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by Barrie Heaton
15 Jun 2022, 19:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai-K3TX
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Kawai-K3TX

Have two clients who have the K3TX both of them absolutely love them, one does a lot of recording so needs the midi in and out, second, she found the touch a bit offputting at first, but she's now got used to it. As a comparison, you do need to try the K3 and the tx as the touch is different because...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Jun 2022, 18:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Let-off regulation questions
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Let-off regulation questions

Long time since I've had a cold and a head cold that I had to cancel today's tunings also, tomorrow's tunings. Unfortunately, I've got to prep a piano on Wednesday morning for a concert in Preston.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
13 Jun 2022, 12:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Let-off regulation questions
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Let-off regulation questions

This is what you need to look at https://www.fletcher-newman.co.uk/index.php?l=product_detail&p=258 Before you do the set-off, you should make sure that there is no lost motion, the depth of touch is correct at 9.5mm but as this is an old piano 10mm will work better. Unless you going to regulate...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Jun 2022, 20:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.

"You can now play the major triad G, C, E in the middle of the piano. You may notice how horrible it is - a revelation that for many is a lifetime first. Indeed people with a good musical ear who have never tried to tune a piano before may feel that they must have gone wrong because it sounds ...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Jun 2022, 18:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Broadwood barless grand
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: Broadwood barless grand

The while since I've worked on one, but if I remember rightly the key blocks are actually stuck to the key bed the whole thing comes out.

The key slip drops down allowing you to remove the keybed

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jun 2022, 09:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.

Not bad for your first attempt but it is out. Keep practising a better electronic tuning device would help you immensely.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
03 Jun 2022, 13:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.

But anyway, I have a chart showing frequencies for all notes for equal temperament, and today I'm going to try tuning the mid range to those frequencies using the app, just out of curiosity. If that doesn't sound good, I'll try doing it by counting beats. Tuning to theoretical pictures doesn't work...
by Barrie Heaton
02 Jun 2022, 08:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Worth of a Steinway & Sons Grand Piano?
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Worth of a Steinway & Sons Grand Piano?

You have no trouble selling it. Get the serial number and give Steinways a ring in London they will give you a ballpark figure then add 25%




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by Barrie Heaton
01 Jun 2022, 18:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: B. Squire baby grand
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: B. Squire baby grand

All dealers have to abide by trading standards and the piano has to be fit for its purpose. Fit for purpose means to be tuned to concert pitch and hold its tune for a reasonable period of time.

As to the tuner to seeing the piano the is normally only done on private sales.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
01 Jun 2022, 08:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: B. Squire baby grand
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: B. Squire baby grand

B. Squire, were not great Pianos when they were made, they have a single escapement playing mechanism so no advantage over an upright.

You need to take the tuner to look at secondhand pianos specially Pianos made in the 30s onwards as they can become a bit of a money pit.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
01 Jun 2022, 08:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.

I did a first tuning using the free PianoMeter app. I have some questions about that. Firstly, the app is said to work out the correct "stretch" by recording every note on the (slightly out of tune) piano. I don't understand how that works, with the piano being out of tune when the record...
by Barrie Heaton
26 Apr 2022, 15:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice and information
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Re: Advice and information

When it comes to secondhand pianos names are useless it's all depending on how the piano is being looked after and how much it's been played. I would contact the seller and find out who last tuned it call them see what they have to say. I'll get a local technician to nip round and look at it. Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Apr 2022, 09:53
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Camp & Co. History
Replies: 19
Views: 20577

Re: Camp & Co. History

My wife just inherited a Camp & Company upright piano with the serial number 4969. The piano tuner said it was from the '20's. We hare having the insides restored so it is playable. The outside is in fair condition. We were thinking of just cleaning and polishing it. Is the date correct? What i...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Apr 2022, 09:45
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Camp & Co. History
Replies: 19
Views: 20577

Re: Camp & Co. History

Bgcarter81 wrote: 17 Apr 2022, 00:47 My father in law has a Camp &Company upright. Just as other people on this thread, can’t find info. Serial number is not on piano. #14260 is under the top lid. # 406 is down in the piano.
14260 Dates the piano between 1885 and 1890
by Barrie Heaton
09 Apr 2022, 16:55
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Legion of honor Brinsmead Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: John Brinsmead Piano 86130

S/N 86130 is c1959 the company was taken over by Kemble's in 1967 a The Kemble name is now owned by Yamaha. As to the badge probably one of the awards they won. you could ask Bill at https://www.pianohistory.info/ or send him a PM from this site or buy the Book 5 London piano Makers https://www.pian...
by Barrie Heaton
09 Apr 2022, 08:58
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Brooklyn Piano, Paterson, Sons & Co Ltd, Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Brooklyn Piano, Paterson, Sons & Co Ltd, Edinburgh

The piano will be worth very little as to its age there is very little information about that make in the books see what has been posted in the past.
https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-foru ... s=Brooklyn
by Barrie Heaton
05 Apr 2022, 07:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: F Rubinstein (Berlin) upright mechanism question
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: F Rubinstein (Berlin) upright mechanism question

Unscrew it and put some washers behind it, then engage it will push the stack closer to the strings.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Apr 2022, 19:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: F Rubinstein (Berlin) upright mechanism question
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: F Rubinstein (Berlin) upright mechanism question

it's an over damper and the action has probably moved during the move so just needs to be seated but they are notoriously rubbish at dumping. When they are working at their best.

