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by Colin Nicholson
17 Jan 2017, 08:32
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Can I teach myself how to play the piano through a book?
Replies: 1
Views: 1354

Re: Can I teach myself how to play the piano through a book?

There are things you can teach yourself in a book, the basics such as note naming, relating letters to keyboard, rhythm and other theoretical related subjects showing you "how to do it".... however, a book cannot do the following: 1. Correct or amend bad habits (i.e. using wrong fingers) 2. Correct ...
by Colin Nicholson
17 Jan 2017, 07:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice: replacement upright piano
Replies: 6
Views: 6046

Re: Buying advice: replacement upright piano

If you are considering a full restoration (i.e. mechanism/ keys/ pedals/ strings), your piano should be assessed first to see if it is restorable - this will depend on the condition of the original wrest plank, soundboard/ bridges and other structural parts/ type of mechanism. Some restorers will ch...
by Colin Nicholson
15 Jan 2017, 10:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gebruder Sohne piano
Replies: 4
Views: 5418

Re: Gebruder Sohne piano

Thanks for your answer, may I ask if you know anything about that make of piano please? The Gubruder Sohne ( which has been completely revamped, would that make much different to the price you would pay for it?) Many thanks send us some photos, remove front panel, then we can see it, explained here...
by Colin Nicholson
14 Jan 2017, 14:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice: replacement upright piano
Replies: 6
Views: 6046

Re: Buying advice: replacement upright piano

If you buy from a dealer, a lot less hassle - they usually can arrange carriage of newer piano, and possibly take your old piano away at the same time (might even get a few quid part X). Also ask about warranty/ follow-up tuning after delivery. If done privately, you may never get rid of the old pia...
by Colin Nicholson
12 Jan 2017, 00:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wagner CWS piano (quick advice needed)
Replies: 4
Views: 5517

Re: Wagner CWS piano (quick advice needed)

At the top treble end, all piano strings start their formation vertically, or slightly oblique (right to left) for straight-strung or over-strung - so impossible to say from the photo if straight-strung, but given the look of the piano, it SEEMS to be s.s. (as I previously said). The over-strung for...
by Colin Nicholson
11 Jan 2017, 14:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wagner CWS piano (quick advice needed)
Replies: 4
Views: 5517

Re: Wagner CWS piano (quick advice needed)

I have over 10 listings of Wagner, so best to ignore the name altogether. Cannot comment on whether it is worth buying - depends on price and your budget. With old pianos like this, there are the four deadly sins to consider:- 1. Straight-strung (some are OK to tune and sound good) -- over-strung be...
by Colin Nicholson
11 Jan 2017, 14:19
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Ajello piano
Replies: 5
Views: 2225

Re: Ajello piano

Hi Sue, According to my records in the Pierce Piano Atlas book, Ajello & Sons were a company in their own right, based at: Leestone Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. (Est. 1862) The action makers Schwander were a separate company who provided mechanisms for Ajello and other makers. If the serial nu...
by Colin Nicholson
09 Jan 2017, 09:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Modern vs Older makes of upright - recommendations?
Replies: 2
Views: 4925

Re: Modern vs Older makes of upright - recommendations?

All the names you suggest are good.
Also have a look at the Kawai range, you could buy a new K5 Kawai for that money (or very near).
by Colin Nicholson
08 Jan 2017, 02:18
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha GranTouch GT1 value?
Replies: 2
Views: 2013

Re: Yamaha GranTouch GT1 value?

As stated in the blue header above, valuations (no matter how estimated or rough) cannot be given on this forum for specific pianos and models. You will need to contact a digital piano technician/ expert (who buys and sells), or contact a piano shop/ retailer who specialise in this, and they may nee...
by Colin Nicholson
07 Jan 2017, 13:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gustav Hagspiel Baby Grand Piano
Replies: 1
Views: 4872

Re: Gustav Hagspiel Baby Grand Piano

Hi Adeline, The price will reflect in its condition and any previous work done to it internally aswell.... so a single photo is not sufficient, just to say the exterior looks genuine and probably in good condition. No one can guess it's true value - you would need to get it inspected - most importan...
by Colin Nicholson
06 Jan 2017, 02:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Henry Zender & Co. London
Replies: 14
Views: 4438

Re: Henry Zender & Co. London

Certainly causing a stir this piano! I think there were (or are) wrest plank problems - top right edge seems to be OK.... flush with top lid, but in the middle, I can see it has warped forwards and top edge of plank can be seen .... mmm. (recent photo) About 16-18 tons of pressure on those strings p...
by Colin Nicholson
05 Jan 2017, 16:43
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Henry Zender & Co. London
Replies: 14
Views: 4438

Re: Henry Zender & Co. London

I agree Bill, spacing of bass strings and the two centre domed screws (wrest plank) look in an odd place. The only thing I can think is perhaps the strings & wrest pins were removed at some stage to allow the added screws, possibly to strengthen the wrest plank in the middle if separating or bowing ...
by Colin Nicholson
05 Jan 2017, 01:53
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Nathaniel Berry Upright Piano advice?
Replies: 2
Views: 1581

Re: Nathaniel Berry Upright Piano advice?

