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by Barrie Heaton
17 Feb 2018, 13:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rogers Tuning Pins
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: Rogers Tuning Pins

Most UK pianos that were made pre 1960 upright used 0-0 x pins if the piano has to be restrung it can anything up to 7-0 x Today most tend to use 2-0 x this is to make the pin titer because of the greater surface area, as they user nickel plated pins which are more slippery than just mild steel ones...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Feb 2018, 12:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1938 John Broadwood baby grand
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: 1938 John Broadwood baby grand

Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 11.44.38.png its steel frame not cast iron, if my memory serves me. but was very expensive to make They made a barless upright in the 90s at Ladbrooks in Birmingham but that was bit of flop. Looking at the photo again its not a Barless grand as there is one Barr this is a ...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Feb 2018, 12:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1938 John Broadwood baby grand
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: 1938 John Broadwood baby grand

its a Broadwood barless grand you can get the book here https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-accessories-shop/piano/the-broadwood-barless-piano-2.html Broadwoods are giving a talk in Shrewsbury in June on 100 Years of the Barless grand see https://www.piano-tuners.org/event/the-broadwood-barless-piano...
by Barrie Heaton
21 Jan 2018, 13:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright

The events is not in the side menu on the forum yet not got round to it but older version of Safari. should see it

I have Safari. Chrome and firefox on my Mac, I read the forum with Firefox Shop with Chrome and surf with Safari.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
20 Jan 2018, 16:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright

its now in our Music Events Calendar https://www.piano-tuners.org/events_calendar.php
a Few of my clients go to it and do enjoy it very much


There are a quite few Facebook chat room for piano as well

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Jan 2018, 15:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright

He may have posted all over the place and got reply elsewhere.... the world is changing. In the mornings I have to go to my local post office which is next to a large school you hold the door for the boys 95% say thanks, but the Girls you just get looks of contempt from most and the odd thank you. Y...
by Barrie Heaton
30 Dec 2017, 17:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: Broken Hammer on Heintzman Upright

Do you have the missing hammer ?
by Barrie Heaton
22 Dec 2017, 21:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach Grand Piano removing the agraffes
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: Ibach Grand Piano

First, you need to remove the strings Then you will need an agraffe removal tool V268 When removing the agraffes there will be underneath the agraffe thin spacer washers you need to count them for each note as they will need to be put back, some get stuck to the frame its best to put them on a wire ...
by Barrie Heaton
22 Dec 2017, 13:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Chappell Piano Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Re: Chappell Piano Advice

if you get £500.00 for It will be impressed, its only a strait strung over damper

Barie
by Barrie Heaton
20 Dec 2017, 17:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Asbestos in piano
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: Asbestos in piano

yes you can get Asbestos in pianos from old Hydrocel units, please read this topic
Asbestos in Hydroceel units

http://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-forum ... tos#p10896

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
01 Dec 2017, 18:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pin block for pleyel grand
Replies: 5
Views: 587

Re: Pin block for pleyel grand

Not done a Pleyel pinblok you may get a more detailed response on the Facebook Group international piano technicians by one of the Tuners who have done the Pleyel pinblok it will be the same way as doing a Steinway pinblock

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Nov 2017, 18:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Collingwood Baby Grand
Replies: 1
Views: 494

Re: Collingwood Baby Grand

Photos tell us very little about the condition of the piano. Try to find out who last tuned the piano and give them a ring if your relative has no idea who tuned it or when it was tuned if it was more then a few years ago. Then you need to get a local tuner to inspect it before you pay the removal c...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Nov 2017, 17:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Duck son & pinker ltd
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: Duck son & pinker ltd

its a Bechstein which was sold by Duckson & Pinker ltd no big deal, up to you if you take it off. having the label there will not detract from the value.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
11 Nov 2017, 11:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Duck son & pinker ltd
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: Duck son & pinker ltd

