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by joe
10 Jul 2013, 16:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 5428

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

eBay has a larger buying audience I agree,but this quality of instrument would sell better in a more specialised environment and in my opinion would be a more productive way to sell people are wary about eBay at the high end but willing to take a punt on other items if cheap enough,no aggression int...
by joe
10 Jul 2013, 11:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 5428

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

As stated earlier and obviously overlooked by the previous OP if its a high quality instrument the Auction House often waiver the vendors commission to attract the quality instruments in to their sales and before you reply I have had on many occasions first hand expierence of this,and sets in my opi...
by joe
10 Jul 2013, 09:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 5428

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

Further info,the most recent Yamaha S6 achieved £16,500 at auction,hopes that's of help.
by joe
09 Jul 2013, 13:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 5428

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

Totally agree with Joseph advice,personally would get the S6 prepped and tuned to the instruments optimum performance level and go from there,pricing is subjective when used and getting £18,000 or thereabouts is in the lap of the Gods,regards Piano Auction you are showcasing the piano in a trade/ret...
by joe
08 Jul 2013, 23:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 5428

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

Hi,why would you change a S6 for Shiregu Kawai SK2 have you played one ?,personally I do not find much difference between a well prepped RX and the SK-series.The Yamaha S6 are great pianos,what do you not like about it ?,feel, tone,etc.Piano Auctions may be a option when selling may be worth giving ...
by joe
19 Jun 2013, 19:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rameau pianos
Replies: 11
Views: 8357

Re: Rameau pianos

Was relying on memory oppose to goggling the info,Harrods and a few other dealers had a go at trying to sell them and where U.K.supplied by Tricky Dickie Intermusic company,know of a firm who at one point who had the entire range in stock and sent them back due to been almost impossible to set in tu...
by joe
18 Jun 2013, 19:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rameau pianos
Replies: 11
Views: 8357

Re: Rameau pianos

There was a new Ramaeu in 1997 which from memory was called the ANTIBES model I think but was a much larger model was a 132cm similar size to the ESTEREL model in a very similar design to your photo with candlestick holders,and side handles etc.
by joe
18 Jun 2013, 18:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rameau pianos
Replies: 11
Views: 8357

Re: Rameau pianos

Without looking up the serial number piano more like 1897 ?.
by joe
16 Jun 2013, 17:00
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Eberhardt - Hays
Replies: 8
Views: 2986

Re: Eberhardt - Hays

Eberhardt is a not a a builder of pianos probably one of those polished on names,Hays used to have a shop in Stirling in Scotland and used to do a bit of piano dabbling,a photo would help ?.
by joe
15 Jun 2013, 20:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2
Replies: 28
Views: 6329

Re: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2

Well Done !,hope you have many years of practise and enjoyment on your chosen piano,and you are spot on with the comments regards "GOOGLE",long established expierenced brick and mortar dealers selling the correct pianos at reasonable prices is always the way to go,Google adds nothing to this journey...
by joe
14 Jun 2013, 15:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2
Replies: 28
Views: 6329

Re: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2

The used Yamaha pianos to my knowledge are not reconditioned in Japan,they are done in China and the ones i viewed few years back where awful,you are better the buy instrument that only needs basic action running repairs,I would never dream of fully rebuilding or restringing a full Yamaha piano they...
by joe
14 Jun 2013, 13:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2
Replies: 28
Views: 6329

Re: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2

Will be interested to know what warranty you will be offered ?,the points mdw making are as valid on new cheap grands as well as 40 year old instruments if I was still retailing it would be 1 year warranty no more,due to the fact no matter how well checked and prepped before and after delivery,even ...
by joe
11 Jun 2013, 20:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 manufacturing dates
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Yamaha C3 manufacturing dates

Remember and old client ex-pro pianist telling me he bought new Yamaha C3 in London in 1972 for £2,200 when he could have bought a new Steinway Model O for £3,500, is in hindsight a wonderful thing been kicking himself ever since,C3 still does well been well looked after action regularly checked had...
by joe
11 Jun 2013, 14:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 manufacturing dates
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Yamaha C3 manufacturing dates

Yeh,would say most definitely an import ?,send me a PM if wanting more info ?.
by joe
11 Jun 2013, 13:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2
Replies: 28
Views: 6329

Re: Yamaha C3 v. Kawai KG-2

Without the benefit of playing and inspecting the 2 grand pianos if both around the 30 year old mark the Yamaha as a rule of thumb is a far superior instrument than Kawai at that time.If it was 2 new pianos in today's market in my opinion would be the opposite,Steinway piano knowledge has transforme...
by joe
11 Jun 2013, 13:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 manufacturing dates
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Yamaha C3 manufacturing dates

Yamaha to my knowledge starting importing to the U.K in 1966,and the Yamaha C3 grand started production in Japan in 1967,the G3 was a 6 foot grand,whilst the C3 measured 6 foot 1 inch,and was made to a higher spec than the G-series,there where C3,C5,C6,C7,as well as their G equivalents which where d...
by joe
06 Jun 2013, 20:14
Forum: Piano History
Topic: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow
Replies: 13
Views: 5114

