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by Withindale
28 Oct 2015, 11:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha 'sound'
Replies: 15
Views: 5154

Re: Yamaha 'sound'

Yamahas and Kawais (or Reid Sohns and other Chinese instruments) are not the only pianos in the world. Our local dealer had a selection of those when I last visited but the piano I liked best was a lightly used Knight. The Yamahas and the Kawais were over £3,000 and the Knight about £1,800. I suppos...
by Withindale
25 Apr 2015, 23:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Estonia Piano redesigns tone ~ speaking with Dr. Indrek Laul
Replies: 6
Views: 3484

Re: Estonia Piano redesigns tone ~ speaking with Dr. Indrek

Yes, Joe, I thought that was the case. The best plan is to jump on Easyjet or Ruanair to Tallinn. Glen's article is interesting, particularly the Estonian piano builders harking back to the sound and design of older pianos.

BTW, no problem opening the link in my Chrome browser.
by Withindale
25 Apr 2015, 06:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Estonia Piano redesigns tone ~ speaking with Dr. Indrek Laul
Replies: 6
Views: 3484

Re: Estonia Piano redesigns tone ~ speaking with Dr. Indrek

Where are Estonia pianos available in the UK?
by Withindale
30 Jan 2015, 21:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clicky wrest pins...
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Clicky wrest pins...

I can recognise a clicky wrest pin but how do you do tell a recalitrant string that needs rubbing down to pitch? Or am I missing a point?
by Withindale
18 Jan 2015, 13:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clicky wrest pins...
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Clicky wrest pins...

Would it worth trying CA/Superglue treatment on one or two pins to see if that might do the trick (even if Pin-Tite or something has already been used)? BTW I had this post and the owner's bank balance in mind: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/2356168/Searchpage/1/...
by Withindale
17 Jan 2015, 12:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clicky wrest pins...
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Clicky wrest pins...

Would it worth trying CA/Superglue treatment on one or two pins to see if that might do the trick (even if Pin-Tite or something has already been used)?
by Withindale
12 Aug 2014, 12:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Piano Restoration Project advice
Replies: 10
Views: 5282

Re: Erard Piano Restoration Project advice

Thanks for posting the pictures. It's impossible to tell but my impression is that things could be a lot worse.

Good luck with your assessment.
by Withindale
08 Aug 2014, 18:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Piano Restoration Project advice
Replies: 10
Views: 5282

Re: Erard Piano Restoration Project advice

Jules Time is money unless its your own and you have some to spare. Poor could mean everything is worn out and warped or, at the other extreme, in need of cleaning and adjustment. If it's the latter or somewhere in between you could have a go yourself. You mention pictures. If you post some here, es...
by Withindale
05 Aug 2014, 18:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Piano Restoration Project advice
Replies: 10
Views: 5282

Re: Erard Piano Restoration Project advice

If you are interested in a labour of love here is someone you could ask, Dr Dan Fahrlander:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q098PYwaZX0

Ian
by Withindale
30 Jun 2014, 18:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Improving a concert grand vs replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 2813

Re: Improving a concert grand vs replacement

Have you checked your upper treble strings are clean and well seated and that the capo bar is in good shape? Rather than the strings themselves, it may be that all the things that (should) get done when replacing strings are the main reason for your problem. I found that paying attention to those de...
by Withindale
27 Jun 2014, 19:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schulze Pollmann made in china
Replies: 15
Views: 6644

Re: Schulze Pollmann made in china

According to his profile on Pianoworld, where there is a similar post, Mr Paul Jackson is a piano teacher and piano seller. He lives in Utah and owns a Schimmel and a Bosendorfer.
by Withindale
11 Feb 2014, 17:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Are tall pianos too loud?
Replies: 6
Views: 3530

Re: Are tall pianos too loud?

Perhaps we should ask you, Confused Customer, what types of piano you are considering.
by Withindale
11 Feb 2014, 11:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Are tall pianos too loud?
Replies: 6
Views: 3530

Re: Are tall pianos too loud?

Colin is spot on.

