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by Barrie Heaton
12 May 2014, 20:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacement ivory key tops
Replies: 4
Views: 2859

Re: Replacement ivory key tops

I tend to look at cheap pianos for sale or pianos that I have commended I offer them £30.00 for a good set of keys. Your local piano removals may be a good source as they take old pianos to the tip


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Apr 2014, 18:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to remove a light scratch on a polyester finish
Replies: 6
Views: 4272

Re: How to remove a light scratch on a polyester finish

For fine scratches all you need is a good wool buffing mop, patience, and some White Diamond car polish then normal polish. I have used that on Grand lids in shops to take out fine scratches works like a dream. The White diamond has aluminium flakes that buff out the scratches For moderate to deep y...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Apr 2014, 22:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I applied wd-40 to the piano
Replies: 9
Views: 4531

Re: I applied wd-40 to the piano

For me 2 options

1) Box of Swan vestas matches... 5th November

2) De-pin keep old Bass strings if pos, ream holes out, fill with epoxy, re drill for 0/0 pins put in 2/0 pins and restring works well, pins are a tad clicky but piano is now tunable and stable.



Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
06 Apr 2014, 12:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano, New issues.
Replies: 7
Views: 3604

Re: New piano, New issues.

Gill has already told you its a shop problem their cost, not yours. But be pre warned they may send a tuner in who will just adjust the pedals so the dampers pick up sooner this will sort the problem of the none sustaining notes However, sounds like your dampers are not picking up in unison, so make...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Mar 2014, 09:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Moving house
Replies: 2
Views: 1877

Re: Moving house

Am getting married soon but will be starting to move my personal belongings into what will be our marital home. The piano will be one of those things which is why I am posting now. How long should you give a piano to acclimatise to its new surrounding before getting it tuned and/or serviced? Congra...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Mar 2014, 17:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Barratt & Robinson
Replies: 3
Views: 2840

Re: Barratt & Robinson

I have never tuned a Barratt & Robinson Grand, tuned many of their uprights

So they are not common in the Northwest of England

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
10 Mar 2014, 21:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway Grand Decals
Replies: 5
Views: 2489

Re: Steinway Grand Decals

Gmac1 wrote:Thanks Barrie,

Is it possible to buy such things if you are a non-trade customer?

Graham
If you ask nicely yes ... but it has to be a male on the other end of the phone

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
09 Mar 2014, 13:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway Grand Decals
Replies: 5
Views: 2489

Re: Steinway Grand Decals

Most of the UK supply houses in the UK can get them see links to the left piano parts also have you tried S&S London

S&S will charge you a premium price

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Feb 2014, 13:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dummies guide to Bechstein
Replies: 3
Views: 2240

Re: Dummies guide to Bechstein

Please can someone enlighten me on the world of the Bechstein grand piano? What is the difference between, say, model A and model B? Are they a good buy? Are there certain eras of manufacture when they were particularly good or bad? I seem to be fixated on them, especially the older ones! Manly siz...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Jan 2014, 20:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Made
Replies: 6
Views: 3631

Re: Yamaha P121 Made

We rented one for a couple of years whilst living in a small house that couldn't accommodate our C3. My wife taught on it for several hours a week and I did a lot of practice. All in all a very capable little piano - not a U1, but for what it cost to rent it did the job. MV. Edit: seemed similar to...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Jan 2014, 21:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Made
Replies: 6
Views: 3631

Re: Yamaha P121 Made

markymark wrote:How does the P121N relate just out of interest?
They are Yamaha Model prefixes we are now on P121M
Just like the Grands C1 then C1m then C1L now its C1X

When they make small changes they add a new Letter

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jan 2014, 22:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Made
Replies: 6
Views: 3631

Re: Yamaha P121 Made

P121 where indeed made in the UK at Kembles until they closed in 2009 production was moved to Indonesia. The wood for the soundboard and case was European and so was the bass strings the rest was from Japan. Not sure now that they are made in Indonesia where the parts come form the action, frame and...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jan 2014, 20:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pianos that made for EU weather
Replies: 7
Views: 3187