Hi Suzi The serial number suggests 1937, and fits into the Art Deco period/ walnut style & chrome fittings. Some unusual features which look good. Not sure if the ashtrays are original? !! Berry were established in 1888, and their factory was based in The Grove Crouch End, London, and the company fo...
by Colin Nicholson
04 Jan 2017, 01:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please for 100yr old piano
Replies: 3
Views: 5345

Re: Advice please for 100yr old piano

Hi Belle, We have a good team of experts on this forum who may reply at certain times with interest and different opinions and advice - watch this space!. This is just my opinion...... I'm sorry to hear that your cottage piano cannot be tuned easily anymore :( , and you are faced with a dilemma of w...
by Colin Nicholson
03 Jan 2017, 15:55
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Henry Zender & Co. London
Replies: 14
Views: 4438

Re: Henry Zender & Co. London

For anyone else interested in some more info.... Probably best not to remove the action for now - in searching for date stamps / markings / action numbers etc. Bill will suggest this for further clues, but only if safe to do so - in his defence. A closer inspection / re-thinking my thoughts..... I s...
by Colin Nicholson
03 Jan 2017, 01:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help buying a Yamaha C5
Replies: 3
Views: 5126

Re: Help buying a Yamaha C5

Without hearing, playing and seeing the condition of the hammers, only general advice can be offered here. As your technician has had first-hand experience playing the piano, and (hopefully) removing the action to inspect the face of the hammers - your decision may probably lie there. 1. Re-toning c...
by Colin Nicholson
02 Jan 2017, 00:27
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Henry Zender & Co. London
Replies: 14
Views: 4438

Re: Henry Zender & Co. London

It may be a suggestion to get a tuner out before purchase, to see if it is tuneable - a tuner would randomly test a few pins to ensure they are tight for future tunings. The reason I say this is by the photo, some of the extreme left bass tuning pins (top ones of each pair) appear to have chalk mark...
by Colin Nicholson
31 Dec 2016, 00:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Click noise after key release...normal?
Replies: 9
Views: 6615

Re: Click noise after key release...normal?

Fully agree with Vernon -
I think it's best now you contact a good tech to sort it out.
Let us know how you get on

Colin
by Colin Nicholson
30 Dec 2016, 15:00
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What to play for pleasure - Grade 4 / 5
Replies: 8
Views: 4322

Re: What to play for pleasure - Grade 4 / 5

try this
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mt ... =MN0170490

first page shown as a sample, then pay, then print yourself.
Key of the music can also be changed

example above from Frozen music.
by Colin Nicholson
30 Dec 2016, 14:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Click noise after key release...normal?
Replies: 9
Views: 6615

Re: Click noise after key release...normal?

After doing a bunch of research, I found out that the problem is the felt for the jack regulating button is too hard. I fluffed it up using a couple of small screw drivers and it temporarily fixed the problem before returning to its normal state after 15 minutes. I found this youtube video (https:/...
by Colin Nicholson
30 Dec 2016, 10:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Click noise after key release...normal?
Replies: 9
Views: 6615

Re: Click noise after key release...normal?

This occurs on all of the keys including the ones without a damper. Some people have suggested that it's the hammer rail. I pulled out the action (my very first time doing it). Good news: the piano didn't blow up. Bad news: it's still making the same sound. I tightened all of the screws for the ham...
by Colin Nicholson
29 Dec 2016, 23:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Click noise after key release...normal?
Replies: 9
Views: 6615

Re: Click noise after key release...normal?

