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by chrisw
19 Nov 2017, 12:42
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Small Digital Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 27

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: 6
Views: 188

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: 6
Views: 188

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: 73

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: 56

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: 6
Views: 188

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: 121

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: 267

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: 267

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: 350

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: 350

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: 36215

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: 5277

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: 10466

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: 4348

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: 7774

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: 1138

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: 1138

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: 729

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: 835

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: 835

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: 1079

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: 2384

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: 2384

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: 3949

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: 1047

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: 3949

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.
by chrisw
04 Jan 2016, 23:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What model/year is my Kemble?
Replies: 25
Views: 3949

Re: What model/year is my Kemble?

I also made a mistake by saying the Kemble Classic 1981-1990 thread was started in Feb 2011 when I now think it was Feb 2012. These pianos seem to have a good reputation. During this year's tuning of my 1994 Kemble Classic I was advised that the pitch had not altered from the previous year and it on...
by chrisw
03 Jan 2016, 13:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What model/year is my Kemble?
Replies: 25
Views: 3949

Re: What model/year is my Kemble?

The original poster may also be interested in another post on this forum started in Feb 2011. It was titled;
"Kemble Classic 1981-1990"
by chrisw
31 Oct 2015, 15:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Reid Sohn
Replies: 17
Views: 2728

Re: Secondhand Reid Sohn

Are any of these pianos in the same shop ? If so can you trust any of the staff to give some advice with regard to the second hand Yams and Kawais ?
by chrisw
31 Aug 2015, 17:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Anniversaries
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Re: Anniversaries

Thank you, Gill the Piano.

I still, occasionally, play Forgotten Dreams. Did so this morning whilst feeling quite emotional !
by chrisw
31 Aug 2015, 12:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Anniversaries
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Anniversaries

It is forty years today since I starting working for my present employer (and its predecessors) and with just one more job to do I shall be heading for full retirement in the next month or so. This will give more time to learn new piano pieces but more importantly practice first thing in the morning...
by chrisw
06 Jul 2015, 12:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 98
Views: 63504

Re: Introduce yourself!

Best wishes,breakup, for your return to piano. Your existing repertoire appears to make a solid foundation. Sight reading improves with practice and I would encourage working on sight reading starting with simple pieces. I made a restart on piano some 25 years ago after a gap of almost 30 years. At ...
by chrisw
15 Jun 2015, 20:54
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: I am looking to buy a digital piano and in a dilemma
Replies: 3
Views: 1739

Re: I am looking to buy a digital piano and in a dilemma

Sorry I can't help much giving advice in digital pianos. However as a result of a post on a different forum, I found myself looking at web advertisements/demonstrations of the Kawai CA67 digital piano last weekend. It appeared impressive but at a substantial cost.
by chrisw
22 May 2015, 17:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?
Replies: 21
Views: 4436

Re: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?

If I wished to limit my budget on a replacement upright, I would probably look at reconditioned Kawai or Yamaha, which are sold by quality retailers with a guarantee. I would also enquire the price of new Kembles and Cavendish. I am not sure if Woodchester are produced anymore. It is a few years sin...
by chrisw
21 May 2015, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?
Replies: 21
Views: 4436

Re: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?

Post Script.

Please see thread

Beginning to see the light Brodmann by poster joseph
by chrisw
21 May 2015, 20:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?
Replies: 21
Views: 4436

Re: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?

I seem to recall this piano retailer helping out a member of this forum sometime ago so they are likely to be reliable people. Other than that try as many pianos as you can within your budget and select the one which you like the most. Maybe the weight and response of the action is important to you ...
by chrisw
21 May 2015, 12:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?
Replies: 21
Views: 4436

Re: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?

Evamar, Have you seen the advertisement at the bottom of the page containing your post which gives the email address of the Brodman distributor? I have come across one professional pianist who bought Brodman a number of years ago, letting it be known that he thought they were very good pianos. I don...
by chrisw
29 Nov 2014, 13:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: langer vs Renner
Replies: 4
Views: 2318

Re: langer vs Renner

I have a 1994 Kemble piano fitted with a Langer 100 action. At one time I considered changing it for a grand but I have changed my mind following advice given both within this forum and by my tuner/technician that it would be difficult within a reasonable budget to better it. In any case the capabil...
by chrisw
19 Oct 2014, 19:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456421

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

The full expression is "Leeds Loiners" as per the reference to Briggate in the wiki defintion. Briggate was the main thoroughfare through the city centre. My aunt used the expression many times.
by chrisw
30 May 2014, 17:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pleaase help me ID this piece
Replies: 2
Views: 1219

Re: Pleaase help me ID this piece

Could it be based upon the orchestral score for Mendelsohns overture to a Midsummers Night Dream ?
by chrisw
25 Apr 2014, 21:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: progress
Replies: 11
Views: 2394

Re: progress

Bravo. I enjoyed your performance and consider you are making good progress if you have been learning for only 2 or so years. Also taking only 3 months to get to this level of performance, including dynamics and well executed decorations is a good achievement. I imagine keeping control of nerves dur...
by chrisw
12 May 2013, 22:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Control
Replies: 22
Views: 10466

Re: Temperature & Humidity Control

wood props.jpeg
Jbs,

Table of wood properties attached but not sure if it is easy to read.

Have you seen the Wikipedia article "Wood Drying"
by chrisw
06 May 2013, 19:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Control
Replies: 22
Views: 10466

Re: Temperature & Humidity Control

Since posting my reply I had a look at an interesting web site called "The piano deconstructed" (http://www.christophersmit.com). Also found an article on seasoning of violin wood (http://www.rocheviloins.com/html/seasoning_violin_wood.html) and on piano soundboards (http://www.pianobuilders.com/sou...
by chrisw
05 May 2013, 13:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Control
Replies: 22
Views: 10466

Re: Temperature & Humidity Control

I was under the impression that modern pianos are designed to resist the effects of central heating although excess changes of temperature and humidity still need to be avoided. For example is not the wrest plank laminated so that it is less likely to be affected ? Timber never stops moving across t...
by chrisw
23 Oct 2012, 14:37
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's your education background?
Replies: 7
Views: 2768

Re: What's your education background?

Physicist by training. Went back to piano in middle age but play for "enjoyment" and not to obtain grades. Sometimes think not attempting grades may be a mistake.
by chrisw
19 May 2012, 19:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Practise strategies for oldies
Replies: 6
Views: 2069

Re: Practise strategies for oldies

Dear Dorsetpiano, Like yourself, I first learned piano in early teenage years and then gave up later in my school career. (I also studied Chemistry,Physics and Maths at A level). After I finished my first degree I had forgotten how to read music but I found a piece of music and an upright piano in a...
by chrisw
26 Feb 2012, 14:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Can't memorise left hand part
Replies: 14
Views: 3801

Re: Can't memorise left hand part

A teacher should be impressed by the pieces being tackled by dorsetpiano rather than horrified by technique. My teacher always encourages and has helped me to progress quickly. My goal however has always been to become a good sight reader rather than memoriser. After sight reading my next priority w...
by chrisw
22 Feb 2012, 17:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Warsaw concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 1503

Warsaw concerto

I have two versions of the Warsaw Concerto. The first is known as the 'theme' and is marked Richard Addinsell. The second is a piano solo version arranged from original score by Henry Geehl. Does anybody know if Geehl worked from the orchestral score by Roy Douglas or something direct from Addinsell...
by chrisw
17 Feb 2012, 21:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Classic 1981-1990
Replies: 16
Views: 4514

Re: Kemble Classic 1981-1990

Photographs of Kemble Classic Herrburger Brooks action.
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