Retailers place their own sticker inside, on the fall lid and above the keys and yes it is part of the pianos history . They still do it today. I remember in the 90s having to go out to a piano because it did not have a Harrods sticker inside Had to put one on However, I would be more concerned abou...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Nov 2017, 15:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 1073

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

Not tuned a new Bentley for about 10 years they were very bad pianos, most of the retailers around her dropped them. However, they may have improved since then but a secondhand Kawai would be a better buy so long as it's not too old

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Nov 2017, 12:44
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: My original Music
Replies: 2
Views: 733

Re: My original Music

Very nice indeed the end of the first track is sweet and nice to have a piano in tune

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Oct 2017, 16:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need help with a few questions about a gift.
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Re: Need help with a few questions about a gift.

Well, you started this topic what was your question?

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
09 Oct 2017, 16:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Peter Corney JustGiving page
Replies: 0
Views: 491

Peter Corney JustGiving page

Peter Corney has sadly died aged 68 on Saturday 7 October after a long and brave fight against cancer. Peter was a much loved veteran of the piano business. Originally a music retailer he joined Kemble and Co in the 1980s and worked tirelessly as sales Director till the company closed in 2009. He su...
by Barrie Heaton
05 Oct 2017, 19:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Potential improvement to upright piano action
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: Potential improvement to upright piano action

The extra jack spring is not new seen it on some old German pianos and collard and collard pianos. However, the damper slap one is and looks interesting. Yes it can be retro fitted to most tall pianos that have a Jack and damper slap rail. The Steingraber upright piano uses magnets to achieve the sa...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Sep 2017, 19:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano ownership in Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 4783

Re: Piano ownership in Britain

Remember them well.. at the moment I am on my 3 bottle of Birra Moretti a Beer from Italy very nice

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
21 Sep 2017, 16:55
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano ownership in Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 4783

Re: Piano ownership in Britain

Gill the Piano wrote:
04 Feb 2011, 18:58
In 1910 there was one piano per every 10 people in this country. :shock:
Are you sure that was not pubs with real ale jkl
by Barrie Heaton
18 Sep 2017, 19:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley 115 or Challen Baby Grand
Replies: 1
Views: 490

Re: Bentley 115 or Challen Baby Grand

The Challen will be a bit pased it you would need a tuner to look at that one The Bentley will be a Chinese one if it has been well prepped they are OK but not great

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
29 Aug 2017, 18:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Grand Dampers
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: Bluthner Grand Dampers

I have extended the felt not very elegant but it works. Also, make sure that the ends of the dampers come into contact first just a tad you can experiment by pinching the ends of the flats so they puff up and come into contact before the rest of the damper this kills the harmonics first before stopp...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Jul 2017, 11:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Kawai Age and History
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

Re: New Kawai Age and History

All of these will do it as they move piano up and down the UK al the time

Piano Logistics
G&R Removals
Butlersmith

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
22 Jul 2017, 10:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Kawai Age and History
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

Re: New Kawai Age and History

3 to 4 weeks before you have it tuned. The bowl of water was OK in the 60's but theses days modem insulation and as you have under floor heating I would recommend a Piano life saver will save you a lot of problems

have you looked at our site for a list of movers

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Jul 2017, 17:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Kawai Age and History
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

Re: New Kawai Age and History

Hi again, Meant to ask . Can the strings - if they are affected be replaced ? Yes but not cheep 700 to 2 K depending on who and the quality of the string that jut the Bass . Can the silent system box be replaced if needed.? it may be upgraded yes, for a compete new system about £1200 + fitting Are ...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jul 2017, 16:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Kawai Age and History
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

Re: New Kawai Age and History

There are 2 types of sensors optical based systems and rocker its the rocker ones that tend to have problems with noise as they are mechanical, However, the optical ones can be effected by dust Some who have only ever played a digital take a while to adjust to the fact that a piano moves in and out ...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jul 2017, 10:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Kawai Age and History
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

