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by Gill the Piano
31 Jan 2018, 18:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 26
Views: 965

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 271

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 101
Views: 65000

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 325

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 325

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 305

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 26
Views: 965

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: 385

Re: Please help me what is this song??

Teenagers absolutely adore Einaudi, and anything that makes a kid practise is a bonus!
by Gill the Piano
03 Jan 2018, 18:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Please help me what is this song??
Replies: 7
Views: 385

Re: Please help me what is this song??

Re Einaudi, it depends on how long you intend to study it for; a week or so would be fine but any longer than that and I think you might tire of it. I shouldn't project my prejudices really - but to me it seems like 'I Like This Chord And I'm Going To Play it For Half An Hour'! :D
by Gill the Piano
02 Jan 2018, 17:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Choice of repertoire for performance at piano club

There is a series of books by the ABRSM called 'A Romantic Sketchbook For Piano' in the various grades, containing some nice pieces often used (or at least they WERE, but not sure if they still are) as alternatives to the syllabus pieces. I think a good music shop would have some you could look at. ...
by Gill the Piano
31 Dec 2017, 20:30
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Please help me what is this song??
Replies: 7
Views: 385

Re: Please help me what is this song??

It sounds a bit like the Argentinian tango composer Arturo Piazzolla. Too interesting to be Einaudi! :D
by Gill the Piano
27 Dec 2017, 16:18
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Beringer & Strohmenger
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Beringer Strohmenger

And it's number! And a punt of my own... :D Never heard of the Beringer prefix to Strohmenger before. Pleeeeeease?
by Gill the Piano
20 Dec 2017, 17:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Asbestos in piano
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Asbestos in piano

Stand corrected, sorry! Also look out for DDT in moth proofing paper strips, which I encountered once.
by Gill the Piano
18 Dec 2017, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Asbestos in piano
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Asbestos in piano

No; hammer felt is made of...felt! The worst you'll find is mothproofing stuff which has probably lost its efficacy years ago.
by Gill the Piano
07 Dec 2017, 18:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like

Well they both seem to be doing an awful lot of damage to international relations!
by Gill the Piano
07 Dec 2017, 13:54
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Beringer & Strohmenger
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Beringer & Strohmenger

Hello Bill, any idea of the age of this piano serial no 33537 please? Looks about 1910ish to me ... Ta!
by Gill the Piano
13 Nov 2017, 16:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Misheard lyrics from songs.
Replies: 161
Views: 34101

Re: Misheard lyrics from songs.

I can't help thinking the lyrics are 'I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone'.
by Gill the Piano
08 Nov 2017, 16:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?
Replies: 11
Views: 1069

Re: Looking for a newish upright. Bentleys reliable?

Also try Piano Gallery in Faringdon, Oxon; some good offers available there too.
by Gill the Piano
29 Sep 2017, 14:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Is my piano worth keeping
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Re: Is my piano worth keeping

All the things you mention can be fixed. Ask your tuner/tech for an estimate. Don't worry about the box, you don't play that, and the ivories can be either filed down (v.v.v.cheap), replaced (not so cheap) or the whole keyboard recovered with plastic/ivorine (most expensive option). If you have mone...
by Gill the Piano
28 Sep 2017, 13:49
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano ownership in Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 4776

Re: Piano ownership in Britain

I had 2 pints of Peroni in the Italian restaurant (Francesco's - the last non poncey restaurant left in Marlow) the other night. Just to be polite, you understand...
by Gill the Piano
23 Sep 2017, 16:02
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano ownership in Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 4776

Re: Piano ownership in Britain

Remember the 70s? Watney's Red Barrel and Double Diamond everywhere? That'd be one real ale pub for every million people then! I had to drink Guinneess at college as nowhere in the vicinity of the college did real ale. And I wasn't going to ask in the Blind Beggar in case the Krays still had feelers...
by Gill the Piano
12 Sep 2017, 15:07
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Improving a talent
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: Improving a talent

It's quite simple; you need a new teacher who will inspire you and encourage you. You have rushed through the grades and so haven't been allowed to develop a repertoire. Grades should be a by-product of learning the piano, not an aim in themselves, but many teachers either like the kudos of a young ...
by Gill the Piano
04 Sep 2017, 15:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Misheard lyrics from songs.
Replies: 161
Views: 34101

Re: Misheard lyrics from songs.

