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by A440
22 Nov 2014, 09:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Best Acoustic Piano" Award 2014. The Winner Is......
Replies: 2
Views: 1407

"Best Acoustic Piano" Award 2014. The Winner Is......

The Music Industries Awards were held this week in London. And the winner of the "Best Acoustic Piano" is.......
Cavendish 121 Contempoary.
First English built winner for many years.
More details here...
http://www.cavendishpianos.com

Details of MIA...
http://www.miamusicawards.com/2014-winners
by A440
13 Jul 2014, 20:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...
Replies: 6
Views: 2323

Re: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...

Yes, Broadwood still going strong. Exhibiting at Shanghai Music Fair in October and a brand new website..
http://www.broadwoodpianos.com
by A440
07 Jun 2014, 21:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cavendish Pianos short film
Replies: 0
Views: 851

Cavendish Pianos short film

Excellent short film about Cavendish, the British piano makers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPmgBJOYfqw
by A440
17 Nov 2013, 03:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hot Glue pot (an economical one)
Replies: 2
Views: 950

Re: Hot Glue pot (an economical one)

I've always used a baby's bottle warmer for glue. Hair straighteners are good for warming hammer butts. I've seen both in use in piano factories.
by A440
21 May 2013, 23:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Amazing piano 4-row Janko keyboard
Replies: 11
Views: 3317

Re: Amazing piano 4-row Janko keyboard

There is a digital janko available
http://technabob.com/blog/2007/08/09/ch ... f-88-keys/
Has anyone here tried it?
by A440
14 Feb 2013, 01:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cavendish Pianos short film
Replies: 5
Views: 1500

Cavendish Pianos short film

Short film about Cavendish the British piano manufacturer.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pebybHGx ... ata_player
by A440
03 Oct 2012, 22:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Amazing piano 4-row Janko keyboard
Replies: 11
Views: 3317

Amazing piano 4-row Janko keyboard

This is worth a look. He gets talking after about 4 mins and it gets more and more interesting...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... K4REjqGc9w
I'm going to look at one tomorrow that is in a state of mid-restoration (and has been for some time!)
Wish me luck!
by A440
25 Sep 2012, 19:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Curious question.
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Re: Curious question.

Barry Caradine bought some of the Kemble equipment which is now used to make some parts for the Cavendish. A couple of ex-Kemble employees did set up on their own doing polyester repairs but I haven't heard any recent news. Intermusic bought Marshal and Rose, Challen and Bently the latter two of whi...
by A440
03 Sep 2012, 08:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New British Cavendish Piano
Replies: 20
Views: 8499

Re: New British Cavendish Piano

High quality sound files of Cavendish are now available. Have a listen!
http://www.cavendishpianos.com/about.html
by A440
18 Dec 2011, 21:28
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Why learn more than one key?
Replies: 35
Views: 9624

Re: Why learn more than one key?

Here's some interesting stuff about tone colour... Does anyone on here regularly tune in Well Temper? (By the way has it been mentioned how good Britannia's looking in her santa outfit! although in the words of the old song "her feet's too big") KEY COLOURS About Key Colour “Key colour” is absent in...
by A440
17 Dec 2011, 19:46
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Why learn more than one key?
Replies: 35
Views: 9624

Re: Why learn more than one key?

Yes playing the piano is a very creative, intuitive process which is to me the most important part of my life in many ways.
But, as a tuner, I can tell you there is no tone colour in ET. it's not my opinion it's just a mathematical fact. Sorry!
by A440
17 Dec 2011, 09:15
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Why learn more than one key?
Replies: 35
Views: 9624

Re: Why learn more than one key?

Hopefully not pointless. You are simply confusing pitch with key colour. I'll try again. It's a tricky concept but stick with it and try not to be rude. ;) On a piano we can record a triad of A flat and speed it up to produce a triad of A. The intervals are equal there is no difference in colour. It...
by A440
16 Dec 2011, 23:52
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Why learn more than one key?
Replies: 35
Views: 9624

Re: Why learn more than one key?

