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by Len
23 Jun 2008, 15:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Recording pianos
Replies: 9
Views: 4504

Forgot to add that the Kawai PR-1 CD piano recorder sounds like a complete waste of time to me compared to the hand held recorders where you simply transfer the audio into your computer, edit if necessary and burn a CD. Nor have I ever heard of any recording engineer using the Kawai thingy. Not that...
by Len
23 Jun 2008, 15:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Recording pianos
Replies: 9
Views: 4504

If it is just the piano you are recording then my recommendation would be to get a hand held like the Sony PCM-D50, Olympus LS-10 or the Zoom units mentioned, but then get a good stereo mic like the Rode NT4 to use with it, as the internal mics then not to be as good as dedicated mics. The NT4 is gr...
by Len
09 May 2008, 18:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sustain pedal noise in grand piano
Replies: 8
Views: 3778

Many thanks Barrie. I'll let the piano settle in. You are right, I need to just watch my piano pedaling technique. I have only been able to play digital pianos for many many years - this is my first acoustic piano in about 15 years!!!!! So you can imagine these things stand out. But I can tell you t...
by Len
09 May 2008, 16:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sustain pedal noise in grand piano
Replies: 8
Views: 3778

Sustain pedal noise in grand piano

I have just bought a Kawai RX-1 and love it (and thanks to all here for opinions etc when I was looking for the piano). This is my first grand piano, however, and I am wondering if I should be bothered by the following. Essentially, I can hear the sustain pedal at work: 1. When I press on the pedal ...
by Len
30 Apr 2008, 11:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: looking at small grands
Replies: 7
Views: 3614

I went through this exercise some months back, and tried all the Yamahas in question. Ended up with a Kawai RX-1 and could not be happier. A most beautiful tone it produces.
by Len
05 Mar 2008, 19:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Peter Smith & Sons Pianos?
Replies: 6
Views: 3067

Haha - very funny Barrie. Its a newly renovated living room and so I want to put up the wall shelves before having my precious new piano in there - in case I end up, oh, say dropping a hammer on the piano :D

I feel like Christmas is coming in a coupla' weeks. :D
by Len
05 Mar 2008, 13:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Peter Smith & Sons Pianos?
Replies: 6
Views: 3067

Thanks Grenache - it is always good to hear from someone who has been to the physical premises. I have heard from Kawai that they are an "elite" dealer for Kawai so that is helpful too. At least I know I won't get a dodgy warranty. I have just placed a deposit for an RX-1 today. GULP :lol: I cannot ...
by Len
04 Mar 2008, 13:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Peter Smith & Sons Pianos?
Replies: 6
Views: 3067

Peter Smith & Sons Pianos?

Hi all, After the saga of trying out many small grands (see http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?t=5342&highlight=kawai+rx1+nsg); I am considering ordering the Kawai RX-1. One dealer that does a good price on it is Peter Smith & Sons Pianos, based in Scotland (www.petersmithpianos.co.u...
by Len
22 Jan 2008, 12:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C1/Yamaha GC-1/Kawai RX-1/Samick NSG/Boston, etc
Replies: 4
Views: 4215

The Kemble grands that I know of are all too big, so I did not.

I think its going to be Yamaha C1 for me, in the end...
by Len
16 Jan 2008, 21:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C1/Yamaha GC-1/Kawai RX-1/Samick NSG/Boston, etc
Replies: 4
Views: 4215

Yamaha C1/Yamaha GC-1/Kawai RX-1/Samick NSG/Boston, etc

My search for the "perfect" small grand piano in London at around the £10,000 or mark led me to try the above pianos. I thought I would post some thoughts here - I would be interested if you all have similar thoughts. First and foremost, I am not a classical pianist. I play for myself, light j...
by Len
05 Jan 2008, 16:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai RX-2 vs Yamaha C2
Replies: 22
Views: 16305

Hi - thanks; I figured that was it. This morning I got the chance to try out the Kawai RX-1 and RX-2 and know what you mean. The upper register of the Kawai is more mellow/smooth than the Yamaha C1 and C2, although not too significantly so. The Millenium III action was also very attractive in feel, ...
by Len
04 Jan 2008, 12:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai RX-2 vs Yamaha C2
Replies: 22
Views: 16305

I must have worked on dozens of Yamaha C series grands over the years. They are popular for a reason - great build quality, excellent reliability and a powerful sound all suit them to use in institutional and professional settings. There isn't much wrong with them, except perhaps, a sound that is n...
by Len
24 Jul 2007, 11:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha A1L
Replies: 10
Views: 4251

Their shop price are not the same as their internet prices they do point this out on the site, you should try before you buy This really is so important Len! Try to play the very same piano that you will take delivery of. Not a similar model, but the exact one. All pianos vary. Discount dealers oft...
by Len
19 Jul 2007, 13:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha A1L
Replies: 10
Views: 4251

Interesting - I guess the GC1 is larger than the A1L so would have better bass. I will be trying them both soon - can't wait. Chamberlains is selling the GC1 for £6,999 (the black model) which seems like the best deal at the minute. The Samick/Reid-Sohn 158cm model is going for £6,500. W...
by Len
18 Jul 2007, 10:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha A1L
Replies: 10
Views: 4251

Thanks for the replies. I will certainly try them both side by side. The GC1 does look like a good buy but I do have space considerations, living in London. Barrie, would you happen to know a suitable tuner in London (I live in north London) to tune the GC1 in the manner described? Thanks again - wh...
by Len
17 Jul 2007, 21:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha A1L
Replies: 10
Views: 4251

Yamaha A1L

Hi all

I did a search but could not find anyone discussing this piano (its more or less in the price range I am looking at - around GBP7,500). Does anyone know the difference between the A1L and, say, a GB1 or GC1?

Thanks!

Len
by Len
17 Jul 2007, 16:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Samick/Reid-Sohn NSG Pianos - Where in London?
Replies: 5
Views: 3284

I have since found out that J.Reid pianos has the model I am after (158cm grand); I shall be paying them a visit soon and will report back to you call. Thanks for all your help! I might go and try out the Irmler grand at the Bluthner showroom in London too, although I have heard the Irmler is not gr...
by Len
16 Jul 2007, 19:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Samick/Reid-Sohn NSG Pianos - Where in London?
Replies: 5
Views: 3284

Ah - so that is where the "Reid" bit of the name came in! Thanks so much for that - I have e-mailed them to check it out (and I'm not far from Tottenham either).

And thanks for the kind comments about my music :D

Len
by Len
16 Jul 2007, 17:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Samick/Reid-Sohn NSG Pianos - Where in London?
Replies: 5
Views: 3284

Samick/Reid-Sohn NSG Pianos - Where in London?

Hi there - first post here so please be kind. :) I'm about to buy a small grand piano and have read a couple of posts here about how great the Samick/Reid-Sohn NSG Pianos are. Would anyone happen to know any piano dealer in London that might have them in a showroom to try out? This will be my first ...