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by genaa
03 Sep 2016, 13:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quick question regarding insurance costs when moving a piano
Replies: 2
Views: 4207

Quick question regarding insurance costs when moving a piano

Hi Folks, I'm looking at having my upright piano moved into storage briefly whilst some building works are undertaken. I obtained an initial quote from a well known company which included insurance to the value of £5k. When I provided further detail to suggest that the piano value was c. £20,000 on ...
by genaa
29 Apr 2009, 14:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Preparation of new pianos
Replies: 16
Views: 4183

Re: Preparation of new pianos

Isn't Ulrich the one with the earring ? (or should that be herring unless I am also floundering with my suggestion ;)
by genaa
17 Feb 2009, 19:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 or U3 Piano at £2200, too good to be true?
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Re: Yamaha U1 or U3 Piano at £2200, too good to be true?

have the piano inspected by a technician and if possible make sure you go and play it yourself as well... then you will know whether it's a good deal or not, and more importantly, whether you actually like it :)
by genaa
07 Feb 2009, 18:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on Yamaha Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 2821

Re: Advice on Yamaha Piano

I would have thought that for 12k you could expand the range of instruments you are looking at quite considerably.... play lots of all sorts would be my advice rather than deciding from the outset that it has to be one of two Yamaha models. They are nice pianos for sure, but there are lots of others...
by genaa
24 Jan 2009, 11:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Disappointment with out of tune Piano
Replies: 10
Views: 3647

Re: Disappointment with out of tune Piano

does anyone look forward to playing Einaudi?? :twisted:
by genaa
20 Jan 2009, 11:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help with very old Grand Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1448

Re: Need Help with very old Grand Piano

Hi Guga, Have a look inside the piano case and try and locate a serial number on either the cast iron plate or the soundboard. That is the easiest way to track the age of the instrument. I would suggest you post this thread in the piano history section of these forums as well. Bill Kibby is pretty a...
by genaa
19 Jan 2009, 17:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: what make do you recommend ?
Replies: 20
Views: 6538

Re: what make do you recommend ?

The Kawai RX2 gets some very nice reviews in various places and might be something to consider.... Not sure whether you could pick one up for your budget limit though - but well worth looking at that and the larger RX3 in secondhand listings too perhaps?
by genaa
17 Jan 2009, 13:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: what is baby grand piano??
Replies: 3
Views: 1625

Re: what is baby grand piano??

the term baby grand refers to pianos under 5ft in length although it is often used to describe any sub-6ft piano....
by genaa
16 Jan 2009, 09:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Look
Replies: 7
Views: 3576

Re: New Look

Yup looks good:) thumbs up!
by genaa
07 Jan 2009, 20:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Feurich Leipzig upright piano
Replies: 11
Views: 5142

have a piano technician check out the piano and advise as to its quality and condition - the small sum this will cost may save you much more in the long run!
by genaa
10 Dec 2008, 23:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My First Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 5049

you could also consider renting a piano, preferably a model you are considering purchasing as that will give you ample time to test drive it and hopefully offset some of the rental fee against purchase price should you proceed to buying..... just a further thought :)
by genaa
06 Dec 2008, 11:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sauter Sound
Replies: 17
Views: 8370

all sounding very good :) not quite sure the cotton mill blues is 'up my street' but interesting nevertheless.... am now thinking of getting some kind of digital recorder myself but am torn as to what to look at... would welcome feedback on machines such as the zoom H4 and H2, the Edirol R09 and the...
by genaa
02 Dec 2008, 20:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new arrival almost here now....
Replies: 15
Views: 4223

Crispin, Will hopefully post some recordings soon - a friend of mine from the local pub is a music tech student and has reasonable experience of recording piano and other acoustic instruments - I believe he is in the process of purchasing some new kit so will get him around when possible and ask him...
by genaa
30 Nov 2008, 14:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new arrival almost here now....
Replies: 15
Views: 4223

hehe to paraphrase the loony gun-toting lobby...you can take my Sauter "from my cold, dead hands!" and not a second before :)

am hoping to get some recordings done shortly - a friend has some decent kit
by genaa
19 Nov 2008, 20:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new arrival almost here now....
Replies: 15
Views: 4223

would love to hear your feedback on the Sauter factory. I was going to visit prior to ordering my piano but time and money constraints got in the way sadly. I do hope to visit in future though.
by genaa
19 Nov 2008, 10:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new arrival almost here now....
Replies: 15
Views: 4223

a few more pics and descriptions of the new piano are posted here: http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/1/24587.html I put these up as the Sauter pianos seem relatively unknown and I thought it would be useful for those interested to get a better idea of build quality etc. This is...
by genaa
18 Nov 2008, 12:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano String Material
Replies: 18
Views: 5438

