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by chrisw
27 Sep 2020, 17:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?
Replies: 13
Views: 9996

Re: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?

Herrburger Brookes were the people that made the action inside your piano. There is an article about them here.
https://www.piano-tuners.org/herrburger ... index.html
by chrisw
23 Sep 2020, 12:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dust removal tools
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Dust removal tools

A friend has just upgraded his piano and is enquiring how best to keep a grand piano soundboard free of dust. Are there any tools designed to manoeuvre a duster below the strings and where might they be available from ? I have had a look in this website's piano accessory shop but if something was th...
by chrisw
15 Sep 2020, 12:43
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Philipp Friedrich Wolff, Vienna
Replies: 7
Views: 5534

Re: Philipp Friedrich Wolff, Vienna

Lovely city. Once made the mistake of being taken to a Heurigen before having a proper meal.
by chrisw
12 Sep 2020, 21:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms

Nice to hear Jerusalem with the full might of the organ.
by chrisw
25 Aug 2020, 12:53
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Help to play better
Replies: 1
Views: 385

Re: Help to play better

I believe that Hanon is ok for strengthening fingers and basic techniques but it is a method meant for pianos rather than keyboards. If you want to strengthen your fingers it would be best to use an acoustic piano with a down weight of at least 50grams. Also if you start to use Hanon I would recomme...
by chrisw
23 Aug 2020, 16:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: Is the BBC losing the plot on the Proms

Are those two pieces being omitted as a temporary measure because there will be few people in the hall to sing along ? The rowdiness of the last night has in my opinion got too much in recent years so I won't miss the car hooters.
by chrisw
17 Aug 2020, 11:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19
Replies: 8
Views: 1938

Re: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19

Thanks Barrie.

Have you started tuning again ?
by chrisw
14 Aug 2020, 17:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano advice for self-taught
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: Piano advice for self-taught

I am sorry that I am too unfamiliar with keyboards to make any recommendation of a particular brand or model. However I guess I would be looking for one with 88 weighted keys perhaps produced by Yamaha, Kawai or Nord.
by chrisw
13 Aug 2020, 16:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano advice for self-taught
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: Piano advice for self-taught

If you are now considering a keyboard with weighted keys then go on line if you want. I would go to a real shop but that is my choice in wanting to see something before I buy.
by chrisw
13 Aug 2020, 09:48
Forum: Piano History
Topic: My childhood piano
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: My childhood piano

It has a lovely oak case.
by chrisw
11 Aug 2020, 13:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano advice for self-taught
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: Piano advice for self-taught

Visit has many piano shops as you can to try out many different pianos that fit your budget and the size of room you have available. Choose the one you like the sound of and the touch to your fingers. Get a guarantee from a shop. If you end up buying a second hand piano privately ask a piano tuner t...
by chrisw
16 Jul 2020, 08:09
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1885 Blüthner
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: 1885 Blüthner

Suggest contacting Roberts Pianos in Oxford to ask if they are interested. They like small Bluthners and also restore older pianos.
by chrisw
08 Jul 2020, 08:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: S Brooks & Sons Ltd
Replies: 2
Views: 859

Re: S Brooks & Sons Ltd

Hello Treguard, I can't get your photographs to enlarge so not able to see much of the string on the leg of the first piano. The first piano looks to have an attractive case but this doesn't say anything about its ability to tune, stay in tune, the condition of the hammer felts, all the other felts ...
by chrisw
03 Jul 2020, 09:54
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19
Replies: 8
Views: 1938

Re: Cleaning Piano Keys

Judging by what I am reading in other forums from piano teachers wishing to clean keys between pupils there is going to be a lot of work for tuner/technicians in replacing keytop surfaces.
by chrisw
29 Jun 2020, 13:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 113
Views: 133380

Re: Introduce yourself!

Hello Andrew, Welcome to this forum and good luck with your piano search. I returned to piano lessons at the age of forty years after having a gap of more than twenty five years. However I had been trying to teach myself for say five years before approaching my first adult teacher. The mistake that ...
by chrisw
09 Jun 2020, 18:06
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Cleaning Piano Keys covid 19
Replies: 8
Views: 1938

Re: Cleaning Piano Keys

Copied from Barrie's reply to a similar question. You have to be careful with some of the commercial antiseptic wipes as they have alcohol and hydrogen peroxide which can damage the keys if used incorrectly Plastic can go soft ivory keys are porous and the alcohol can affect the glue underneath. CH ...
by chrisw
29 May 2020, 12:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Decontamination of piano keys
Replies: 3
Views: 1944

