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by Barrie Heaton
25 May 2018, 17:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble 6 octave sustain pedal problem
Replies: 4
Views: 22

Re: Kemble 6 octave sustain pedal problem

Could be the U spring coming away from the bottom board

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
20 May 2018, 13:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Is my 1906 Ferd Manthey piano worth restoring?
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Is my 1906 Ferd Manthey piano worth restoring?

Ok your tuner may or may not know this but there is a chemical tuning pin restore. Two methods, one uses
pin tie and the other using CA glue

The piano needs to be put on its back for best results I tend to use pin tite first as the CA fumes are a killer

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 May 2018, 10:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polyester damage\repair
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Polyester damage\repair

There are 2 types used in polishing, the second photo is very aggressive and is used on new polish. The first is used in a drill or angel grinder



Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
14 May 2018, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Max's cardboard fix"
Replies: 10
Views: 188

Re: "Max's cardboard fix"

More to the point why should such a young piano (Petrof?) have loose tuning pins? The old Petrofs of the 80 wer not that good not as bad as the Belarus pianos we use to import them in the 80s seemed like they had oval tuning pins when you tried to tune them a nightmare Bass string overlapped the ne...
by Barrie Heaton
13 May 2018, 16:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Is my 1906 Ferd Manthey piano worth restoring?
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Is my 1906 Ferd Manthey piano worth restoring?

All depends on how deep your pockets are. The cost of the repair will be more than the piano's worth. To change the tuning pins you are going to need to change the string ideally, you can just repin but it depends on the quality of the strings. The action looks very tired and needs of a full recondi...
by Barrie Heaton
13 May 2018, 16:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Max's cardboard fix"
Replies: 10
Views: 188

Re: "Max's cardboard fix"

Why not hammer the pin in. instead of turning the pin in a hard way.

It's nothing new just a different material I use veneer

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
11 May 2018, 16:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polyester damage\repair
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Polyester damage\repair

Have you tried buffing out the left over residue with a clean buffing mop you have to be quite vigorous

BArrie
by Barrie Heaton
11 May 2018, 15:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polyester damage\repair
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Polyester damage\repair

thanks for the info. it mentions is a show glaze for light coloured vehicles. My piano is black. are you also using it on black pianos? Yes we use it on Black ones do a test area first I have one last question - regarding my issue of the polish on my piano seeming to reappear after a few days (like...
by Barrie Heaton
10 May 2018, 19:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polyester damage\repair
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Polyester damage\repair

I have edited my post to poor boys white diamond it has Aluminium in it

the cory will work but it takes a lot of rubbing and it will make it dull to start but then you need to buff out the polish same goes for the white diamond we use it for grand lids bring it up to a showroom finish


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
10 May 2018, 16:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polyester damage\repair
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Polyester damage\repair

You need poor boys white diamond buffing compound and a heavy duty buffer like the Draper Car Valeting Polisher and time then a good quality buffing polish If they are deep scratches then you will need Konig Polishing Paste and Traz pads Be careful at the edges as you may take off all the polish Sto...
by Barrie Heaton
09 May 2018, 19:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 1077

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Don't forget followed by the sigh of despair as its a drop action

We are running a class next month on the joys of working on small pianos

http://www.piano-tuners.org/AGM/2018/index.html

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
09 May 2018, 16:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 1077

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

A sound file of the click can tell us a lot

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
29 Apr 2018, 14:53
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Piano Tuning - Crystal Palace
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Piano Tuning - Crystal Palace

I have passed on your contact details, someone should be in touch soon

Thanks

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
28 Apr 2018, 19:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Piano Tuning - Crystal Palace
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Piano Tuning - Crystal Palace

I will re post this on the Blind piano tuners list can you PM your contact details

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Apr 2018, 22:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Omega Music gone bust
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Omega Music gone bust

When I started at 21, my projected retirement age was 60. Then it moved to 65. Now I'm 57, retirement is supposed to be 67. By the time I'm 67 it'll be 97... :roll: I'll retire when either my ears or my thumbs give out. Your still a spring chicken then One of the guys who instructed me is still tun...
by Barrie Heaton
26 Apr 2018, 19:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Omega Music gone bust
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Omega Music gone bust

it's not just tuners musical interment repairs across the spectrum is in decline. Young ones do not want to train. The ones that are in training tend to be older students, there is one in her 50s but she is keen and is coming to our regulating classes in June. There are two places in the UK that do ...
by Barrie Heaton
25 Apr 2018, 20:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Omega Music gone bust
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Omega Music gone bust

Sadly that's a good retail gone... they are getting thin on ground

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
22 Apr 2018, 21:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of Yamaha with D before number?
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Age of Yamaha with D before number?

