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by janetwilson
29 Mar 2005, 14:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brand New Yamaha T121 vs 1980 U1H
Replies: 4
Views: 4541

I was looking for a piano in this price range recently... I don't know the T121, so can't comment. I liked the 2nd hand Yamaha U1s, but they varied quite a bit.. sorry to complicate your choice, but you might find that it's not just a simple choice between the 2 models... it might be a matter of loo...
by janetwilson
29 Mar 2005, 13:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Budget Pianos
Replies: 2
Views: 3988

Hi.. this was the price range I was looking in. when I was trying out these pianos, I thought the Cambridge had quite a good bass.. I also liked the upper treble, but wasn't keen on the bit in between... I liked the Cambridge better than the KX10 which I thought was a bit muddy. I thought the K15E (...
by janetwilson
17 Mar 2005, 20:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice needed re second hand piano
Replies: 2
Views: 2425

but if it's out of tune, I'd have thought it would be difficult for you to assess the quality of the piano (I know I'd find it very difficult) and whether or not there are other problems. The usual advice on this website seems to be "get a tuner to check it out".. so since no-one has posted this adv...
by janetwilson
10 Mar 2005, 14:48
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Finger Exercises
Replies: 6
Views: 10306

Can't help with exercises, but as for the flat hand problem... When my piano teacher was trying to explain hand position to children, she got them to cup their hand around their knee (...their own knee.. don't want to get you arrested here....) and then transfer hand, in same position, to the keyboa...
by janetwilson
07 Mar 2005, 21:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schimmell too difficult for amateur?
Replies: 6
Views: 4063

Right, so you think it's the individual piano, and not the way I'm playing it? I just wondered if that sort of piano was only designed to be played quite hard and loud with lots of weight, rather than played gently. But you reckon I ought to be able to get a decent amount of sound from the bass with...
by janetwilson
07 Mar 2005, 19:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schimmell too difficult for amateur?
Replies: 6
Views: 4063

Thanks for your reply Barrie.. Yes, the technician will come out to tune etc in situ, but the person in the shop (who seemed very knowledgeable) seemed to think it was as it should be.. I've tried Yamaha U1 and U2, and didn't find them heavy... don't think I've tried a U3. Would you expect a Schimme...
by janetwilson
07 Mar 2005, 12:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schimmell too difficult for amateur?
Replies: 6
Views: 4063

Schimmell too difficult for amateur?

I've just signed the cheque on a second-hand Schimmell Studio, for a very reasonable price, but now the euphoria has died down I'm wondering if I will actually be able to play it! I'm about Grade 7 (unlikely to get much about Grade 8 in future) and play fairly gently. When I played it in the shop I ...
by janetwilson
01 Mar 2005, 18:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bright pianos or just voicing?
Replies: 3
Views: 3344

Thanks; that makes sense to me... But... someone has just advised me not to go for this type of piano (i.e. the Indonesian, or was it Korean Kawai)... he said they may sound nice when new but the sound becomes very harsh as the felts compress quickly because of whatever they are impregnated with, an...
by janetwilson
28 Feb 2005, 09:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Very out of tune after 6 months?
Replies: 2
Views: 2479

Very out of tune after 6 months?

How fast should a piano (kept in normal conditions, not very near radiator as far as I could see) go out of tune? I looked at a couple of pianos (small modern-ish uprights, one of medium one of high quality) last tuned 6 months ago and they were very out of tune, though one was otherwise in extremel...
by janetwilson
27 Feb 2005, 23:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Digital - are they any good
Replies: 8
Views: 5477

I was at a piano club today (recommended if you are in London area!) and met someone who was a very good amateur pianist (playing Bach Preludes and Fugues) and surprised to discover all she has at home is a fairly basic Clavinova, which she's reasonably happy with as a practice piano. However, she a...
by janetwilson
27 Feb 2005, 23:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bright pianos or just voicing?
Replies: 3
Views: 3344

Bright pianos or just voicing?