I have a 140 mm high piano in a room about 2m x 3m x 3m with a relatively small opening where some sound can escape. It's too loud only when you try to fill the Royal Albert Hall.
by Withindale
05 Jan 2014, 18:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Thread type and source for Ibach or similar piano boss?
Replies: 4
Views: 2616

Re: Thread type and source for Ibach or similar piano boss?

Thank you, Colin, that's very helpful. Would you put me in contact with your friend if I don't get any joy from Germany?

If I can find a (reasonably) matching boss we can look at re-tapping or an insert. Otherwise start from scratch.

Thanks again.
by Withindale
26 Dec 2013, 14:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: room damping
Replies: 2
Views: 1669

Re: room damping

Try furnishings first: carpets, upholstered chairs, floor to ceiling bookshelves and curtains, etc.

PS these have been mentioned - http://www.amazon.com/Owens-Corning-Rig ... B006FYEHM2.
by Withindale
23 Dec 2013, 00:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Thread type and source for Ibach or similar piano boss?
Replies: 4
Views: 2616

Thread type and source for Ibach or similar piano boss?

I am looking for a brass boss for an Ibach similar to, or a bit larger than, this one , 45 mm diameter. It would be very helpful to know the thread type that Ibach would have used in 1905. The external diameter of the threaded bolt coming up through the soundboard is about 7.85 mm. Would anyone be a...
by Withindale
19 Dec 2013, 00:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 8164

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

A compressor. I suspect you might get through quite a few cans but maybe a puff is all you need.
by Withindale
18 Dec 2013, 15:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 8164

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Clean outs DO improve the resonance of strings, on a similar note,[pardon the pun] that's why percussionists polish cymbals! Never use any liquid cleaning agent/metal polish on your Bass strings, unless you want an expensive to replace set of 'Dead' strings! To prove the point last weekend, I direc...
by Withindale
05 Dec 2013, 15:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 8164

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Hi Colin About making comparisons, one could compare notes on the same piano after a few weeks or months of use. Wipe the strings of a note or two. If their sound has improved it would make sense to bring up the rest. Polishing boots as you say. We were talking specifically about grand pianos where ...
by Withindale
05 Dec 2013, 15:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have sold my Brodmann 187
Replies: 7
Views: 3370

Re: I have sold my Brodmann 187

Hi Joe Actually I was thinking about taking a duster or Barrie's chammy leather to some of the steels of a Steinway on the sales floor, one that has been there a few months if there is one. The question was whether that would bring up the notes. But maybe Steinway polish the strings anyway! Restring...
by Withindale
04 Dec 2013, 11:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have sold my Brodmann 187
Replies: 7
Views: 3370

Re: I have sold my Brodmann 187

Hi Joe I composed a note last night which I don't appear to have been posted. As the idea came a respected technician who had wiped the strings of concert grands in London to good effect, I wondered if similar treatment might bring the best out of your Bluthner. Have your friends at Steinway noticed...
by Withindale
04 Dec 2013, 09:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 8164

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Thanks Colin, have you noticed any notes livening up as a result of cleaning, especially higher harmonics? Do you have any tips on how to get a cloth behind the strings, including the ones behind overstrung bass strings? Also what sort brushes and gizmos would you suggest for getting dust away from ...
by Withindale
04 Dec 2013, 01:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 8164

Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

There was a suggestion the other day in another forum that wiping the strings of a concert grand increases its volume. Hoots of derision followed, but I'm sure it's true. A few days confined to barracks with the family bug has just given me ample opportunity to bring up all the notes of an old Ibach...
by Withindale
03 Dec 2013, 09:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have sold my Brodmann 187
Replies: 7
Views: 3370

Re: I have sold my Brodmann 187

Hello Joe. Well done. Seems like a good deal all round.