Re: William Thomson & Son, Glasgow

Thomson had a long business relationship with Danemann pianos,the last 2 sons trained in their factory as apprentices,and where excellent tuner/techs,in 1973 they where bought over by the Clydesdale Elertical Retailers who where more interested selling T.V,records players etc and kept Wm Thomson on ...
by joe
05 Jun 2013, 23:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Grand
Replies: 17
Views: 3846

Re: Bluthner Grand

A "Customer" is a person who pays for a service,a friend doing a repair for nothing 2 hours drive away is not a customer.
by joe
04 Jun 2013, 16:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Grand
Replies: 17
Views: 3846

Re: Bluthner Grand

Strange how a new customer,strangely becomes a friend ?.
by joe
04 Jun 2013, 16:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Grand
Replies: 17
Views: 3846

Re: Bluthner Grand

Competent springs to mind not GREAT,why use the username "the pianoman" if you are still learning?,no offence intended just a bit strange I would associate a person calling themselves that to be an expert ?
by joe
01 Jun 2013, 22:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Grand
Replies: 17
Views: 3846

Re: Bluthner Grand

Should this thread not be in the Tuner/Retailer section,strange username for one you knows so little,this is basic everday work,are you charging client ?.
by joe
22 May 2013, 14:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Young Chang G157
Replies: 16
Views: 2679

Re: Young Chang G157

Not at all,depends on the dealer who supplies you use,an informative website with good rankings not always the grail.If you buy at auction the Sale of Goods Act also applies,a 20 year old Yamaha G1 for £3900 plus commissions and transport and a tuners say 2 days prep set you back just over 5k that's...
by joe
22 May 2013, 13:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Young Chang G157
Replies: 16
Views: 2679

Re: Young Chang G157

You have come on to a public forum for opinions and to get an idea if value,did you look at the auction site?,you are getting free advice here which is you time and money driving around dealers looking for the eternal bargain,best of luck, your money spend as you please and seek advice elsewhere
by joe
21 May 2013, 22:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Young Chang G157
Replies: 16
Views: 2679

Re: Young Chang G157

Why not have a look at Piano Auction Ltd website and give them a call your are not going to get a good modern grand piano off any dealer for 3k,and would stay clear of Young Chang have plenty of experience of them,try the auction they have quarterly sales of modern Boston,Kawai and Yamaha grands and...
by joe
21 May 2013, 20:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Young Chang G157
Replies: 16
Views: 2679

Re: Young Chang G157

The value is in what it's worth to you?,have u played the instrument,and why are the company not carrying out repairs to casework themselves and trying to sell for more.Young Chang where grossly overpriced when sold 20 years ago and I would not pay £300 never mind £3000 for one of that age.
by joe
31 Mar 2013, 11:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wendl & Lung
Replies: 15
Views: 5522

Re: Wendl & Lung

I Think the piano would be 210 pounds,2100 would Have bought à 3 bed detached home where i live in 1971.
by joe
27 Mar 2013, 10:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wendl & Lung
Replies: 15
Views: 5522

Re: Wendl & Lung

What model are you considering ?
by joe
27 Mar 2013, 10:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Feurich silent system
Replies: 7
Views: 2531

Re: Feurich silent system

As you said in your opening,Stick with kawai or Yamaha silent pianos which are factory fitted,than getting One retro fitted,just to save a few quid.
by joe
27 Mar 2013, 10:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?
Replies: 14
Views: 3488

Re: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?

Would buy new piano if Its a 126 at that price.oppose to a 30 year old piano which has been heavily used,and in my opinion Yamaha dont restore well.Yamaha is a better piano than reid-Sohn if both new.
by joe
19 Mar 2013, 21:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3
Replies: 19
Views: 9255

Re: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3

Haven't tried Essex or Kawai yet, although I did come across some forums suggesting Kawai K3 is as good as or better than U3. Has anyone tried Kawai US-60/70 and Boston 125 (Steinway & Sons)? I have tried Boston 125- I like the sound, but the keys are heavier than Yamaha (more difficult to play fas...
by joe
19 Mar 2013, 21:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3
Replies: 19
Views: 9255

Re: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3

Besbrode pianos in leeds,plenty it choice.
by joe
19 Mar 2013, 17:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3
Replies: 19
Views: 9255

Re: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3

Did you try an essex 123 model,or a kawai k3,nice pianos also,b3 overly bright for my liking ?
by joe
19 Mar 2013, 17:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?
Replies: 14
Views: 3488

Re: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?