Re: New Kawai Age and History

The only problem you tend to get with that age of Kawai piano is the first singles strings tend go a tad tubby. The silent system depending on which type light or prolongs, if prolongs they can get clicky if the piano has had heavy playing. Enjoy your new piano, you will need it tuning a few times b...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jun 2017, 11:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3F vs C3L
Replies: 3
Views: 4567

Re: Yamaha C3F vs C3L

Thy tend to be small changes not big ones. Take the string scaling that was a big difference to the sound but unless you got out a micrometer and tape measure you would not see the change by looking. However,the letter will be on the frame. Kawai pianos made a change to the keys on the uprights last...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jun 2017, 10:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3F vs C3L
Replies: 3
Views: 4567

Re: Yamaha C3F vs C3L

2007 Yamaha changed the prefix from CL to CM 2012 Yamaha changed the prefix from Cm to Cx you can look on Yamaha USA archives and it has all the selling point for the older models http://usa.yamaha.com/product_archive/keyboards/c3/?mode=model but for me the main change of the C3L was a better scale ...
by Barrie Heaton
27 May 2017, 13:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammer material etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 6027

Re: Hammer material etc.

I have you considered pre-hung hammers with wurzen felt ask André Oorebeek
http://www.concertpianoservice.nl/

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
22 May 2017, 18:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U3 music stand keep losing
Replies: 3
Views: 4708

Re: Yamaha U3 music stand keep losing

New hinges from Yamaha... or just live with it

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 May 2017, 23:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammer material etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 6027

Re: Hammer material etc.

While not as long lasting as new set of hammers. Have you considered a recover by Abel if the shanks and rollers are in god shape would work out cheaper if you are getting through a lot of hammers

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
06 May 2017, 16:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Venables & Son grand pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 4343

Re: Venables & Son grand pianos

Only tuned Yamaha's from them and they where prepped very well There has been post on the forum regarding their pianos

do a search on Venables i the top right
Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
02 May 2017, 17:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Harsh sounding note
Replies: 4
Views: 4860

Re: Harsh sounding note

Many thanks. I live in East Yorkshire. Is there anyone that can be recommended in the area? Is there a means of uploading video to these posts, so you can hear the issue? Lastly, and perhaps a very, very stupid question. I looked at the same model as mine in a piano showroom. It was new and the fro...
by Barrie Heaton
02 May 2017, 16:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Harsh sounding note
Replies: 4
Views: 4860

Re: Harsh sounding note

Hello. My D#3 sounds so harsh it stands out like a sore thumb. My piano was new 2 years ago It's had about 5 tune ups and has got worse. I pointed it out to tuner after last tuning and he had no words of wisdom. The note is in tune - it's tone is awful. Any Ideas? Thanks Sounds like it just needs v...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Apr 2017, 13:47
Forum: Digital Piano Reviews
Topic: Yamaha NP-31
Replies: 2
Views: 4124

Re: Yamaha NP-31

Can anyone tell me is it suitable for beginners? I have two options; one of them is yamaha np31 and the other one is casio px 150. This will be my first time so I neend suggestion I am confused. As they are not touch weighted no if you are going to buy a Keyboard to learn Piano on you need touch w...
by Barrie Heaton
27 Apr 2017, 16:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Control
Replies: 22
Views: 12641

Re: Temperature & Humidity Control

if ou men quarter sawn, Then yes they are but all timber moves and with soundboards ou need them to move. The problem is when a soundboard is in a very damp place you then get compression ridges then when it dries out it split but cracks are normally not the problem unless they buzz. The forum has o...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Mar 2017, 20:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Amateur Piano Restoration!
Replies: 9
Views: 5654

Re: Amateur Piano Restoration!

I have replaced the felt along the back, made sure it was the height of the original (parts that hadn't been eaten away). I've keep all the washers and felts that I have taken off, and used some of the paper washers when putting the keys back on to level the keys. I will try rotating the pins to tr...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Mar 2017, 17:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Amateur Piano Restoration!
Replies: 9
Views: 5654

Re: Amateur restoration!

