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by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Oct 2013, 19:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?
Replies: 14
Views: 3665

Re: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?

Thanks chaps, I hope you are all doing well :) These days my sister and my wife (both pianists) are the frontline of the business. I sort of wait in the wings to help out with the bits that I'm best at. And when I'm not doing that I'm very busy down at the park making various animals out of wet sand...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
17 Oct 2013, 21:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?
Replies: 14
Views: 3665

Re: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?

We stand by our pianos and we have many happy customers :) When people ask us to price match the cheaper dealers we request that they visit both dealers first. At that point, the customer normally wants to buy from us. I've always found this to be a reassuring sign. To the original poster I would re...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
11 May 2012, 11:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3.. Where to buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 3696

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3.. Where to buy?

When customers sometimes ask me why I'm more expensive than some other dealers my reply is always to strongly recommend that they visit both dealers and they will get the answer they wanted. Always visit if you are confused about any differences in price, quality or service Failing that, at the very...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Apr 2012, 19:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A new or used piano up to £3k
Replies: 42
Views: 10302

Re: A new or used piano up to £3k

Very true. Make sure you have the option to reject the piano that arrives if it doesn't sounds right
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Apr 2012, 19:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A new or used piano up to £3k
Replies: 42
Views: 10302

Re: A new or used piano up to £3k

Great news. Well done to the dealer for looking after you so well :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
09 Apr 2012, 21:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: six foot grand options
Replies: 22
Views: 6087

Re: six foot grand options

You also asked about pricing. Tell both dealers your situation, you are considering 2 different pianos from 2 different source. Ask them to let you know their bottom line based on a full settlement within 7 days. Depending on their stock levels and cash flow situation you might get a fare bit of mov...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
05 Apr 2012, 12:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A new or used piano up to £3k
Replies: 42
Views: 10302

Re: A new or used piano up to £3k

I agree with mdw
If this was on my patch I'd be happy to take other piano along and let you compare both pianos in the same room, one at once before making a decision. I wouldn't even charge any delivery for that. All my efforts would be making sure you made the right decision for your needs.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Apr 2012, 15:34
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Rachmaninov - Prélude op 23 # 5
Replies: 2
Views: 1692

Re: Rachmaninov - Prélude op 23 # 5

I once conquered the first page of that piece. I've lost it now though of course. Apparently the rhythmic opening section comes from a time when machines large industrial machines were beginning to be used in factories. You can imagine a large machine when you hear the opening couple of lines can't ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Apr 2012, 18:52
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What are Bad Habits on a Piano ?
Replies: 14
Views: 4692

Re: What are Bad Habits on a Piano ?

Rushing the easy bits and playing slow through the hard bits. You'll soon find it impossible to play the whole piece at one steady speed if you do that.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Mar 2012, 14:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Upright Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1392

Re: Kemble Upright Piano

If you upload some photos of the inside and outside of your piano I'll take a stab at a rough valuation for you. For an accurate valuation pay a local tuner £30-£60 to inspect it and write a report for you.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Mar 2012, 14:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sticking hammer after tuning
Replies: 11
Views: 3032

Re: Sticking hammer after tuning

Don't take the bait Colin (easier said than done!)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Mar 2012, 14:42
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mignon Piano, Nicholson & Co
Replies: 3
Views: 2670

Re: Mignon Piano, Nicholson & Co

p.s. Bill please don't delete my post above. The OP mentioned the word "worth" which frees me up to talk about money
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Mar 2012, 14:41
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mignon Piano, Nicholson & Co
Replies: 3
Views: 2670

Re: Mignon Piano, Nicholson & Co

As to whether the individual piano is worth restoring, you would have to ask a technician to inspect it on the spot. However, it is safe to say that from a return-on-investment point of view, the vast majority of non-famous brand pianos are very much, absolutely, completely, undoubtedly NOT worth r...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Mar 2012, 14:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Good value piano removal - HELP!!
Replies: 12
Views: 4152

Re: Good value piano removal - HELP!!

For the past 3 or 4 years I've used www.pianospeed.com exclusively and can honestly say they are the most communicative, professional, efficient, polite, strong, experienced, committed piano movers I've ever come across. They all have university degrees and are very well spoken. Maybe that doesn't m...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Mar 2012, 14:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A new or used piano up to £3k
Replies: 42
Views: 10302

Re: A new or used piano up to £3k

I agree with Barrie that it's unlikely that the bass strings have been changed. I generally advise people to stay above 120cm in height so that you have a good chance of getting some good tone, resonance and nice bass presence due to the longer strings and larger soundboard. The Yamaha U series cert...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
13 Mar 2012, 20:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha 1970 Model - Is it a Bargain?
Replies: 6
Views: 2710

Re: Yamaha 1970 Model - Is it a Bargain?