As a shot in the dark, have the strings and the termination points of your old Bluthner been cleaned recently? Try it, if not!
by Withindale
18 Nov 2013, 08:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation thereof)
Replies: 8
Views: 4460

Re: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation there

I suggest you look at the Abel piano parts catalogue and compare the actual bore length of your heads with new ones. The difference will be an estimate of the amount of filing on your heads.
by Withindale
13 Nov 2013, 01:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation thereof)
Replies: 8
Views: 4460

Re: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation there

Yes, pad the hammer rail. 0.5 mm less key dip reduces hammer travel by about 2 mm.
by Withindale
12 Nov 2013, 02:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation thereof)
Replies: 8
Views: 4460

Re: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation there

I imagine Bechstein is similar to other pianos, i.e. 3 mm, less in treble but others will advise. What happens with a trial key when you reduce blow distance to 45 mm and then adjust the capstan and the let off button? Are there any spacers on the nose bolts or the action frame that push the hammer ...
by Withindale
12 Nov 2013, 00:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 10702

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

That is using an ETD which has to stretch from the theoretical to make it sound in tune the ear will do this on its own as I said we use the 1st and second to the correct pitch no reduction in tension ETDs need to use higher harmonics to give it a chance. I think you have answered the OPs question ...
by Withindale
11 Nov 2013, 19:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 10702

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

Thing is, this TuneLab program automatically selects to tune in the bass using upper partials, even going as high as the 6th, unless you tell it otherwise. Would I get a better sound - to my ears at least - if I configured it to use fundamentals as low as possible ? Not all the way down to A1, but ...
by Withindale
27 Oct 2013, 17:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How do you assess the "bump" in a grand action?
Replies: 11
Views: 5466

Re: How do you assess the "bump" in a grand action?

Thanks for a timely reminder, David, I still need to go through the action on a bench. There is no jack adjustment on this action, other than the felt in the slot or a shim on the back of the jack. The rollers were replaced quite recently, but not entirely consistently. I shall have to see whether t...
by Withindale
27 Sep 2013, 15:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Non-Musician needs some advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3689

Re: Non-Musician needs some advice

Colin Are you in the right thread? The OP and his wife are interested in the quality and longevity of current Chinese pianos. I mentioned a used Knight as an example for comparison. They are no longer in business thanks in part to competition from Asia. The best Knight years were 1960 - 85, I unders...
by Withindale
25 Sep 2013, 17:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Non-Musician needs some advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3689

Re: Non-Musician needs some advice

Hello Kenny I hope someone else will advise you on Offenburg and other Chinese pianos because I really know nothing much about them. I know they have made great strides and good ones are, by definition, the best value for money today in terms of "bang per buck" (possibly not the best term for a pian...
by Withindale
24 Sep 2013, 19:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Non-Musician needs some advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3689

Re: Non-Musician needs some advice

Maybe be best to take your time and play lots of instruments until you are sure you've found the best one for you. Some months ago our tuner suggested I visit our local dealer to compare the touch of modern instruments with my own. I tried most of the new and used pianos in the store including the C...
by Withindale
21 Sep 2013, 11:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: John Paulson buys Steinway and puts quality first
Replies: 0
Views: 1416

John Paulson buys Steinway and puts quality first

FYI Here's a clip of John Paulson who has just bought Steinway talking about his plans for the company:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P95iirWX ... e=youtu.be
by Withindale
16 Aug 2013, 00:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to give that shiny look to my piano
Replies: 7
Views: 2724

Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

If it's not black, I found that a little furniture reviver, some beeswax, and a lot of elbow grease can work wonders. Alternatively, all you need for a deep professional mirror finish is a wad of money.

Also see: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthre ... cs/2132154
by Withindale
12 Aug 2013, 13:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to dampen the sound on my upright piano?
Replies: 10
Views: 6802

Re: How to dampen the sound on my upright piano?

This YouTube movie demonstrates the effect of the felt on a Kawai K-2, around 2:00 minutes.
by Withindale
09 Aug 2013, 19:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baby Grand - John Brinsmead - Value
Replies: 5
Views: 3255

Re: Baby Grand - John Brinsmead - Value

Could you lend it to someone who would enjoy it and look after it?
by Withindale
09 Aug 2013, 18:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to dampen the sound on my upright piano?
Replies: 10
Views: 6802

Re: How to dampen the sound on my upright piano?

