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by Silverwood Pianos
09 Aug 2017, 13:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help required please
Replies: 1
Views: 2789

Re: Help required please

And the technician who inspected this instrument prior to the purchase. What does this person tell you about those parts?
by Silverwood Pianos
06 Jun 2017, 14:47
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Collard Grand
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Collard Grand

Hi Bill, Thanks for the replies and the link to your web page. Indeed it seems that Collard numbers are problematic. I was using the Atlas in an attempt to date that one but after reading through your page on Collard I would concur with your observation that the published info is far from accurate. ...
by Silverwood Pianos
05 Jun 2017, 14:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Collard Grand
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Collard Grand

I am having difficulty in determining the age of an older Collard in Vancouver, Canada and the technicians on this forum will be far more familiar with these instruments. There seems to be 2 serial numbers of significance. I have included a link to an online photo album below. The first number 11609...
by Silverwood Pianos
03 Dec 2015, 16:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: an old LANGBEIN on the other side of the world
Replies: 4
Views: 953

Re: an old LANGBEIN on the other side of the world

Beadle & Langbein was a company in London I believe.

Here is an advertisement for one of them from a couple of years back;

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/a ... -423901864
by Silverwood Pianos
07 Aug 2015, 14:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A Question about a 1911 Autopiano
Replies: 4
Views: 1346

Re: A Question about a 1911 Autopiano

There are 3 groups of Player Pianos; Regular, Expression and Reproducing. The fastest way to determine which is look at the rolls boxes to see what type the instrument plays or check the fall board for decal writing. Reproducing rolls were all marked with the unit they were cut on. More here; http:/...
by Silverwood Pianos
27 Apr 2015, 14:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Estonia Piano redesigns tone ~ speaking with Dr. Indrek Laul
Replies: 6
Views: 1961

Re: Estonia Piano redesigns tone ~ speaking with Dr. Indrek

like before.... as soon as I click on the link, my laptop freezes for about 30 seconds on the site.... oh! then it suddenly goes back to my desktop screen.... coming off the internet of its own accord.... then I have to reboot. This reads like a Javascript problem or a glitch with the flash player ...
by Silverwood Pianos
19 Jun 2014, 16:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...
Replies: 6
Views: 2276

Re: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...

NewAge wrote: If it's what I think it means, I can think of one first rate company still in existence which is older than Bosendorfer.
Yes indeed. Burkat Shudi founded that company in 1728 and still in operation today.

Bosie opened 100 years later.
by Silverwood Pianos
14 Jun 2013, 19:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pinblock decay
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Re: Pinblock decay

The tuning pins on the left side of each set of three locate into the front section of the block. Most likely the front of the block is fracturing laterally, left to right.
by Silverwood Pianos
24 May 2013, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sun bleaching
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: Sun bleaching

Colour tinting to match boards can be tricky to accomplish. Usually one has to go slightly darker that the original colours to get everything to match well. For boards that have lightened it is important to see which part of the colour spectrum is missing. Most of the time it is reds and greens as t...
by Silverwood Pianos
24 May 2013, 15:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sun bleaching
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: Sun bleaching

Any colour subjected to sunlight or UV is stripped away; bleached out by the sunlight or indirect sunlight. This is ongoing even on cloudy days. Solid colours may take more time to lighten but eventually do so. One does not realize the black has faded until such time as a chip or repair that involve...
by Silverwood Pianos
24 May 2013, 14:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sun bleaching
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: Sun bleaching

UV strips all colours away eventually. Black is one of the most expensive to complete as solid colours show more imperfections. With wood grain finishes a lot of mistakes and imperfections can be hidden especially when using nitro finishes. The clear poly over the black colour will go cloudy when ex...
by Silverwood Pianos
17 Mar 2013, 18:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double iron frame
Replies: 6
Views: 1638

Re: Double iron frame

Hi Barry,
My apologies I did not notice this further posting. I have no idea if Chickering made a piano with the double plate. That would not be a surprise as Chickering was a company that often experimented with different designs.
by Silverwood Pianos
25 Jan 2013, 02:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Room effect
Replies: 4
Views: 1176

Re: Room effect

I would recommend the larger instrument as that is a fairly large room with a lot of air space for an instrument to beat. A larger instrument will have more horsepower and this can be knocked down by voicing or fix the room if you need to. Rectangular rooms can exhibit what are commonly called room ...
by Silverwood Pianos
25 Jan 2013, 01:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double iron frame
Replies: 6
Views: 1638