Do what Colin says ASAP and then if everything is fine GET IT QUICK!!
However, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Feb 2012, 21:40
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Help with slurs etc
Replies: 3
Views: 2021

Re: Help with slurs etc

I've suffered a few slurs on here lately haha
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 Feb 2012, 21:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Did I have some posts of mine deleted?
Replies: 9
Views: 3999

Re: Did I have some posts of mine deleted?

Blind valuations are my forte :)
Has there ever been a court case anywhere on planet earth involving a blind valuation of a straight-strung over-damped Berry.

I'm not going to argue about this. I'll just carry on as I've never yet had an OP accuse me of being rude.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
25 Feb 2012, 21:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Did I have some posts of mine deleted?
Replies: 9
Views: 3999

Re: Did I have some posts of mine deleted?

Thanks chaps.
It could have been yes markymark.
But wherever it was, I only commented about value if it was relevant to the requests made by the OP.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 21:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Did I have some posts of mine deleted?
Replies: 9
Views: 3999

Did I have some posts of mine deleted?

I'm a forgetful sort of chap so perhaps I'm imagining things but have some of my posts been deleted lately?
I remember giving some advice about the very low value of some very poor quality pianos that were being asked about.

Cheers :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 02:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: collard & collard restoration
Replies: 14
Views: 3560

Re: collard & collard restoration

It's amazing how many wealthy families will buy 3 posh cars, a huge house, 4 posh annual holidays, a posh new kitchen etc etc BEFORE they will consider upgrading the house piano even though their kids are on grade 4 or 5.

Come on parents of the UK. Get your priorities in order!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 02:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pls help value my Offenbach Baby Grand
Replies: 10
Views: 3713

Re: Pls help value my Offenbach Baby Grand

Whilst checking ebay I found this offenbach for £200,000!!!

I'm amused by the left hand movement at the final couple of seconds of that video on ebay :roll: :shock: :?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 02:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Am I expecting too much from my piano Tuner?
Replies: 24
Views: 5258

Re: Am I expecting too much?

sussexpianos wrote:I have never been asked to vaucum a piano when I have turned up to tune, the customer does this while I am trying to work :evil:
Brilliant! :lol:
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 02:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Information needed...Please
Replies: 13
Views: 4154

Re: Information needed...Please

That is a great reply from Colin.
If you are looking for a valuation it is likely to be between £0 - £50

The big killer is the straight-strung and overdamper situation
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 02:38
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Arthur Day, piano maker/dealer
Replies: 6
Views: 4696

Re: Arthur Day, piano maker/dealer

If you do upload photos make sure you include some photos of the inside so that we can see the hammers and strings and stuff like that
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 02:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: collard & collard restoration
Replies: 14
Views: 3560

Re: collard & collard restoration

If you want your Son to learn piano you need to either get rid of this piano or buy an extra piano. It would be really nice to keep this piano because of its history but it will never ever EVER do any justice to your son learning on it. It may force him to quit due to the poor quality. Get a nice re...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Feb 2012, 02:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pls help value my Offenbach Baby Grand
Replies: 10
Views: 3713

Re: Pls help value my Offenbach Baby Grand

I agree with Colin and Joe.

Just take the original price paid, divide it by 4 or 5 and you've got your ebay price

Joe has got the private sale price about right.

I'll give £1000 if you email me at markgoodwinpianos@gmail.com

Whatever you decide to do, good luck :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
07 Feb 2012, 14:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: POLL: Future of the Piano Lounge
Replies: 11
Views: 3920

Re: POLL: Future of the Piano Lounge

If it was just called "The Lounge" it might attract more general chatter. The presence of the word "Piano" always makes me think you are still supposed to be talking about pianos in here. But yes, if it's just in here then maybe it's had it's day. Maybe forums have had their day. Facebook has really...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Feb 2012, 14:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Keys dont always play?
Replies: 16
Views: 4581

Re: Keys dont always play?

haha, you'll have to upload that middle C recording to youtube. It could go viral! The lesson to learn is if you can't afford a proper piano just yet, WAIT! Don't get a cheap one, don't get a free one, don't get one from freecycle, just WAIT and SAVE UP! I'd say spend an absolute minimum of £500 but...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Feb 2012, 14:08
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"
Replies: 25
Views: 24505

Re: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"

The wife would love one of those!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Feb 2012, 14:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Rubinstein? Yamaha? Serial number?
Replies: 36
Views: 17528

Re: Rubinstein? Yamaha? Serial number?

Based on zero research I'd take a wild stab in the dark and say that the piano has nothing to do with Yamaha but the dealer who originally sold it stuck their standard shop sticker on which they got from Yamaha because they were authorised Yamaha dealers.

I could be way off
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Feb 2012, 14:05
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: How does Kawai CE220 compare with Yamaha CLP440
Replies: 12
Views: 11739

Re: How does Kawai CE220 compare with Yamaha CLP440

The golden rule is: if you like it, buy it... ignore everyone else :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Feb 2012, 11:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Keys dont always play?
Replies: 16
Views: 4581

Re: Keys dont always play?