You could bush them but a wast of time. You can turn the bat pin to take out some of the play. they don't have tapes (bridle straps) as the action is a spring and loop. The loops are very fragile and as Colin pointed out to you leaving the keys out for to long time may cause them to fail . Getting a...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Mar 2017, 11:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Amateur Piano Restoration!
Replies: 9
Views: 5654

Re: Amateur restoration!

Spring and loop pianos very often did not have key bushings to save money (pretty box with strings in comes to mind ) As to the sluggish part that will be because it has been stored in a barn don't dry the piano out too quickly it will make more problems for you. Protec CPL and a small brush would b...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Mar 2017, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ACTION NOISE BABY GRAND
Replies: 14
Views: 6671

Re: ACTION NOISE BABY GRAND

It's taken 81 years for me to learn that the hammer rest is called the"staccato rail." crikey as Boris would say took me 20 quoted from a Mr A. Lawrence all those years back! I was told this when I was at college but forgot about it (like most things too much beer) till you pointed it out, but S&S ...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Mar 2017, 11:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ACTION NOISE BABY GRAND
Replies: 14
Views: 6671

Re: ACTION NOISE BABY GRAND

Thanks everyone for very helpful replies. It's roller action, and the hammer shafts do sit on the hammer rail felt when at rest. If they shouldn't, then some serious regulation is needed, but I'm uncertain about this since there's no lost motion between depressing keys and hammers starting to lift....
by Barrie Heaton
07 Mar 2017, 20:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ACTION NOISE BABY GRAND
Replies: 14
Views: 6671

Re: ACTION NOISE BABY GRAND

Depend if it a patent action or roller. if a roller then it's most likely the rollers getting hard and banging down on the jacks and the jack slap button getting hard as well. the hammers should not be resting on the hammer rail when at rest. if a patent action then lost of items to make a noise I w...
by Barrie Heaton
06 Mar 2017, 20:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quick upright hammer hardening?
Replies: 3
Views: 4688

Re: Quick upright hammer hardening?

We use to use 2 key tops and a quart of acetone, but these day we use hammer hardener from F&N. If you can still get it, you can use model dope its very good and it get you high as a kite. However,you don't put it on the nose of the hammer and you need to do both sides from 5 passed the hour to 20 p...
by Barrie Heaton
25 Feb 2017, 12:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pure 5ths Temperament?
Replies: 1
Views: 4037

Re: Pure 5ths Temperament?

Do men Just intonation

if you look in the piano Tech archives late 90s and on to 00s. Bill had lot to say about the scales he used

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Feb 2017, 11:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with Yamaha MX100B with Disklavier
Replies: 3
Views: 4698

Re: Problems with Yamaha MX100B with Disklavier

give Adrian a ring he will sort you out
+44 (0) 7885 568846

http://www.adrianthomas.net

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
24 Jan 2017, 20:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Out of tune lowest notes only
Replies: 8
Views: 5496

Re: Out of tune lowest notes only

on most piano the bottom bass tends to stay put and its the rest of the piano that moves, have you looked at the pitch is it still on A440

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
22 Jan 2017, 18:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying my first piano!
Replies: 13
Views: 6525

Re: Buying my first piano!

Thanks Barrie, I appreciate your advice. Surely it's a bit awkward to pay an independent tuner to look at a used piano that's been checked over by a tuner and technician in a dealership? Or is this expected? Comes down to if you have trust in the dealer, perhaps (and how do you know! ?) Or does thi...
by Barrie Heaton
22 Jan 2017, 12:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying my first piano!
Replies: 13
Views: 6525

Re: Buying my first piano!

So far the pianos I've liked are: 1975 Marshall & Rose, asking price 2k, sweet sounding and good condition but maybe lacking in 'oomph' in the bass 1983 Welmar, 800 pounds, ex school piano, nice but even I could tell it was rather neglected and needed attention 1982 Marshall & Rose - asking price w...