Re: Pianos that made for EU weather

pianos with S/numbers starting with 4 and up are taken down to accommodate EU and North American heating systems Can I ask did you mean s/numbers from 1966 onward? http://usa.yamaha.com/support/finding_age_of_yamaha_piano/ e.g. 1966 - 489000? Sorry I should have said number Starting 4 Million c1985...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Jan 2014, 23:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: need some info on restringing a paino
Replies: 4
Views: 2194

Re: need some info on restringing a paino

I have done some major restoration work on an old John Strohmneger and Sons baby grand piano, I removed all the strings without recording the string sizes. I need to order new strings. Does anyone have any information on the strings that might have been used so I can restring this piano? The serial...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Jan 2014, 21:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pianos that made for EU weather
Replies: 7
Views: 3187

Re: Pianos that made for EU weather

Hi I originally planned to buy a reconditioned Yamaha piano, but after reading this from Yamaha official website, I'm not sure whether it's the right thing to do as Yamaha reconditioned piano are made in Japan to suit its local weather. http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/ContentDetail/Text_WithCat...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Jan 2014, 20:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Toyo Made Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 2986

Re: Toyo Made Piano

Hi all. I was wondering if anyone had any views or advice on purchasing a second hand Toyo piano. I am looking at a Toyo made "Fritz Kuhla" badged piano. The seller says it is about 20 years old, and that it was fully restored at 10 years old. This seems a bit odd to me. Is it possible a piano woul...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Jan 2014, 16:54
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam vernmike@yahoo.com
Replies: 0
Views: 2131

inteernet scam vernmike@yahoo.com

Vern Mike has sent the following message to you: -------------------- I am interested in buying your Schimmel M108 upright piano and would like to receive additional information about it, such as present condition, last asking price and pics if available, i will like to pay with PayPal. Here's my em...
by Barrie Heaton
07 Jan 2014, 22:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: BBC Radio 4 - Piano Pilgrimage, Episode 1
Replies: 0
Views: 1465

BBC Radio 4 - Piano Pilgrimage, Episode 1

Below is a link to the radio 4 program [BBC Radio 4 - Piano Pilgrimage,
Episode 1] It is well worth a listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nrlyg

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jan 2014, 00:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha MJ5 advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 2703

Re: Yamaha MJ5 advice needed

The MJ5 was made in Japan c1970 + manly in Teak was replaced by the P115 made in the uk they are 114 in height nice pianos if in Good order
The usual problems Bass strings and loops of pianos of that age from Yamaha get a tuner to look at it

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Dec 2013, 12:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: room damping
Replies: 2
Views: 1454

Re: room damping

the are the acoustic wall panels that recoding studios use very effective but most are tad ugly for a home We used this sort of stuff in my wifes recording both "Scan S-WDG45 Acoustic Foam Wedge Tiles". Very effective at killing sound going out and coming in but not something I would want on the liv...
by Barrie Heaton
19 Dec 2013, 21:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Withindale wrote:A compressor. I suspect you might get through quite a few cans but maybe a puff is all you need.
an Old BA unit frm the fire service may be an option just replace the demand vale for a standard one I will ask my driver as he use to be a fire man

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
18 Dec 2013, 23:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

On the basis that it might disturb some dust I gave the bass strings a good bang with the palm of my hand and, while they were still vibrating, went up and down each one with the compressed air nozzle. Result: evenness across the keyboard, greater dynamic range and sustain, and more life in the bas...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Dec 2013, 20:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Rebuilding
Replies: 5
Views: 2628

Re: Piano Rebuilding

Cost and reliability if you restore a piano and it goes in dry environment very common theses days you can end up with lose tuning pin and have to repin or replace the plank so better to replace for the start regardless as most give a 5 year Garra I use to and also... the knock on effect Mr Smith d...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Dec 2013, 21:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Clean outs DO improve the resonance of strings, on a similar note,[pardon the pun] that's why percussionists polish cymbals! Never use any liquid cleaning agent/metal polish on your Bass strings, unless you want an expensive to replace set of 'Dead' strings! Harking back to the past Veron may still...
by Barrie Heaton
09 Dec 2013, 21:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