Excellent topic. Excellent input. Excellent sharing of info to help a forum member Well done chaps! But... I can't help but add that I'd love to hear a video/sound recording of this piano being played. It's a straight-strung (oh no!) overdamper (oh no oh no!!) so I just can't help but think that if ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Feb 2012, 11:16
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"
Replies: 25
Views: 24505

Re: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"

Loving that photo Colin!
what are the metal bars for underneath the bulbs do you think?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Feb 2012, 11:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Rubinstein? Yamaha? Serial number?
Replies: 36
Views: 17528

Re: Rubinstein? Yamaha? Serial number?

I've seen stickers like that. The phone number is sometimes different which makes me thing it is just the sticker from the original Yamaha dealer who sold the piano when it was brand new.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
01 Feb 2012, 18:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano to buy advice
Replies: 9
Views: 2412

Re: Piano to buy advice

Just a few points from me: - Don't dip below 120cm in height. If possible go for something 130cm or higher so that you get a nice rich sound that will rattle your rib cage (in a nice southing way) - Visit pianos. Then visit some other pianos. Then visit some other pianos elsewhere. When you find the...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
01 Feb 2012, 18:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Am I expecting too much from my piano Tuner?
Replies: 24
Views: 5258

Re: Am I expecting too much?

Colin/Gill, Many thanks for your coherent feed-back. Your comments noted. Great self-restraint shown there. There's no way I could have resisted biting back at Model V there :lol: Some customers expect more than others. Some folk would LIKE you to vacuum behind the bottom panel whereas other custom...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Jan 2012, 23:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley upright - process for sale ?
Replies: 8
Views: 3601

Re: Bentley upright - process for sale ?

£1 no reserve on ebay gets my vote :)
I used to list pianos worth £3000 for £1 no reserve and was never too upset at the results
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Jan 2012, 14:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New
Replies: 37
Views: 20655

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New

At the end of all the research you could possible do you only really need to conduct 2 tests before buying it: 1. Play it for 30 minutes and make sure you are in love with it. Don't settle for "this will do". Make sure you get one that grips you as you play it. You want to be able to "lose yourself"...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Dec 2011, 21:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2661

Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2011

All day, every day haha Neck deep in nappies. Little one is trying to do the old "roll over" trick 8ft to my right as we speak. She'll need to let go of that foot if she has any hope! I've been taking time out to join in with all the days out and shopping trips and injections and weighings and all o...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Dec 2011, 12:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 2661

Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2011

Merry Chrimbo one and all :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Nov 2011, 23:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Steinway grand. Bargain at £336,000
Replies: 4
Views: 2631

Steinway grand. Bargain at £336,000

We currently have a very rare one of a kind 1918 Steinway Model B art case piano available for the first time. This piano was commissioned with Steinway & Sons and Schmieg,Hungate & Kotzian art case piano artisans by world renowned aviator, oil baron, yachtsman, car racer and businessman Harry S. H...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Nov 2011, 11:20
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Superdingo91: interpretations !
Replies: 2
Views: 1471

Re: Superdingo91: interpretations !

I was listening to your "first compo"
It's a very good start I think. The challenge is to create an interesting left hand part so challenge yourself to mix that up a bit next time perhaps?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Nov 2011, 11:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha S6BB
Replies: 8
Views: 2588

Re: Yamaha S6BB

Poor quality spammer. You'd think they'd take more pride in their work than to just copy & paste from website. You can picture them in a room full of 50 other spammers working on cheap little webbooks in India with a boss man training them to copy & paste vaguely related text to forums all over the ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Nov 2011, 11:46
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP A PIANO PLAYER
Replies: 3
Views: 1412

Re: HELP A PIANO PLAYER

Muscle Museum was a big song for me back at uni 10 years ago. It hasn't translated very well to piano in my opinion and I'd find it very very difficult to learn the piece from looking at the rolling MIDI score, even with the keys highlighted like that. It's much better if people can just learn to re...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Nov 2011, 00:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: NORWICH PIANO TUNERS
Replies: 5
Views: 1799

Re: NORWICH PIANO TUNERS

Are there pianos in Norwich?
I heard they were still on harpsichords!! ;)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
24 Oct 2011, 22:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help choosing between these Yamaha Upright
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: Help choosing between these Yamaha Upright

mdw wrote:The Silent one if you live in an apartment simply to keep you on good terms with your neighbours.
My thoughts exactly.
Also it sounds like it has a known history which is always nice.
Take a technician to have it tuned and then BUY IT! :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Oct 2011, 22:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Get a Pro. How to choose a piano technician?
Replies: 2
Views: 1132

Re: Get a Pro. How to choose a piano technician?

A technician who is busy AND expensive is USUALLY a very good one.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Oct 2011, 10:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Pricing
Replies: 25
Views: 4587

Re: Piano Pricing

Yes many piano shops advertise a January sale. Whether the sale is genuine or not is another question