the original post #1 above, unless my eyes are ...
by NewAge
19 Jan 2016, 23:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on Boyd Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 1864

Re: Advice on Boyd Piano

Pending getting a piano technician to give precise opinion on it's condition (a technician NOT affiliated to the seller!), would it be possible to supply a few more photos, particularly of the sound board, tuning pins, strings - and the way they are attached to the pins. I'm certainly no piano exper...
by NewAge
14 Jan 2016, 18:21
Forum: Piano History
Topic: EVrard Paris, more info
Replies: 5
Views: 1316

Re: EVrard Paris, more info

Interestingly, if you search Google Images for Evrard piano, there are a number of them there! And just for the hell of it, I've done a search on the most popular national site here, and there are currently 8 Evrard upright pianos listed for sale, straight-strung and cross-strung models. Prices ran...
by NewAge
12 Jan 2016, 20:39
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Princess Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 1269

Re: Princess Piano

Nice one Colin. Love it! If your idea should ever get implemented here, just wait for the number of people to complain after having pressed that button - with or without a touch-sensitive screen....... Seriously though, reading between the lines, Bill clearly doesn't mind the number of queries for v...
by NewAge
11 Jan 2016, 14:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Princess Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 1269

Re: Princess Piano

Bill, I may have said this before, but in view of the number of times one gets asked to value a piano on this forum, why don't you get the site webmaster to:- i) Change the colour of the 'Please don't ask us to place a value on your piano as an on site inspection is required. ' statement in the head...
by NewAge
11 Jan 2016, 14:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Visiting Sauter Piano in Germany
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Re: Visiting Sauter Piano in Germany

I have only one regret regarding my purchase of a new Sauter piano in 2008. That is not having done a factory tour at the time, or unfortunately since. The fact that I didn't choose my actual personal piano, doesn't trouble me, but one day I must try and make that factory visit just for the experien...
by NewAge
20 Oct 2015, 13:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Reid Sohn
Replies: 17
Views: 2730

Re: Secondhand Reid Sohn

Opinions vary but I would certainly take a Yamaha U1 over a Reid Sohn, especially if the former is 90's vintage - and in good condition. The Reid Sohn at 131cms should have a fuller base sound, but I wouldn't let that be the deciding factor, given that when you eventually want to upgrade, a Yamaha U...
by NewAge
29 Aug 2015, 08:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: RUSHWORTH & DREAPER
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: RUSHWORTH & DREAPER

I'm not sure where you are located, but if in UK, it's a buyers market, and not usually particularly advantageous to a private seller. Not sure why you are so taken by a 6-octave model (perhaps by virtue of it's slightly smaller footprint), but you are wise in assuring that it's an iron frame. In yo...
by NewAge
15 May 2015, 11:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Hilton & Hilton piano
Replies: 12
Views: 2759

Re: Can anyone help date this Hilton & Hilton?

It's interesting to see the sconces still present, the pair of which I guess could be worth as much as the piano itself - although I may be wrong. I realise that some tuning pins can remain very stable within the wrest-plank, but I'm having difficulty in seeing how a piano that has been neglected fo...
by NewAge
21 Mar 2015, 11:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Grand Piano 12248
Replies: 23
Views: 4963

Re: Erard Grand Piano 12248

Very nice!
A YouTube clip or sound clip of it would now be pleasing.
:piano;
by NewAge
13 Feb 2015, 11:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Interesting new piano
Replies: 1
Views: 903

Interesting new piano

I thought this may interest other piano lovers - it certainly did me. As for the price, it's certainly like some of those supercars - if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMHJTy3wlVg It would be fascinating to hear from a top-class performer how this Rav...
by NewAge
12 Feb 2015, 11:57
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Best new digital piano for a singing teacher
Replies: 1
Views: 1368

Re: Best new digital piano for a singing teacher

I've just replied to another post on this forum, which could also assist you too with the purchase of a keyboard. Suggest you give it a read. The more recent models of Yamaha, Roland and Kawai are generally better than their predecessors, so if possible buy the newer models. Also check out Casio who...
by NewAge
12 Feb 2015, 11:39
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai or Yamaha Digital pianos?
Replies: 1
Views: 2122

Re: Kawai or Yamaha Digital pianos?

Hi I note that there's been very little activity on this digital forum recently which is a pity. I'm not a regular visitor either, but I'll have a crack at answering your question. Firstly, be careful (very careful) on purchasing a keyboard instrument from CL or indeed from any commercial website un...
by NewAge
09 Feb 2015, 21:14
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Seeger piano from Heins & Co.
Replies: 4
Views: 1737

Re: Seeger / Heins & Co piano

Your piano also appears to be straight-strung and overdamped.
by NewAge
04 Feb 2015, 19:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Can You See Any Major Issue Here?
Replies: 5
Views: 2128

Re: Can You See Any Major Issue Here?

I agree with Colin. A quick look at the photos doesn't throw up any immediately obvious issues. But you should be looking at possible wider issues. Picking up from one of your comments, "I have tried and I really like the touch and sound", begs the question 'how many pianos have you tried during you...
by NewAge
27 Jan 2015, 11:56
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Sarah Garth Wicking Piano
Replies: 13
Views: 2788

Re: Sarah Garth Wicking Piano

Bill, I was a little surprised to see you describe this piano as, "just an ordinary Edwardian or late Victorian upright, apart from the glass fall." We had what was certainly just an 'ordinary' Edwardian upright piano at home - with sconces but no additional ornamentation. The piano as shown by the ...
by NewAge
28 Dec 2014, 20:24
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Forster Leipzig upright
Replies: 7
Views: 4451