to much on at the moment Barrie Do you mean you're coming home to four messages all wanting pianos tuned 'any time in the next week' and returning the call to their utter amazement that you are fully booked? If so...SNAP! Yip + the ones that come in on the mobile and emails I do keep a few slots op...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Dec 2013, 00:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Barrie dump nothing! Send them to me and I'll pay the carriage. We used to use a cupped rod against the wrest pin and then use a leather strap, armed with oily pumice to clean coils. For goodness sake, I've still got a vellum saw and sets of vellums! Remind me in jan and I will make you up a parcel...
by Barrie Heaton
06 Dec 2013, 20:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

vernon wrote:we still use them
I may still have a bucket full of the house pipes in the workshop did a clean out a few moths ago and duped loads of stuff not sure if that was one of the thing I go rid of if I still have do you want them


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Dec 2013, 22:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Back in the 80s we use to use string blocks and compressed air house in a drill to clean the coils round the pins. These string blocks where s bit like hard penile rubbers They clean and shine the string but are not to abrasive to scratch it. but pit lots of bits on the soundboard which had to be re...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Dec 2013, 20:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Sound is knackered on my pooter; is the soundboard sweepy thing connected to a hoover or on its own? Na.. its a piece of plastic 35 mm wide and a meter long with a micro fiber sleeve that can be washed. It is good but pricey, also the Sperlock one a OK but they get nasty after a wile and can't be c...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Dec 2013, 12:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6083

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

There was a suggestion the other day in another forum that wiping the strings of a concert grand increases its volume. Hoots of derision followed, but I'm sure it's true. A soft leather shammy can work wonders on the steels However, don't rub the Bass strings flick them with a feather duster As to ...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Dec 2013, 22:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have sold my Brodmann 187
Replies: 7
Views: 2721

Re: I have sold my Brodmann 187

. Of course, one day I would like to buy a Bluthner Model 1, but even with their ex-hire piano costing a very reasonable £59,000, it's just not possible. Nor do I have the space for the piano or the sound of it! Perhaps one day, when I have my imperial palace in the St Petersburg countryside I can ...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Dec 2013, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have sold my Brodmann 187
Replies: 7
Views: 2721

Re: I have sold my Brodmann 187

I just thought I'd let you know that I have sold my Brodmann 187 for the price I paid for it originally, minus the servicing I put it through. Not many items can you get the use of and then get the purchase price back show what a good job the Tuner did in fixing it or your sales pater :D enjoy the ...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Nov 2013, 23:14
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam gary.hamel2013@gmail.com
Replies: 0
Views: 1829

inteernet scam gary.hamel2013@gmail.com

gary has sent the following message to you: -------------------- Good day, I'm Interested in buying your advertised {Piano} Well,I have seen the advert and I think I'll like to contact the seller before I can Proceed.So i want you to email me some recent pics of it and also i want you to get back to...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Nov 2013, 18:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A real problem for the pro's!
Replies: 9
Views: 3629

Re: A real problem for the pro's!

Pleased that is worked out well for you all good fun! Can't understand why they do not not re weight the keys in the first place

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
27 Nov 2013, 10:36
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam johnsonsmith598@yahoo.de
Replies: 0
Views: 1953

inteernet scam johnsonsmith598@yahoo.de

johnson has sent the following message to you: -------------------- Hello, my name is Johnson Smith ,i am interested in buying your piano  so i will like to know the price and also like to see pics,so if you are willing to sell it to me So i will be looking forward to your mail back ASAP.thanks. Bes...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Nov 2013, 00:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 9313

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

Am I getting the wrong end of the stick here? The Railsback curve shows bass notes being flattened. When using the 6th partial won't they be flattened more (i.e. lower tension) than when using the 2nd? That is using an ETD which has to stretch from the theoretical to make it sound in tune the ear wi...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Nov 2013, 00:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 9313

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

then you may get a bang Then you will have to upskill on how to replace strings Barrie I've been lucky so far! :roll: Going very slowly and carefully. I had a scary moment when I started turning the wrong pin on one of the bass strings, by the time I realised my mistake I was more than a semitone s...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Nov 2013, 20:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 9313

