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by Peter Smith Pianos
16 Sep 2009, 12:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help an old piano
Replies: 10
Views: 4456

Re: Help an old piano

Piano would be better not to be repaired as in most cases water/flood damage is irrepairable,check house insurance to see if covered most policies are "new for old" or "like for like"the cost outweighs any point,better using insurance money to buy another instrument.
by Peter Smith Pianos
16 Sep 2009, 11:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help an old piano
Replies: 10
Views: 4456

Re: Help an old piano

Dear Piano Forum people I am a new subscriber to your interesting forum and I am hopping to find help to restore an old piano inherited by my sister. This piano belonged to our mother and she used to play classical music with exceptional talent and grace and now, after many years of service, this p...
by Peter Smith Pianos
26 Jul 2009, 12:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 42
Views: 12760

Re: Help needed please!

Blimey! This is the exact kind of shoite which has persuaded me to give the forum a wide berth for a while!! It's like something from a Marty Feldman sketch! PGx Be seeing you!! ;-) Think we be joining you,differences of opinions regarding makes,advice,discounters,and piano related topics fine,"bus...
by Peter Smith Pianos
24 Jul 2009, 15:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buzzzzz
Replies: 5
Views: 2366

Re: Buzzzzz

Buzzes can be hard to trace,would have your piano tuner check soft fall mechanism behind fallboard and tighten screws,had a couple and traced the noise to that part of the piano.
by Peter Smith Pianos
24 Jul 2009, 14:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 42
Views: 12760

Re: Help needed please!

You are more than welcome our main showrooms are situated at "Piano Warehouse" 60 Back Sneddon St Paisley PA3 2BY open 7 days,our feeder shop is 9 Canal St Paisley is not alway occupied and only stocks a small range of acoustic and digitals pianos.Hot coffee and tea available,and a balanced selectio...
by Peter Smith Pianos
23 Jul 2009, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121
Replies: 12
Views: 7630

Re: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121

Already heating up if you view other post,not the medium for this maybe should open an Agony Aunt forum.
by Peter Smith Pianos
23 Jul 2009, 19:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 42
Views: 12760

Re: Help needed please!

This a piano forum where topics of piano related business are discussed,argued and posters are free within reason to agree or disagree with the others point of views,not the place to attack the intergity of established well respected piano dealers whoever they may be.Hopefully the moderator will act...
by Peter Smith Pianos
23 Jul 2009, 15:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 42
Views: 12760

Re: Help needed please!

Why buy a new piano when a second hand piano is much better ...value...better made. Could even be a proper British piano ! Good luck ! :piano; In my experience, as a player, not a technician or salesperson, when I've tried two pianos of the same model, one is new and one is second hand, I have pref...
by Peter Smith Pianos
23 Jul 2009, 15:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10
Replies: 15
Views: 5323

Re: Knight K10

Like most things its personal choice,we have good expierence on the Knight pianos as we where agents for them for many years,again its my opinion the sixties and early seventies instruments are outstanding,my favourite modern piano both in sound and build quality,look at the frame,bridge thickness,g...
by Peter Smith Pianos
23 Jul 2009, 12:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121
Replies: 12
Views: 7630

Re: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121

In many years selling Yamaha we have never had to return piano to Milton Keynes due to any mechanical or design fault,also applies to other brands we retail.Never had to return or refund on used pianos either,if you sell the right instruments the rest takes care of itself,that why anti-chinese,one p...
by Peter Smith Pianos
23 Jul 2009, 12:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 6280

Re: My school teaching piano

Local councils are duty bound to purchase the best new piano they can afford the choice being Yamaha,Kawai and Kemble in the budget range,the bona-fide dealer supplys what the director of music requests,other areas go for some other brands but one thing is consistent they want Yamaha,the teachers,pu...
by Peter Smith Pianos
23 Jul 2009, 11:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121
Replies: 12
Views: 7630

Re: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121

Agree with most of the posters comments,but do find Yamaha P121 very bright in tone even after full prepp and they have a tendacy after year or two to regain brightness.Alway have to overtone them and "hard tune"before delivery so as they stay in tune.Regards used Yamaha U1 Barrie answered tread.Wor...
by Peter Smith Pianos
22 Jul 2009, 14:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135
Replies: 16
Views: 7922

