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by markymark
24 Jan 2008, 01:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C1/Yamaha GC-1/Kawai RX-1/Samick NSG/Boston, etc
Replies: 4
Views: 3658

The Yamaha C1 is a nice instrument! If I had room in my front room, I'd certainly consider one of those! :D A technician/tuner should be able to adjust the piano to soften the shrillness of the upper section of the piano. A lot of people don't seem to realise that about acoustic pianos, I have found.
by markymark
24 Jan 2008, 00:55
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Where to find a good range
Replies: 10
Views: 4704

Silent Pianos

Just, something else came to mind as I was scanning through my last post, don't forget about the option to install a silent system on an acoustic. You may be able to get a better deal on a good acoustic and then add a silent system with a final lower cost. Silent pianos - I find - tend to be more ex...
by markymark
23 Jan 2008, 18:57
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Where to find a good range
Replies: 10
Views: 4704

Re: Range

Oh no, I've just realised I've been under the impression that a silent piano was the same as a digital. Just looked at Yamaha's UK site and found they're different... I think... sorry everyone! I guess that means we've got more choice, hmm... may not be a good thing! So-o-o if you had to recommend ...
by markymark
23 Jan 2008, 18:31
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Where to find a good range
Replies: 10
Views: 4704

As far as I have been told, the silent system installed on acoustic pianos seem to be quite reliable. I think replacing them tends to be more popular than repairing them though should anything serious go wrong with them. They seem to have a good track record with the people that get them installed. ...
by markymark
23 Jan 2008, 18:18
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to make students to remember the things you teach them?
Replies: 7
Views: 3027

That's alright Gill.

You've been removed from my hit-list... :lol:
by markymark
23 Jan 2008, 18:10
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: page turns
Replies: 1
Views: 1523

Laying aside the obvious which would be to bring a page turner with you, you have a couple options here: 1. If performing for music exams, you are permitted by most boards to photocopy a piece of music onto A3 to allow fluid playing. 2. If there is a place 2-4 bars before the place where need to tur...
by markymark
22 Jan 2008, 18:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: legal issues - please advise
Replies: 10
Views: 3315

Re: legal issues - please advise

Last September I bought a Kemble piano (around 5000 pounds) from a shop I don't want to name at this stage. I meet other pianos of the same model. Just on an aside to the information you've been given here, in order to protect the credibility of your 'case', should your complaint go any further tha...
by markymark
22 Jan 2008, 18:35
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Where to find a good range
Replies: 10
Views: 4704

Re: Where to find a good range

Is there any reason why not an acoustic. For the upper end of your budget you could be in to good small acoustic with a silent system onboard or even better without. Just updated my post and read what you said, mdw. Cerise, mdw is adsolutely right. For 3000GBP upwards, you could get at the very lea...
by markymark
22 Jan 2008, 17:57
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Where to find a good range
Replies: 10
Views: 4704

Can't help you with local stockists - have you tried yellow pages or the business section of the BT directory? I know that sounds blatantly obvious, but it there can't be that many local stockists in the area. Where I live, they are becoming few and far between! This is a sweeping generalisation, bu...
by markymark
22 Jan 2008, 02:34
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to make students to remember the things you teach them?
Replies: 7
Views: 3027

:?: Not sure what to make of this comment Gill the piano: Add to that the current indiscipline in home and school , and voila! you have a teacher's modern-day dilemma, I'm afraid. Are you suggesting that poor concentration, discipline and self-motivation during a private music lesson is not only the...
by markymark
21 Jan 2008, 23:01
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Help please
Replies: 3
Views: 2774

Well I'm glad that you tried the instrument before you bought it!

Understandably, you have had to work within your budget - that's the way it is sometimes. At least your wife is happy with it - I guess that's the main thing! :wink:

Enjoy!
by markymark
21 Jan 2008, 22:10
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to make students to remember the things you teach them?
Replies: 7
Views: 3027

Very often, children right up until 9 years of age haven’t developed an emotional intelligence within their natural day-to-day social and personal development, so I have to say coming up against a brick wall when asking for an emotional engagement with something as abstract as music is part and parc...
by markymark
21 Jan 2008, 21:34
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital vs. acoustic: old debate
Replies: 6
Views: 5704

Re: Digital vs. acoustic: old debate

Hello there! I am a beginner adult on the piano (background in classical guitar and singing). I put the question to the "piano" general thread which probably was not a good idea, because I got a few rather snappy replies trashing the idea of a digital. You are a new member then, aren't you! :wink: ...
by markymark
21 Jan 2008, 19:58
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice on digital pianos needed
Replies: 5
Views: 5422

It's basically a service on the keyboard. Over years of use, the keys can lose some of their 'action' and need to be adjusted so that they return to the level of the keyboard in line with the others. If abused, the hammer action may need some attention. I have had problems in the past with the veloc...
by markymark
21 Jan 2008, 19:50
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: weighted keys / Roland F50
Replies: 5
Views: 7109