Bolloc*k? Yes, of course! An orchestra translates the nuance of pitch. But not on a piano! Yes,as you say, if you are listening to one piece after another changing the key adds relief but there is no "reason" for it. By "reason" I mean key nuance or colour. B flat major sounds no more triumphant tha...
by A440
16 Dec 2011, 23:25
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Why learn more than one key?
Replies: 35
Views: 9624

Re: Why learn more than one key?

Well generally people do. But the point is there's no real reason to. Like I say this sounds like heresy, and I guess I'm playing devil's advocate but only to prove a point. That point being there IS no difference on a piano.
by A440
16 Dec 2011, 20:41
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Why learn more than one key?
Replies: 35
Views: 9624

Re: Why learn more than one key?

Hi Jonathan the 2nd (good name!), Yes you are right! Very astute of you (I guess you are a scientist/engineer) It's seldom recognised that the subtle differences in keys are lost when using a piano. Much misunderstood, this is because the "colour" of the key is lost on a fixed note instrument ( a vi...
by A440
17 May 2011, 09:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau
Replies: 6
Views: 3017

Re: The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau

I think they worry that walls have Chinese ears! When you see how blatantly all their designs are ripped off I can understand it. These are techniques that have been perfected through trial and error for centuries and are worth even more than a 30 foot piano!
by A440
17 May 2011, 08:09
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau
Replies: 6
Views: 3017

Re: The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau

There's a very long and interesting thread on Pianoworld forum dating from 07 but no recent update. I think it's amazing innovation -which is very seldom practical- but without it we wouldn't have things like pianos. I can see them being like church organs built into concert halls of the future perh...
by A440
16 May 2011, 19:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau
Replies: 6
Views: 3017

Re: The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau

Yes! They've got some new models out soon which look less like diving boards and more like yachts.
by A440
16 May 2011, 15:56
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau
Replies: 6
Views: 3017

The Ultimate Piano Klavins-Klavierbau

Was just reading my Pierce Piano Atlas (a quiet day at the shop!) and came accross Klavins-Klavierbau which was a new one on me.
Quite extraordinary!
http://www.klavins-pianos.com/index_en.htm
by A440
15 Mar 2011, 22:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

Yes I am on the case. I spoke to Sauter and they promised to interview a technician after Carnival. (the Germans get a week-long party we get a pancake !)
by A440
25 Feb 2011, 07:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

Hi NewAge, Yes, have all our Sauters voiced to the Classic standard. We keep the 130 next to the Bechstein Concert 8 (also a 130) so comparisons can easily be drawn. After the weekend I will post details of the technical differences in Sauter's voicing as a new thread so it's easier to find for inte...
by A440
24 Feb 2011, 23:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

Yes, we always keep a masterklasse 130 in stock.
by A440
23 Feb 2011, 20:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

This is probably a circular argument. But as you said Steinway are the Rolls Royce of pianos - not everyone wants to drive a Rolls Royce there are plenty of other excellent makes.
by A440
23 Feb 2011, 17:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

,From a tuner/tech/stringer/action rebuider/etc the Steinway pianos of today and 100 years ago are in a class of their own regards materials design patents and build quality,how often do you have to replace soundboards,wrestpalnks the answer never the prices are not over inflated they are the Rolls...
by A440
22 Feb 2011, 21:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

I've got a bit jaded by "web reviews" there is one well known "piano review" site that is just a fabrication designed to tempt readers into buying a branded digital piano! I think you will probably be able to find good and bad reviews about almost any product on the web. There is also a lot of axe g...
by A440
22 Feb 2011, 19:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

It's a jolly fine instrument and many would say hard to beat for an upright (I forsee that ruffling a few feathers and causing Steinway related posts!) Anywho at this level it's just what grabs you as has been said many times. You can find more info on the Bechsteins from following the Bechstein li...
by A440
20 Feb 2011, 20:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