I always envisaged 'jelly choirs' in 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing'. I was quite disappointed when I learned to read and found the real words...
by Gill the Piano
01 Aug 2017, 18:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying an old piano, but don't know if I should or not
Replies: 1
Views: 3449

Re: Buying an old piano, but don't know if I should or not

Usually a decent enough beginner piano, but not as good as an overstrung underdamped instrument. Bear in mind delivery costs, tuning cost and it would be advisable to get the piano looked at by a tuner/tech first rather than pay removals and find out it's no good. Ask why it's being sold and if poss...
by Gill the Piano
25 Jun 2017, 12:37
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Squire & Longson #126359
Replies: 2
Views: 1065

Re: Request for information (Help)

I've moved your post to Piano History as Bill is the best chap to help you. Kemble were making pianos for Squire in the forties I think, perhaps earlier. Bill will probably know when Squire became Squire and Longson (or vice versa).
by Gill the Piano
13 Jun 2017, 18:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on used Kemble Classic
Replies: 9
Views: 5991

Re: Advice on used Kemble Classic

You can get a celeste rail (piece of felt on a rail which lowers between hammers and strings) retro fitted without too much trouble. You can get a proper piano which also plays digitally too - both Yamaha and Kawai make them, i think. Celeste rail would be far cheaper!
by Gill the Piano
04 Jun 2017, 14:11
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Harper & Eavestaff questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1518

Re: Two more questions

Thanks Bill - you're a wonder!
by Gill the Piano
03 Jun 2017, 20:02
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Harper & Eavestaff questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1518

Re: Two more questions

Sorry, should have said: Holloway London for the Harper, and the Eavestaff is a tall upright which looks 1920s (oval panel, no marquetry and no sconces/sconce holes).
by Gill the Piano
02 Jun 2017, 17:04
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Harper & Eavestaff questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1518

Harper & Eavestaff questions

A London built Harper, no 5099 and an Eavestaff number 71013. Can find nothing in Pierce's...can you help please, Bill?
by Gill the Piano
28 May 2017, 12:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: buy a KRAUSE OF 1910??
Replies: 1
Views: 4178

Re: buy a KRAUSE OF 1910??

You seem to have been careful, in asking your tuner, and well advised by him. Ultimately if it's structurally sound, you are aware of potential future restoration and you like it - and the price seems fair to you - then go for it. I like good quality older German instruments too and have tuned a few...
by Gill the Piano
25 May 2017, 15:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Is this a "spinet" piano?
Replies: 3
Views: 4985

Re: Is this a "spinet" piano?

The extra charge for tuning the 1930s Eavestaff is to cover osteopathy and counselling afterwards...
by Gill the Piano
25 May 2017, 15:23
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mystery!
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

Re: Mystery!

No, it was a cast cartouche like the C&C one on old Collards, or the one on Witton pianos, and it was definitely an S and an H.
by Gill the Piano
18 May 2017, 19:34
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mystery!
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

Re: Mystery!

No, the label was well rubbed. It may have begun with an E. Couldn't see any action numbers. Sorry! The spurious Collard stencil and the holes in the fall led me to believe that it had been doctored in WWI to conceal its German origins.
by Gill the Piano
18 May 2017, 17:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Is this a "spinet" piano?
Replies: 3
Views: 4985

Re: Is this a "spinet" piano?

We'd call it a mini piano - spinet is largely an american design, where the keyboard is 'supported' by two fairly spindly legs. However Kemble made something similar here. As to whether it will tune like an ordinary piano depends on whetre the tuning pins are. If they can be seen by opening the lid ...
by Gill the Piano
18 May 2017, 17:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mystery!
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

Mystery!

So today I tuned an overstrung overdamper which had been 'restored' (ahem) and had a 'Collard & Collard' stencil on the fall. However, there were 4 holes in the fall (where a name plate had been taken off) and on a cartouche cast into the frame, the letters S H, separated by a lyre. The action was m...
by Gill the Piano
17 May 2017, 16:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need help to determine grand piano price
Replies: 3
Views: 4728

Re: Need help to determine grand piano price

It's impossible to value a piano from a few pictures/video. Ask your regular tuner's opinion, or if you haven't had it tuned (naughty!) get a local tuner/tech in to tune and value it. S/he will know the local market for pianos like yours.
by Gill the Piano
16 May 2017, 15:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 6059

Re: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.

But you have to remember that buying a piano from a piano teacher can be like buying a second hand car from a taxi driver...!
by Gill the Piano
11 May 2017, 19:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 6059

Re: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.

Welmars and Squires and Kembles are worth looking at too.
by Gill the Piano
10 May 2017, 16:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 6059

Re: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.

I tuned a Knight three months back that hadn't been tuned for thirty years (!!!! :shock: ) and it came up a semitone to concert pitch with no broken strings and after a double tuning was holding surprisingly well. The Knights of that era are good solid reliable beasts - IF they have been looked afte...
by Gill the Piano
09 May 2017, 22:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.
Replies: 9
Views: 6059

Re: Newbie buying a piano. Advice please.

Ideally: overstrung, underdamped, iron frame (very few wooden framed ones left now though) and at concert pitch, with every note working. This still doesn't guarantee it will be worth having as some problems aren't immediately obvious. Might be worth asking your tuner whether s/he knows of anyone se...