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by Barrie Heaton
06 Nov 2019, 20:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano for a School
Replies: 2
Views: 163

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: 199

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: 199

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: 165

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: 165

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: 375

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: 484

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: 484

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: 484

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: 918

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: 1033

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: 1125

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: 2
Views: 720

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: 1125

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: 1125

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: 1125

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: 626

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: 4598

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: 1530

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: 747

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: 1940

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: 1530

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: 1530

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: 1530

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: 1530

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: 790

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: 790

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: 2965

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: 2965

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: 1619

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: 1619

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: 4598

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: 4598

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: 4598

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: 4598

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: 4598

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: 4598

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: 1575

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: 1575

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: 1869

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: 1963

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: 1963

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: 2110

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: 2110

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: 2110

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: 1991

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: 1991

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 ...