Re: Double iron frame

Hello Kaj, Good to see you posting here. I had one of those uprights in my shop a few years ago. Good solid build and one other thing I noted besides the double plate assembly was the very slim profile of the instrument. This model did not protrude from the wall as much as the usual upright does. Th...
by Silverwood Pianos
25 Oct 2012, 19:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Access
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

Re: Access

Barrie Heaton wrote: Vernon must have missed it, I have added you to the list. Also its not just for tuners its for Retailers as well
Barrie

Mr. Heaton,
Thanks for the response and the assistance with my membership access.
All the best,
by Silverwood Pianos
24 Oct 2012, 15:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Access
Replies: 8
Views: 2257

Re: Access

The tuner's forum is for trade only - sorry! A few years tuning at college and then we'll let you in! I would disagree with this statement. When I initially signed up for a membership here I sent a message to the moderator of the tuner/tech forum about joining up there. Since October of 2011 I have...
by Silverwood Pianos
14 Sep 2012, 16:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Shattuck or Doherty Restored piano
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

Re: Shattuck or Doherty Restored piano

Colin is correct; Doherty was an early Canadian piano. As stated previously, any instrument for purchase should be checked over by a local technician of your choice for present mechanical condition and then your local market value. William Doherty 1840-1924. Doherty & Co. Est. 1868 as a distributor,...
by Silverwood Pianos
26 Aug 2012, 21:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Very interesting Bluthner
Replies: 3
Views: 1526

Re: Very interesting Bluthner

I had a Cramer here a while back with the six legs; it also had the pin stripe inlay in an almost Sheraton style cabinet. Quite possible to be yew on the inlay. Could also be blonde ash, or false acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia) which is commonly called black locust, indigenous to North Africa and the ...
by Silverwood Pianos
11 Mar 2012, 15:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1977 Bluthner Model 10, advice sought.
Replies: 6
Views: 3067

Re: 1977 Bluthner Model 10, advice sought.

Buy it with a view that you are going to have it restored in the future when it is restored you will have an exceptional piano for a fraction of the cost of a new one Barrie This is exactly what I did here when I found a 1979 Blüthner model 6 at an estate sale. This one has a Renner action instead ...
by Silverwood Pianos
04 Nov 2011, 23:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?
Replies: 4
Views: 1633

Re: Baby grand: Kawai 1985 or reconditioned Ibach 1920?

Interesting to note the instrument that is sixty-five years younger has 80% less warranty coverage. You might ask why this is so.
by Silverwood Pianos
04 Nov 2011, 23:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacing hammers in Schimmel 174 grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1658

Re: Replacing hammers in Schimmel 174 grand

Very Good. Best of luck with the job.
by Silverwood Pianos
04 Nov 2011, 14:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacing hammers in Schimmel 174 grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1658

Re: Replacing hammers in Schimmel 174 grand

Traditionally the mahogany and walnut moldings are somewhat lighter then the hornbeam. At times it is difficult to determine which hammers to use especially if the originals have received heavy use. From my experience Abel gives a lot of felt weight to new sets of hammers especially in the extreme t...
by Silverwood Pianos
21 Oct 2011, 17:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Have any technicians had experience with new Estonia grands
Replies: 25
Views: 4456

Re: Have any technicians had experience with new Estonia gra

Have any techs had experience with the new Estonia Grands? post 1992 ie build quality and general quality of the instruments I have come across several Estonia products in Vancouver, Canada. For myself,I would not purchase an Estonia previous to Dr. Laul’s involvement; there is much improvement not...
by Silverwood Pianos
19 Oct 2011, 14:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Get a Pro. How to choose a piano technician?
Replies: 2
Views: 1107

Re: Get a Pro. How to choose a piano technician?

Check with any of your local businesses who use the services of local technicians regularly such as your local universities, colleges, music schools, reputable piano dealerships or music instructors who teach piano.
by Silverwood Pianos
16 Oct 2011, 16:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Encourage or not ?
Replies: 55
Views: 289155

Re: Encourage or not ?

Hello Johnkie, I would agree with you that the fellow in Kazakhstan needs better equipment and skill training. From my point of view Max appears to be self taught; he has learned to make do with the tools he has and the skill set he has for the moment. The most positive thing I see is the fact that ...