Wait a few weeks and get it tuned on your tuna will sort it out two minute job for them.



Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Apr 2022, 19:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: F. Rubinstein & Co. what age is my piano?
Replies: 11
Views: 15774

Re: F. Rubinstein & Co. what age is my piano?

The correct term is overdamped however in the United States a lot of tuners: call them birdcage Pianos.

As for the pedals not working, that's more likely that the pedals themselves just need adjusting.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
22 Mar 2022, 20:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kastner & Co Autopiano
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: Kastner & Co Autopiano

Was made between c1917 to 1921 and are incredibly expensive to restore I would go to http://www.pianola.co.uk and ask there

BTW the make is Ernest Kaps, the Kastner & Co is the Player mechanism.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
21 Mar 2022, 17:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wilh Steinmann upright
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: Wilh Steinmann upright

Looks a lot better now get it tuned and enjoy the piano.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Mar 2022, 01:23
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wilh Steinmann upright
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: Wilh Steinmann upright

with the veneer contact adhesive. But in this case, leave it a little bit wet so you can slide it in place then add pressure using masking tape. You won't make a perfect join you may have to get somebody who can do polyester repairs to fix the cracks. As to its age, it could be 1989 using the Zimmer...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Mar 2022, 08:43
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wilh Steinmann upright
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: Wilh Steinmann upright

My UK Google search using Wilh Steinmann did identify a number of stores that had sold these pianos. One suggested they were made at the Zimmermann factory in Leipzig. However are you sure it was made in Germany ? While the logo shape on the Steinmann does look like Zimmerman stile. From 1995 Zimme...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Mar 2022, 08:34
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wilh Steinmann upright
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Re: Wilh Steinmann upright

Wilh Steinmann Est c1965
The last entry in the Atlas was for 1976 sn 41500
Pianos were made by VEB Mobelkombinat Eisenbergi
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by Barrie Heaton
08 Mar 2022, 19:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Job LECTURER - PIANO TUNING & RESTORATION J
Replies: 0
Views: 457

Job LECTURER - PIANO TUNING & RESTORATION J

Job titleLECTURER - PIANO TUNING & RESTORATION Job referenceLC0299P Date posted07/03/2022 Application closing date21/03/2022 LocationNewark SalaryEarnings up to £33,923 pro rata per annum, with potential earnings up to *£35,993 pro rata per annum *subject to qualification criteria PackageBlank C...
by Barrie Heaton
01 Mar 2022, 23:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 1260

Re: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?

Reinforced Insulation Membrane - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aluminium-Vapour-Barrier-Fiberglass-Reinforced/dp/B08JGX8X81/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?adgrpid=52721007243&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIloGpsP6l9gIVTdPtCh1W_w8yEAAYAiAAEgKCy_D_BwE&hvadid=259022791344&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006530&hvnetw=g&hvqmt...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Feb 2022, 01:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 1260

Re: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?

The idea of the carpet the specially designed ones or the home-made one is to reflect heat back down, efficiency all depends on the size of the room if it's a very big room then the carpet will work if it's a small room sadly the carpets don't work well and you need a lifesaver. Woodwind and violins...
by Barrie Heaton
27 Feb 2022, 12:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 1260

Re: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?

The carpets are helpful, but you can make your own from an ordinary carpet with insulated reflective material underneath that will work just as effective. However, I would strongly recommend having a lifesaver fitted; all the clients I have who have had a carpet I've ended up putting in a lifesaver ...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Jan 2022, 10:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: is my old piano worth restoring ?
Replies: 4
Views: 955

Re: is my old piano worth restoring ?

If you're on a limited budget and the playing mechanism is not too bad spend some money there. A chemical solution can be used for the loose tuning pins, it's not as good as restringing but it works. The solution is a special type of superglue it's highly viscous and quite strong however you may nee...
by Barrie Heaton
22 Jan 2022, 17:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: is my old piano worth restoring ?
Replies: 4
Views: 955

Re: is my old piano worth restoring ?

As a rule of thumb, the restoration will be more than the value of a new piano, You are looking at three phases the case, the play mechanism, the strung back assembly. Complete restoration, of all three depending on who does it, will cost you anything from 5,000 to £12,000 for an old upright. As the...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Jan 2022, 23:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Church piano
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: Church piano

To work efficiently, you need it turned on all the time 24 seven in the winter months, particularly in the church.

Also, the piano tuner may need to ease the keys to the church's environment. Modern pianos are designed for central heating and don't do well in damp places.


