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by Ivan
05 Sep 2016, 23:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

Hello again, Well the piano technician has been today, done some regulation and tuned it, and I must say it sounds and feels even better than before :D One thing he looked at though was that the bottom key had a lot of lost motion in it. On investigation, it seemed like it wasn't sitting at the same...
by Ivan
11 Aug 2016, 20:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

If it tunes, LEAVE WELL ALONE!! Understood Colin :D I'll make sure there is a very convincing argument to do anything with it. To be fair, I think he was just pointing out that it looked like a hexacore (not a term I'd ever heard before) and he only used them for "emergencies". Anyway, I've been ha...
by Ivan
09 Aug 2016, 13:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

Funny you should say than Vernon — that's exactly what the piano tuner said! Finally got it back to my house yesterday evening, the tuner decided there wasn't much that needed doing and would be best to get it to its final destination :) Jeez, it was HEAVY!!! But back all safe and sound. He'll look ...
by Ivan
08 Aug 2016, 08:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

Hi Colin (and others), Thanks for pinpointing the exact year, nice to know that rather than just the decade :D I did take a couple of pictures of that newer string since it stuck out like a sore thumb! Looking back at them, I think it looks similar to its neighbours: NewStringTop.jpg Pity the damper...
by Ivan
04 Aug 2016, 21:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

Will do Vernon - plan is to collect it and then leave it with the technician to assess any immediate issues. This is what the pins look like close up - something I read said to "check for cracks in the plank around the pins" but that seems impossible with the brass plates :shock: TuningPinGroup1.jpg...
by Ivan
04 Aug 2016, 19:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

Hi Colin, I think the bridle tapes are indeed plastic from the way they looked. They were all a pretty even colour except the very first, on bottom A, which looked much whiter/newer: Tapes.jpg I guess if someone had gone to the effort they would probably have replaced all of them, although that firs...
by Ivan
03 Aug 2016, 13:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

I took lots of pictures :-) Here are a few for interests sake: The springs can be seen towards the back: image.jpeg I see what you mean about the dowels and curtain eyelets :-) image.jpeg Damper rail: image.jpeg Thanks for the points about the costs. Even though we're being given it, we do understan...
by Ivan
02 Aug 2016, 23:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Re: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

Hi, Thanks for the replies, some good points, particularly about it being over 120 years old - something that is easy to forget! Bridle tapes all appear intact. It is actually my mother-in-law's piano, who bought it in 2004. So we know it has been regularly tuned until quite recently, and it does st...
by Ivan
01 Aug 2016, 17:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers
Replies: 23
Views: 7719

Bluthner 1890s Upright Dampers

Hi, I'm new to this forum (and relatively new to piano playing!) but wanted to ask some advice. Me and my wife have been considering an acoustic piano (currently using a Clavinova). A family member has offered us her 1890s Bluthner upright. It's an overdamper, overstrung model. We both like the soun...