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by piano heads
29 Apr 2013, 20:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gors & Kallmann/Weber
Replies: 3
Views: 3731

Re: Gors & Kallmann/Weber

Hi,there's Reids in Bromley in Kent they carry a decent stock of acoustic pianos.
by piano heads
05 Jun 2011, 11:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore shine to ivory keys?
Replies: 35
Views: 54089

Re: Restore shine to ivory keys?

For a proper job contact a piano workshop who have a mounted buff wheel.Light sand with grade zero garnet sandpaper depending on scores and how yellow keys are,and shine up using soap on buff wheel.For a quick job mild solution of sodium hydroxide on a cloth,always better to remove keys to do this.
by piano heads
05 May 2011, 14:31
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Knight piano numbers
Replies: 8
Views: 7947

Re: Knight piano numbers

Did Knight not use the name Autobach in South Africa as i met a fellow a few years back orginally from Edinburgh who ran the factory in the seventies.
by piano heads
04 May 2011, 16:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: More Help Please !
Replies: 27
Views: 15769

Re: More Help Please !

Family looking to relocate to South Florida when son completes studies here,trade does lack a few personalities as does this forum,must be the like pulling teeth in the trade at the moment.Hope you and your family/business manage to thrive.
by piano heads
04 May 2011, 07:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: More Help Please !
Replies: 27
Views: 15769

Re: More Help Please !

Taxi business always booming,other companies sold up and still doing a bit of dabbling in piano tuning,repairs and sales been offered job in the U.S piano related so having some time out.
by piano heads
03 May 2011, 11:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: More Help Please !
Replies: 27
Views: 15769

Re: More Help Please !

hammer man wrote:You would have also seen KK drinking all their beer! :D
There was me thinking he liked an iced cold coke. :idea:
by piano heads
28 Apr 2011, 16:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Grand <£15000 ideas???
Replies: 27
Views: 17228

Re: New Grand <£15000 ideas???

Surely Boston are just overpriced Kawai in disguise?? You'd get a better Kawai for the same money than Boston. Should phone Steinway and they will be able to enlighten you to the subtle differences in materials used in production.The reason Kawai pianos have improved over the last number of years i...
by piano heads
28 Apr 2011, 16:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Grand <£15000 ideas???
Replies: 27
Views: 17228

Re: New Grand <£15000 ideas???

Would look at the Boston range designed by Steinway and find the dealer nearest to you,usually find they are the most reputable company and have a history of piano excellence and after sales-service or Steinway would not appoint them as agents for their superior instruments.Used Yamaha market to con...
by piano heads
27 Apr 2011, 17:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cost of a new Renner grand action with Dampers etc?
Replies: 10
Views: 10696

Re: Cost of a new Renner grand action with Dampers etc?

There are other options available if you want to contact me PM be willing to offer some advice get more info, looks like the piano has been refurbished.
by piano heads
05 Apr 2011, 23:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: J. Strohmenger & Sons London???
Replies: 5
Views: 6814

Re: J. Strohmenger & Sons London???

Hi, We have a J.Strohmenger & Sons London Piano yet we know little about it and would like to know whether anyone here would know anything as to its value? Its condition is`nt great, could use some TLC but does seem to play ok apart from 3 or 4 keys dont work but could be repaired i think. Any help...
by piano heads
05 Apr 2011, 16:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: advice what TO BUY:Yamaha UX-3 ,Yamaha W102 or ESSExeup123
Replies: 13
Views: 11836

Re: advice what TO BUY:Yamaha UX-3 ,Yamaha W102 or ESSExeup1

As mentioned previously buy the Essex as its new comes with 10 year warranty,peace of mind and the dealer must have a excellent reputation if Steinway have appointed them to represent them in your area.Too many ifs and buts buying used Yamaha pianos stay clear.
by piano heads
04 Apr 2011, 18:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

No profit no business,plenty of overheads in Piano Industry some sales you make less some you make plenty my moto was "new for show secondhand for dough"one of the reasons i retired was did not want to be a bean-counter for black shiny pianos new or used.
by piano heads
04 Apr 2011, 18:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos
Replies: 26
Views: 21706

Re: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos

I agree it would be nice if there were more manufacturers in the "very sought after" bracket currently occupied by Yamaha and Steinway. Doctors go for the Steinways, families go for the Yamahas. Everyone else gets confused and buys an Eavestaff Minipiano Pianette from ebay http://archive.dojotoolki...
by piano heads
04 Apr 2011, 11:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos
Replies: 26
Views: 21706

Re: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos

I agree it's better to have sensible prices from the start rather than over-inflating the RRP just so you can offer a big discount. But nothing to do with the quality of the piano, it's just business and marketing. Thanks for that,every business does the same fortunately the Piano Industry is not a...
by piano heads
04 Apr 2011, 10:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

How much profit do you make on a used U1 or U3 or grand piano if you are working for less than a £1000 clear you would be as well shutting up shop today as there has not been the same volume of these sales over the past 3 years.If you want some free business advice you can contact me privately no ch...
by piano heads
04 Apr 2011, 10:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

