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by chrisw
13 Oct 2019, 19:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Sheet music-major/minor question
Replies: 2
Views: 15

Re: Sheet music-major/minor question

Hello Rach20191 and welcome to this forum. I wouldn't worry about making long posts, although you may have to sometimes accept long responses ! I have been playing fairly seriously for about 30 years, although have only really made substantial advances in the last ten years and then alas with little...
by chrisw
13 Oct 2019, 17:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 112

Re: Fazer acoustic

Given the circumstance, my advice would be to get it tuned, voiced and toned and then try to get used to playing it. When I changed my tuner about six or seven years ago she toned all the hammers and it really didn't cost that much. It probably needs doing again ! If the Fazer produces too much soun...
by chrisw
13 Oct 2019, 16:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 112

Re: Fazer acoustic

Beardywierdy, have you seen this video ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX0tUHduh94&t=218s
by chrisw
13 Oct 2019, 16:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 112

Re: Fazer acoustic

Barrie, I have a slightly different view when comparing digitals to acoustics, although I take your point that a digital is likely to be stronger in the bass than a shortish acoustic. I am mostly interested in the nuances of sound you can draw from an acoustic using hand and finger technique that I ...
by chrisw
13 Oct 2019, 13:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 112

Re: Fazer acoustic

Barrie's article here https://www.a440.co.uk/piano-voicing.html may be of interest. Please do not be discouraged from persevering with your acoustic. In time you can draw out some very expressive sounds. I do agree that digitals do have some advantages over acoustics and having one of each would be ...
by chrisw
12 Oct 2019, 23:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Fazer acoustic
Replies: 13
Views: 112

Re: Fazer acoustic

Information available on the web leads me to believe that Fazers are well designed pianos. I also made a transition from a very early electronic piano to acoustic many years ago and it did take quite awhile before I became used to the heavier action and the different sound. It is possible that tonin...
by chrisw
09 Oct 2019, 11:42
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard London Grand #6543 (1860)
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Erard London Grand #6543 (1860)

I am assuming the sonata was written in 1801 (this might not be totally accurate). Therefore 59 years before the piano (i.e about 60). My mistake was to say we are approaching the 200th anniversary, without thinking about it too much , and not the 220th anniversary.
by chrisw
09 Oct 2019, 11:35
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard London Grand #6543 (1860)
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Erard London Grand #6543 (1860)

Thanks for giving us a very impressive account of the restoration on your website. To say that have made a first class job doesn't seem to do it justice. The other interesting point (at least to me) is that we are now approaching the two hundredth anniversary of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata, a pie...
by chrisw
08 Oct 2019, 21:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help choosing EP with MIDI recording
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: Help choosing EP with MIDI recording

I would start by visiting local music shops and trying out what Casio/Kawai/Roland/Yamaha have to offer.
by chrisw
04 Oct 2019, 22:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15

What will be the first piece of music you will study on this piano ?
by chrisw
04 Oct 2019, 17:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15

Congratulations. What a lovely photograph.
by chrisw
30 Sep 2019, 10:02
Forum: Piano Concerts Musical Events
Topic: Further dates for Morecambe meetings
Replies: 1
Views: 1114

Re: Further dates for Morecambe meetings

Please note that our Facebook page is a Closed Group restricted to those that attend the meetings. People who are not able to attend but who would like to contact the group are welcome to do so by email, using the email address on the poster.
by chrisw
26 Sep 2019, 20:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Danemann or Kemble
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Danemann or Kemble

Both are good makes but it is only their condition that matters and not the name. I would be asking for details of the work done during restoration and enquiring if there is a guarantee period. I would be considering whether or not I needed an independent tuner to inspect both pianos and advise me a...
by chrisw
24 Sep 2019, 19:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Bosendorfer grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

Re: Bosendorfer grand

Thanks for the info Barrie.
by chrisw
22 Sep 2019, 17:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 558

Re: Yamaha Celeste

If you lift the sagging rail at the treble end with your finger does it just fall back when it is released. If so and the bass end isn't moving because it is held by the spring, where is the rail pivoting or is it just twisting/bending ? If the rail is twisting/bending it doesn't have sufficient cro...
by chrisw
21 Sep 2019, 19:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 558

Re: Yamaha Celeste

Bill, Your description of the celeste rail activation mechanism could equally apply to my 25 year old Kemble. However the felt does lower and retract correctly in front of the treble strings, even though the felt is glued to a relatively flimsy aluminium bar. I have had to repair the celeste felt th...
by chrisw
19 Sep 2019, 09:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Bosendorfer grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

Re: Bosendorfer grand

Following the post on the Steingraeber silent system I have been on the Steingraeber website and it appears they are another "traditional" manufacturer that still seem to prefer open wrest planks. I can only draw the conclusion that they do not have the machinery to drill through both a frame and wr...
by chrisw
15 Sep 2019, 14:17
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Steingraeber New digital sampling
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Steingraeber New digital sampling

