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by Barrie Heaton
21 Jul 2021, 17:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: How many tuners are there in the UK survey
Replies: 0
Views: 252

How many tuners are there in the UK survey

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by Barrie Heaton
15 Jul 2021, 17:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Welmar 116 versus Feurich 115
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Welmar 116 versus Feurich 115

The big problem with Welmar in the 90s was quality it was a tad hit and miss they lost a lot of key workers in the mid-90s and in the late 90s, there was uncertainty in keeping a job as the factory was getting ready to move to Gloucester many best key workers did not want to move to the sticks. At t...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Jul 2021, 07:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Welmar 116 versus Feurich 115
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Welmar 116 versus Feurich 115

I have many 116 Welmar Pianos on my round and the vast majority have a wonderful mellow tone and in most cases, the bass strings are still quite sweet. However, they are getting a little long in the tooth and a few of them are beginning to lose the edge around the fifth Octave, and of course, the ac...
by Barrie Heaton
07 Jul 2021, 18:27
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bentley Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Bentley Piano

If you mean the Bentley history page on our site? It has images of the pianos that were in production when they ceased trading.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
02 May 2021, 09:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammers knocking, floating centres :/
Replies: 2
Views: 1096

Re: Hammers knocking, floating centres :/

While at the time, the floating centre seemed a good idea in the 70s. They are now proving problematic the actual floating centre itself is still fine; however, what you will find is the centre pin that goes through the wooden part of the butt is the part that is clicking. To fix this problem, you h...
by Barrie Heaton
25 Apr 2021, 13:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano problem
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: piano problem

The clicking sound is possibly glue on the cushion felt or a missing cushion felt or the Centre pin has moved out and is catching the next note that could cause the sluggishness as well. ProTech on the centre pain should solve the sluggish note if the centre pin has not come halfway out. BTW piano n...
by Barrie Heaton
25 Apr 2021, 10:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano problem
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: piano problem

a YouTube video will be better than attachment
by Barrie Heaton
16 Apr 2021, 07:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on Mignon piano
Replies: 1
Views: 941

Re: Advice on Mignon piano

It's very difficult to detect major faults on a piano just by Photos.

Your best bet is to pay a piano tuner to look at the piano first.
As a piano that age and in your country could have lots of issues with the bridges the soundboard and the action.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
15 Apr 2021, 19:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dampp-Chaser Installer
Replies: 1
Views: 488

Re: Dampp-Chaser Installer

The Midlands

West Midland Pianos
Hugh Craig
Redmarly, Glouc.GL19 3JU
Tel: 01531 650001

Vale Pianos field expert
Craig Lowe
Pershore. WR10 2JY
Tel: 01386 860419

Mr Chris Winter
Sleaford
Lincs. NG34 7DR
Tel: 01529 302037
by Barrie Heaton
11 Mar 2021, 19:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1367

Re: Buying Advice

K300 is made in both Japan and Indonesia but I believe the ones that are sold in the UK are made in Japan. Update from the horse's mouth the UK get them from both Japan and Indonesia but the technicians do prefer the Indonesian ones as there is less voicing as they tend to voice for the European mar...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Mar 2021, 00:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1367

Re: Buying Advice

K300 is a better piano its made in Japan
The B3 is made in Indonesia. and while a good piano it's not a patch on the K 300
if you want a Yamaha as good as the K300 you need to look at the U1

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
09 Mar 2021, 20:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Réglage Schwander
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Re: Réglage Schwander

Blow 47mm Dip 9.5 mm Sharp height 12mm Sharp dip 10mm Set off 3mm checking 15mm The above measurements are not finite as a lot of it depends on the age of the piano action. The key height from the lock rail will vary a model to model depending on how the keybed has been set up. Coup 47mm Plongeon 9,...
by Barrie Heaton
06 Mar 2021, 13:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spencer upright piano
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: Spencer upright piano

35013 = c1904 Even if the piano was in exceptionally good condition trade would ask you for money to take it away. If the piano is tuned to concert pitch and you put it on eBay you may get £100+ if you're lucky. AS chrisw has told you the best person to ask is your local tuner he or she may have a c...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Feb 2021, 12:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189

Nice one, that's the one I would've gone for. The history of the company is quite interesting They actually covered up the Steinveg bit on Pianos that went to America.

Enjoy your new piano when it comes are you part-exchanging the Kemble or selling it privately.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
14 Feb 2021, 00:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189

IMO Grotrian-Steinweg is far better than a Schlemiel, but the actions tend to be a little bit to a lot heavier than the Schimmel.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
12 Feb 2021, 20:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189

Are they in the same place or two different places, as a side to side comparison is always a nice thing to do when you can? If they're in private homes find out who the piano tuner was and asked them. 4K would get you a nice holiday when we can, but it's a judgement call whether the older one is wor...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Feb 2021, 15:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: Schimmel Grand C189 vs K189

On paper, the Schlemiel K189 is a better buy. However, all secondhand pianos quality depends on how they've been looked after and the environment they've been in.