Are some pianos intrinsically brighter than others, or is it just a matter of voicing? I looked at a Kawai K15E (a fairly basic Kawai) and it didn't seem particularly bright to me, but I'm told they are a bright piano... will it turn very bright faster than some other brand of piano?? And if so, is ...
by janetwilson
27 Feb 2005, 12:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: sticking notes on chinese piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

Thanks Barrie. The sticking notes I noticed were in the upper part of the piano (approx 2 octaves above middle C)... though I noticed some lower notes which didn't return as quickly as they should when played repeatedly... I assumed this was a limitation of a cheap action? Actually, can I ask you an...
by janetwilson
27 Feb 2005, 03:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: sticking notes on chinese piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

Actually.. I do have a further question... the piano is actually 2 years old (and I've seen the same problem on another piano of similar age...)... so maybe there is some intermittent sticking problem?? And if so, do I have to call out a piano tuner every time it happens at home, or will it just un-...
by janetwilson
26 Feb 2005, 21:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: sticking notes on chinese piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

Thank you both for your helpful replies. And it was really helpful to have a reply so quickly, as I have to make decisions quite soon.
by janetwilson
26 Feb 2005, 21:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Are big pianos louder?
Replies: 2
Views: 2597

Gill, thank you for replying so quickly and for your reassuring answer!
by janetwilson
26 Feb 2005, 16:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: sticking notes on chinese piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

sticking notes on chinese piano

I'm thinking of buying a Weber, a fairly cheap Chinese piano with a nice sound. I noticed a couple of the notes were sticking... they can fix this in the shop, but ... is it something which is likely to happen a lot once I've bought it? I know notes are more likely to stick on cheaper-made pianos.. ...
by janetwilson
26 Feb 2005, 15:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Are big pianos louder?
Replies: 2
Views: 2597

Are big pianos louder?

If I buy a big upright, will it be louder in my flat than a small upright, when played in the same way?
(I know I can get a better fff from a big upright if I want to... but what I need to know is... will it sound too lound all the time... I live in a flat so don't want a piano which is too loud....)
by janetwilson
24 Feb 2005, 20:08
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Will digital piano harm my technique
Replies: 6
Views: 8666

Will digital piano harm my technique

I learned to play on an acoustic piano, haven't played much at all for the last 5 years and am now perhaps Grade 7 ish. As I can't work out what piano to buy, I'm considering using a basic cheap Clavinova for the next couple of years or so.
But.. will the difference in action etc damage my technique?
by janetwilson
24 Feb 2005, 19:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Will digital piano harm my technique
Replies: 0
Views: 1920

Will digital piano harm my technique

I learned to play on an acoustic piano, and am now perhaps Grade 8 ish. As I can't work out what piano to buy, I'm considering using a basic cheap Clavinova for the next couple of years or so.
But.. will the difference in action etc damage my technique?
by janetwilson
24 Feb 2005, 19:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Digital - are they any good
Replies: 8
Views: 5477

I am renting a Clavinova 110 (a fairly basic Clavinova) at the moment. It's not bad.. sometimes I like the sound because it is quite mellow, and sometimes I hate it because it's a bit synthetic - basically, it is a recording of a good piano.... The bass sounds good. As your previous reply says, the ...
by janetwilson
24 Feb 2005, 10:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Will I get used to a heavier touch?
Replies: 1
Views: 2110

Will I get used to a heavier touch?

I am thinking of buying a piano (Petrof 116), which has a slightly heavier touch than many pianos, in the lower part of the keyboard... not sure if I will get used to it, or if it will make my hand ache... any advice?
by janetwilson
24 Feb 2005, 10:07
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Will I get used to a heavier touch?
Replies: 1
Views: 3302

Will I get used to a heavier touch?

I am thinking of buying a piano (Petrof 116), which has a slightly heavier touch than many pianos, in the lower part of the keyboard... not sure if I will get used to it, or if it will make my hand ache... any advice?