Quality of the sound comes over quite well. By coincidence I am aiming to play the first movement of the Moonlight sonata on the new bass strings of the SA piano (provided my nerves don't get the better of me and I chicken out). I am hoping to bring out the left hand tune.
by chrisw
15 Sep 2019, 11:22
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Steingraeber New digital sampling
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Steingraeber New digital sampling

I would like to know what they mean by physical modelling. Are they drawing a distinction with mathematical modelling which would be used in physics to describe the decaying vibration of a string in all of its complexities ?
by chrisw
10 Sep 2019, 14:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15

Hello Bonettil, Thanks for keeping us updated with your search for a new piano. It wouldn't surprise me if the c88 key problem with the Kawai has been caused by lack of use and cleaning the contact puts it to right. I might be tempted to get back in touch with the seller asking if the problem has be...
by chrisw
06 Sep 2019, 20:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Bosendorfer grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1074

Bosendorfer grand

Found myself looking at a Bosendorfer grand selling for £78000 today. Luckily it is too big for our house and certainly way outside any budget I would have for a new piano. What surprised me was that it had an open wrest plank, if that is the correct way to describe it.
by chrisw
03 Sep 2019, 16:35
Forum: Piano History
Topic: John Spencer & Co. Upright 46181
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: John Spencer & Co. Upright 46181

"Google Documents" is more or less just a word and image processor that you can find on the web. You can type in words or copy in a picture. When finished there is a command on the side menu to enable the document to be published to the web. This merely gives it an internet address (the URL) which c...
by chrisw
03 Sep 2019, 10:15
Forum: Piano History
Topic: John Spencer & Co. Upright 46181
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: John Spencer & Co. Upright 46181

One method of attaching photographs would be to copy the pictures into Google Documents and then paste the URL into your post.
by chrisw
29 Aug 2019, 20:08
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grieg`s Lyric Piece Op57, No1 - Vanished Days
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Re: Grieg`s Lyric Piece Op57, No1 - Vanished Days

In my edition it is bar 40 where I perceive you are having difficulty. If it is any consolation my hand isn't large enough to play this measure comfortably. I think I would omit the bflat. Edit. Or I might use 1,2 and 5 on the first chord and just omit the bflat in the second by slipping my thumb do...
by chrisw
26 Aug 2019, 08:36
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

You can find photographs showing the position of Kemble's serial number, and also images of my piano in this post; https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9763 These pianos are a different model to the one you have but I would expect the serial number to be in the same position...
by chrisw
24 Aug 2019, 12:34
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

Post deleted after I couldn't be sure of the information that it was based on. I was trying to link to a picture of a K121 with its front panel removed to show the position of the serial number. I realised that the piano shop had got its photographs mixed up and the piano it said was a Kemble was no...
by chrisw
24 Aug 2019, 10:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

I don't know the difference. Most likely to be size of one of the components. What is important is that your piano has the English action, which I believe are good quality. Langer actions are the successors to Herrburger Brooks actions and you can find an article on their history on this forum. My p...
by chrisw
24 Aug 2019, 07:27
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

I believe that Kemble acquired their own strings, not Yamaha strings. This was partly to give the piano an English sound. When the copper wound strings are replaced they are usually made specially for each individual piano and hopefully you will never have to replace them. Is there a label on the ac...
by chrisw
23 Aug 2019, 19:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

Kemble produced pianos in the UK until 2009 when the Yamaha Corporation moved production to Indonesia. They did send pianos to other countries but relative to Yamaha or Kawai, only in small numbers. Please see the attached video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gx2YrjHiWc
by chrisw
23 Aug 2019, 16:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

Correction after looking at your photographs in more detail. I would doubt that the number photographed is the serial number of the piano. On my piano the serial number can be seen on the very top of the iron frame on the right hand side and it is painted on. I can see my number just by lifting the ...
by chrisw
23 Aug 2019, 16:43
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

The Kemble Oxford is shorter than your piano and if yours is 121 cm high it is a K121C. The shape of the Kemble logo did change over the years and perhaps the shape of the pedals also. The logo on my piano is a brass oval plate. I couldn't find the height of the piano displayed by Yorkshire pianos a...
by chrisw
23 Aug 2019, 12:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Used Kemble Upright Classic?
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Used Kemble Upright Classic?

If your piano is black polyester it could be the Oxford, the Traditional or the K121C. If it has a wood veneer it could be the Empire. It depends on the height of the piano as follows; Oxford 110cm Traditional 116cm K121C 121cm Empire 116cm. It sounds as though you have found the serial number. Kemb...
by chrisw
19 Aug 2019, 10:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which would you choose?