1740000 = c1973

E is Europe "N" prefix Kemble’s
C is Chinese
J is Indonesia
H Japanese H. X. D. Are a model prefix
"T", the piano was manufactured in Thomaston, Georgia
"U", the piano was manufactured in South Haven, Michigan.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
15 Apr 2018, 11:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: People usually don't give feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: People usually don't give feedback

A few months ago on another forum a person doing some sort of music course asked for information to complete an assignment and was given lots of suggestions. There was no indiction that the original poster had even read the replies. I ended up deleting my contribution. you also could look at it If ...
by Barrie Heaton
14 Apr 2018, 10:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: People usually don't give feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: People usually don't give feedback

its the young ones, quite often they post to other media if they don't get a response instantly like on Facebook then they ignore it as it has been answered somewhere else.... They are just Rude in my mind, but in there world its the norm as they are not used to face to face world so they real world...
by Barrie Heaton
14 Apr 2018, 08:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: NEW Steinway Model A vs Model O
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: NEW Steinway Model A vs Model O

Both the A and the O are going to be loud in a townhouse. The Model A is much louder but has a far richer sound as you are in the concert range than the O if you have the room and the cash get the A Both pianos can be voiced down to Bluthner levels yet: it will still carry in a townhouse. However, t...
by Barrie Heaton
01 Apr 2018, 11:01
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: SCAM Yamaha YDP131 for sale in B31
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: SCAM Yamaha YDP131 for sale in B31

You need to give more info to why its a scam

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
25 Mar 2018, 13:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: J. Strohmenger and sons
Replies: 2
Views: 455

Re: J. Strohmenger and sons

As it says at the top of the site we can not put a value on a piano whiteout seeing it However, a piano of that age tends not to fetch much money. The trade would ask you for money to take it away. They sell on on eBay from £0 to ... whatever you can get for them. If it is on concert pitch and plays...
by Barrie Heaton
25 Mar 2018, 10:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 105
Views: 71680

Re: Introduce yourself!

Hello! My name is Simon, a piano teacher based over in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I run Piano Lessons Belfast - http://www.pianolessonsbelfast.com - having moved over to Belfast from York, where I studied music and worked as a musician and musical director. I thought I would join the forum to help ...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Mar 2018, 11:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help required please
Replies: 3
Views: 3507

Re: Help required please

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by Barrie Heaton
08 Mar 2018, 12:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

/most of Daren is gridlock had to cancel 2 tuning hoping to get out after 12 noon

are you stuck on the 65
by Barrie Heaton
06 Mar 2018, 21:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

if you double click on the image it will enlarge, then if you click on it again it will zoom in

you will see normal pins but the string goes over the edge like a waterfall

I bet it is great fun to tune

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Mar 2018, 18:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

Not pins under the keyboard look the pins they are like grand pointing up in the air zoom in on the photo
by Barrie Heaton
04 Mar 2018, 13:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

Changing the plank on this piano will very complex as it looks like it forms part of the bridge system. Also, looking at the tuning pins they look like they are pulling forward, could be the angel of the photo but there should be a 7 degree tilt away from the speaking length.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
03 Mar 2018, 17:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

Kemble (not Kimball - they're american) Minx are normally fairly well made and as long as it's been well looked after and not overheated there's no reason it should have the problems that you mention. Why not get it looked at first before you start to panic? Look at the piano its a top tuner Kemble...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Mar 2018, 14:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

West cost of Lancs never get much most of the jobs I had to cancel on Thursday was in Blackpool they had none but it was gridlocked here and where my driver lives on the other side of Grain road it was closed it's always one of the first because of drifting All this very dry weather is killing a lot...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Mar 2018, 12:30
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

Had to cancel all my tuning for last Thursday, Go out to 3 yearday its mucked up my diary.

one of the tuners in down south has not been out for 3 days


have you been stuck
Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
03 Mar 2018, 12:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

you have 3 options

1. you can change the pin block
2. you can change the tuning pins come up 2 sizes in tuning pin
3. chemical option, the cheapest option would be to pin-tite it or super glue it

All depends on your tuners skill set

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
28 Feb 2018, 10:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Do my piano hammers need reshaping or revoicing?
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: Do my piano hammers need reshaping or revoicing?

The hammers need reshaping ( that is called Voicing ) then they will need toning, that is making the sound of the piano suite your ears and the room. As to the double striking that is regulating problem, looks like the piano need a good service about 4 to 6 hours provided there are no other issues w...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Feb 2018, 13:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rogers Tuning Pins
Replies: 1
Views: 392

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: 908

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: 908

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: 1078

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: 1078

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: 1078

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: 1078

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: 521

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: 876

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: 930

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: 1349

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: 1001

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: 1523

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: 1523

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: 2224

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: 3
Views: 1623

Re: My original Music

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

Barrie