Re: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135

There is no comparision the Yamaha is far better piano than the Petrof in all aspects of build quality,durability,action response etc.If 13k is the budget worth looking at Schimmel,and Grotrian-Steinweg,these are the pianos in the same range as an SU7 not Petrof,hope thats of some help.
by Peter Smith Pianos
22 Jul 2009, 13:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135
Replies: 16
Views: 7922

Re: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135

There is no comparision,would be interested to know the asking price of Petrof 135?.
by Peter Smith Pianos
22 Jul 2009, 12:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10
Replies: 15
Views: 5323

Re: Knight K10

Better with a Knight which has had domestic use,ones from the fifties to 1983,after which Bentley took over and quality was never the same,and marked the end of an era in British piano making.
by Peter Smith Pianos
22 Jul 2009, 12:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135
Replies: 16
Views: 7922

Re: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135

Yamaha SU7!!!
by Peter Smith Pianos
22 Jul 2009, 12:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway Model K
Replies: 3
Views: 1752

Re: Steinway Model K

Is the piano been sold by a specialist piano dealer or a general music shop?.Check strings,tuning pins and bridges if no rust a decent tuner should be able to raise pitch at quarterly intervals and a Steinway of that vintage if in good condition should not cause any problems.Get Gordon from Perth 01...
by Peter Smith Pianos
14 Jul 2009, 14:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinberg baby grand
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

Re: Steinberg baby grand

Get back on to person who offered £400 and take it before they change their mind.
by Peter Smith Pianos
14 Jul 2009, 12:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 42
Views: 12760

Re: Help needed please!

Yamaha and Kemble very similar in tone unless properly prepped,and model mentioned not in same league as a new Japanese U3 or U1.The Kawai K2 and K3 are softer more mellow in character and not as expensive as the previous brands and much better than the older used Kawais,its pays to shop around deal...
by Peter Smith Pianos
14 Jul 2009, 12:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Boyd upright piano - help!
Replies: 3
Views: 2683

Re: Boyd upright piano - help!

Do you have photos you can post,mostly likely an old piano which has had case modernised ,as for condition only your local reputable tuner can give an indication of value.
by Peter Smith Pianos
14 Jul 2009, 11:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: heineman upright
Replies: 6
Views: 3706

Re: heineman upright

If Young Chang is in mint condition that the value at £1900,watch for tubby strings in the bass register if they are okay seems a fair deal.
by Peter Smith Pianos
12 Jul 2009, 12:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann BG-150 grand
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Brodmann BG-150 grand

Have a Kawai RX-7 on display more than welcome to come in and play if down this way during summer break.
by Peter Smith Pianos
10 Jul 2009, 16:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann BG-150 grand
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Brodmann BG-150 grand

Its not the Yamaha for the players its the Kawai 90% of the time at this level of spend,when you go to Yamaha c-series amd Kawai rx-series very much down to the pianist preference,but at entry level the Kawai is superior in all aspects of tone,playability and tuning stability and action performance.
by Peter Smith Pianos
10 Jul 2009, 09:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann BG-150 grand
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Brodmann BG-150 grand

Perhaps the public should buy a piano on the basis that is it worth the money being charged rather than ooohh its got 40% discount!!!! It would be interesting to see the prices people would pay for pianos if you put a large group of brands in a room with no prices or names on them. Never heard of 4...
by Peter Smith Pianos
10 Jul 2009, 09:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 42
Views: 12760

Re: Help needed please!

Would be interesting to know the price of used Kawai and the age,the older ones tend to have bass string problems when tuning.
by Peter Smith Pianos
10 Jul 2009, 09:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mayell Piano Manfacturers
Replies: 10
Views: 7639

Re: Mayell Piano Manfacturers

We have a modern Antony Mayell piano in stock it is 35 years old and in very good condition,its basically a Kemble piano,all British parts and Schwander action,its a very nice looking and sounding piano with very little use,there are a few piano names out there that where not built by the main Engli...
by Peter Smith Pianos
09 Jul 2009, 16:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new or secondhand gors kallmann and steinmayer V Yamaha
Replies: 18
Views: 7560

Re: new or secondhand gors kallmann and steinmayer V Yamaha

Dont agree with the last 2 posting,its important to find out age of the piano especially used Yamahas as most are "grey imports" and there are huge vatiations on price and quality.The name on the fallboard and with any luck on the frame is a point of reference for the customer and well aware of the ...
by Peter Smith Pianos
09 Jul 2009, 14:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 6280