swg stands for 'Standard Wire Gauge' and is a reference measurement in the UK and USA. It might be worth talking to some piano-techs with extensive stringing experience with a manufacturer for their views on particular material merits. The dealers I just bought my piano from (Headingley in Leeds) is...
by genaa
17 Nov 2008, 15:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new arrival almost here now....
Replies: 15
Views: 4223

arrives tomorrow - can hardly wait!
by genaa
16 Nov 2008, 13:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Prestigious London-based piano makes
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

as promised - some pics of the John Austin stool I ordered. The build quality seems extremely good - it's a very solid piece of furniture and should hopefully last a lifetime :) http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/5539/pianostool001vl5.jpg http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/6165/pianostool002nq0.jpg ...
by genaa
16 Nov 2008, 11:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new arrival almost here now....
Replies: 15
Views: 4223

new arrival almost here now....

Hi Folks,

Went to see my new piano at the dealers last week - only 2 more sleeps until he/she comes to live with me :)

Thought you might like a quick pic!

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by genaa
10 Nov 2008, 11:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me spend 25k on a grand for my school
Replies: 45
Views: 9558

not sure about relative pricings but consider looking also at: Grotrians, Sauters, Shigeru Kawai, Estonia, all of which make some extremely high quality instruments. The Shigeru Kawai will certainly give the S6 a run for its money I would have thought at a similar price point, the others are likely ...
by genaa
08 Nov 2008, 15:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 6974

lovely piano you have there :) I know what you mean about waiting hehe ....
by genaa
08 Nov 2008, 11:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What a complete and utter twallock
Replies: 49
Views: 13788

you need to enclose a link between a [.url] and [./url] code (with the fullstops taken out)
by genaa
08 Nov 2008, 11:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Do You Get With A New Piano?
Replies: 32
Views: 6597

lovely looking piano :)
by genaa
07 Nov 2008, 18:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What a complete and utter twallock
Replies: 49
Views: 13788

reminds me of that Verve song "the drugs don't work"......................(nor, it appears, does care in the community for that matter!)
by genaa
07 Nov 2008, 08:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Do You Get With A New Piano?
Replies: 32
Views: 6597

pics of piano and teddy bear (when it arrives!) please :)
by genaa
06 Nov 2008, 20:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: BBC 4 Christopher Nupen documentary films
Replies: 2
Views: 1595

Phew - got the answer courtesy of the Pianoworld forumites - its Beethoven Bagatelle Op 126 no 4 :)


now to get some sheet music and begin despairing again hehe
by genaa
04 Nov 2008, 23:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Do You Get With A New Piano?
Replies: 32
Views: 6597

I understand what you mean about expecting something more than just the piano... but then to use your analogy of something brand new from a shop etc... I would be extremely wary of ever buying a new piano in a box... in fact.. I am happier knowing that someone has already taken my 'new' instrument t...
by genaa
04 Nov 2008, 22:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Do You Get With A New Piano?
Replies: 32
Views: 6597

placement around 4in to 6inches away from a wall will improve the sound somewhat, as will placing at a slight angle as both allow the sound out from the back of the soundboard somewhat better. Dusting - long straight line in one direction then fold cloth over before another long straight line - don'...
by genaa
04 Nov 2008, 18:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: THOMANN PIANOS
Replies: 5
Views: 2706

I remember reading somewhere that Thomann had purchased a lot of instruments following a repossession/liquidation sale and that this may be why they have a range of instruments at seemingly low prices. Wary of bargain hunting I would be extremely cautious of purchasing a piano from an internet retai...
by genaa
01 Nov 2008, 18:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: BBC 4 Christopher Nupen documentary films
Replies: 2
Views: 1595

BBC 4 Christopher Nupen documentary films

Hi Folks, Don't know if any of you caught the recent BBC4 films by Christopher Nupen on famous pianists...they showed his 1970 'Ashkenazy' on 17 October and Evegeny Kissin on 24 Oct - might still be available on iPlayer... there is also the new film on Karim Said coming on 14 November, 7.30pm BBC4. ...
by genaa
01 Nov 2008, 10:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: To B or not to B.
Replies: 14
Views: 6008

Might also be worth looking at the Shigeru Kawai range for that kind of money as well.....
by genaa
01 Nov 2008, 10:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Type of wood used for hammer heads - is it important?
Replies: 6
Views: 2709

As others have said I think the culmination of a series of small differences is what creates a range of pianos and therefore the ability to market 'the next one up' - otherwise piano manufacture would be little more than a race to the bottom, with all instruments having exactly the same spec and the...
by genaa
26 Oct 2008, 09:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K3 or Yamaha B3
Replies: 7
Views: 6528

