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by Barrie Heaton
13 Sep 2020, 08:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms

yes it was and no horns, claps and whistles

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by Barrie Heaton
04 Sep 2020, 12:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Removal London - Advice
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: Piano Removal London - Advice

I few companies went bust over lockdown, house moves have jumped over the last few weeks so most are overloaded with work.

Have you gone through the list on our site
https://www.piano-tuners.org/category/piano-removals/
by Barrie Heaton
24 Aug 2020, 09:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms

The conductor says some of the words are.....( PC gone mad). This would b a good time to drop it, no audience.

it's the Flags that bug me at concerts

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by Barrie Heaton
23 Aug 2020, 14:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms

The BBC is to To Axe Rule Britannia & Land Of Hope & Glory From The Proms Next Month its rediculous

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by Barrie Heaton
17 Aug 2020, 16:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano advice for self-taught
Replies: 7
Views: 780

Re: Piano advice for self-taught

if its proper weighted keys in a digital piano you want, then go for Yamaha Avant Grand N2.

However, if it was me I would go for the Kawai K400 Upright if space is a problem similar footprint to digital

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Aug 2020, 12:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19
Replies: 8
Views: 1657

Re: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19

Yes, for the last 5 weeks but on reduced hours 3 to 4 tuning a day instead of 4 to 5 but we are getting last-minute cancellations due to the lurge

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by Barrie Heaton
15 Aug 2020, 09:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19
Replies: 8
Views: 1657

Re: Cleaning Piano Keys

This is Good stuff I use it https://www.konig-uk.co.uk/each-k14-surface-sanitising-spray-250ml Provides up to 14 days protection on non-porous surfaces Kills More Germ Types Unlike alcohol surface cleaner K14 is independently proven effective against Clostridium difficile and Norovirus as well as 99...
by Barrie Heaton
14 Aug 2020, 17:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brinsmead baby grand piano
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: Brinsmead baby grand piano

Age late c1935

As to it value anything from pay us to take it away, to £2k .... it's very difficult without looking at the piano,

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
23 Jul 2020, 07:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano has unpleasant harmonics, is there anything I can do?
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: My piano has unpleasant harmonics, is there anything I can do?

if the tuner was using an ETD they may need to adjust the stretch also, ETD is don't handle old bass strings very well they're better done by ear. Have you used the tuner before? if you are going to change, call some local music teachers to see who they use. The problem could be mismatched bass stri...
by Barrie Heaton
22 Jul 2020, 07:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano has unpleasant harmonics, is there anything I can do?
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: My piano has unpleasant harmonics, is there anything I can do?

when you play single notes some of the Bass string are a bit false and the unison is just out on some notes.

on the cords, it shows up, possibly a bad scale did the tuner use an electronic tuning device or by ear.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jul 2020, 18:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano has unpleasant harmonics, is there anything I can do?
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: My piano has unpleasant harmonics, is there anything I can do?

Any chance of a sound file with the overtones

Sound like damper bleed but this type of problem is difficult when you are not in the room.

is it just on certain notes like all the "C"

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
08 Jul 2020, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: S Brooks & Sons Ltd
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: S Brooks & Sons Ltd

Both look like money pits Get your local tuner to look at them. or find out who tuned them last and ask the tuner if they are worth it

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by Barrie Heaton
11 Jun 2020, 16:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a baby grand
Replies: 1
Views: 972

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.

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by Barrie Heaton
04 Jun 2020, 15:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 2310

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: 2310

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.

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by Barrie Heaton
03 Jun 2020, 13:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 2310

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: 2310

Re: Ibach upright

Have tryed Taylor Pianos Ltd

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by Barrie Heaton
02 Jun 2020, 19:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach upright
Replies: 10
Views: 2310

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: 1787

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: 1787

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: 921

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: 2993

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: 2993

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: 2993

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: 2993

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: 2213

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: 2943

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: 4626

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: 4626

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.


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by Barrie Heaton
30 Mar 2020, 13:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 4626

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: 4626

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: 2878

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: 3023

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

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by Barrie Heaton
26 Jan 2020, 16:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ludwig Meister / Dietmann
Replies: 3
Views: 7139

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


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by Barrie Heaton
24 Jan 2020, 21:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Kemble name
Replies: 3
Views: 3230

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: 3230

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: 4853

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: 4853

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: 2348

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: 4025

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: 4025

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: 4031

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: 3869

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: 3468

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: 3997

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: 5205

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: 5205

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: 4619

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: 4619

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...