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by Gill the Piano
28 Jul 2018, 13:53
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice
Replies: 44
Views: 22767

Re: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice

KNEW it was you, Dave! What were you doing up at 3am?? Running about in the rain, I expect.
How are you doing?
by Gill the Piano
21 Jul 2018, 20:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: sticking keys
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: sticking keys

Well since you are going to need the piano tuner, why not let your tuner sort it out - sounds as if you've exhausted everything we might suggest! The keys themselves might have twisted and be touching, or the key leads might have oxidised and be touching. Let the tuner have a look.
by Gill the Piano
13 Jul 2018, 18:37
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Is Grade 8 enough to teach piano?
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Is Grade 8 enough to teach piano?

ABRSM also do a Dip ABRSM and there's a qualification to bridge the gap between that and grade 8. But I think it'd just point the person questioning your qualifications to happy pupils/parents - they are your references. And never say 'only grade 8', say Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Musi...
by Gill the Piano
11 Jul 2018, 15:36
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Is Grade 8 enough to teach piano?
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Is Grade 8 enough to teach piano?

It doesn't seem that they have a Certificate for Music Educator's equivalent. They do have a diploma in community and music group teaching but it doesn't seem to be the same sort of thing.
by Gill the Piano
10 Jul 2018, 16:16
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Is Grade 8 enough to teach piano?
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Is Grade 8 enough to teach piano?

Did you do ABRSM (Associated Board) exams? I taught from about Grade 6 onwards and didn't get complaints. As long as you're teaching carefully and thoroughly and not pretending to have ten teaching degrees then I don't see any problem. ABRSM do teaching courses and certificates I think and that woul...
by Gill the Piano
07 Jul 2018, 11:15
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Who can teach me to play this song
Replies: 3
Views: 820

Re: Who can teach me to play this song

Sorry Michael, only just seen this post. You'd get more response by posting it under a new topic - something like 'Piano tutor book recommendation needed.' Tried to move it but don't have the know-how! The Complete Piano Player by Kenneth Baker is excellent; songs you know and aimed at an adult teac...
by Gill the Piano
29 Jun 2018, 17:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Danemann piano
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: Danemann piano

1934 according to Pierce Piano Atlas which is fairly unreliable on British makes. They were fairly good at dating their pianos; get your tuner to take out the first key on the left hand side and there should be a date, either written on the key, or on a label underneath it.
by Gill the Piano
29 Jun 2018, 17:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Christmas 2014
Replies: 35
Views: 7638

Re: Christmas 2014

Blimey, you're starting early! I get teachers moaning about Good King Wenceslas is September! Still forewarned is forearmed as they say...
by Gill the Piano
01 Jun 2018, 18:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinbach
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: Steinbach

You could also ask for the tuner's number to chat about the general condition of the instrument. If they don't know/can't find the tuner's number then it's a fair bet that it hasn't been tuned for a while.
by Gill the Piano
24 May 2018, 17:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble 6 octave sustain pedal problem
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Kemble 6 octave sustain pedal problem

Take the bottom door off, follow the sustain pedal backwards into the piano and you'll see a nut atop a long bit of wood. Tighten that (lefty loosey, righty tighty) and keep testing the sound/feel until you get the desired result.
by Gill the Piano
16 May 2018, 18:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Max's cardboard fix"
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: "Max's cardboard fix"

Ah, so THAT'S what 'chernigov' meant ! I thought it was a manufacturer. Thanks,Max!
by Gill the Piano
15 May 2018, 16:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Max's cardboard fix"
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: "Max's cardboard fix"

Did Belarus pianos sometimes have no name on the fall? I tune an unbadged Russian piano - not bad! - but the only words I can discern are 'student' and 'diplom' on a transfer on the frame.
by Gill the Piano
14 May 2018, 15:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Max's cardboard fix"
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: "Max's cardboard fix"

More to the point why should such a young piano (Petrof?) have loose tuning pins?
by Gill the Piano
09 May 2018, 17:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

That's true, Barrie; it is a distinct sound all of its own, isn't it? Often followed by a dull thud, the sound of the tuner's heart hitting the diaphragm...
by Gill the Piano
04 May 2018, 17:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Moved this to the piano advice section since that what we wandered in to! Yes, I thought that once you'd seen a diagram you'd appreciate how complex a job it might turn out to be. But on the plus side it seems to be just the one note so hopefully it won't be too big a job. Do mention the fact that i...
by Gill the Piano
26 Apr 2018, 20:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Omega Music gone bust
Replies: 4
Views: 755

Re: Omega Music gone bust

When I started at 21, my projected retirement age was 60. Then it moved to 65. Now I'm 57, retirement is supposed to be 67. By the time I'm 67 it'll be 97... :roll: I'll retire when either my ears or my thumbs give out.
by Gill the Piano
26 Apr 2018, 20:42
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: My beginner experiences so far...
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: My beginner experiences so far...

