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by chrisw
15 Jan 2018, 17:29
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai or Yamaha? Pls halp.
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: Kawai or Yamaha? Pls halp.

I have friends and acquaintances with Yamaha CLP 625 and 635. They are very happy with their choice. I have played the CLP 625 and was impressed by it.
by chrisw
15 Jan 2018, 16:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Yes it's a Superb. If I were to buy a Skoda estate it would be the Octavia with a two litre diesel engine.
by chrisw
15 Jan 2018, 16:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Found a secondhand Zimmermann upright for sale at Rimmers in Bolton.
by chrisw
15 Jan 2018, 15:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a piano in Manchester
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Buying a piano in Manchester

Welcome Jezsutty. I hope you enjoy a new musical journey during retirement. As you are probably aware there are a number of piano dealers in and around Manchester. I always find the piano room at Forsyths on Deansgate impressive for both grand and upright pianos. My piano teacher bought her Yamaha b...
by chrisw
14 Jan 2018, 17:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Zimmermann appear to be good value for money but so far haven't found a dealership in the north of England.

We have a Skoda Citigo and all the parts are labelled VW. Good for local shopping but not quite quick enough for longer journeys. Luckily we have a quicker German estate car as well.
by chrisw
13 Jan 2018, 13:01
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to play well piano?
Replies: 2
Views: 25

Re: How to play well piano?

Find a teacher and start from the beginning even if you have a little experience of playing already. If you do have experience you will go through the early stuff very quickly. Perhaps use an adult tutor book or even the full series of tutor books. Try not to learn exclusively from Youtube as you ar...
by chrisw
13 Jan 2018, 10:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

I've decided not to do anything until I've had a look at some German and the Kawai uprights. (I know the Yamaha uprights).
by chrisw
11 Jan 2018, 21:14
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Teacher has a Yamaha G1 grand which was new in 2005. The weighting of the keys is very similar to my Kemble so I could describe the touch as almost identical. Trills are easier and more musical to play on the G1 so the action is probably faster. My teacher is always the first to draw attention to th...
by chrisw
10 Jan 2018, 21:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Thank you for the information. From what you say I would also doubt that my piano needs regulating. As I play it relatively softly there is very little indentation even on the hammers themselves. However if either yourself or colleague are visiting the Lake District you will be welcome to inspect it...
by chrisw
09 Jan 2018, 18:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

The Kemble was new in 1994, so it has just had its 23rd birthday. It hasn't been regulated since the day it came through the front door so I will ask my technician to advise if it needs looking at when she comes to give it a tune at Easter. I posted some pictures of my piano in this post.It's the on...
by chrisw
09 Jan 2018, 10:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Food for thought, it hadn't occurred to think about a good quality , say German, upright. Would they have better speed of repetition than the Langer action in the Kemble ? I am satisfied with the tone of the Kemble as it is always well tuned and the voicing was improved a few years ago.
by chrisw
07 Jan 2018, 16:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

I have been looking at new baby grand pianos in the last month or so. Firstly the very low priced (at least for a new grand) Gear4Music.com Minister baby grand, a Cavendish baby grand still in the process of having its acton refined and then a Kawai GL10 I spotted the other day in our local music sh...
by chrisw
04 Jan 2018, 16:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

I am liking the Einaudi at the moment perhaps because of the "stillness" of the piece, the odd discordant chord and it's more or less sight readable. I like a piano to be played.......piano with forte used sparingly when a score requires it. Even Rachmaninoff has his quiet bits. Perhaps this is the ...
by chrisw
04 Jan 2018, 12:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 19
Views: 218

More chitchat about repertoire

The discussion regarding a piece by Einaudi in another thread has given me the thought of initiating a place where people can just throw in odd questions or make a point on any piece of piano music, perhaps in a light hearted way. Apologies if such a thread has already been started and I have not no...
by chrisw
04 Jan 2018, 00:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Please help me what is this song??
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Please help me what is this song??

I have been playing through I Giorni for a couple of days now without trying to analyse it. It is one of my short comings that I tend not to think about chord structure but I am slowly realising that I should be because it can make playing a piece easier and if it gets complicated you can busk. I Gi...
by chrisw
02 Jan 2018, 20:56
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club

Thanks for your reply and suggestions Gill.

It would also be nice to see contributions to this forum from Colin.
by chrisw
01 Jan 2018, 18:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club

Update; I have just had a first play through Einaudi's I Giorni and to my surprise think it may be suitable for performance at our meeting on 20Jan. It is similar to the piece I played at the December meeting, Sakamoto's 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence'. The latter wasn't my choice and was totally out...
by chrisw
31 Dec 2017, 21:14
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Please help me what is this song??
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Please help me what is this song??

It has crossed my mind to buy Einaudi's compilation "I Giorni" and to learn a few pieces for my piano club (please see post dated 30 Dec 17). However I am aware that his music divides opinion and I wonder if I would quickly tire of it before having chance to properly learn it.
by chrisw
31 Dec 2017, 13:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Please help me what is this song??
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Please help me what is this song??