I detect some jealousy here,if the big Manchester shop has repolished,tuned,regulated and is offering a 5 year warranty with piano so be it.Some dealers are able to offer a complete piano service,sales/tuning/action rebuilding/restringing/ cabinet repairing/inhouse removals etc so a Bentley at £1200...
by piano heads
02 Apr 2011, 16:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 31802

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

You can also get a load of c**p on ebay. When a customer come to me wanting to get rid of a grotty piano I advise them we charge £150 to collect and destroy. Most tell me they will put them on ebay. These are pianos with major problems I have advised be broken up. Most of these are 50-120 years old...
by piano heads
02 Apr 2011, 13:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 31802

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

I hope you are not alluding to me being a "scrounger" piano heads- for your information my job is part time- 25 hours at minimum wage-I am a graduate and have taken a job far below my capabilities and qualifications so as to NOT be a "scrounger" (as you so elegantly put it) on benefits. You also kn...
by piano heads
02 Apr 2011, 02:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 31802

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

I'm not prepared to do it via PM or email. I want to keep it in a forum setting because that way it is loads of fun, other folk can chip in and it helps build community spirit within the piano playing/trading/moving/tuning community. Are you removed from reality the piano business is a business to m...
by piano heads
02 Apr 2011, 02:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 31802

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

I'm not prepared to do it via PM or email. I want to keep it in a forum setting because that way it is loads of fun, other folk can chip in and it helps build community spirit within the piano playing/trading/moving/tuning community. Are you removed from reality the piano business is a business to m...
by piano heads
02 Apr 2011, 01:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

dancarney wrote:piano heads,

I believe your last post was intended to be a question. If you have a pertinent point to make, please do so with grammar. Without it, people won't even begin to take you seriously.
:oops:
by piano heads
02 Apr 2011, 01:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos
Replies: 26
Views: 21706

Re: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos

D.J.Smith wrote:The prices [less 40% discount] are all listed on the Hurstwood website.
Must be popular needing that sort of saving to shift them,is there are RRP or are the prices just plucked out of thin air?. :?
by piano heads
02 Apr 2011, 01:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: humidity and pianos
Replies: 9
Views: 8370

Re: humidity

Yes,phone Richard or Jeff as Hurstwood Farm pianos they should be able to answer query.
by piano heads
01 Apr 2011, 13:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

Firstly,thought the forum was a vehicle for general piano related advice not a platform for the public to come on and be offered a free piano,secondly the object again and this is my view promoting asking for money off a piano is okay with me but does not have to be broadcast via this medium as it ...
by piano heads
01 Apr 2011, 13:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

Shame,£4,500 was a good deal for that sort of quality no wonder it sold quickly if you see something else you can message me privately and get good honest piano advice without being subjected to the nonsense presented by one of the posters,who as no idea of piano values new or used, just waffles.
by piano heads
30 Mar 2011, 18:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 31802

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

dave brum wrote:
MarkGoodwinPianos wrote:I'm happy to repeat this process dozens of times for private individuals seeking a free working piano.
Are you any good at consoling piano-sceptic spouses also, Mark???
Rename the website THE U.K.PIANO GREAT GIVE-AWAY PAGE. :?:
by piano heads
30 Mar 2011, 17:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 114410

Re: Quality used upright advice

Thanks for info Robert,your post was one of the most genuine threads on the forum,and the etiquette you have shown should be a lesson to others.I am a semi retired piano-trader and use the name PIANO HEADS as am not looking to promote myself or website via this medium,hats off to you sir.
by piano heads
30 Mar 2011, 16:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help please !
Replies: 11
Views: 7738

Re: Help please !

Yes in that budget I'd snap up the kemble... but ask an idependent technician to wirte a detailed report about it before buying. Happy shopping :) In one thread the Kemble Prestige is too small at 118cm for "less than a grand"and should be buying a U1 which is 121cm at 3 times the price for better ...
by piano heads
30 Mar 2011, 16:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos
Replies: 26
Views: 21706

Re: some thoughts on phoenix/steingraeber-phoniex pianos

Yes do agree very robust statement,if you like it and its in your budget buy it,the comments are my opinion with over 30 years,tuning,repair and retail experience and travelling the world looking at new ideas and products who am i a mere comprehensive educated soul to argue with engineering gurus.
by piano heads
29 Mar 2011, 16:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: advice what TO BUY:Yamaha UX-3 ,Yamaha W102 or ESSExeup123
Replies: 13
Views: 11836

Re: advice what TO BUY:Yamaha UX-3 ,Yamaha W102 or ESSExeup1

Better to buy new, Essex pianos are Steinway designed and come with 10 year warranties from an appointed Steinway dealership,peace of mind,the Kawai range are excellent also,why would you buy a old Yamaha which has been heavily used in Asia and tarted up to be sold in Europe,you are buying the brand...
by piano heads
29 Mar 2011, 16:25
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Robinson / Schwander Herrburger Brooks
Replies: 5
Views: 4816

Re: Robinson / Schwander Herrburger Brooks

Very similar New Age.
by piano heads
29 Mar 2011, 16:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 114410

Re: Quality used upright advice

Hi Robert,where did you buy Grotrian-Steinweg got a client looking for a new quality German upright at a keen price?.
by piano heads
29 Mar 2011, 16:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help please !
Replies: 11
Views: 7738

Re: Help please !