While it's difficult in the present situation, If you can I would sit in front of both of them and get a history of them.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
08 Feb 2021, 17:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Forum makeover
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Re: Forum makeover

In general, forms are in decline since about 2015 as more move over to Facebook the forums heyday was around 2000 to 2015 before forums it was newsgroups and listserves in the 90s they are now mostly gone. Yahoo as now dropped its listserves. Facebook will die or dwindle off as the younger ones are ...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Feb 2021, 15:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like
Replies: 13
Views: 15006

Re: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like

All politicians are there to be ridiculed good and bad. Having said that, Trump deserves the peace prize more than Obama did and sadly Biden is undermining a lot of the good work that Trump did in the Middle East and with India. I also, do believe Joe Biden was taught maths by the same person who ta...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Feb 2021, 15:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Forum makeover
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Re: Forum makeover

I'm pleased you find it better. its also more Mobile and tablet friendly.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
07 Feb 2021, 11:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

I have a few Irmler on my rounds. the smaller uprights are okay Kawai are better the big ones some of them are nice for the price. The secondary makes by the big piano manufacturers have similar characteristics it's all down to how well they've been prepped. Some you sit in front of you think wow th...
by Barrie Heaton
06 Feb 2021, 17:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

Bluthner are having a lockdown sale. Blüthner Style IX grand £9K

Barie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Feb 2021, 12:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like
Replies: 13
Views: 15006

Re: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like

Now that he has left
the 1960s one
They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! or the " B" Side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gbvcEkuFFI
and jailhouse rock.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Feb 2021, 13:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Forum makeover
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Re: Forum makeover

I would love to get rid of the adverts. however, they are a necessary evil to keep the site going.

the pop-up ones are a big pain I will see if I can remote that part


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
03 Feb 2021, 18:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Forum makeover
Replies: 6
Views: 928

Forum makeover

We done a bit of a makeover hope you find it more user friendly

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
02 Feb 2021, 17:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

duplex scaling can be a blessing or pain Yamaha tends to get the scaling correct, sometimes Kawai gets it wrong on smaller grands Boston pianos can be very bad and very good. Some of the cheap and cheerful Chinese Pianos I wish they didn't bother it makes it difficult to get pure top trouble. A good...
by Barrie Heaton
02 Feb 2021, 09:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: B.Squire & Son Piano
Replies: 1
Views: 610

Re: B.Squire & Son Piano

Your local piano tuner is the best person to give you an evaluation of your piano, as an on-site inspection is required.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
02 Feb 2021, 09:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

They will be plated strings instead of polished strings and they come with their own problems, especially if the plating starts to come off it can make them false as hell. If you're in a very salty area and you have problems with rusty strings consider a string blanket they use them a lot on the eas...
by Barrie Heaton
02 Feb 2021, 09:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: String maker advice
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: String maker advice

I have used Parks not had any problems main reason I use them is the turnaround time for singles I've also use them for sets.

A lot of my colleagues who do more stringing than me prefer Barney.


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
25 Jan 2021, 13:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Table for a J.B. Cramer & Co Ship Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1023

Re: Table for a J.B. Cramer & Co Ship Piano

Interesting never seen one that sits on the table how do the pedals work if there are any.

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Jan 2021, 09:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Patching-up lacquer
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Re: Patching-up lacquer

You could put some masking tape over it however if it's polyester which it probably is, they will have to dig away at the underlying problem. If it's an impact bruise, say the size of 2p. Then you find actually the amount of polyester you have to remove is twice the size or more. Even under current ...
by Barrie Heaton
01 Jan 2021, 13:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy New Year 2021
Replies: 1
Views: 652

Happy New Year 2021

I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all a very healthy and prosperous 2021

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Dec 2020, 10:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawaii GX3 - tone quality problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Re: Kawaii GX3 - tone quality problem

The piano is two years old, and you've had it tuned quite a few times it's not uncommon for Pianos to start showing the signs of "metallic sound", "tinny", "harsh" whatever " The opposite of what. it sounded in the shop; basically, it's the hammers getting hard at ...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Dec 2020, 20:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice (please)
Replies: 2
Views: 1082

Re: Buying advice (please)

Very difficult to give opinions on secondhand pianos without seeing them. The older the pianos are the more irrelevant the make is, as there is so much that can be wrong with them when they that old there are exceptions. I would strongly advise you to get a local tuner to give them the once over. Ba...
by Barrie Heaton
13 Dec 2020, 09:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

On your paper template don't forget the piano stool. If you're happy to travel then consider piano auctions in London sadly due to the lurgy there are quite a few people who are selling there Pianos as they need the money. One of my customers got a very nice grand good price from Park Pianos in Bolt...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Dec 2020, 08:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Robert Westphal Berlin
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: Piano Robert Westphal Berlin

How much does it cost to do what?
by Barrie Heaton
05 Dec 2020, 18:09
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is their anything I can cost the bass string ends and coils with to strengthen and smarten up with
Replies: 1
Views: 2405

Re: Is their anything I can cost the bass string ends and coils with to strengthen and smarten up with

Strengthen no smart them up we do have coil cleaners basically they are high-pressure hose pipe cutting them to 40 mm stick them in the end of a drill and you just run up and down the tuning pin it cleans the coil

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
30 Nov 2020, 16:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Tier 3 Lancashire
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Tier 3 Lancashire

I tuned it a few weeks ago its now being to settle down. The captain was telling me they can't use the piano in case someone sings :? . Hopefully this time next year we will be looking at this is a distant sad memory in the UK. Sadly it will take a little bit longer for the rest of the world to get ...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Nov 2020, 20:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Tier 3 Lancashire
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Tier 3 Lancashire

Thanks for asking We are allowed to tune pianos in the lockdown, as it comes under service but I m about 40% down on turnover this year which is a lot better than most in the music and leisure industry who are really struggling. I do understand the countywide lockdown in the tier system as we had Bo...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Nov 2020, 16:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Help finding Serial number - Kemble Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 1706

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: 1706

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: 1975

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: 1587

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: 8566

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: 1875

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: 1930

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: 1930

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: 8566

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...