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by Grenache
17 Jun 2011, 22:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ask piano technician – Do you prefer Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1?
Replies: 16
Views: 21157

Re: Ask piano technician – Do you prefer Kawai K3 or Yamaha

Hi, Re the original question of K3 v U1. I'm a player, not a tech, but I compared the two when I was looking to buy a few years ago. I liked them both, the K3 has a mellow sound whereas the Yamahas are known for their bright sound. In my case, I wanted one with the silent action factory-fitted, and ...
by Grenache
24 Mar 2011, 20:20
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Radio programme about the history of Jazz Piano
Replies: 1
Views: 3770

Radio programme about the history of Jazz Piano

Hi everyone, It's a while since I posted, but I thought of everyone here and wanted to share this with you. When I was out in the car yesterday, I heard this programme on Radio Scotland, The Jazz House, and it was a special illustrating the history and development of jazz on the piano. I found it a ...
by Grenache
12 Apr 2009, 16:55
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Earphones for digital piano - recommendations please
Replies: 9
Views: 10068

Re: Earphones for digital piano - recommendations please

Hi

I have the Sennehiser HD457, excellent sound and very comfortable to wear for long periods. They also have a straight cable.
by Grenache
09 Apr 2009, 18:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1/U3 Silent system retro-fit?
Replies: 20
Views: 18236

Re: Yamaha U1/U3 Silent system retro-fit?

Hi Sharon, I haven't got round to trying that out yet, just used it with headphones for silent practice. The manual for the SG option on my U1 can be downloaded here. I think a different box of electronics is on the B series. http://www2.yamaha.co.jp/manual/pdf/piano/english/silent/SilentSG_e_X8696D...
by Grenache
09 Apr 2009, 18:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Silent | Non-Silent
Replies: 11
Views: 10538

Re: Upright Silent | Non-Silent

Tryer, Please be patient; this is a forum, not a shop. Some members check the posts several times each day whilst others are too busy to check more than once or twice a week. Just checking in after being away for a few weeks :D I have a Yamaha U1 with the SG Silent option, and still believe I made ...
by Grenache
11 Dec 2008, 16:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sostenuto pedal or Practice pedal?
Replies: 16
Views: 12845

I've got neither! I have a Yamaha with the silent option, and the middle pedal moves the shank stopper to prevent the hammers hitting the strings. If you engage that then forget to switch on the electronics, it's a bit like Joseph Cooper on Face the Music. At least you could tell what he was playing...
by Grenache
11 Dec 2008, 16:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacement Key for a Rogers Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 4359

See also the comment from poster Pianomate in this thread:
http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/vi ... php?t=6655
by Grenache
10 Dec 2008, 08:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My First Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 14730

Re: My First Piano

PianoGuy wrote:
What'll make it difficult is that nobody is likely to be carrying both Kawai and Yamaha Silent models in the same showroom.
I must have been quite fortunate, then. I tried both in Smiths in Paisley.
by Grenache
10 Nov 2008, 08:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Moving
Replies: 7
Views: 7674

The piano will have to be up-ended so make a cardboard template of the side of one and see it will pass through the doorways. I I did this last year and it was really helpful at working out how the piano could be moved. I have an old cottage with narrow doorways and a narrow hall, and it required a...
by Grenache
08 Nov 2008, 20:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What a complete and utter twallock
Replies: 49
Views: 31637

Theres another nutter asking people to pay £4k for a Challen simila r to one played by the Beatles. NOT the one played by the Beatles but just the same model!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 260311958029 is the ebay number if you want a laugh. A financial crisis certainly seem to bring them out of the wood w...
by Grenache
08 Nov 2008, 20:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 19735

Hi Dave,

Glad to have helped. I'm sure you will enjoy it. I know what you mean about waiting too, but it will be worth it.

Let us know how you get on once it arrives!