Sorry, it beats me. As a wild guess, could it be Einaudi ? I would not however call it a song.
by chrisw
30 Dec 2017, 19:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club

Greetings all. I would like to ask if anyone has some good suggestions for piano music that I can play/perform at my monthly piano club ? Since the December meeting I am somewhat floundering about what I might learn for January and so far have tried some Greig (Solveig's song) and an arrangement of ...
by chrisw
14 Dec 2017, 21:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

Only that it was made in China. Surprising that a piano on a showroom floor should have the little faults that I identified in the earlier post.
by chrisw
13 Dec 2017, 11:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

That appears to be an excellent solution. Thanks for reporting back to the forum.
by chrisw
12 Dec 2017, 16:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

I visited the GEAR4MUSIC showroom in York a couple of weeks ago whilst spending a few days of holiday in Harrogate. I specifically went to look at their Minster baby grand acoustic piano which had a price tag currently about £5000. I was pleasantly surprised with the touch of the keys and the dynami...
by chrisw
19 Nov 2017, 12:42
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Small Digital Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Re: Small Digital Piano

There has also been some recent discussion on electronic pianos at https://www.abrsm.org/forum/index.php?act=idx, which may help.
by chrisw
13 Nov 2017, 13:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

I haven't heard of Broadway pianos but I guess they are made in China. When Bentley stopped manufacturing in the UK they were briefly revived under the name of Woodchester. I probably wouldn't consider a Woodchester but I don't think new ones are available anymore. You may have looked at the GEAR4Mu...
by chrisw
12 Nov 2017, 18:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

Bentley may be OK if bought from a reputable dealer who would be willing to improve the set up (if it needs it) once you have taken delivery. Also came across Minster pianos which are GEAR4music's own brand. Might be worth looking at.
by chrisw
12 Nov 2017, 13:45
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Looking to buy a digital piano, advice needed
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Looking to buy a digital piano, advice needed

Hello Dom, If I was buying an electronic piano my preference would be to buy new as there is a guarantee and if purchased from www it can be returned if it doesn't meet expectations. However it is always best to see and try one in a shop first if this possible. I don't know anything about the electr...
by chrisw
09 Nov 2017, 23:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking For Fully Annotated Sheet Music For School
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: Looking For Fully Annotated Sheet Music For School

Do you have a music department at your university ? They are likely to be most able to help. Finger numbers and other annotation that I write on music are very personal to me and I am not sure if they should be used to validate software. In any case there might be copyright infringement if I copied ...
by chrisw
08 Nov 2017, 16:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

Are you near enough to Oxford to pay Roberts Pianos a visit ? They usually have some good second pianos including a 1998 Kemble. Their new Feurich upright pianos may be a better price than a Kawai K200. In any case you will be able to compare all these pianos during a visit.
by chrisw
05 Nov 2017, 13:11
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Berry 1951 piano value
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: Berry 1951 piano value

From information that I've found on the web, a Berry piano with serial number 10200 ish would have been manufactured between 1904 and 1906. Perhaps the number you quote isn't the serial number. You probably didn't see the small print at the top of the forum page which says it is not possible to valu...
by chrisw
06 Oct 2017, 09:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Potential improvement to upright piano action
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: Potential improvement to upright piano action

Barrie,
Thank you for your reply.
by chrisw
04 Oct 2017, 16:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Potential improvement to upright piano action
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Potential improvement to upright piano action

I came across this video by accident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivuczNJPubo

Are these relatively new ideas for 'improving' an upright piano action and could they be fitted retrospectively ?
by chrisw
19 Sep 2017, 14:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice of selling Yamaha Gb1 and purchasing new piano.
Replies: 2
Views: 521

Re: Advice of selling Yamaha Gb1 and purchasing new piano.

I am not sure that I could afford a new Schimmel. If I was still interested in a new grand I think I would start with the Kawai GL or GX models, the Yamaha CX1, Feurich or Cavendish. Roberts piano shop in Oxford have placed numerous videos on Youtube to demonstrate lots of different makes including ...
by chrisw
19 Sep 2017, 11:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice of selling Yamaha Gb1 and purchasing new piano.
Replies: 2
Views: 521

Re: Advice of selling Yamaha Gb1 and purchasing new piano.

I remember being impressed by the Yamaha C1 grand piano, now CX1 I suppose, when I was vaguely thinking about exchanging my Kemble upright. I was learning the Beethoven Pathetique sonata at the time and thought that the left hand tremolando was easily controlled and could also be played much more qu...
by chrisw
04 Sep 2017, 16:23
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: When did you start learning?
Replies: 77
Views: 36879

Re: When did you start learning?

