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by Barrie Heaton
17 Nov 2017, 18:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Collingwood Baby Grand
Replies: 1
Views: 168

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: 4
Views: 162

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: 4
Views: 162

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: 6
Views: 230

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: 416

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: 123

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: 196

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: 285

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: 3938

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: 3938

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: 248

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: 623

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: 6073

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: 6073

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: 6073

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: 6073

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: 6073

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: 4181

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: 4181

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: 5319

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: 4182

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: 5319

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: 4088

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: 4443

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: 4443

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: 3587

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: 10596

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: 4954

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: 4954

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: 4954

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: 5606

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: 5606

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: 5606

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: 4284

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: 3831

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: 4307

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: 4911

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: 5596

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: 5596

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...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jan 2017, 20:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please for 100yr old piano
Replies: 3
Views: 4354

Re: Advice please for 100yr old piano

Another option could be to have the frame, strings and keys etc completely removed and have an electronic piano fitted into your cherished piano cabinet. This would always stay in tune and be somewhat more pleasurable to play. The cost is still appreciable and I guess you could obtain a reasonable ...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Dec 2016, 00:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Click noise after key release...normal?
Replies: 9
Views: 4966

Re: Click noise after key release...normal?

it could be lots of things too many to list, have you had it tuned yet
However, as it is on release is it on all of the notes or just a few
it could be some thing simple as a pencil on the keys behind the fall

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
07 Dec 2016, 21:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's
Replies: 5
Views: 4504

Re: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

Ask yourself this would you buy a car of a driving instructor

The piano has probably been played to death

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
02 Nov 2016, 19:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Frequencies
Replies: 19
Views: 6975

Re: Frequencies

Colin Nicholson wrote:at college, we used to use about 3 tuning forks between 6 of us.... had to wrap handle in masking tape, so we didn't catch their disease

yuck not good at least we got our own T hammer, Lever, wedge and fork form day one

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
01 Nov 2016, 20:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Frequencies
Replies: 19
Views: 6975

Re: Frequencies

To tune with one, strike it on your knee (ouch!) - then put the 'handle' of the fork between your teeth ....and after 30 years you'll have a corner worn off your front tooth! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I use the chrome fork. but I do have an digital fork as I have some teacher who want me to use there man...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Sep 2016, 09:29
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bentley beginnings
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Re: Bentley beginnings

from David The Bentley name and the first Bentley, an overstrung, were introduced in 1930 and Bentley was registered as a company. Although, perhaps curiously, Bentley continued to be sold by The Stroud Piano Co. Ltd. into the 1960s, when rationalisation of this aspect was then carried out. My grand...
by Barrie Heaton
20 Sep 2016, 14:43
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bentley beginnings
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Re: Bentley beginnings

Sorry, I obviously didn't make myself understood. In 1930 The Stroud Piano Co. became known as Bentley. Who made Bentley pianos in 1911? it would be Grover & Grover who would have made the Bentley piano model. I will see if I can dig out David Grover Email address it will be on my old computer he c...
by Barrie Heaton
19 Sep 2016, 20:47
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bentley beginnings
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Re: Bentley beginnings

I have been reading your page about Bentleys http://www.piano-tuners.org/history/bentley-pianos/ and wondered if anyone can help with a puzzle. You say that Stroud began using the Bentley name in 1930, but who was using it before? The Bentley name or Stroud name. if Bentley, then Grover & Grover th...
by Barrie Heaton
19 Sep 2016, 20:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha M108 30yrs or C108 10yrs old?
Replies: 2
Views: 4275

Re: Yamaha M108 30yrs or C108 10yrs old?

Yamaha M108 Made in Japan
Yamaha C108 Made in China
Need I say any more. However, with all second-hand pianos, it depends on how well they have been looked after.

Get a tuner to look at them

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
14 Sep 2016, 16:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking after your instrument in the heat
Replies: 3
Views: 4658

Re: Looking after your instrument in the heat

Hi Levi

you need to protect the room at that level a full climate control system I am sure there are lots of companies in AU who will sell you a reasonable system

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
09 Sep 2016, 20:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: T Hammer or Tuning Lever Poll?
Replies: 4
Views: 4555

Re: T Hammer or Tuning Lever Poll?

We had to use them at college if tuning an over damper. I still have a few in the workshop but would never dream to use one on a knight I would not like to tune a modern piano with my old Steinway leaver never mind a T

Barrie