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by Barrie Heaton
11 Jun 2020, 16:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a baby grand
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Buying a baby grand

Moutrie Pianos are made in China and are not very well made. Damon grands Were a lot better made however due to the age you need someone to check it over.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jun 2020, 15:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Ibach upright

yes, look at the bass string steel core. if it's round then not Hex but if its hex then you have Hexacore.

but it's no big deal if you have it is all down to what the piano sounds like

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jun 2020, 13:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Ibach upright

Hexacore were and are used to make life easier for the string maker as the strings stay wound longer. However, they do introduce falseness into the string. Most tuners carry a set of Hexacore strings as you can remove the copper to the required length.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
03 Jun 2020, 13:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Ibach upright

Yes, all three can do what you want, at a price. Paul Mildren use to do a lot of work for Jef S. Jef is more interested in his traction engine theses days he's going a bit like Fred Dibnah minus the flat cap. My self I am not tuning till July as I am happy but General public's confidence is not quit...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Jun 2020, 08:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Ibach upright

Have tryed Taylor Pianos Ltd

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
02 Jun 2020, 19:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Ibach upright

The piano needs to be pulled up to pitch, then a few tuning a month later to make it stable again. As to the action, if it not been tuned, it will not have been serviced. I good tec should sort it out, and you may have a gem

what part of the world do you live in

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
29 May 2020, 14:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Decontamination of piano keys
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Decontamination of piano keys

I would wipe the keys down at the start of the program then get the performers to sanitise their hands before playing. Make sure that the performer has let their hands dry before they perform, dripping alcohol wash on carpets and casework, may cause you some problems with bleaching and damage to flo...
by Barrie Heaton
29 May 2020, 11:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Decontamination of piano keys
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Decontamination of piano keys

You have to be careful with some of the commercial antiseptic wipes as they have alcohol and hydrogen peroxide which can damage the keys if used incorrectly Plastic can go soft ivory keys are porous and the alcohol can affect the glue underneath. CH Pianos has developed a wipe for safe use on piano ...
by Barrie Heaton
24 May 2020, 13:56
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: strings
Replies: 1
Views: 549

Re: strings

who would want to buy them?

they will only fit that model

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
08 May 2020, 15:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dawsons Music in Administration
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Re: Dawsons Music in Administration

Always better to keep the local shops in business whenever you can. I wish my wife would avoid Amazon.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
08 May 2020, 12:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dawsons Music in Administration
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Re: Dawsons Music in Administration

don't most folk buy music online now like sheetmusicdirect

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
07 May 2020, 22:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dawsons Music in Administration
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Re: Dawsons Music in Administration

Rimmers may buy Dawsons, But a lot of retailers are cutting on line prices to get sales. I can see a few more going and if we have a second wave that will hit the chains who don't own the shop. There are a few tuners who are looking at calling it a day manly ones in there 70s now that will be a prob...
by Barrie Heaton
07 May 2020, 16:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dawsons Music in Administration
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Dawsons Music in Administration

Dawsons Music in Administration Established in 1898, Warrington-Dawsons Music employs a workforce of about 75 people and has stores in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Leeds, Reading and Belfast. there is a possibility of a rescue package
by Barrie Heaton
25 Apr 2020, 20:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Young Chang vs Yamaha baby grand
Replies: 1
Views: 1463

Re: Young Chang vs Yamaha baby grand

Hi, markymark,

Be very careful with pre-1995 YC grand pianos as you get aluminium creep in the action brackets. it is very difficult to get replacements.

Other than that they are fine with the usual how well the piano has been looked after.

Keep safe

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Apr 2020, 13:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Silent
Replies: 3
Views: 1941

Re: Yamaha P121 Silent

The price of secondhand pianos is very subjective all depends on its condition, tone, and how well it's been tuned and your pocket. As to the touch yes there is a difference even on the new one, some people don't like it because the set-off and checking are altered on a 10-year-old piano if it hasn'...
by Barrie Heaton
02 Apr 2020, 13:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 3010

Re: Bentley Upright

Why not use Zoom the sound quality is not too bad from an iPad

From a tuners point of view.. some of my teacher clients are using distance learning. one told me she telling them to get the piano tuned when we get back to normal



Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
01 Apr 2020, 23:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 3010

Re: Bentley Upright

Try having it voiced down first - then that will give more time to look for a piano after we get back to normal