Re: My school teaching piano

If you break down cost of tuning,prepp and delivery and up to 6 months waiting time to get paid, and the profit margins invovled dont view it as business lost,more interested in supplying the right piano,never looked on school educational supply to make profit feel its more of a community sevice so ...
by Peter Smith Pianos
09 Jul 2009, 12:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann BG-150 grand
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Brodmann BG-150 grand

People associate brands with quality,and the piano trade is no exception people aspire to buy Steinways,Yamahas,Kawais,etc because they are proven products of quality and as well as dealers warranties they offer manufacturers warranties and excellent techs who back up what they sell,its not all bad.
by Peter Smith Pianos
09 Jul 2009, 12:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help needed please!
Replies: 42
Views: 12760

Re: Help needed please!

Would steer clear of ebay,would agree with vernon Kawai new at £3,149 is best value new piano in that price range,used Yamaha market full of "grey imports"better to go to established dealer.Bentley prices seem expensive,should be able to get better at that budget.
by Peter Smith Pianos
09 Jul 2009, 11:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pleyel Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 3273

Re: Pleyel Piano

If in full working order and only requires tuning fine,would not advise re-conditioning unless the cabinet is of historical importance.
by Peter Smith Pianos
09 Jul 2009, 11:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 6280

Re: My school teaching piano

Had a school asking for 10 Yamaha B2 pianos at the time Kemble where offering their pianos with the full school kit for the same money,advised the buying group this was a better option to which they replied "we dont need your advice you supply when and what we tell you"after which refused to renew c...
by Peter Smith Pianos
06 Jul 2009, 21:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann BG-150 grand
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Brodmann BG-150 grand

Not the responsible ones,all new pianos no matter the make should have retail price listings,Yamaha,Kawai,Kemble,Steinway & Sons etc have listing,impossible to find prices for the latest batch of chinese tat to hit these shores.
by Peter Smith Pianos
06 Jul 2009, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann BG-150 grand
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Brodmann BG-150 grand

That good info $18,000 which is roughly 11,300 sterling so why it only retailing at 7,900 sterling in U.K.are they having a sale or difficulties selling them,or is the retail price just picked out a hat.Would welcome the dealers or distrubutors of these pianos to inform us of what the proper prices ...
by Peter Smith Pianos
05 Jul 2009, 13:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new or secondhand gors kallmann and steinmayer V Yamaha
Replies: 18
Views: 7560

Re: new or secondhand gors kallmann and steinmayer V Yamaha

What the point of taking the serial number of piano if there is no reference point for the fallboard name,example lady phoned the other week with obscure name on fallboard wanting value to buy privately,after some research the name meant nothing but was Chinese built,and unable to date,so my questio...
by Peter Smith Pianos
05 Jul 2009, 13:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 6280

Re: My school teaching piano

Schools claim to have no money but £2,400 is a fair amount for a keyboard,do they buy thru a purchasing group or independently,we have Kawai k15 fitted with safety bracket castors and delivered available near that price with educational discount,and better still used Knight K10 circa 1977 one owner ...
by Peter Smith Pianos
04 Jul 2009, 13:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Having My Own Yamaha U3
Replies: 32
Views: 8124

Re: Having My Own Yamaha U3

Having piano on "shop floor" for a while is no bad thing,but quite often customer prefers to order same piano believing the one they are getting was built last week!!! always better to buy the piano you have played.There are variates of U1 and U3 sold in the far-east and Australia and the US you are...
by Peter Smith Pianos
04 Jul 2009, 12:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new or secondhand gors kallmann and steinmayer V Yamaha
Replies: 18
Views: 7560

Re: new or secondhand gors kallmann and steinmayer V Yamaha

Would be careful regards used Yamaha U1 get serial number and find out if "grey import".If buying new Kawai K15,sure they be plenty dealers offering deals and comes with 10 year manufacturers warranty,stick to the trusted brands in piano trade which are proven,never liked the idea that pianos made i...
by Peter Smith Pianos
04 Jul 2009, 11:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Size of room for Kawai GM 10
Replies: 5
Views: 2559

Re: Size of room for Kawai GM 10

Kawai GM10 grand is certainly the choice for a small room and its build and tone qualities are superior to other makes trying to retail at similiar prices.