In answer to your question, yes the Concert 8 is the same shape and similar design as the 124 just bigger. We have one in stock - we keep the entire range of Bechstein uprights in stock. It's a jolly fine instrument and many would say hard to beat for an upright (I forsee that ruffling a few feather...
by A440
15 Feb 2011, 13:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 10604

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

Bluthner are just around the corner too (if we are allowed to talk about pianos that arn't Steinway!!) :wink:
by A440
12 Feb 2011, 03:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: W Hoffman V131 + 2
Replies: 12
Views: 3524

Re: W Hoffman V131 + 2

The hoffman would be a good choice. As I'm sure you know, Hoffman are made by Bechstein. You could consider going for a new bechsein but a smaller model. You may be able to find one at the same price. It would certainly be worth trying. You may even find a larger ex-display model within budget. It i...
by A440
09 Feb 2011, 18:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

,they must be doing something right to have been around so long. Sauter have been around longer than Steinway and are still in the hands of the Sauter family. It's all down to taste really we are talking about 2 prestige makers, but Steinway is about as far removed from Sauter as it's possible to b...
by A440
09 Feb 2011, 17:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

Yes, that's a good idea. We've had a few customers go over and see their piano being made (really!). One couple, Pauline and Andrew were kind enough to write their experience up as a kind of blog. They got 5 star treatment from Sauter and I must say I'm rather jealous! Sauter blog... http://www.york...
by A440
06 Feb 2011, 10:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

I get asked alot what the "difference" between a digital and real piano is. It's quite a difficult question particually with a top end digital. The best replies I've thought of sa far are... It's like the difference between listening to a stero or having live music played in your front room. Or, it'...
by A440
03 Feb 2011, 19:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 10604

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

I've had a couple of customers unhappy with Kemble pianos just "it doesn't sound like it did in the showroom" or "this note sometimes sounds a bit funny" and after we have done our best to rectify the situation, Kemble have gone out and in both cases replaced the piano! They give real 5 star service...
by A440
02 Feb 2011, 08:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What is 'False'
Replies: 8
Views: 2352

Re: What is 'False'

Hello again James! The leg type is called gate-leg and are somewhat prone to being wobbly - hopefully yours arn't, it can be quite a pain to fix. G & K made lots of fancy exhibition pianos. I once had a beautiful upright with art noveau marquetry of Klimpt-like ladies with flowing hair on it. Exquis...
by A440
02 Feb 2011, 00:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 10604

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

Sorry to bring this interesting thread back to original topic. Nobody has mentioned the Kemble grand yet. We have one in Yorkshire Pianos which sounds superb. With your budget you could even try a Bechstein or even the 160 Sauter (yes we have one! They are pretty rare in uk may even be the only one?).
by A440
02 Feb 2011, 00:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 77475

Re: Quality used upright advice

If you do come down to Northern England a visit to Yorkshire Pianos would be very worthwhile we keep all the Bechstein and Bluthner uprights (the complete range) as well as several Sauters which are amazing pianos. We have a lovely new large showroom surrounded by beautiful countryside in Bolton Abb...
by A440
11 Jan 2011, 22:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which Paint ?
Replies: 14
Views: 5476

Re: Which Paint ?

Just been Googling spray-on formica finish. Did I misunderstand Barry, you're talking about a paint rather than applying a laminate and trimming it? Can't find any mention of it but would like to know more if poss. Cheers!
by A440
16 May 2010, 12:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Humphreys London piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4066

Re: Humphreys London piano

Yes! Roy and Betty are next door still. Strange as I'm a tuner, he and his wife worked all their lives as technicians looking after education pianos in London and my neighbour on the other side is an organ builder! We all live in Otley which itself has a history of piano making (Laurance and Nash). ...
by A440
07 Nov 2009, 12:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Harrods Piano Department
Replies: 9
Views: 4857

Re: Harrods Piano Department

I'm sorry but...