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by Barrie Heaton
16 Jan 2022, 19:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Church piano
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: Church piano

It's not a humidifier it's a dehumidifier you need. This is the best one you can get because it has a control unit and won't overheat the piano you need to leave it plugged in all the time. https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-accessories-shop/piano/damp-chaser-heater-38-watt-with-control-unit-94.html...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jan 2022, 10:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rescued piano, case restoring, and storage
Replies: 1
Views: 548

Re: Rescued piano, case restoring, and storage

There are very few companies that will store a Grand Pianos on their feet, if it's more than a year then it can be a problem, the pressure on the veneer on the bass end of the piano and the hammers may move offline from the strings because of the downward force of gravity. To the skipping notes that...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Dec 2021, 17:36
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Research for book- JB Cramer ship's piano
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: Research for book- JB Cramer ship's piano

It's more like rosewood, hard to tell with those white scratches
by Barrie Heaton
28 Dec 2021, 17:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bosendorfer advice
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Bosendorfer advice

If you like period style Piano turned legs and anything but black Blüthner make a modern version may have some secondhand ones in your budget..

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
27 Dec 2021, 11:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bosendorfer advice
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Bosendorfer advice

She has nice turned legs, it is about circa 1850-ish also it will have the old Bosendorfer action. Well, the owner is offering you €100 to take it away that's how I would look at that piano. It's a potential Moneypit unless you're a collector, happy to spend a lot of money on it. Not a piano for a s...
by Barrie Heaton
20 Dec 2021, 22:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: SCHEIDMAYER und SOHNE KEYS
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: SCHEIDMAYER und SOHNE KEYS

3% Little and often it will soak into all the cracks and bleach them white but don't use a lot just a little each time.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Dec 2021, 00:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: SCHEIDMAYER und SOHNE KEYS
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: SCHEIDMAYER und SOHNE KEYS

They look like Bakelite to me hydrogen peroxide little and often should make them white again.
by Barrie Heaton
12 Nov 2021, 17:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying used Samick upright
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

Re: Buying used Samick upright

For the smoke. You can put a very strong air freshener in the bottom of the piano and change it after a week for another very strong one that will get rid of the smell. They are quite a bright piano but when well-regulated play very nicely, find out from the client when it was last tuned and do they...
by Barrie Heaton
05 Nov 2021, 23:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie question: which piano to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 3316

Re: Newbie question: which piano to choose?

It all depends on what you define as an investment I was with clients the other day she bought a mahogany U3 for 3K in the 1980s and has sold it for 4.5K has had 30 years of use out of it I tuned the new grand.


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by Barrie Heaton
26 Oct 2021, 23:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: FT article on old Upright Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

Re: FT article on old Upright Piano

To Moni_now, Someone just tuning your piano would not ruin it. Unless they broke a lot of parts . Some Pianos are just too old to bring back without major rebuilding. Some would argue that rebuilding your piano the way you are planning the piano would not be the same as the original. There are a few...
by Barrie Heaton
26 Oct 2021, 23:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: FT article on old Upright Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

Re: FT article on old Upright Piano

to Hugh Bailey

Most tuners in the olden days were trained at the factory and went on block release to college.

Read this by Gill Green MA
https://www.piano-tuners.org/history/pi ... story.html
by Barrie Heaton
11 Oct 2021, 08:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie question: which piano to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 3316

Re: Newbie question: which piano to choose?

While I would agree you're not always sure who is going to be playing the piano more after a few months the duster or the children. Having said that, buying a newish U1 is a good long-term investment as they do tend to keep the value. Children do go back to it later on, if it's there in the corner o...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Oct 2021, 08:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 6
Views: 2660

Re: New piano advice

Nice one, now don't forget you need to have it tuned at least four weeks after it's been installed in your house. Then, tune it in three months and four months then every six months until the piano settles down. It's very important that the piano is tuned at least three times in its first year that ...
by Barrie Heaton
05 Oct 2021, 19:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Identifying kemble piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Re: Identifying kemble piano

The serial number will tell us the date of manufacture but not the model

We may be able to tell you with a photo of the front and side.


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by Barrie Heaton
30 Sep 2021, 17:46
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Practice rooms in Merseyside
Replies: 3
Views: 2357

Re: Practice rooms in Merseyside

Salvation Army in Liverpool have a grand piano and they do rent out the room for individuals or groups .
by Barrie Heaton
28 Sep 2021, 14:53
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Practice rooms in Merseyside
Replies: 3
Views: 2357

Re: Practice rooms in Merseyside

Salvation Army in Liverpool has a piano not sure what it is but I do know they have one.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Sep 2021, 19:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dehumidifier
Replies: 2
Views: 1195

Re: Dehumidifier

I use an Ebac dehumidifier have one in my workshop been running 24/7 for the last 5 years had one before that lasted for 15 years Would strongly recommend not putting it too close to the piano put it closer to the kitchen. Having it too close to the piano code and will dry out the soundboard first. ...
by Barrie Heaton
22 Sep 2021, 17:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Source of upright tuning mutes?
Replies: 5
Views: 2840

Re: Source of upright tuning mutes?

If you do buy a paps wedge don't buy the blue ones they are made from plastic and don't last five minutes by the nylon ones there an off-white colour.


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