K3 over a B3 any day. As for differences between K3 and U1, I think both are fine pianos, the U1 is far better known because unlike Kawai, Yamaha don't seem to feel the need to completely reinvent their model number system so regularly. the K3 is part of the relatively new K series, redesigned from ...
by genaa
25 Oct 2008, 13:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinmann Pianos?
Replies: 5
Views: 4204

Is it a Wilh. Steinmann? If so, a google search and search of these forums should bring up a fair bit of info on this manufacturer.
by genaa
24 Oct 2008, 07:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Prestigious London-based piano makes
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

that price is for the small concert stool. the large concert stool is £550.00 before additions for finish etc :(

If you want a really large selection of stools to peruse have a look HERE as a starting point :)
by genaa
22 Oct 2008, 22:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright or baby grand ?
Replies: 36
Views: 9709

hehe the term 'baby' is extremely misleading. To some folks it means anything less than 5 ft - whilst to others it seems to mean anything less than a 9ft concert grand! At the end of the day I guess you have to play a range of instruments within your size and financial constraints and pick the one y...
by genaa
22 Oct 2008, 22:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Prestigious London-based piano makes
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

sizes for the large john austin are as follows: L 59cm W 46cm H 48-58cm The large are available with tapered or spade-toe or turned legs, with spade-toe and tapered being cross-braced. The small stools are the same but are only 41cm wide and only available in tapered leg (with cross-bracing). Both s...
by genaa
21 Oct 2008, 14:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Prestigious London-based piano makes
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

hiya, delivery estimate on the letter says 'upto 9 weeks' but they assured me on the phone it won't take that long. There is some delay as they need to get the upholstery done at a separate place apparently. As pianoguy says they are not cheap - but will last a lifetime, in fact I think that John Au...
by genaa
20 Oct 2008, 10:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Model A
Replies: 57
Views: 15573

Nice one! Post some pics and a sample if you can!
by genaa
20 Oct 2008, 10:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Prestigious London-based piano makes
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

delete double post.
by genaa
20 Oct 2008, 10:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Prestigious London-based piano makes
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

I have just ordered a John Austin Small Concert Stool so will post some pics if you like once it has arrived...... not cheap but they are still made in Banbury I believe.
by genaa
13 Oct 2008, 08:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Get Your Copy of 'Piano and Keyboard' in The Guardian
Replies: 31
Views: 6088

Think I will stick to the tried and trusted advice from this and other forums when contemplating my next piano purchase..... who knows I may even listen to Pianoguy too, and stay away from all those bad investments :P ;) At first I was annoyed at myself at having missed these two supplements, but in...
by genaa
09 Oct 2008, 22:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: F.ZELLER
Replies: 7
Views: 2745

The Kembles (any of the ones you mention) are far nicer instruments than a random-named 'stencil' piano. Kembles have good pedigree and share much 'dna' with Yamaha instruments (albeit with a typically mellower tone). Good action, good tone, and very reasonably priced quality instrument - would get ...
by genaa
01 Oct 2008, 18:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed buying a piano
Replies: 10
Views: 3369

hehe there is an epic piano delivery thread on the piano-forum pages where a chap in Singapore had his lovely new Sauter grand delivered by three men barefoot - who then carried the 6 footer up 24 stories of steps to his apartment :) that is what I call good service!!
by genaa
28 Sep 2008, 15:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Model A
Replies: 57
Views: 15573

hehe whilst I can happily agree that the Bluthner A is a lovely piano, I simply cannot agree that there is a huge gulf between the 4 makers you name and 'the rest'. I think that comment does a huge disservice to some extremely well regarded instrument makers, many of whom are only less well known as...
by genaa
27 Sep 2008, 18:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Model A
Replies: 57
Views: 15573

Congrats on a gorgeous piano :)
by genaa
26 Sep 2008, 20:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Model A
Replies: 57
Views: 15573

hehe cheers Piano Guy. If it makes you feel better I had the pleasure of playing a couple of SU7's last time I was looking for a piano, and also the SU118, and I thought both were superb - its a beautiful action for sure :) Oh - and the Sauter I am waiting for has a custom burl walnut veneered key r...
by genaa
26 Sep 2008, 17:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Model A
Replies: 57
Views: 15573

Hi Andyeola, Second what you say about the Steingraeber's... I did not get to play a 130, played a 122 at Markson's which was superb and the 138 which just felt like an absolute monster - a really dark beast of a bass hehe. Not seen a Concert 8 , though they were effectively double my price range in...
by genaa
26 Sep 2008, 09:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Model A
Replies: 57
Views: 15573

hehe up to your usual visceral standards Piano-guy :) though i might refrain from feeling overly chastised since last time I looked, Bluthner, Bosendorfer, Bechstein and Steinway weren't going out of their way to demonstrate the down-to-earth fundamentals of using recyclable materials of lowest poss...