One Piano
Two or more Pianos

Here's a tip- if you struggle with apostrophes,
just don't bother using them ever and you'll end up being right more of the time!

PS are you suggesting Harrods is a cheap place to shop!?
by A440
08 Sep 2009, 18:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: practice room reuqired
Replies: 8
Views: 2886

Re: practice room reuqired

Hello again Chris,
don't know if you've already tried Reubin Katz. He is an old friend and may be able to help;
Reuben Katz Pianos, R/O The Old George, Fore Street, Milverton, Somerset, TA4 1JU

Telephone: 01823 401454 Mobile: 0781 3046110
by A440
16 Aug 2009, 12:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: World's largest piano, built by 16 year old.
Replies: 5
Views: 6090

Re: World's largest piano, built by 16 year old.

Yes, he's a truely remarkable young man. I have been in correspondence with him a little and he has lots of questions about stringing patterns which I intend to post here shortly. Adrian Mann - 2008 General Scholarship Recipient Inventor, Timaru To construct the world’s largest piano “My doubts abou...
by A440
15 Aug 2009, 13:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: World's largest piano, built by 16 year old.
Replies: 5
Views: 6090

World's largest piano, built by 16 year old.

This is really very inspiring!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQpnMDaF-aE

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PI8RYIeypM

Hope it doesn't get too hot in that tin shed!
but I expect he's thought of that -he is clearly a genius!
by A440
08 May 2009, 00:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?
Replies: 132
Views: 32907

Re: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?

Good Luck!
by A440
28 Apr 2009, 22:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 12846

Re: Kemble

sorry! missed the bit about no more motor analogies!
by A440
28 Apr 2009, 22:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 12846

Re: Kemble

The new verses old debate depends on the use. If I have a family with a couple of keen kids who are interested in a restored turn of the century Steinway upright I have to point out "it's like doing the school-run in an old Rolls Royce." I convince them to buy a new Kemble- they get the right piano ...
by A440
10 Apr 2009, 12:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 8115

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

I can't really see any "good reasons" for not buying a new piano from your local dealer if that is your budget. OK it may be more like 1700-1800 quid but you know Exactly what you are getting, it is guarranteed and a very good investment (new pianos are going up in price almost daily). You will prob...
by A440
18 Mar 2009, 12:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The New Kemble Chopin
Replies: 5
Views: 2972

Re: The New Kemble Chopin

Here's a couple of photos of the New Kemble Chopin at Headingley pianos. Retail is £5999 but I'm told this is due to rise! Strings do vary in quality tremendously (like pianos). These are handmade by Bosendorfer and have very high purity of copper and are drawn to very high tolerance. Anyone who's e...
by A440
09 Mar 2009, 17:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The New Kemble Chopin
Replies: 5
Views: 2972

The New Kemble Chopin

Have just seen my first Kemble Chopin- the new upright 121. A real thoroughbred! The best piano to come out of the Kemble stable in my opinoin! Like the Mozart it uses the highest quality of soundboard stock, upgraded hammers and-the 'piece de resistance' -Bosendorfer bass strings!
by A440
24 Feb 2009, 17:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: LOW PRICE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Replies: 6
Views: 2458

Re: LOW PRICE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

If cheap meant good it would be fantastic. Who fancies going out for a really cheap meal- great! Instruments are not like microwave ovens, there' a lot to go wrong. Oh, you say, but they have a 'Yamaha guarantee'- what can possibly go wrong? Look carefully what a Yamaha guarantee means who upholds i...
by A440
09 Feb 2009, 01:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baffling
Replies: 34
Views: 8131

Re: Baffling

It's sometimes a caster, make sure they are all touching the floor- if not chock up. Tap stings down on bridge, but it sounds more like sympathetic vibration- remove case parts one by one. If necessary remove action and strike string with spare hammer sounds crazy but then at least you know. But my ...