I am hoping we will be let out for a few weeks at the end of the month I have a huge backlog of work.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
30 Mar 2020, 13:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 3010

Re: Bentley Upright

The problem with the plastic flanges of the late 70s was not the flange; it was the wooden Butt that's the bit that failed. The floating centre was a great idea and still is, but the problem is the wooden Butt you need to come up one or two sizes of pin for the Butt to stop clicking and that type of...
by Barrie Heaton
30 Mar 2020, 09:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 3010

Re: Bentley Upright

Bentleys made the Richard Harley Action, the hammers were not that great, and the action from a regulating point of view was not that forgiving. After the fire Bentleys started to use the Langer 75, which was the same action that Kembels used in there pianos, but it was called Langer 80 same action....
by Barrie Heaton
29 Mar 2020, 17:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schneider 24 action
Replies: 3
Views: 1985

Re: Schneider 24 action

It's best to glue the Valium with animal glue and soften it first at the joint. https://www.fletcher-newman.co.uk use to sell it pre-cut to the correct width and thickness. When you come to glue it's better to glue one section 1st leave overnight, then waggle the vellum so the joint is supple. then ...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Jan 2020, 20:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Asnestos
Replies: 1
Views: 2294

Re: asbestos in pianos

Pianos don't have asbestos in them but old humidifiers did

see viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2933&p=10896&hilit=Asbestos#p10896

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Jan 2020, 16:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ludwig Meister / Dietmann
Replies: 3
Views: 6180

Re: Ludwig Meister / Dietmann

Like anything secondhand, it depends on the condition and if the buyer likes the 1930 style.

if the price is for insurance about 3K


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
24 Jan 2020, 21:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Kemble name
Replies: 3
Views: 2557

Re: Kemble name

yes it will but they have renewed the .co.uk one with me

intresting.....

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
23 Jan 2020, 17:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Kemble name
Replies: 3
Views: 2557

Re: Kemble name

But Yamaha has just renewed the domain Kemble-pianos .co.uk!

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
18 Jan 2020, 17:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking some advice
Replies: 6
Views: 3507

Re: Seeking some advice

Compared to the ones made in Japan, yes they were terrible and not as well made as to the ones made in Indonesia. At 25 years old, you will find that the bass strings will start to go, and the top treble was false as hell. A 10-year guarantee that helps if they are still around but you are paying mo...
by Barrie Heaton
18 Jan 2020, 10:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking some advice
Replies: 6
Views: 3507

Re: Seeking some advice

No, it is not a good price that Model was badly made in China. You can get a new Yamaha B1 for £2400 if you shop around, they are made in Indonesia and far better piano than the C110

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
23 Dec 2019, 17:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 1881

Re: Happy Christmas

And to you too All the best for 2020

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
01 Dec 2019, 20:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Conservatory advice
Replies: 3
Views: 3094

Re: Conservatory advice

The piano tends to get very cold in winter, so the humidity drops and the piano goes sharp. But its the humidity. In summer, that can make the action seize up. Lifesaver can help in winter keeping the temp and humidity up, But in summer it all depends if it is like a greenhouse in there. You local t...
by Barrie Heaton
01 Dec 2019, 11:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Conservatory advice
Replies: 3
Views: 3094

Re: Conservatory advice

A lot depends on the piano and if the conservatory is south facing. I do tune pianos that are in the conservatory. Some have lifesavers fitted, and some don't. None are south facing, over time it will kill the piano if you don't provide a lifesaver. However, if the cost of the lifesaver is more than...
by Barrie Heaton
26 Nov 2019, 21:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Visitors to the UK Piano Page 11 million
Replies: 0
Views: 3549

Visitors to the UK Piano Page 11 million

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by Barrie Heaton
24 Nov 2019, 11:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1928 Aeolian Pianola Piano Pinning
Replies: 1
Views: 3198

Re: 1928 Aeolian Pianola Piano Pinning

While reaming the hols out will give you pin movement consistency. Unless it has 00 or 01 pins, you will make more problems for yourself or the tuner, pins too close. Rule of thumb is to come up two sizes. Are you keeping the strings or adding new strings Have you considered using Cyanoacrylates glu...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Nov 2019, 10:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Has anybody purchases from piano king?
Replies: 1
Views: 2804

Re: Has anybody purchases from piano king?