Started at about the age of 11 and had about three years of tuition. Then became seriously ill, recovered and eventually went to university and forgot everything about music apart from where to find middle C on the G clef. Bought an electronic piano at about the age of 34 and tried to teach myself. ...
by chrisw
18 Jun 2017, 21:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on used Kemble Classic
Replies: 9
Views: 5688

Re: Advice on used Kemble Classic

I have a Kemble Classic bought in 1994 and I can recommend them as small and yet powerful (if you need them to be) pianos. See the following post on this forum; https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9763&p=46337&hilit=kemble+classic#p46337 Any secondhand piano needs inspectin...
by chrisw
27 Apr 2017, 10:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Control
Replies: 22
Views: 12040

Re: Temperature & Humidity Control

If I was constructing a table with a solid wooden top anything more than 12inches wide I would secure it in a way that allows it to expand and contract across the grain and if not I would expect it to crack. Therefore if sound boards are secured all the way around their outer edges it seems to me t...
by chrisw
04 Jan 2017, 13:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please for 100yr old piano
Replies: 3
Views: 4514

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 m...
by chrisw
31 Jul 2016, 13:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need part(s) for 1900 Pleyel grand piano
Replies: 31
Views: 8069

Re: Need part(s) for 1900 Pleyel grand piano

Hello Berntd, Do you intend restoring the whole piano back to the black finish. The graining is probably removable with a paint stripper but it may also remove the black coating as well. I must admit that I never like turned legs on grand pianos but then again I have given up on the idea of owning a...
by chrisw
20 Jun 2016, 08:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What pages have New Topic box ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1285

Re: What pages have New Topic box ?

My teacher is also unable to span an octave and I think she tends to avoid pieces with lots of octave passages. I am learning a Beethoven sonata at present which is loaded with octave chords at a few places probably because Beethoven simply wanted to raise the volume to compensate for his hearing lo...
by chrisw
19 Jun 2016, 11:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What pages have New Topic box ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1285

Re: What pages have New Topic box ?

I saw your article in the Piano History category. It raises the question of why does each hand need to play outside one octave anyway ?
by chrisw
17 May 2016, 15:52
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Easter on Shipley Glen
Replies: 2
Views: 795

Re: Easter on Shipley Glen

Colin, My family came from south Leeds rather than north west Bradford so I doubt if we will have any information regarding the fun fair at Shipley. In our area we did however have an annual horse fair (still in existence) and at one time small fun fair. This fair goes back hundreds of years under t...
by chrisw
24 Apr 2016, 11:49
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Piano tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Re: Piano tuning

Just a humble upright Colin; a 85 note 1994 Kemble Classic. I am sure the tuner didn't adjust any of the actions and when I said,with tongue in cheek, it was easier to play I wasn't referring to physical effort. It is just that the harmonies seem so spot on it seems to encourage me to play the right...
by chrisw
22 Apr 2016, 19:51
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Piano tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Piano tuning

My piano has been tuned today and is now sounding very nice indeed. Is it my imagination or am I kidding myself that it is now easier to play ? I might add that the tuning wasn't a mile out before today. The treble had held pitch since the previous tuning. The tenor strings had dropped a little.
by chrisw
28 Mar 2016, 15:03
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How do you start learning a piece?
Replies: 0
Views: 1210

Re: How do you start learning a piece?

I rarely listen to a piece of music before starting to learn or in the early stages of learning. It is probably accurate to say that I actually avoid recordings of the piece. I start by trying to play the first couple of pages hands together and at sight and I then tend to concentrate on the first p...
by chrisw
17 Mar 2016, 23:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Who's listening Billy Joel?
Replies: 14
Views: 2603

Re: Who's listening Billy Joel?

Barrie,
Thank you for the info.
by chrisw
17 Mar 2016, 12:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Who's listening Billy Joel?
Replies: 14
Views: 2603

Re: Who's listening Billy Joel?

During formal dinners are lounge suits acceptable or do the men have to wear dinner jackets ? Can the women wear trouser suits ?
by chrisw
04 Feb 2016, 09:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What model/year is my Kemble?
Replies: 25
Views: 4280

Re: What model/year is my Kemble?

DaViD, Welcome to the Kemble Classic club. I sometimes get little noises when the front vertical board (sorry don't know its proper name and don't have time this morning to look it up) when the retaining clips are not fully engaged. They are found just inside the piano lid, one on either side. I ask...
by chrisw
10 Jan 2016, 16:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Valuing a Piano for Insurance purposes
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Re: Valuing a Piano for Insurance purposes

Whilst agreeing with the advice given by Gill the Piano as to the value of a second hand piano if one was about to be purchased (especially from a private vendor), for insurance purposes, if your instrument has been maintained in good order with regular tunings, I would refer to prices of similar pi...
by chrisw
06 Jan 2016, 20:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What model/year is my Kemble?
Replies: 25
Views: 4280

Re: What model/year is my Kemble?

DaViD,

It is good to read your feedback. Please let us know when your piano is delivered and how you get on with it.