Absolutely'; just have fun for now and explore which way you want to go. Then if needs be, find a teacher who works in your particular area of interest. :piano;
by Gill the Piano
23 Apr 2018, 16:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Nope, look at a diagram of a drop action - it will show you from the side what one nope comprises. There is a lever called a jack which is right in the centre of the whole shebang, at a slant of about 60 degrees, The top of that nestles on a pad of felt when the action is at rest and it's the pad th...
by Gill the Piano
22 Apr 2018, 13:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Can you take the bottom door off (the bit in front of your knees when you sit at the piano) and then sit on the floor and play the note. If the click is in front of you, it's a notch felt. If it's above you, it's possibly felt under the flange (what your arrow indicated) that's been eaten. Google 'p...
by Gill the Piano
19 Apr 2018, 18:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

The click is probably a missing notch felt; when the jack goes back to its original position it should be resting on a tiny felt pad. These get eaten, worn or the glue gives up and the pad drops off, so instead of a silent repositioning of the jack, you hear the click of wood upon wood. Tell your tu...
by Gill the Piano
18 Apr 2018, 16:31
Forum: Piano History
Topic: J.&J. HOPKINSON PIANO
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Re: J AND J HOPKINSON PIANO

Could you take a photograph of the inside of the piano for us please? The top opens up and each end of the inside of the top door there should be a swivel peg that will allow you to remove the top door. Specifically, we are looking for a serial number stamped amongst or above the tuning pins. The pi...
by Gill the Piano
17 Apr 2018, 18:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Boyd Autoplayer disposal
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Boyd Autoplayer disposal

Found the playerpianogroup.org.uk and pianola.org.uk .
by Gill the Piano
17 Apr 2018, 18:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Boyd Autoplayer disposal
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Boyd Autoplayer disposal

See if there's a local(ish) pianola society who might be interested and there may be a pianola specific website where you could offer it. It would be nice if it went to an enthusiast rather than someone who only wants a piano - and as a piano they're big beasties which a lot of people find hard to a...
by Gill the Piano
16 Apr 2018, 17:59
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Metronome/click
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Re: Metronome/click

You can get a PICTURE CHORD DICTIONARY FOR PIANO which has photographs of a hand in all the positions for the various chords; mine was about £25 i think from eBay. All the 'D min dim 7' and all that cods doesn't mean a thing to me, so it's been a godsend if I'm given trendy music to play with nothin...
by Gill the Piano
15 Apr 2018, 13:49
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Metronome/click
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Re: Metronome/click

Not crucial, no - but it can be useful. People who play with a metronome all the time sound slightly robotic and never develop their own sense of tempo. However, where it is very useful is where there's a difficult bit. Either the pianist goes from 100 mph to 2mph (in effect saying 'Helloooo, I can'...
by Gill the Piano
04 Apr 2018, 16:25
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Kemble minx age
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Kemble minx age

Ooo, older than I thought then; I had a punt at late 50s/early 60s but wasn't sure. I knew you'd know though! I'll have a look at the key frame on my next visit. Ta!
by Gill the Piano
03 Apr 2018, 14:04
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Kemble minx age
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Kemble minx age

Bill, could you give me an approximate age of a Kemble Minx serial no 64283 please? Ta!
by Gill the Piano
07 Mar 2018, 17:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1775

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

Barrie Heaton wrote:
06 Mar 2018, 21:27
I bet it is great fun to tune
...not! :shock:
by Gill the Piano
05 Mar 2018, 17:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1775

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

Oo yes, nought out of ten for observation then! Sorry...do the strings go through the pin like a Brinsmead ? Must be really awkward to tune.
by Gill the Piano
04 Mar 2018, 14:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1775

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

I tune three Minxes, all top tuners - in fact I only know Eavestaff as the dreaded piano with pins under the keyboard. One of the 3 has a few loose pins owing to its having been parked by a radiator in an old lady's home for many years but the other two - both dating from the 1960s - are fine and at...
by Gill the Piano
03 Mar 2018, 15:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1531

Re: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

Fortunately I had a light week this week and left it empty once I saw the forecast. Had THREE telephone calls this morning (weekends? What are they?) from people with sticking notes though - probably bowed lockrails, I expect.
by Gill the Piano
03 Mar 2018, 15:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1775

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

Kemble (not Kimball - they're american) Minx are normally fairly well made and as long as it's been well looked after and not overheated there's no reason it should have the problems that you mention. Why not get it looked at first before you start to panic?
by Gill the Piano
31 Jan 2018, 18:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