Sorry, to hear that. Did you get your money back? The website has had 3 moves in 3 years Dates 1,249 days old Created on 2016-06-15 Expires on 2020-06-15 Updated on 2019-08-19 The golden rule, if there is no physical address on the website to visit, be very sceptical. Did you visit the shop or Whous...
by Barrie Heaton
06 Nov 2019, 20:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano for a School
Replies: 2
Views: 3191

Re: Piano for a School

you can try the local primary schools many of them are getting rid of perfacly good pianos as they dont use them in asembly now

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Nov 2019, 17:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner upright piano move
Replies: 6
Views: 4038

Re: Bluthner upright piano move

it will be the stairs if you did it by emails try ringing and ask if they will consider it as a job at there convenience may take a tad longer to get it.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Nov 2019, 21:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner upright piano move
Replies: 6
Views: 4038

Re: Bluthner upright piano move

you need a big shipper who ships up and down the UK and has the kit for stairs


Piano Logistics
G&R Removals
Butler Smith Specialist Carriers Ltd

if you go to the links on the left to piano removal you can email them directly for there

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
02 Nov 2019, 23:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 Technics Silent System help
Replies: 4
Views: 3662

Re: Yamaha U1 Technics Silent System help

Here’s another strange thing though, in acoustic mode, the upper keys don’t play at all if pressed softly, however, the slightest touch on lower registers produces lovely sound....the opposite problem of what I’m having with silent mode!! As its a retrofitted one, the set-off may have been set too ...
by Barrie Heaton
02 Nov 2019, 14:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 Technics Silent System help
Replies: 4
Views: 3662

Re: Yamaha U1 Technics Silent System help

it could be... The slap rail needs adjustment. The prolong pick up unit in the bass is set to low I would say more like the first. Lift the lid and look at the travel of the hammers in the treble, then the base when the silent system is engaged. See if it is stopping the hammers the same amount from...
by Barrie Heaton
24 Oct 2019, 19:09
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Link between a cruise ship and piano museum
Replies: 1
Views: 3401

Re: Link between a cruise ship and piano museum

Good luck keeping the old pianos in tune on a ship hard work with modern ones. P&O do music cruses around the med they bring on extra pianos and a full-time tuner, but its a 6-month contract for 7 days week. Martin Locke did it a few years back took his wife and kid with him as you are treated as gu...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Oct 2019, 19:44
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison
Replies: 5
Views: 4597

Re: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison

There is a lot of works being done on actions Steingraber are working with Renner on a new upright action now the deal with Yamaha is coming to an end.

Grands are always been tweaked

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
23 Oct 2019, 19:38
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison
Replies: 5
Views: 4597

Re: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison

They are at the optimal length, most makes, make use of the none speaking length, except Bluthner who use aliquot as well. The problem with the none speaking length on some makes you get bad bleed through. I have seen Model D's look like they have cut them selfs shaving with all the bits of red felt...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Oct 2019, 17:38
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison
Replies: 5
Views: 4597

Re: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison

The only way to get an accurate comparison of the playing would be to use a mechanical player. Since he was also reviewing the touch, he needed to play it. But you have the other significant variable the tuning, the Bluthner had more unisons out in the mid-range and did the tuner tune the aliquot sh...
by Barrie Heaton
19 Oct 2019, 16:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Could this be mould?
Replies: 1
Views: 3962

Re: Could this be mould?

They look quite clean compared to other pianos I have to work on. Mould is quite common in older pianos T-tree oil or Hydroperoxide will get rid of it. A big problem with model 8s are the tuning pins you need them looking at

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Oct 2019, 14:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Simplex problem
Replies: 2
Views: 4615

Re: Simplex problem

it could be that the rep spring has gone weak; however, it is more likely that the centre has gone stiff. You can try turning the grub screw set it too much, and the hammer will bounce, and you do run the risk of the cord breaking. CPL with a small brush will sort a sluggish centre https://www.fletc...
by Barrie Heaton
14 Oct 2019, 15:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 14
Views: 7406

Re: Fazer acoustic

Beardywierdy wrote:
13 Oct 2019, 21:33

She went in to get me a better digital keyboard and came out with a piano
A Good salesperson then. Normally its the other way round

Bsrrie
by Barrie Heaton
13 Oct 2019, 18:05
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: [DNEplayer] My recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 4008

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: 14
Views: 7406

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: 14
Views: 7406

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: 14
Views: 7406

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...