Could be one of the following:- 1. Damper or jack slap felt old & compact/ brittle (if previously damp then dried out) 2. Worn key slip rail felt / not adjusted at correct height / worn key bushings 3. Back check leather / damper spoon felt worn 4. Possible insect damage causing materials to be eate...
by Colin Nicholson
18 Dec 2016, 10:54
Forum: Piano History
Topic: R. Weissbrod
Replies: 9
Views: 6070

Re: R. Weissbrod

Weissbrod seem to be well built pianos, but the grand piano I attempted to tune (about 3 years ago), sadly, was far from "fine". A local arts council near the university went out and bought this 6ft grand Weissbrod, and I believe the secretary of the arts council, who knew nothing about pianos, boug...
by Colin Nicholson
05 Dec 2016, 15:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's
Replies: 5
Views: 5419

Re: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

Nobody knows about later surprises, even after an inspection - that's just on its current condition. A piano already over 50 years old will deteriorate like anything else, so a thorough "paid" inspection is the way forward....that might reveal any nasty surprises like loose tuning pins. Also depends...
by Colin Nicholson
05 Dec 2016, 10:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's
Replies: 5
Views: 5419

Re: Yamaha G7, Built in 1960's

No one in the world can comment on an individual piano, without seeing it, or having it fully inspected (internally) and partly tuned to assess its condition for tuning torque and stability. Most Yamahas I have tuned & played have been fine - good pianos in general. Ask to see all tuning & regulatio...
by Colin Nicholson
22 Nov 2016, 13:12
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Can you help identify age of Eavestaff 181524
Replies: 3
Views: 1806

Re: Can you help identify age of Eavestaff 181524

This is not a mini Eavestaff, and is a standard console upright, so a standard tuning is fine. I would suggest you contact a piano removal company to move it (not a general furniture removal). Weight will be around 180 kilos. Yes, quite heavy if DIY lifting with no castors, but with a removal compan...
by Colin Nicholson
17 Nov 2016, 00:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Another Eavestaff piano
Replies: 3
Views: 5249

Re: Another Eavestaff piano

On your first photo - (tuning pins & serial number), I noticed some white chalk or white paint on the end of the first tuning pin? (or it may just be a reflection of the flash light) .... are there any more like this with white marks on, and how many?
If so, let me know.

Colin
by Colin Nicholson
16 Nov 2016, 12:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Another Eavestaff piano
Replies: 3
Views: 5249

Re: Another Eavestaff piano

These mini pianos were popular in the 1930s with the mechanism at the back, and I think every piano tuner/technician on this forum will have tuned one in their career.... and probably "well remembered" Some still can be tuned today, but many cannot be tuned easily - and come with risks. I restored o...
by Colin Nicholson
16 Nov 2016, 10:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Barless Club
Replies: 25
Views: 14767

Re: The Barless Club

good luck with the Fazer
by Colin Nicholson
16 Nov 2016, 01:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Barless Club
Replies: 25
Views: 14767

Re: The Barless Club

When I assess grand and upright pianos for customers, say before a purchase or for restoration reasons, I ask for photos first before a call-out. I often just receive the fancy display/ shop floor photos that everyone wants to see.... and often is the case, they look like pianos with no "knickers". ...
by Colin Nicholson
16 Nov 2016, 01:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: very curious can anyone help please
Replies: 1
Views: 4470

Re: very curious can anyone help please

Hi grabba, Welcome to the forum. The serial number and date is correct & matching according to my book, but other numbers are often a mystery to everyone, and don't always relate to anything. They may be a stock or parts number, unique to the Rogers factory workers back in those days, and sometimes ...
by Colin Nicholson
12 Nov 2016, 11:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Very happy with my regulation tweaks, but...
Replies: 2
Views: 4831

Re: Very happy with my regulation tweaks, but...

Some more info.... Depending on if you want perfection or not and for all hammers to be perfectly level, and all at the same height (bass hammers will be higher on an over-strung piano) - you need to purchase a grand piano regulating rack; a device that is assembled and adjusted to simulate the stri...
by Colin Nicholson
12 Nov 2016, 01:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Very happy with my regulation tweaks, but...
Replies: 2
Views: 4831

Re: Very happy with my regulation tweaks, but...

This is a common problem for the DIY enthusiast, and if you upset the regulation process mid way, you are best contacting a professional to do the job. The repetition springs have been regulated at slightly different tensions, some with more tension - which will allow the hammer to rise above the re...
by Colin Nicholson
07 Nov 2016, 16:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Barless Club
Replies: 25
Views: 14767

Re: The Barless Club

John Broadwood pianos have a good reputation for sound quality, build, and well made.... the college I attended was named "The Broadwood College" .... and I have all the serial numbers and dates for them. If you find out the serial number (usually under the bass strings), it can be accurately dated....
by Colin Nicholson
07 Nov 2016, 01:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Barless Club
Replies: 25
Views: 14767