Hello Rob

Brainstorming:
  • No felt
    Play quietly
    Sound proof the piano
    Sound proof the piano room
    Sound proof the ceiling space
    Sound proof the bedroom
    Move the piano
    Ear plugs
    ...
in some combination.
by Withindale
18 Jul 2013, 14:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 10319

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

Another thought prompted by a brief visit to Challen in London yesterday. There was a rather good S4 close by the new CF4 and CF6 models. The S4 stood comparison with the CF4. I imagine your S6 would be comparable with the CF6, excellent sound and plenty of power, so I understand your dilemma. One t...
by Withindale
11 Jul 2013, 10:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 10319

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

Peter Two more idle thoughts. My wife came home with two large middle eastern floor cushions the other day which she put under the piano. I don't think it was for acoustic reasons but they certainly have an effect. They are easy enough to move. As I understand it an acoustic panel or drapes facing t...
by Withindale
10 Jul 2013, 16:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano
Replies: 28
Views: 10319

Re: Advice please - selling a yamaha S piano

Peter Idly reading this thread, it strikes me you may be able to reduce the volume not only by voicing the hammers but also by some acoustic measures such as rugs, drapes and sound absorbing panels or, a good suggestion, tall book cases and music shelves. A bit of interior design might use them and ...
by Withindale
03 Jul 2013, 17:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Value of a Knight K20?
Replies: 1
Views: 1215

Re: Value of a Knight K20?

Maybe. See Suffolk Pianos - http://www.secondhandpiano.co.uk/used-pianos.html. If in doubt play some more. Suffolk Pianos had a little used 1970s Knight (K10?) in pretty much original condition about a year ago for about £1750. I thought that was a good buy and I think I'd prefer one like that to a ...
by Withindale
27 Jun 2013, 19:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright - double repetition action
Replies: 5
Views: 3701

Re: Upright - double repetition action

... "Does the double-action repetition (on some uprights) come close to replicating the action on a grand? Perhaps the action is just as good when compared against some grands?" About 20 years ago the Fandrichs produced a upright piano with a similar (i.e. sprung loaded as the Sauter R2) repetition...
by Withindale
25 Jun 2013, 18:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright - double repetition action
Replies: 5
Views: 3701

Re: Upright - double repetition action

Thank you, NewAge. I had a few minutes to kill so I looked at what people had to say about the Sauter R2 on "another forum". The first comments are the advantages of grand actions in general: 1. Repetition: the action has extra parts, to allow you to repeat a note faster, and without releasing the k...
by Withindale
25 Jun 2013, 09:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright - double repetition action
Replies: 5
Views: 3701

Re: Upright - double repetition action

Does the Sauter R2 have a similar aftertouch to a grand, the slight resistance before the key reaches the cushion? How far do you have to raise the key from the cushion to repeat; e.g. 2 mm (a little), 5 mm (half way)? How does it work? The Sauter model (link below) appears to have a spring resting ...
by Withindale
19 Jun 2013, 14:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Where's the best place to put a piano
Replies: 11
Views: 5611

Re: Where's the best place to put a piano

1. with effective humidity and temperature control 24/7 maybe but what wouldn't 2. be more conducive for your students?
by Withindale
28 May 2013, 18:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My Piano Can I fix it?
Replies: 3
Views: 1602

Re: My Piano Can I fix it?

You might find, as I once did on a 100 year old piano, that the hammer butts and flanges are dirty; in that case with some tarry stuff that I put down to coal fires. I was able to clean them up one by one out of the piano to good effect. Maybe some photos including closeups would help people to give...
by Withindale
18 May 2013, 11:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice
Replies: 7
Views: 2748

Re: Buying advice

This George Russell at £575 is within your budget if still available http://www.caradine.co.uk/pianos_for_sale.asp . When I visited our local dealer the best bet was a Knight at £1750, far better value than all the others at higher and lower prices. I still preferred the upright I found on the inter...
by Withindale
17 May 2013, 10:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice
Replies: 7
Views: 2748

Re: Buying advice

Unless you can verify the work has already been done or is not required, budget for several hundred pounds worth of work at the very least to service, repair and regulate any piano you see on ebay. Only a very small percentage are worth a look, although that will depend on what you want.