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by Barrie Heaton
30 Mar 2020, 13:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 5
Views: 109

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: 5
Views: 109

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: 216

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: 663

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: 4324

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: 1053

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: 1053

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: 1271

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: 1271

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: 626

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: 1281

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: 1281

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: 1211

Visitors to the UK Piano Page 11 million

Visitors to the UK Piano Page about 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: 1570

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: 1183

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: 1472

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: 1836

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: 1836

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: 1722

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: 1722

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: 2099

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: 2716

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: 2716

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: 2716

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: 2390

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: 2918

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: 4281

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: 2558

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: 4281

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: 4281

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: 4281

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: 1986

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: 10194

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: 4662

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: 2231

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: 3804

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: 4662

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: 4662

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: 4662

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: 4662

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: 2401

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: 2401

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: 6582

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: 6582

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: 3520

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: 3520

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: 10194

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...