Whereabouts in Yorkshire ? I have visited Yorkshire Pianos a number of times and can vouch for the people who run it. With regard to the action not being as responsive, I wonder if the same applies to both factory fitted and retro silent systems. I think it is due to the rail which prevents the hamm...
by chrisw
19 Aug 2019, 08:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which would you choose?

This is unlikely to be relevant to you but I have come across someone who fits silent systems to acoustic pianos. I have no idea how much is charged and I get the impression it is sometimes done without taking the client's piano away. Seems to be run by a chap called Lee Cooper and called The Silent...
by chrisw
17 Aug 2019, 16:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which would you choose?

Your enthusiasm for selecting a piano well and truly comes through and it is a pleasure to respond to questions on this forum when the original poster then enters into a dialogue. I am not absolutely certain but I think I remember reading somewhere that the Yamaha P112 models were built in England a...
by chrisw
16 Aug 2019, 23:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which would you choose?

Both Yamaha and Kawai have good reputations although some people will say that the Yamaha sound is too bright. My feeling is that this criticism is often over emphasised and in any case it can be made to be more mellow if that is what the owner wanted. When my piano teacher bought a new Yamaha G1 gr...
by chrisw
16 Aug 2019, 17:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which silent piano? Yamaha MP70N, Yamaha P112N or Kawai K15
Replies: 32
Views: 2826

Re: Which would you choose?

The Kawai K15 seems a little expensive for nine years old. (edit; price may be reasonable as I see Bonners sell them new for about £4900). Is it being sold by a reputable dealer? Are the Yamaha pianos brand new or second hand and if second hand must ask again if they are advertised by a good dealer....
by chrisw
15 Aug 2019, 20:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New to Piano
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Re: New to Piano

Are there any piano teachers in your locality ? If you can ask for recommendations. A real life teacher is best.
by chrisw
11 Aug 2019, 18:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Minor maintenance
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Re: Minor maintenance

Thanks Barrie,
You may also be interested to know that our recent piano group meeting was very successful and there seemed to be no issues with respect to the maintenance you are currently conducting on that piano.
by chrisw
11 Aug 2019, 14:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Minor maintenance
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Minor maintenance

My Kemble upright is 25 years old and I have noticed a small amount of dust accumulated on the key bed. Is removal of the keys something I can attempt myself or should I leave it for the next time my tuner visits ?
by chrisw
31 Jul 2019, 13:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Boyd Upright Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Re: Boyd Upright Piano

Alas, I am not a piano technician, but hopefully you will receive a reply from somebody better qualified than I in the near future. Your piano looks to be very old, although the casework appears in good condition and it may appeal to someone looking for an older instrument. If you want it valuing yo...
by chrisw
07 Jul 2019, 18:49
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Yamaha A1 Restoration
Replies: 2
Views: 1266

Re: Yamaha A1 Restoration

Well done for transforming your piano into something that plays and sounds exactly as you want it to do. You are absolutely correct that we pianists are indebted to our local tuner technicians for keeping our instruments in tip top condition. Coincidently my piano was new in 1994 and I spent my care...
by chrisw
06 Jul 2019, 19:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Monington & Weston
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Monington & Weston

I am afraid I cannot comment on the action of these pianos but hopefully a tuner technician will reply to give you the advice that you need. I have an acquaintance who has attended a piano teacher that placed her new Steinway in a conservatory, albeit the conservatory had been designed to house a pi...
by chrisw
11 Jun 2019, 17:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: HELP! Challen 1930/40 vs Steinbach 2002 (Pearl River)
Replies: 4
Views: 1430

Re: HELP! Challen 1930/40 vs Steinbach 2002 (Pearl River)

There is an entry in Wikipedia which says they were established in 1956 and were exporting pianos to the USA by the year 2000. I think if the Steinbach has an action that your son likes and is backed up by the three year guarantee it is likely to be ok. I'm sorry that I don't have personal experienc...
by chrisw
09 Jun 2019, 17:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: HELP! Challen 1930/40 vs Steinbach 2002 (Pearl River)
Replies: 4
Views: 1430

Re: HELP! Challen 1930/40 vs Steinbach 2002 (Pearl River)

I think you also need to throw into the mix the reputation of the dealer and if they come from different dealers which dealer is more likely to look after you should something go wrong. You could consider making contact with a local independent tuner to assess the condition of each piano before you ...
by chrisw
26 May 2019, 15:19
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Badinerie - J.S. BACH by Moozeeck
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: Badinerie - J.S. BACH by Moozeeck

Bravo. Please explain how you achieved this performance.
by chrisw
08 May 2019, 16:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Reverse colour keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 1794

Re: Reverse colour keyboard

I'm not tempted to get the black and white paint out to reverse the key colours on my upright ! I have enough trouble distinguishing between the natural notes as it is.