Best regards

G
by Grenache
06 Nov 2008, 13:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Do You Get With A New Piano?
Replies: 32
Views: 20725

Hi My Yamaha came with a polishing cloth, a book of instructions (including how to operate the Silent system) and a music book. The music book contained a couple of pieces which I played through. The rest were either too difficult or I already had the music. It's also difficult to use the book as th...
by Grenache
02 Nov 2008, 18:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Recipes for Hot Whisk(e)y Toddies for keeping the cold out!
Replies: 9
Views: 6521

... if you can afford the Guinness.

I'm just back from a holiday in Norway - we stopped at a well-known Irish pub in Oslo, for a pub lunch. I didn't drink as I had a car, but they wanted £7 a pint for Guinness :shock:
by Grenache
28 Oct 2008, 22:59
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: I need to find cheaper home insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 7581

Hi,

I think that's ridiculous, as you say you are at home more.

Name and shame them here!
by Grenache
28 Oct 2008, 13:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 19735

If you quite like the Kawai, I would suggest going to try out the Kawai with the silent option, and play it for as long as the dealer will let you. I found it heavy going quite quickly, and even after playing for only 10 minutes my hands were hurting. I have small hands anyway, so that keyboard was ...
by Grenache
27 Oct 2008, 14:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K3 or Yamaha B3
Replies: 7
Views: 11606

Hi Rane,

Make sure you're happy with the feel of the K3 with the silent option - just in case you've played a K3 without. I found the touch very heavy - in fact too heavy for my liking.

I chose the U1 silent.

Best regards

G
by Grenache
27 Oct 2008, 14:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 19735

Grenache When did you purchase your U1? I am looking quite seriously at the K3 with a silent fitting. According to the dealer Kawai have just changed the silent system on their pianos. and the millenium action did seem to be a fairly light touch. I definetly like the tone of the Kawai over the Yama...
by Grenache
14 Oct 2008, 23:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: BIGGARS IN GLASGOW
Replies: 11
Views: 14351

Of course, I hope that the goods / services work out ok, but I have had to recourse to s75 of the Consumer Credit Act on one occasion a few years ago, and BoS paid up once I set out my case.
by Grenache
14 Oct 2008, 13:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: BIGGARS IN GLASGOW
Replies: 11
Views: 14351

And if it's a purchase of over £100, I'll always try to use my credit card, so you have protection there if the company goes bust or otherwise fails to produce the goods or perform the service.
by Grenache
10 Oct 2008, 17:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: F.ZELLER
Replies: 7
Views: 7155

joseph wrote: I think the Edinburgh piano company are an excellent firm actually, and having bought my Brodmann from them I am in a position to say so.
I would agree with that, a Brodmann from Edinburgh Piano Co was my close second choice when I was piano hunting last year.
by Grenache
17 Sep 2008, 07:27
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Radio programme about digital copy of harpsichord
Replies: 5
Views: 6640

Well I'd like a real one. I nearly bought one years ago but can't afford it now nor do I have the space. But I would settle for a digital one with the right sound.
by Grenache
16 Sep 2008, 12:43
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Radio programme about digital copy of harpsichord
Replies: 5
Views: 6640

Radio programme about digital copy of harpsichord

I don't know if you managed to hear "Click On" on Radio 4 yesterday, it had a fascinating item about making a digital copy of an antique harpsichord. The news item is here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7617177.stm and it will be on Listen Again till Monday 22nd Sept. The item starts about 1...
by Grenache
08 Sep 2008, 12:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 19735

Re: deciding between yamahas

DMathew wrote: and the sound at the dealers did appeal to me more than the U1 I tried at the store.
Remember that the accoustics of the shop can make a difference, if these pianos are in different shops.