That#s because LVB is ALWAYS depicted as a miserable old git. I have a small bronze of him as a young man - still brooding but gorgeous. Knocks Liszt into a cocked hat and women used to swoon over him!
by Gill the Piano
30 Jan 2018, 14:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Glad it's not just me who's iffy about Brahms...we always referred to him as the Miserable Old Git at school! :D I moved your Broadwood question to the Piano Advice bit, as I think it will find a greater audience there...sometimes I think it's just thee and me here! Good idea to get it evaluated; mo...
by Gill the Piano
29 Jan 2018, 21:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Blimey...isn't the Brahms difficult? I never seem to find him very user-friendly. Probably because I don't like practising! Excuse radio silence computer's been awol.
by Gill the Piano
22 Jan 2018, 16:36
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to accompany someone with the piano?
Replies: 2
Views: 1352

Re: How to accompany someone with the piano?

Firstly you both need to listen to eachother - and pianists in particular are not used to that! Also, practise with a metronome for a little while (not too much or your music can sound mechanical) that you both need to listen to while playing. Any tricky bars need to be taken out and practised caref...
by Gill the Piano
15 Jan 2018, 16:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

My brother and I were left money and he blew his on a top range Skoda (the Superb? Something like that) and he loves it to bits. I drive my smart about and spent mine on a piano!
by Gill the Piano
15 Jan 2018, 16:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 105
Views: 76809

Re: Introduce yourself!

Nice to have you aboard! Are you a beginner or an established pianist?
by Gill the Piano
13 Jan 2018, 19:37
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Look at new Zimmermanns which are now under the auspices of Bechstein (like Volkswagen did for Skoda and Seat). I've been very impressed by the ones I've seen, although I think Barrie has come across the odd iffy one. Older Zimmermanns are Cold War East German and not half as well made .
by Gill the Piano
13 Jan 2018, 19:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gor and Kallman piano appraisal
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Gor and Kallman piano appraisal

I think they were made in Britain in the 1930s I tune one very like it and found a date on the side of the bottom key. You could try looking there, or ask your tuner to.
by Gill the Piano
12 Jan 2018, 21:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

But how many uprights did you play at Forsyth's? Kick a lot of tyres before you decide!
Yes, toning would make a difference to your teacher's piano, I expect. Has she ever considered it?
by Gill the Piano
12 Jan 2018, 21:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gor and Kallman piano appraisal
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Gor and Kallman piano appraisal

The pedal probably IS working but is fairly subtle and not noticeable; when the front is off as in the pic, can you see the hammers move closer to the strings when the left pedal is depressed? If so, it's working. If you were taking a guitar would you ask the landlord's permission? No. So as long as...
by Gill the Piano
11 Jan 2018, 18:15
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Could be that your ear and touch are becoming more discerning; you are also now hearing/feeling the difference between your piano and your teacher's. I liken this syndrome to having your first car; it's the Best Car In The Whole World and you love and cherish it and are proud of it. Then you start t...
by Gill the Piano
11 Jan 2018, 18:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Year and make of Hoffman piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1429

Re: Help with year and make of piano

It looks very like a couple of Russian pianos I tune...if you look inside the top, down to the right, can you see any cyrillic script on a label there? If you could take a pic with the top door off (the bit against which your music rests, where the fancy moulding is) we'd be able to tell a bit more....
by Gill the Piano
10 Jan 2018, 17:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Depends on the amount of use it's had, obviously, It's a job for which I always recommend a colleague who is far better (and a hell of a lot faster) at regulation than me, having worked for a top piano workshop for many years. As leather and felt wears down with constant playing, levers which used t...
by Gill the Piano
09 Jan 2018, 17:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

How old is your Kemble? Are you sure it wouldn't benefit from a good regulation? I had my old Bluthner restored and whilst the new strings and hammers and so on made a difference, it was the regulation that impressed me, and I could play with far more control than before. My new German one is even b...
by Gill the Piano
08 Jan 2018, 17:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

An alternative for you would be a good upright rather than writing off a lot of floor space. Make a cutout of the shape of the baby grand and lay it on the floor to get a real idea of how much room it'll take up. A baby grand isn't much superior in tone to a good upright - tone is largely derived fr...
by Gill the Piano
07 Jan 2018, 15:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

I've always thought it shows more pianistic control to be able to play very softly rather than loudly. When I got my new piano it was the quietness that it was capable of rather than its power that impressed me.
by Gill the Piano
04 Jan 2018, 15:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

A bit of discordant stuff is good for you (musical castor oil...) and as you say the more you play it the more you understand it. But I prefer stuff you can understand on first hearing - superficial, that's me!
by Gill the Piano
04 Jan 2018, 15:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Please help me what is this song??
Replies: 7
Views: 2047

Re: Please help me what is this song??

Teenagers absolutely adore Einaudi, and anything that makes a kid practise is a bonus!