Hi,of the 3 pianos you mentioned all in equal condition and regulated and tuned the Kemble Prestige is the better piano as it is a Yamaha in a hybrid case,the other 2 are Chinese and not as well constructed.The height of the piano should not sway your decision at the level of playing ability and bud...
by piano heads
28 Mar 2011, 17:29
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Robinson / Schwander Herrburger Brooks
Replies: 5
Views: 4816

Re: Robinson / Schwander Herrburger Brooks

Check name most likely Barratt and Robinson who took over Challen pianos in 1967 and they used to tropicalise pianos for the far eastern piano markets.
by piano heads
23 Mar 2011, 19:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

Firstly,thought the forum was a vehicle for general piano related advice not a platform for the public to come on and be offered a free piano,secondly the object again and this is my view promoting asking for money off a piano is okay with me but does not have to be broadcast via this medium as it i...
by piano heads
23 Mar 2011, 18:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: any idea of the phoenix piano in hurtswood farm?
Replies: 18
Views: 10859

Re: any idea of the phoenix piano in hurtswood farm?

Read New Age post and follow link.
by piano heads
23 Mar 2011, 18:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

Is that private sale at £4500 or a shop? If it's a shop turn up with £3800 in cash and see if they'll take it off you or say you'll shop around. If it's a private seller offer £4000 promising a quick sale. Take a piano tuner with you to inspect it though What a strange post from a retailer,seems to...
by piano heads
23 Mar 2011, 17:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: any idea of the phoenix piano in hurtswood farm?
Replies: 18
Views: 10859

Re: any idea of the phoenix piano in hurtswood farm?

Phoenix pianos would not touch with a barge pole.
by piano heads
23 Mar 2011, 17:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand Kawai GM 10
Replies: 32
Views: 17183

Re: Second hand Kawai GM 10

A bargain at £4,500 would go buy it asap,best baby grand around at its price point.
by piano heads
22 Mar 2011, 16:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pre-lubricating rusty string coils on old pianos ??
Replies: 4
Views: 5085

Re: Pre-lubricating rusty string coils on old pianos ??

Yet again listen to Mr Pierce,sound advice.
by piano heads
22 Mar 2011, 15:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 31802

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

Can i have a free piano too,if i was selling that piano would want between £7-900 tuned,regulated and case refinished offering a 5 year warranty.Is this a forum for piano topics or the Salvation Army springs to mind?.
by piano heads
15 Mar 2011, 17:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Boston Grand GPE 156
Replies: 2
Views: 3122

New Boston Grand GPE 156

Had heard through a friend of mine the improvements Steinway had made to their Boston range of pianos and was called to tune one the other day,it was their smallish grand and i was literally blown away by the overall performance both in the action response and tone for such a small grand,regards tun...
by piano heads
15 Mar 2011, 17:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: moving piano
Replies: 7
Views: 6030

Re: moving piano

Hi Jordan,did you get some quotes to move your piano?.What piano did you buy eventually?.
by piano heads
15 Mar 2011, 17:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 31802

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

Can i have a free piano too?.Beginning to think this is a charity site.
by piano heads
15 Mar 2011, 16:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 114410

Re: Quality used upright advice

Hi Robert,have you bought your piano yet?.
by piano heads
12 Mar 2011, 20:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: moving piano
Replies: 7
Views: 6030

Re: moving piano

Nasty?.
by piano heads
08 Jul 2010, 13:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New
Replies: 37
Views: 36608

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New

Seen a used Yamaha U3 also sold by the same retailer he charged £4000 and gave the customer a px on a Samick 118 off £2800 which was 20 years old and was delivered up a very tricky staircase aye was called to tune and inspect it as the client had bought the piano blind and we had sold him the Samick...
by piano heads
29 Aug 2009, 10:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: diapason and yamaha u2
Replies: 14
Views: 18550

Re: diapason and yamaha u2

Diapason have a good reputation as a middle of the road Japanese piano but as they were never seriously distributed in the UK it would be difficult to advise. Originally the Hamamatsu Piano Co and now made by Kawai is all I know. Most piano sales in the Phillipines are grey market pianos of which m...
by piano heads
23 Aug 2009, 13:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does silent system compromise upright action?
Replies: 8
Views: 12226

Re: Does silent system compromise upright action?

the reliability of the Yamaha systems which I have encountered has been superb, the only issue being failing LEDs in the sensor mechanism which are relatively cheap to replace.. Although I believe the Yamaha Silent is the best, it has to be treated with a little more care than a conventional piano....