The U1 I played at the shop sounded bright there but more mellow when I got it home.
by Grenache
08 Sep 2008, 12:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dampp Chaser
Replies: 8
Views: 7833

Hi, I have a standard domestic dehumidifier (£120 in B&Q or similar) which is left on all the time. It has an adjustable humidistat which turns the thing off when the humidity gets below the set level. I used a couple of cheap hygrometers to experiment with the setting. In the summer months it runs ...
by Grenache
08 Sep 2008, 12:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dust
Replies: 7
Views: 7291

A cheap option is to buy a "microfibre" cloth, it picks up the fine dust well.
by Grenache
08 Sep 2008, 12:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice...new upright
Replies: 11
Views: 10169

Yes, congrats on a nice choice, I'm sure you will enjoy playing it for many years.
by Grenache
31 Aug 2008, 11:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 19735

I think I've probably mentioned before, but I was also comparing the Kawai vs Yamaha with the silent option. The touch of the Kawai with the silent option was exteremely heavy and playing it was very hard work. Although the Yamaha was slightly heaver with the silent compared to the same model withou...
by Grenache
29 Aug 2008, 12:04
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Joh. Langholdt square grand piano
Replies: 6
Views: 6685

There was one advertised in Norway a few months ago (the ad is no longer online). It described it as a "taffelpiano" by Joh. J. Langholdt
piano-forte-fabrik, Hamburg

I have no other detail about it.
by Grenache
28 Aug 2008, 07:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Idle chit-chatterers' corner
Replies: 602
Views: 209528

That's an interesting fingering, Joseph, when I was taught many years ago (and I haven't had lessons for a while), it was to use 1 on the white notes, 3 on the black notes and 2 for C and F (for the right hand).

I'll have a go at your suggestion later when I can get off this computer.
by Grenache
25 Aug 2008, 22:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Scuff marks
Replies: 22
Views: 14196

Another suggestion is to use the coloured wax/polish material you get for cars. I can't remember the name, but it's like T-Cut, only coloured. I think it's called Color Magic. When my Yamaha was delivered, one of the white keys had a distictive mark on it. When the tech came, he was going to go into...
by Grenache
21 Aug 2008, 16:04
Forum: Piano History
Topic: George Russell Upright, date?
Replies: 19
Views: 12486

Hi, I've just looked at old photos, no, it's not identical, it's similar style frame round the top of the action, but the split is in a different place and the felts are different colour. Sorry!
by Grenache
21 Aug 2008, 14:00
Forum: Piano History
Topic: George Russell Upright, date?
Replies: 19
Views: 12486

The photo of the action looks like the Herrburger-Brooks action in my 1926 Kessels. I'll need to dig out photos of mine, as I no longer have that piano, just to see if my recollection is accurate.
by Grenache
17 Aug 2008, 22:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Not about pianos...computers!
Replies: 7
Views: 4991

Hi Yes, I would recommend crucial too, I think if you type www.crucial.com/uk it will give you their UK site. Also, when adding memory, make sure you are taking antistatic precautions. I make sure that my PC is earthed - i.e. plugged into the mains but the mains switch must be off, so that the earth...
by Grenache
16 Aug 2008, 20:11
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wilh. Forster piano
Replies: 5
Views: 4360

Hi

According to a German piano forum, there was a piano maker in Leipzig
Förster, Wilhelm - between 1832 - 1891.

It confirms there's no relation to August Forster, and lists two other makers called Forster in Leipzig.
by Grenache
16 Aug 2008, 19:34
Forum: Piano History
Topic: German Piano, manufacturer ?
Replies: 13
Views: 13315

Hi, I've been trawling the internet, thanks to Mr. Google, for anything about Geissler, or Geißler... There's a different piano by Geissler on eBay Austria for sale, one of the pictures has the same unicorn & crescent: http://cgi.ebay.at/Klavier-von-Geissler-Hofpianofabrik-Zeitz-Nr-23111_W0QQitemZ15...
by Grenache
11 Aug 2008, 12:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: caird hall steinway
Replies: 2
Views: 3512

The Caird Hall was once described by Billy Connolly as "like the Clyde Tunnel, but with seats in it". I'm not so sure, but it does have an interesting layout. I also think that for the first 40 years of its life it was second biggest concert hall in the UK, the Albert Hall being the first. I don't k...
by Grenache
05 Aug 2008, 10:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 19958