Re: Forster Leipzig upright

Hi there I too have a Foster Leipzig and have tried finding some information about the piano makers to no avail. I live in Sydney Australia and my piano does not have a piece up top . It is a according to my piano tuner a beautiful sounding instrument. My mum purchased it for me 41 years ago and un...
by NewAge
30 Nov 2014, 00:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: langer vs Renner
Replies: 4
Views: 2318

Re: langer vs Renner

I believe this is the same 114cms Rameau piano you have spoken of elsewhere, which you've just had delivered. As I understand it's not been tuned for many years, you'd be advised to wait a week or two to allow the piano to become acclimatised to it's new location and environment, and then have it tu...
by NewAge
16 Nov 2014, 16:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Going to view a John Ralph Upright Piano...thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Re: Going to view a John Ralph Upright Piano...thoughts

Gill is right, the link you provided doesn't work. However I arrived at the ad by Googling 'gumtree john ralph upright piano'. The following link should work. http://www.gumtree.com/p/pianos/piano..john-ralph..good-condition-%C2%A3200/1089099723 At a very rough guess I would say the piano dates from...
by NewAge
16 Nov 2014, 12:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: ERARD piano saved from the landfill
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

Re: ERARD piano saved from the landfill

@Olek, Bienvenue - welcome to the forum. Having read a great many of your fascinating posts on ''Pianomajeur' and elsewhere, it's good to have someone as knowledgeable as yourself to add to the technical info provided here. I must admit to having spent many agreeable hours on your photo-blog site, a...
by NewAge
29 Oct 2014, 14:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1960 Steinway upright valuation
Replies: 4
Views: 1720

Re: 1960 Steinway upright valuation

When was it last tuned?
When was it last regulated?
What refurbishment (if any) over the last 50 years?
The answer to those questions could be very significant to a potential S&S purchaser.
by NewAge
22 Oct 2014, 21:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of Erard piano #18023
Replies: 8
Views: 2665

Re: Age of Erard piano #18023

Regarding the comment "Paris & London branches being the same", surely what was meant was, in the archived heading dated 22 March 1855, the given total of 18,200 pianos came from the same referred Paris (17,000) and London (1200) workshops.
by NewAge
04 Sep 2014, 06:10
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Schiedmayer & Soehne
Replies: 10
Views: 6759

Re: Schiedmayer & Soehne

@Vazgmar, I note you are a first-time poster here, prompting the sale of your own piano. Unsure if you are a regular internet user, but giving out your e-mail address and telephone number is something that one should never, ever do. I strongly advise you to edit your post and remove your e-mail addr...
by NewAge
27 Aug 2014, 13:26
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Willoughby "Upright Iron Grand" ~1890?
Replies: 7
Views: 2359

Re: Willoughby "Upright Iron Grand" ~1890?

Oh dear! Looks like Bill is having a BAD hair day.... or something.
I take his point about this being a history forum, but not quite the way in which it was communicated.
C'est la vie.
by NewAge
12 Aug 2014, 20:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does anyone recommend a Kelmann piano?
Replies: 11
Views: 3337

Re: Does anyone recommend a Kelmann piano?

Kaj wrote:Here is a Kelmann
http://www.youngspianos.co.uk/kelman
No. The one you show is a Kelma(n)
Which is the better.........? :?
by NewAge
12 Aug 2014, 18:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does anyone recommend a Kelmann piano?
Replies: 11
Views: 3337

Re: Does anyone recommend a Kelmann piano?

I'm no pro, just a very keen piano-lover/player for years, and I can't recall ever hearing of a Kelmann piano, either on this or similar forums world-wide. A question was raised here some 9 years ago about a Kelman (one n) piano, and reading between the lines it was probably a stencil piano - which ...
by NewAge
12 Aug 2014, 16:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking Piano restorers to work on an Erard
Replies: 6
Views: 1882

Re: Seeking Piano restorers to work on an Erard

As always, excellent, comprehensive advise by Colin.
by NewAge
07 Aug 2014, 21:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Sprecher & Comp.
Replies: 9
Views: 6100

Re: Sprecher / Springscher

I have just bought at auction an AMAZING Sprecher and Comp piano in original condition with hand painted murals on the front with dazzling gold paint. The piano is absolutely gorgeous but sadly i can find very little on the piano company besides they were operating 1855-1857 and im really trying to...
by NewAge
25 Jul 2014, 08:45
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Steinberg Berlin
Replies: 9
Views: 3054

Re: Steinberg Berlin

Colin, an interesting thread. Your photos appear to show a well-made, pretty sturdy piano. Does it have two or three pedals? A random search threw up this Steinberg Berlin http://www.amadeus-pianos.com.ar/es/venta/verticales/steinberg/fotos/steinberg%201.jpg which appears to have a similar leg style...
by NewAge
27 Jun 2014, 12:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schulze Pollmann made in china
Replies: 15
Views: 3727

Re: Schulze Pollmann made in china

Colin, I agree this could possibly be a little doubtful, especially considering the faults in the 2nd paragraph. The name on their webside and also the fallboard is indeed 'Schulze Pollmann'. Their website indicates the model 109P but gives no indication of price. The Piano Buyer however shows nothi...
by NewAge
19 Jun 2014, 16:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...
Replies: 6
Views: 2279

Re: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...

If it's what I think it means, I can think of one first rate company still in existence which is older than Bosendorfer. Yes indeed. Burkat Shudi founded that company in 1728 and still in operation today. Bosie opened 100 years later. Ah, the John Broadwood connection. Your knowledge and memory are...
by NewAge
19 Jun 2014, 13:49
Forum: Piano History
Topic: A. Lenz approx. date?
Replies: 5
Views: 2402

Re: A. Lenz approx. date?

Colin,
An excellent rebuild blog. (I'm pleased to read that it was "sensitively dismantled").
Perhaps there's a parallel career for you as a midwife....... :wink: