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by Barrie Heaton
13 Oct 2019, 18:05
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: [DNEplayer] My recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 15

Re: [DNEplayer] My recordings

nicely played would like to hear on a big grand
Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
13 Oct 2019, 18:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 111

Re: Fazer acoustic

I am mostly interested in the nuances of sound you can draw from an acoustic using hand and finger technique that I have never experienced from a digital. In some respects I look upon the volume control of a digital as a disadvantage because it may be a hindrance from developing a soft playing tech...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Oct 2019, 15:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 111

Re: Fazer acoustic

If you have only used Digital pianos no matter how much tweaking we do to your Fazer ( I am assuming its a 110cm or 116cm model) you will not be happy with it, it will outshine in the top end but the mid and base end no. You need a piano that's 122cm or above then you will get it. So if they will ex...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Oct 2019, 12:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 111

Re: Fazer acoustic

That a sound like a voicing issue to me. Allowing it to bead in your home will not change it. Fazer pianos are middle range make and if a 70 -80 model the hammers will have compacted Fazer pianos where quite bright from new. They tend to go brighter over time. Are they giving you a free tuning if so...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Oct 2019, 23:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wagner W7 by Toyo
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Re: Wagner W7 by Toyo

the name has been used by many makers Vienna Music in the far east is one.

Not tuned one by Toyo but I have tuned 70s Toyo pianos and they are OK same problems like 70 Yamahas. Is the one you are buying new or used if used like any used make you need a tuner to look at it

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Oct 2019, 20:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2824

Re: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15

your piano tuner is going to love you. Unless the self can be removed.

Enjoy the piano and don't forget to get it tuned in 4 weeks


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
01 Oct 2019, 15:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: Yamaha Celeste

Bill Kibby wrote:
30 Sep 2019, 11:57

I would have drilled another hole for the swivel if it was up to me. Much less damaging and more controllable than hacking bits off the felt.
A much better solution - thanks Bill
by Barrie Heaton
27 Sep 2019, 21:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Danemann or Kemble
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Danemann or Kemble

The Danemann sounds nice for the size and I do like the Art deco style. As chrisw has pointed out, what has been done

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
24 Sep 2019, 19:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Bosendorfer grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1073

Re: Bosendorfer grand

Open planks tend to be more stable tuning wise as you get more feel of what the pins are doing. Stineways wile they have a full-frame there are no bushings so jut the same as an open plank tuning wise Cheaper makes tend to used multi-laminated planks, and if the pins are too tite, then they tend to ...
by Barrie Heaton
22 Sep 2019, 15:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: Yamaha Celeste

Then I would look at the bass end it may not be sat correct, was it like that before you removed it.
by Barrie Heaton
22 Sep 2019, 13:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: Yamaha Celeste

is it twisted or a week spring

I have had Kawais with the wrong rail in, The tuner in UK despatch got it mixed up with the piano next to it when prepping.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
22 Sep 2019, 11:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: Yamaha Celeste

You need to make it titer so it raises the rail at rest

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
22 Sep 2019, 11:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: Yamaha Celeste

There are 2 types, one that you remove a screw to take out the system and the second you un huck the spring.

The first one you have to make sure the rail is seated correctly.

if it is, then open the bottom door and alter the tension so that the rail rises at rest to clear the hammers.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
15 Sep 2019, 11:38
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Steingraeber New digital sampling
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Steingraeber New digital sampling

As I understand it, the problem they have had in the past is computing power the chips and memory used are just not capable of handling the complex maths involved in the samplers for pianos. It looks like they may have got a bigger computer so a more complex algorithm. Thy have some samples on here ...
by Barrie Heaton
14 Sep 2019, 17:29
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Steingraeber New digital sampling
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Steingraeber New digital sampling

A collaboration with Adsilent and Steingraeber has come up with a new and improved way to reproduce the sound of an acoustic piano. "Physical modelling" is the name of the new technique, based on complex software designed by French engineer, mathematician and piano builder Philippe Guillaume. Guilla...
by Barrie Heaton
27 Aug 2019, 15:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1933

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

you also have K121ZT SOUNDBOARD AREA: 13969cm2 SPEAKING LENGTH OF NO 1 BASS STRING: 119cm The combination of a new scale, a larger soundboard area, and longer bass strings has resulted in a significantly improved sound quality, particularly noticeable in the bass. KEYBED HEIGHT: 65cm The higher keyb...
by Barrie Heaton
27 Aug 2019, 14:45
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1933

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

Herrburger Brooks made the Langer 75 for small piano with 85 and 88 notes. The Langer 80 was developed in 1980 for pianos above 130 to 150mm shank length. The Langer 100 was the same action as the Langer 80, Kembles called it the 100 as a marketing ploy. The management at Herrburger agreed to the re...
by Barrie Heaton
27 Aug 2019, 09:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a second-hand Schimmel or Sandner
Replies: 4
Views: 996

Re: Buying a second-hand Schimmel or Sandner

The first 3 posts from any new poster have to be approved to cut down on spam.

if you are buying from a shop, I would imagine Germany is no different from the UK the closer you get to Xmass the less chance of a discount on the shop price or extras like free tuning and stool.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Aug 2019, 10:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a second-hand Schimmel or Sandner
Replies: 4
Views: 996

Re: Buying a second-hand Schimmel or Sandner

Pre 1980 Schimmels, are not that great. They only improved when Yamaha got involved. As to the Sandner, some pianos from China have developed, but not sure if the Sandner is one of them. I would get a local Tuner to look at the Sandner find out who tuned it and give them a ring. With the crapy excha...
by Barrie Heaton
19 Aug 2019, 17:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2824

Re: Which would you choose?

Silent systems do impede on the action. There are three main types. Yamaha: set off, and checking has to be altered and make the touch fell yuck The IMDI sucks (may have improved) Voices Good Quiet time: set off, and checking has to be altered and make the touch fell yuck not as much as the Yamaha T...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Aug 2019, 20:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2824

Re: Which would you choose?

The Yamaha P range of pianos was made in the UK until 2009. Then production of the P range was moved to Indonesia.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Aug 2019, 11:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2824

Re: Which would you choose?

For me, the Yamaha MP70N is looking like the winner manly for what they are offering. However, two concerns with Yamaha pianos of that age are the spring lops and the bass string going dull, but the 3-year guarantee is a plus. As to the electronics I have many older Yamaha pianos with silent systems...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Aug 2019, 18:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2824

Re: Which would you choose?

When you are dealing with second-hand pianos it is all down how it has been looked after. What guarantee will the dealer give you on both parts?

if buying private get a local tuner to look at it for you

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Aug 2019, 16:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2824

Re: Which would you choose?

I do like the sound of Kawai pianos mid and top treble over Yamaha. Also, the actions are a tad more responsive.

Sorry, I read your post wrong I was thinking of the P122, not the p112 so the base will much the same

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
15 Aug 2019, 19:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2824

Re: Which would you choose?

The Yamaha P112N better Bass

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
11 Aug 2019, 22:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Minor maintenance
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Minor maintenance

chrisw wrote:
11 Aug 2019, 18:34
Thanks Barrie,
You may also be interested to know that our recent piano group meeting was very successful and there seemed to be no issues with respect to the maintenance you are currently conducting on that piano.
Still waiting for the new strings

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
11 Aug 2019, 15:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Minor maintenance
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Minor maintenance

On a Kemble upright not too much of a challenge keep them in order on the floor. I would spray the friction points with Proteck while the keys are out.

However, you will find that the keys will not be as level after you put them back in don't vac the felt pads up :-(

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
31 Jul 2019, 19:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Boyd Upright Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Re: Boyd Upright Piano

its a straight strung over damper piano c1900 to 20, very little resale value. Trade will ask you for money to take it away.
If the piano is up on concert pitch that will add value. You then may get £0 to £175 on eBay November to Jan is the best time to sell a piano in the UK.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
13 Jul 2019, 23:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Are Bluthner strings really known to be problematic?
Replies: 4
Views: 1308

Re: Are Bluthner strings really known to be problematic?

Yes, I haven't been able to track it down, but, judging from the "prizes" sticker on the soundboard, I'm guessing it's from the 1920s. Give them the serial number and they will date it for you I've got a bit more guessing to do, this time about your reply. "BS" is "British Standard"? Breaking Strai...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Jul 2019, 20:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Are Bluthner strings really known to be problematic?
Replies: 4
Views: 1308

Re: Are Bluthner strings really known to be problematic?

Yes, Bluthner strings can be a pain manly Bluthners that were made in former East Germany scaling is very close to the BS. But a new string should come up. He/she may have to tell the string maker to make the string a tad thinner so they will come up However, all 4 will need to be changed or they wi...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Jul 2019, 19:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha c109(B1)
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Yamaha c109(B1)

I believe that the two tuners that wherein SH have now retired. There is not that many in Liverpool as well. Have you considered becoming a student member of IMIT and the PTA. You then can go to the training conventions also, F&N put them on as well. Open an account with F&N, the last one was hammer...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Jul 2019, 21:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha c109(B1)
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Yamaha c109(B1)

St. Helens is My Home town not lived there since the 70s

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
10 Jul 2019, 18:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha c109(B1)
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Yamaha c109(B1)

Well done on coming to the end of your RP course are you based in the UK? First of all, the Yamaha C109 and the B1 are different pianos the C109 was made in China. The B1 is manufactured in Indonesia. You may have to get a new part from Yamaha or look to see if there is an airline crack in the brack...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Jul 2019, 00:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Monington & Weston
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Monington & Weston

yes, parts for Herrburger Books action are available. However, I would consider getting a tuner to have a look at it first. Not just the action but the tuning pins as well

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
06 Jul 2019, 21:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Monington & Weston
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Monington & Weston

Roller action is the best type of action if not worn or poorly regulated. Are you sure they did not say it was a none roller action? As to the piano in a conservatory, not a good idea you will need a piano lifesaver if it is north facing - if the conservatory is a south facing one you will kill the ...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Jun 2019, 21:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice needed: C.Bechstein restoration project
Replies: 1
Views: 1219

Re: Advice needed: C.Bechstein restoration project

Not seen the piano but that price seems low to me more like £15,000 for a full rebuild.

As to what the piano is worth when done! that the wrong approach to restoring. However, if it is done well, it will be cheaper than buying a new one.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
24 May 2019, 10:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Spelling mistake in the Menu Section
Replies: 1
Views: 1149

Re: Spelling mistake in the Menu Section

Thanks Sorted

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
06 May 2019, 17:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on second hand piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1510

Re: Advice on second hand piano

If the Kemble is 1970's, it may now have issues. As to the Essenfelder (probably made in, Chiner, not Germany) if in good condition it may be better than the Kemble. Taller piano better Bass also 88 note over 85 compared with the classic. As chrisw said "get a tuner to look at it for you " Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 May 2019, 10:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Any tuners tuning Unequal Temperament?
Replies: 20
Views: 4204

Re: Any tuners tuning Unequal Temperament?

Sadly it's the worlds worse venue to get to on public transport and not so good by car if you are coming from North of London. You would get more response from tuners if you have it at one of the conventions. Or why not one of the training centers.

Good luck

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Apr 2019, 19:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 6ft 1925 Chappell available
Replies: 2
Views: 1631

Re: 6ft 1925 Chappell available

All the Chappel grand pianos I have tuned have had roller actions. Small Grands do tend to have a terrible change of tone at the break partially old ones.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Apr 2019, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on type of piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1647

Re: Advice on type of piano

Try to avoid pre 1990 pianos unless you are going to get a tuner to look at it for you or buying from a dealer who will guarantee it. Avoid all mini pianos, Kemble, Evestaf. As they are just passed it, Normal Kemble and Evestaff pianos are fine if you follow the 1990 rule as most mini piano where ma...
by Barrie Heaton
31 Mar 2019, 09:16
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: The inside-out-piano
Replies: 2
Views: 993

The inside-out-piano

Interesting music, I don't like the idea of musicians putting stuff on the bass strings it can make the copper covers come louse, steels re OK to a point but you can scratch the strings. A vertical grand piano is not a new idea , but I like the idea that it is easy to move. http://sarahnicolls.com/i...
by Barrie Heaton
25 Mar 2019, 18:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning pins stiff but slipping
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Re: Tuning pins stiff but slipping

I would agree on the Ibach older ones are very bad. The new Steingraeber is like the old Ibach very steep up to the pins. Older Stineway grand pianos can be interesting. Model V is a pain as well. Same as the Model 7,8, 9 Bechstein upright pianos, but for me its the old double agraffes Broadwood gra...
by Barrie Heaton
24 Mar 2019, 15:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning pins stiff but slipping
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Re: Tuning pins stiff but slipping

Possibly a drop of oil on the holes of the agraffes as the string goes through them might ease the passage of the string. But that's for jumpy strings rather than jumpy pins. DO NOT put oil on the agraffes it will make it worse over time. if you must put a lubricant on the agraffes use Teflon or gr...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Mar 2019, 16:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning pins stiff but slipping
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Re: Tuning pins stiff but slipping

Before you go down the route of CA glue Get a different tuner in Please.

FYI we use CA glue on pianos that are at the end of their life and restring is more than the piano's worth. Also, on Grand's care has to be taken as it can drip down on to the action.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
13 Mar 2019, 12:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning pins stiff but slipping
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Re: Tuning pins stiff but slipping

Drag is from the stud to the tuning pin the string travels over a red bearing pad if the friction at that point is too much when you turn the pin and stop. There is an equalization between the pin and the stud taking place as a tuner you must adjust for this. (some tuners are better at it than other...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Mar 2019, 22:10
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: I wrote my own piece! Critiques?
Replies: 5
Views: 1365

Re: I wrote my own piece! Critiques?

Nice I enjoyed it, would have been better if you had the piano tuned first. :piano; You can edit a post by clicking the edit button for the relevant post, sometimes for only a limited time after the post was made. If someone has already replied to the post, you will find a small piece of text output...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Mar 2019, 17:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning pins stiff but slipping
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Re: Tuning pins stiff but slipping

its drag, if the person who restored the piano made the bearing pads too thick it will add extra drag older S&S have a lot of drag at the best of times. You have to use the drag to help you tune.

Options

Restring or try a different tuner

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
12 Mar 2019, 00:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning pins stiff but slipping
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Re: Tuning pins stiff but slipping

The piano was built in 1898. It had a complete rebuild including restringing in 1997 so it's probable that it had oversize pins fitted although I've no way of knowing for sure. Until I spoke to our tuner this morning, the only issue I was aware of is that it doesn't stay in tune for long at all (ou...