Re: The Barless Club

Not barless I think - has a cast frame bar (strut) running diagonally alongside the RH bass strings - can be seen to the left of music stand. Ask the owner to confirm or lower music rest. Needs to be photographed from the right side looking into the strings and cast frame area - like these >> Here a...
by Colin Nicholson
02 Nov 2016, 00:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Frequencies
Replies: 19
Views: 9808

Re: Frequencies

at college, we used to use about 3 tuning forks between 6 of us.... had to wrap handle in masking tape, so we didn't catch their disease
by Colin Nicholson
01 Nov 2016, 09:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Frequencies
Replies: 19
Views: 9808

Re: Frequencies

I occasionally use my app just to check Middle C/ odd notes, and for new customers, they lean over my shoulder in hope of the green light! I would never reply on an app to tune a unison, or octaves, unless the string was dodgy. My best friend of course is the humble tuning fork C523.3Hz. This is the...
by Colin Nicholson
01 Nov 2016, 02:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Frequencies
Replies: 19
Views: 9808

Re: Frequencies

PianoMike, I noticed you said you tried tuning with a tuning "hammer"? .... is this the T - shaped tool, handle at each end/ steel tipped and a star socket? If so, you are best buying a tuning LEVER ( L shaped).... much less effort required, but still a good technique required to keep the strings in...
by Colin Nicholson
29 Oct 2016, 23:26
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Liszt's practice keyboard?
Replies: 4
Views: 1989

Re: Liszt's practice keyboard?

Practise keyboards are apparently called 'Virgils'
by Colin Nicholson
12 Oct 2016, 00:02
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Collard & Collard
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

Re: Collard & Collard

I'm not sure if this is a reliable way to date a C&C, but someone in the USA emailed me with some information which almost looks like this piano. Added to that, was a diagram of the mechanism, dated about 1884, and supposedly the design of the parts and "swan" shaped springs put it close to the late...
by Colin Nicholson
11 Oct 2016, 00:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano for grade 5 and above
Replies: 2
Views: 5284

Re: Piano for grade 5 and above

Hi there... I have discovered during my piano teaching career (over 30 years) that when pupils practise at home on their old "beginner" piano (usually over-damped), then suddenly switch to my K5 Kawai during lessons, their progress is only very marginal, and generally speaking they get a good pass o...
by Colin Nicholson
03 Oct 2016, 23:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Anyone come across Meyer Piano Restorers in Poland
Replies: 1
Views: 4413

Re: Anyone come across Meyer Piano Restorers in Poland

Yes I have come across that name just like many others that claim they specialise in Steinway & other makes.... but I would tread carefully. Only Steinway & Sons specialise in Steinway pianos. I myself have restored several Steinway grands and other well known names, but I couldn't say I specialised...
by Colin Nicholson
19 Sep 2016, 09:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha M108 30yrs or C108 10yrs old?
Replies: 2
Views: 4912

Re: Yamaha M108 30yrs or C108 10yrs old?

send links for both pianos pls. showing advert/ condition & prices.
by Colin Nicholson
18 Sep 2016, 23:38
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Vosemar Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1302

Re: Vosemar Piano

Hi Thank you for your post. I'm not familiar with the name 'Vosemar' , nor registered in my piano atlas book, but I have come across their name before many years ago, having an unusual font on the fallboard like Chinese. T Beech of Preston were piano retailers (shop) founded in 1868 who sold their p...
by Colin Nicholson
13 Sep 2016, 13:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking after your instrument in the heat
Replies: 3
Views: 5459

Re: Looking after your instrument in the heat

Pianos need to be kept in a moderate environment during storage to avoid damage to the wrest plank, wooden and metal components inside the mechanism. Temperature between 15 - 20 degrees celcius / 24 hours a day Humidity around 50% - 60% / 24 hours a day. Purchase a digital hygrometer/ thermometer to...
by Colin Nicholson
12 Sep 2016, 17:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What does + mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 2564

Re: What does + mean?

or you could blow a whistle or ding a bell :)
by Colin Nicholson
11 Sep 2016, 23:34
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What does + mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 2564

Re: What does + mean?

I've looked in the Oxford Companion/ couple of music dictionaries and nothing there under ornaments. However, "Plus" means "more" in French.... so could be an early accent marking. So.... I opened up "Score Writer" (my old music writing software), and clicked through some of the palette menus, and F...
by Colin Nicholson
10 Sep 2016, 18:55
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What does + mean?
Replies: 5
Views: 2564

Re: What does + mean?

I've seen it on an old Diabelli duet.... means to use the thumb replacing the number 1.