Yes. Hammer action replicates not only the graded weight of the keyboard (lower notes heavier, higher notes gradually lighter) but also the hammer resistance motion of a real acoustic. As a rule, "hammer action" will include, naturally, hammer action and a weighted keyboard. As I said, just be wary ...
by markymark
20 Jan 2008, 17:01
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Help please
Replies: 3
Views: 2774

I would say that the seller has made a mistake. I have never really heard of Yamaha using a ‘T’towards the end of the model prefix in its digital piano range. The CLP-122 was on the go around the same time as the CVP range around 1990 (if not slightly before). Basically, the CLP was the classical pi...
by markymark
18 Jan 2008, 01:43
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice needed on buying electric piano
Replies: 27
Views: 9020

Just because they will sound exactly the same ( being digital ) doesnt make it any more moraly defensible to try in a shop and then buy online at a cheaper price. I very much resent how you have taken select, out-of-context comments from my whole posting and misrepresent what I am really saying. Yo...
by markymark
17 Jan 2008, 00:40
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice needed on buying electric piano
Replies: 27
Views: 9020

Well if you know of anyone who can beat me on the price of £700 for the P140 let me know! I thought I had! :o Scoot up a bit and see my, well now, third last posting on Mon Jan 07, 2008. As for this point: We are not selling baked beans here. Once you have given the profit away on a good acou...
by markymark
15 Jan 2008, 19:42
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice on differences between Yamaha CLP220, 230 and 240
Replies: 2
Views: 4197

Basically as you make your way along a digital piano range, the manufacturers add in features like more powerful speakers, more voice options, expanded track recording options and sometimes enhanced voice samples. I had a quick look at the Yamaha Europe website and to be honest, it shows the progres...
by markymark
10 Jan 2008, 01:24
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Cronenwerth CHP-500 Manual
Replies: 1
Views: 4058

Did you buy the digital piano online? On Ebay? The reason I ask is that I only seem to get search matches on Ebay.de! I'm not really familar with the brand name - is this company not based in Germany or Central Europe? Usually getting in touch with the manufacturer, in this case Cronenwerth, may be ...
by markymark
08 Jan 2008, 23:35
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice needed on buying electric piano
Replies: 27
Views: 9020

But then its a digital so its almost worthless the moment youve bought it so that argument doesnt count. So that's why we're ignoring it! :lol: Why pay more when, by your own admission, digital instruments lose their value over a period of time. That is no newsflash! Getting the most for your money...
by markymark
07 Jan 2008, 20:43
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Who are your favourite composers?
Replies: 11
Views: 4240

Re: Who are your favourite composers?

And whose works do you enjoy playing the most? I used to play Richard Clayderman's but not as often these days after I discovered D. Benoit. On classical, I play Mozart's pieces the most followed by Chopin. Very little Bach(regretfully I find his music to be not engaging). I used to play a lot of P...
by markymark
07 Jan 2008, 20:00
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice needed on buying electric piano
Replies: 27
Views: 9020

The main difference I can see is that the P120 seems to have had more powerful speakers than the P140 which is rather strange. As the P140 is supposed to be an upgraded model, you’ll get extra features like voice variations and extra reverb effects. As mentioned earlier, the GHS keyboard will be ins...
by markymark
06 Jan 2008, 20:12
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Beginner's Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 3131

If you’re planning on going every other week, this teacher may be slightly indifferent towards your request if she is putting people on a waiting list. Personally, I don’t believe in waiting lists because it really only leaves people handing until someone drops out, which could be some time. In my e...
by markymark
06 Jan 2008, 19:47
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: weighted keys / Roland F50
Replies: 5
Views: 7109

When people ask questions between brands, it's sometimes like asking a group of people "Whose baked beans taste better Sainsbury or Tesco?" Well they're more or less the same but it really depends which flavour you prefer.... I wouldn’t like to say that Yamaha is necessarily better than Roland or vi...
by markymark
06 Jan 2008, 17:14
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha DGX620 vs. P-Series (P60, P120, P140 etc.)
Replies: 2
Views: 4815

The main difference between the two keyboards is that the P-series doesn’t really have all the bells and whistles you talk about but the DGX-620 does with more voices, preset songs and rhythms than the P140. Both have some kind of sequencer installed. The DGX has a six track sequencer and the P140 h...
by markymark
06 Jan 2008, 15:42
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital vs. acoustic: old debate
Replies: 6
Views: 5704

Re: Digital vs. acoustic: old debate

But seriously I began to think about the whole digital vs. accoustic thing and what is better. I put the question to the "piano" general thread which probably was not a good idea, because I got a few rather snappy replies trashing the idea of a digital. I thought you guys would be more objective. S...
by markymark
06 Jan 2008, 15:06
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Urgent assistance needed re which digital piano
Replies: 6
Views: 5204

Fröhliches neues Jahr! I knew my A-level German would come in handy some day! LOL! I love those new CLP models and being a Yamaha fan and a great admirer of the old Yamaha hammer action, this message it right up my street! For gigging, you’ll need quite a powerful instrument. I own a CP300 which ha...
by markymark
06 Jan 2008, 01:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: weighted keys / Roland F50
Replies: 5
Views: 7109