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

Thing is, this TuneLab program automatically selects to tune in the bass using upper partials, even going as high as the 6th, unless you tell it otherwise. Would I get a better sound - to my ears at least - if I configured it to use fundamentals as low as possible ? Not all the way down to A1, but ...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Nov 2013, 20:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 9313

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

Is this perhaps because my mic doesn't have a low enough frequency response, do I need a better mic? Or a better sound card? Or can I continue setting up the tuning curve based on these upper partials only? No your problem will be "an ancient Viennese upright (dated from about 1895 )" ETD don't cop...
by Barrie Heaton
30 Oct 2013, 20:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 9313

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

the one for the iphone is £199.00


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
30 Oct 2013, 19:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Anti-virus detection on this site - false positive?
Replies: 1
Views: 2268

Re: Anti-virus detection on this site - false positive?

Hi Pete

We have the cookie reminder on that page which is 3rd party that some time trigers AV as it is a pop up with the wo4rds

This website uses cookies.
You may choose to block non-essential and unknown cookies.

its the EEC crap we have to comply with



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by Barrie Heaton
30 Oct 2013, 19:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A real problem for the pro's!
Replies: 9
Views: 3629

Re: A real problem for the pro's!

Thanks for your advice Barrie,I'll certainly implement it! you know you can have done this job for over 37 years and still find new things when you go trouble shooting! How might I contact Mr Fry if I need to, is he also on the forum? He is but has an Alias his website and contact details David Fry...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Oct 2013, 19:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A real problem for the pro's!
Replies: 9
Views: 3629

Re: A real problem for the pro's!

For me the next step would to measure the up and down weights with the dampers off if the down weight is say 50g and the up is only 9g you need to lose some of the lead in the keys. A simple test would be to add a lead weight just behind the dolly on a few keys see if that improve it Renner use to a...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Oct 2013, 23:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A real problem for the pro's!
Replies: 9
Views: 3629

Re: A real problem for the pro's!

Try moving one key dolly {P} forward 2mm see if that improves Normally the dolly would be in-line with the jack but..

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by Barrie Heaton
22 Oct 2013, 19:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 2nd hand U3-Mark Goodwin vs other piano dealers?
Replies: 14
Views: 5457

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

. To the original poster I would recommend that you buy whichever piano you would be most happy with. Don't get the cheapest, don't get the one your teacher or tuner thinks is best, don't get the one you saw a good review of on youtube. Get the one that you sat down and played and fell in love with...
by Barrie Heaton
25 Sep 2013, 11:29
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam wyattben07@gmail.com
Replies: 0
Views: 2064

inteernet scam wyattben07@gmail.com

wyatt ben has sent the following message to you: -------------------- Hi, Q#1. How long have you owned it? Q#2. a) Have you owned it from new? If not how many previous owner? Q#3.Why are you selling it? Q#4. In your opinion, what sort of conditions it? Q#5. Any more available photo? Q#6. How much ar...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Sep 2013, 20:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: humidity
Replies: 9
Views: 2634

Re: humidity

BTW Chris if your Hydroceel unit was made in the 50s you need to read this post

http://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-forum ... tos#p10896

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Sep 2013, 20:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: humidity
Replies: 9
Views: 2634

Re: humidity

That's interesting, Barrie, I didn't know that. I imagine that felt parts would be even quicker to both absorb and to give up their moisture content? Hi David Well the way they work is to pull air in and remove the moisture then expel dry air When the air is dry in the room it then pulls moisture f...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Sep 2013, 23:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: humidity
Replies: 9
Views: 2634

Re: humidity

Thanks Barrie, I have a piano humidifier under the piano, similar to this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/190835825824?showlimghlp=true&lpid=92&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=92&ff19=0 My piano is from around 1950 so not a modern one. Thanks for the advice. Chr...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Sep 2013, 19:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: humidity
Replies: 9
Views: 2634

Re: humidity

Hi All, Using a humidity and temperature meter the temperature goes between 11-18 C this week and the humidity hits 70% Chris 70% is over the top limit for most manufactures, so long as it not up there for months you should be OK however, if it going to be a wile before the Boiler is fixed then a d...