I live not far from Dundee as well, and it's been very humid outside in recent weeks, around 80% most days. I have a portable dehumidifier which is running constantly in the room the piano is in, and it just about keeps the room down to low 50s % RH.
by Grenache
30 Jul 2008, 11:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie here and a question
Replies: 8
Views: 8518

Also consider a Brodmann. I test-drove the 125 upright last year when I was piano-hunting. It had a nice touch and warm sound, as well as being attractively-priced. In fact it came second on my list to the Yamaha U1.
by Grenache
23 Jul 2008, 07:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: KAWAI PIANOS
Replies: 14
Views: 12269

I would agree with that, I played a U1 and a K3 side-by-side and the Kawai is not so bright. Both were new. BUT I felt that the Kawai had a heavier touch. I wanted a piano with the silent attachment, and the Kawai Silent was incredibly heavy - after playing it for about a minute my hands ached. The ...
by Grenache
25 Jun 2008, 08:12
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Herrburger Brooks Ltd.
Replies: 3
Views: 4378

Hi,

My Kessels piano had a Herrburger Brooks action (overdamped upright), but the frame and case were labelled Kessels. It was made in 1926.

If you have a photo of the action I could see whether it looks like mine. (I don't have that piano now but still have photos of it).
by Grenache
19 Jun 2008, 22:40
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: P60 Strangs with Sustain Pedal
Replies: 8
Views: 8989

I was thinking about this one the other day and suddenly realised I've seen a similar effect on another keyboard, but I can't remember which one. I think it's designed to be like this. Real pianos have sustain pedals, and the digital piano sustain pedal works like a real piano's. Real organs don't, ...
by Grenache
19 Jun 2008, 22:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: hydrometer - recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 6554

How much variation should you expect on day-to-day and during-the-day basis?

My room varies from 46% to 51% over the course of one day. I have a dehumidifier which switches on when the humidity is roughly 48% or higher, but even then with it running the humidity rises a bit.
by Grenache
17 Jun 2008, 19:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: FRAMES, VASES
Replies: 7
Views: 7007

I had a photo frame on the old piano which buzzed sympathetically with a couple of notes, but it didn't get my sympathy so I removed it to another part of the room.
by Grenache
09 Jun 2008, 14:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: They say there are no stupid questions.
Replies: 10
Views: 9789

There are some avaliable via the Piano Accessories pages on this site, though I haven't tried any.
by Grenache
07 Jun 2008, 21:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quiet time system
Replies: 5
Views: 4852

You might find the touch a bit heavier. I played a Yamaha with and without the factory-fitted silent system and there wasn't much difference, but the Kawai factory-fitted one was substantially heavier - so much so that I felt that the Kawai one was unplayable for me.
by Grenache
05 Jun 2008, 16:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: SPACE
Replies: 5
Views: 5467

A lot will depend on the other accoustic features of the room.

When I moved my piano from one wall to another it sounded slightly different, from having curtains adjacent to having them behind me.

Mine is about 15cm from the wall
by Grenache
30 May 2008, 07:23
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Buy A Broom !
Replies: 5
Views: 7327

Wow, that brings back memories! It was the first tune I learned and I felt so proud as it needed both hands (but not at the same time).
by Grenache
28 May 2008, 18:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: First Piano : P121 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 11561

Hi Congratulations on buying the U1. I found that it took a couple of months for the piano to settle in, and during that time two or three notes seemed to sound differently from the rest. The piano shop's tech voiced these ones and the sound is now even throughout . I also noted that the piano was p...
by Grenache
26 May 2008, 23:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: warranty quandary
Replies: 8
Views: 6704

In my case, the piano stood in a cold wet room for about 4 - 5 days, and although there was no direct water contact the wall behind the piano got so wet the wallpaper was coming off. When the building repairer brought in their dehmidifiers, they drew about a litre of water every 2 hours, for about t...