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by Barrie Heaton
23 Nov 2020, 16:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Help finding Serial number - Kemble Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: Help finding Serial number - Kemble Piano

Bill Kibby wrote:
23 Nov 2020, 14:19
Where did you see all this detail Barrie? I only see 2 copies of a photo of the outside.
in his dropbox account, the link is in the first post
by Barrie Heaton
23 Nov 2020, 13:21
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Help finding Serial number - Kemble Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: Help finding Serial number - Kemble Piano

it's a pre-1980s Kembel it has a Schwander action and looks like the hammer felt has come away on at least one hammer Also, has been attacked by moths.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
15 Nov 2020, 20:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Tuning Training
Replies: 0
Views: 408

Piano Tuning Training

The Piano Technology School offers an intensive introduction to Piano Technology. Designed for anyone looking for a career as a piano tuner, this course provides a professionally driven curriculum, teaching relevant practical skills; Piano tuning by ear, on the road running repairs and maintenance, ...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Oct 2020, 21:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 2000 RX2 vs 1984 G2
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: 2000 RX2 vs 1984 G2

At the end of the day it's the Touch and tone which matters the most.

While on paper the RX2 is a better buy but will the G2 give you more pleasure.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Oct 2020, 23:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

as chrisw if it ticks your boxes then go for it

What I tell my customers is go back take three bits of music one you love playing, one you find technically difficult and one you hate. If all them three pieces sound wonderful on the piano then that's the one you.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Oct 2020, 16:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please. Kawai BL-12 vs Yamaha U1
Replies: 2
Views: 761

Re: Advice please. Kawai BL-12 vs Yamaha U1

Both are good makes and models of the time. However, I would be concerned about the U1 being down a semitone and you said that some notes were not sounding the same note that may mean that some of the tuning pins are lose if they are not lose it will take a few tunings to stabilise the piano. As to ...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Oct 2020, 21:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Chappell vs. Godfrey - a beginners piano advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: Chappell vs. Godfrey - a beginners piano advice please

Depending on where you live
Removals can run from £85 to £200 for a straightforward local move with no problems.

Tuning at the pitch its at can run from £65 to £125 with no repairs again depending where you live.

I would find out what your local tuner charges for an inspection

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
11 Oct 2020, 17:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Chappell vs. Godfrey - a beginners piano advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: Chappell vs. Godfrey - a beginners piano advice please

While on paper the chapel would be a better buy. However, like anything secondhand it's how it's been treated and looked after. I would ask the sellers who tune the piano last and try to contact the piano tuner to find out something about the piano. Because the removal costs could be quite steep and...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Oct 2020, 14:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

Ah. Ive met Rita at Park Pianos, quite a nice selection of pianos. I am planning to go there over the next coming weeks as well. Barrie, would you say the concern of it being on the shopfloor for 7 years not be an issue? I do find its more a psychological thing knowing i can get a 2020 model for ab...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Oct 2020, 11:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

Are you aware of the Yamaha dealership in north Manchester, Musicbox pianos in Bury Old Road ? They seem to be able to get new Yamaha stock at present according to a friend who is expecting delivery of a new upright in the next couple of weeks. The music box is no longer trading Bury Old Road his d...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Oct 2020, 23:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

I have quite a few clients that only have their pianos tunes once a year or even in some cases every two years. I also have clients that have them tuned every 12 weeks or 4 times a year. The new silent systems are quite amazing however, the set-off has to be taken back to 5 mm which does make the pi...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Oct 2020, 16:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

the k500 and K600 are very nice but like all pianos, you need to play them and a few if posable. You asked about the U3 v Yus3. The YUS3 has better hammer felt (which helps if you want to take the piano down to Bluthner level of tone) a better scale which helps in the mid-range change over to the Ba...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Oct 2020, 10:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

The piano makes fall into two categories handmade and production line. Hand made are pricey but good on grand pianos, but on uprights Hmm £££ for the name, the exception to this is Steingraeber they are good Steingraeber & Söhne Steinway Bosendorfer (now owned by Yamaha ) Bluthner Bechstein ( not as...
by Barrie Heaton
02 Oct 2020, 07:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

Size matters, you can have a 116 quality piano which will outperform a 122 middle of the road piano across the range. Schimmel 122 is a nice piano it voices well and the action can be tweaked. However, that is one brand you really do need to make a note of the serial number in the showroom. Over the...
by Barrie Heaton
01 Oct 2020, 20:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

Is it better to just play the pianos rather than get bogged down in piano technical specifics? Is it quite common for people to buy pianos and have them sound completely different in the showroom to their home? Thanks for the advice. It's always better to play the piano before you buy it. When buyi...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Sep 2020, 23:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

There are a lot of specs on duplex scaling and agraffes etc, do they really make a difference? Floating soundboards and tapered soundboards. if duplex scaling is set up correct its good but get it a tad out and it makes the top treble sound bad Agraffes again depends on the quality - I have worked ...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Sep 2020, 18:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 4551

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

I have worked on both YUS3 K800. I prefer the Yus3 top treble over the K800. but the K800 is far better in the mid-range and Bass The action on the K800 is lighter than the YUS3 and more responsive. Hamiltons in Preston have a K400 and K300 I was very impressed with the K400 with the longer keys. Th...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Sep 2020, 14:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dust removal tools
Replies: 4
Views: 1351

Re: Dust removal tools

The easiest way to keep the dust down on the soundboard is to get a damp tea cloth, roll it up and place it at the bottom left of the soundboard but not on the strings. Close the man lid, remove the music desk get your best hairdryer set it to cold and blow all the dust to the back will it will blow...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Sep 2020, 08:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 1938

Re: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms

yes it was and no horns, claps and whistles

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Sep 2020, 12:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Removal London - Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 1053

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: 1938

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

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
23 Aug 2020, 14:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 1938

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

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Aug 2020, 16:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano advice for self-taught
Replies: 7
Views: 2727

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: 3651

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

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
15 Aug 2020, 09:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19
Replies: 8
Views: 3651

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: 1089

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: 2773

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: 2773

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: 2773

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: 1790

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

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
11 Jun 2020, 16:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a baby grand
Replies: 1
Views: 1840

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: 4648

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: 4648

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: 4648

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: 4648

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: 4648

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: 2989

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: 2989

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: 1538

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: 4626

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: 4626

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: 4626

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: 4626

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: 3132

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: 4175

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: 7261

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: 7261

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: 7261

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: 7261

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: 4088

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 ...