Hi,would Ring John at reid pianos 0208 800 6907,he will Have plenty to choose from and is local.
by joe
03 Mar 2013, 14:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Reporting problems to retailers and manufacturers
Replies: 8
Views: 2186

Re: Reporting problems to retailers and manufacturers

The leasing option is a joke,cause many of the pianos they had where still very much fit for the purpose and only really needed a good service,a waste of public money.Miss Vernal was the main tuner and Joe Ottolini and laterly Andrew Jamieson helped with the servicing on a part-time basis,we had for...
by joe
03 Mar 2013, 13:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10 K20
Replies: 7
Views: 3656

Re: Knight K10 K20

What are the problems with the Knghts build after 1983 ? I'm just asking to get z bit more knowledge, because most of those advertised are from the 70s or earlier. They where taken over by the Bentley Piano Firm and the quality plummeted,seen many over the years,one example had a client years ago l...
by joe
02 Mar 2013, 00:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Reporting problems to retailers and manufacturers
Replies: 8
Views: 2186

Re: Reporting problems to retailers and manufacturers

RSAMD Glasgow, while since have been do you know who tunes there now ?,Would also like to add that Mr Venables gesture is a breath of fresh air,and good PR,as am sure Brodmann will foot the bill.
by joe
01 Mar 2013, 19:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Reporting problems to retailers and manufacturers
Replies: 8
Views: 2186

Re: Reporting problems to retailers and manufacturers

RSAMD pianos where very well maintained at that time by Miss Vernal and the sadly deceased Joseph Ottolini excellent tuner/techs,then they decided to sell all the pianos and go on a leaseback scheme from a firm whose name escapes me and they wanted to control the tuning and maintenance also,and the ...
by joe
26 Feb 2013, 22:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

As one who is aware of piano pricing both as a former importer and exporter worldwide,the Brodmann Joseph bought was no bargain at the time of purchase,yes do agree there is a market for these overpriced Chinese pianos for the people who want a furniture piece for the drawing room, or for light play...
by joe
26 Feb 2013, 20:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

let's not forget Bosendorfer, Fazioli and Grotrian, who are also making beautiful pianos. Yes total quality could not agree more ?,forgot a few J.Samuels London,Piano Restorations London,Morley London and no doubt a few others,simple rule if it sounds German most likely not,if new.Ibach,forgot that...
by joe
26 Feb 2013, 18:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

We could discuss the pitfalls of everything,climate,humidity,dry etc but the plain fact is the piano is not good enough for a pianist of Joseph abilities,and the faults he has highlighted are all too common on the cheaper renamed Chinese pianos alluding to be Austrian designed with a spattering of B...
by joe
25 Feb 2013, 15:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

Sold a Yamaha C2 grand to a idiot years ago,he complained every day that it was not holding it tuning,i went to check it over and knew he had had been tinkering with the pins himself,he denied it,sent another tuner he said same thing and eventually Glenn Tonnar from Yamaha visited and agreed.What di...
by joe
25 Feb 2013, 15:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

Sold a Yamaha C2 grand to a idiot years ago,he complained every day that it was not holding it tuning,i went to check it over and knew he had had been tinkering with the pins himself,he denied it,sent another tuner he said same thing and eventually Glenn Tonnar from Yamaha visited and agreed.What di...
by joe
25 Feb 2013, 15:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

Would contact Trading Standards,and retailer who sold you the piano is liable not the maker because they took your money,would be looking for a full refund on the price you paid,you need a tuners report,all your receipts,and tuners receipts showing you have maintained instrument,go for it Joseph alw...
by joe
20 Feb 2013, 11:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10 K20
Replies: 7
Views: 3656

Re: Knight K10 K20

Hi,what age is the piano ?,if buying this quality maker would advise to purchase one built before 1983 and one thats only had domestic usage,if criteria is met and in good condition a better buy than any new piano below 6k,would also employ the services of the most reputable Local tuner to Give it a...
by joe
06 Feb 2013, 21:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st ( and last purchase) ?
Replies: 27
Views: 6018

Re: 1st ( and last purchase) ?

Aberdeen by any chance?
by joe
06 Feb 2013, 21:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st ( and last purchase) ?
Replies: 27
Views: 6018

Re: 1st ( and last purchase) ?

It wouldn't have been that hard for the salesman to find out the age, if he has a piano atlas, which he probably does if he's buying in used pianos. The soft close fall has been installed on Yamahas for about 15 years now. When I was in first year at the RSAMD we got a stock of new U3 pianos in, an...
by joe
20 Dec 2012, 15:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Glasgow's Wee Piano Shop
Replies: 4
Views: 1378

Re: Glasgow's Wee Piano Shop

Sounds great,what are your opening hours so i can pop in for a browse,as Joseph says seem sensibly priced,but are they any good,tuned,regulated and sold with any warranty etc,will report back after visit.
by joe
14 Dec 2012, 17:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

Brodmann warranty...best of luck with that. A company is only as good as its back up service. Stick to you're guns with Brodmann. They would of been happy enough to take you're money at the beginning. The technician has been fair with his findings and the dealer wouldn't of known about the action f...
by joe
27 Nov 2012, 18:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 7305

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

Sounds like you have the right man for the job,have seen a few grands Fergus Hoey has reconditioned and the standard was 1st class,if the action is set-up properly and strings done correctly you should get another 10 years from the grand piano,cannot see you getting any joy with warranty,but you see...
by joe
22 Oct 2012, 14:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Best Value Upright Piano?
Replies: 10
Views: 4621

Re: Best Value Upright Piano?

"Value" is very much part of the game as well as the sound you like,the look of the instrument in your home etc,if the piano retailers had to rely on only accomplished pianists buying,or serious amateurs there be a few more heading out of business,the ones that will continue to trade are the ones th...