You need to make sure you know the difference between a “weighted keyboard” and a “hammer-action keyboard”. A weighted keyboard is just what it says but hammer action replicate the action and feel of an acoustic piano in the way a key operates the hammer inside the piano. Of course there aren’t real...
by markymark
06 Jan 2008, 00:59
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice needed on buying electric piano
Replies: 27
Views: 9020

The P series really stands for “Personal Piano” range and so, as honeyfunk says, Yamaha designed this keyboard with the mindset that it will be first and foremostly a piano without all the gadgets, rhythms, tacky, pre-recorded songs, etc! The P series also offer the hammer action keyboard which knoc...
by markymark
24 Nov 2007, 21:42
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Doing Grade Exams
Replies: 10
Views: 4819

I have to agree with Gill The Piano on this one. Self-taught musicians can have a few gaps in their musical development not to mention some bad habits. It wouldn’t do any harm if you were even treated as a Grade 5 student and had all the normal training just to see how you fair. As your experience i...
by markymark
23 Nov 2007, 17:55
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Urgent assistance needed re which digital piano
Replies: 6
Views: 5204

Hi! Unfortunately this is a common query with people who are starting out looking for digital pianos. First of all, you need to clarify your terminology. “Fully weighted” and “hammer action” are two totally different things. “Fully weighted” is just what is sounds but “hammer action” will replicate ...
by markymark
09 Mar 2007, 21:59
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Accompanying - how much?
Replies: 7
Views: 4475

Rate of Pay

The ISM website seems a bit unclear about this. I have heard of accompanists in my area charging around the £25 range per hour for accompanying. I suppose it really depends on how much preparation you have to do - taking into consideration the difficulty/complexity of the music and in short, t...
by markymark
03 Mar 2007, 18:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Concerto
Replies: 8
Views: 3817

Piano Update

Thanks everyone for your advice and feedback. Just to let you know Piano Guy that I went back to the piano store today and looked at a range of pianos including Kawai, Eavestaff and Yamaha. After playing the various models, I opted for the P121. It was a lovely piano to play with an even bright ton...
by markymark
27 Feb 2007, 20:30
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: advice for a total beginner
Replies: 1
Views: 2913

Piano learning method

It really depends on what you want to do with your piano playing. Traditional teaching methods focus on the technical aspects of note recognition and reading two lines of music from written music. I suppose many people would call this "classical training". There is another method out there - there a...
by markymark
27 Feb 2007, 20:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Concerto
Replies: 8
Views: 3817

Okay last question about this....

Is the latest Kawai range any better than these?
I'm thinking about the K2 or K3 specifically.
by markymark
26 Feb 2007, 19:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Concerto
Replies: 8
Views: 3817

I think the phrase used by Kemble is "inspired by" the Conservatoire model rather than "based on". It's actually only a 114 back. They look dead cool in Black and chrome, but if there's any way you can squeeze that 121cm model in....... Okay Piano Guy. I was checking out my livingroom and I may be ...
by markymark
25 Feb 2007, 16:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Concerto
Replies: 8
Views: 3817

Kemble Concerto

I have been checking these out on the internet. Reviews seem to be great for the Kemble Conservatoire and reviews on this forum seem favourable as well. Space is a big factor and a 64cm deep piano is not feasible for my livingroom space. The Concerto model is supposed to be based on the larger Conse...
by markymark
24 Feb 2007, 17:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano suitable for Grade 8+ pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 5211

Okay, what about Kembles...

I have tried the Yamaha U1 and the P121 and they both sounded good. I felt the U1 had more to offer but it is 61cm deep! So space I'm afraid has played a big factor in my piano shopping today. The Kawai K18 had a nice responsive keyboard action and the sound was clean and precise but a little light ...
by markymark
24 Feb 2007, 13:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano suitable for Grade 8+ pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 5211

Quick Last Minute Advice Anyone

I just picked up the last post to my question. I am about to leave within the next 45 minutes for the music store to check out the pianos. They don't carry the Kembles as mentioned by Piano Guy and Fumbler but they do have the following: Kawai K18, made in Japan, special offer £2395 Yamaha U1,...
by markymark
23 Feb 2007, 22:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano suitable for Grade 8+ pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 5211

Re: Piano suitable for Grade 8+ pianist

After reading online reviews and postings on this forum, I have narrowed my selection to the following Yamaha models: U1, P121NT, PX124NT. I understand that pianos with a string length greater that 120cm have a higher quality tone as opposed to those with a string length less that 120cm. This is wh...
by markymark
23 Feb 2007, 21:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano suitable for Grade 8+ pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 5211

Piano suitable for Grade 8+ pianist

Hi, I have been reading and searching through the various post regarding Yamaha pianos but I haven't been able to find a response that completely applies to my situation so apologies in advance if I have repeated an earlier posting. I am returning to complete my Grade 8 and want to complete my recit...
by markymark
04 Apr 2005, 19:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "compact-ish" piano
Replies: 1
Views: 2387

"compact-ish" piano

Hi to everyone! I have just registered and am looking for some advice. I am looking for an acoustic upright piano. I have been playing piano for the past ten years and practised on an older acoustic and a digital piano. I now want to return to an acoustic for the feel and tone of the keyboard before...