Re: Decontamination of piano keys

Thank you Barrie. The CH wipes look like a good option for modern pianos, perhaps not for pianos with ivory keys. If we are able to resume piano groups before the release of a vaccine I might buy a large container of hand gel as well. In the meantime we are meeting using Zoom.
by chrisw
25 May 2020, 11:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Decontamination of piano keys
Replies: 3
Views: 1944

Decontamination of piano keys

As one might expect at this time decontamination refers to cleaning of keys so that the risk of transmitting the Covid virus by touch between a group of people playing the same piano is reduced as much as possible. I ask the question because when lockdown restrictions are partially lifted it might b...
by chrisw
08 May 2020, 13:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dawsons Music in Administration
Replies: 6
Views: 3229

Re: Dawsons Music in Administration

I buy my music at Promenade Music in Morecambe to give them the custom rather than anyone on line. There is a good music shop on line called Presto Classical located in Leamington Spa. I try to avoid Amazon.
by chrisw
08 May 2020, 11:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dawsons Music in Administration
Replies: 6
Views: 3229

Re: Dawsons Music in Administration

If Dawson's in Leeds does disappear there will be nowhere in the city centre that you can buy music apart from Hobgoblin which I guess won't have piano music. There remains a couple of places that you can buy a piano, one being Besbrode's but they are not in the shopping centre. When I was a teenage...
by chrisw
07 May 2020, 20:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dawsons Music in Administration
Replies: 6
Views: 3229

Re: Dawsons Music in Administration

That is a pity especially for the staff. The Manchester store is quite large but in recent years seems to have stocked mostly electronic instruments. It is many years since I ventured in and was put off by notices on the pianos saying please do not touch. Dawson's Manchester didn't stock much in the...
by chrisw
24 Apr 2020, 15:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Steck Console Piano
Replies: 6
Views: 3237

Re: Steck Console Piano

I have the same model bought new in 1994. Enjoy your piano.
by chrisw
23 Apr 2020, 14:00
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Steck Console Piano
Replies: 6
Views: 3237

Re: Steck Console Piano

My first thoughts were that this is a Kemble and the serial number suggests 1963.
by chrisw
18 Apr 2020, 11:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Silent
Replies: 3
Views: 3116

Re: Yamaha P121 Silent

There is a 2010 Kemble 121 for sale at the Piano Gallery. Asking price about £4.2 k. I believe the silent system will affect the touch but you need to try the piano to see if you like it or not.
by chrisw
02 Apr 2020, 13:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 4952

Re: Bentley Upright

Hello Barrie and Richard, I hope we can all get back to normal before not too long. It is getting time that I should be contacting my tuner technician. Some of the piano meetup groups are inviting people to join virtual meetings where video recordings are played instead of doing a live performance. ...
by chrisw
29 Mar 2020, 10:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 4952

Re: Bentley Upright

Hello Richard, Somewhere on this website I think I have seen a history of Bentley Pianos but I can't find it this morning. When I was shopping for my very first piano in 1983 I remember going into a piano shop in my wife's home town and it seemed full of new Bentley pianos. I wasn't sure how long I ...
by chrisw
09 Mar 2020, 23:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Grutner baby grand piano
Replies: 2
Views: 2084

Re: Grutner baby grand piano

Sorry but I have not heard of this make and can only recommend that you ask an experienced piano technician or tuner to assess the condition of the piano before you decide to buy it. If this is an old piano the make or brand means very little and its condition means everything. Warning signs (for me...
by chrisw
02 Mar 2020, 17:58
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Rud Ibach dating etc cont'd
Replies: 3
Views: 2377

Re: Rud Ibach dating etc cont'd

The Besbrode piano shop website lists some Ibach serial numbers against date. It would suggest 81800 was built in 1920.
by chrisw
17 Feb 2020, 11:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: John Broadwood Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 4027

Re: John Broadwood Piano

I believe that Broadwood had already introduced overstrung pianos to their range prior to 1915 so would assume they continued to make straight strung models which could be made slightly smaller or at less cost.
by chrisw
14 Feb 2020, 23:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: John Broadwood Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 4027

Re: John Broadwood Piano

Broadwood are a very good British piano, some might argue they were the best. Yours looks to be in very good condition. According to the serial number which can be seen in the photograph it puts the date round about 1915.
by chrisw
11 Feb 2020, 16:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Angela Hewitt's Fazioli
Replies: 0
Views: 3916

Angela Hewitt's Fazioli

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/feb/11/virtuoso-mourns-beloved-150000-piano-smashed-by-movers I wonder what the risk is of dropping a heavy grand ? This is the second drop that I have heard about in the last decade or so. Would anybody care to estimate how many times per annum, anywhere aroun...
by chrisw
24 Jan 2020, 15:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Kemble name
Replies: 3
Views: 3367

Re: Kemble name

Hello Barrie.
It appears the Kemble website will disappear on 1st February. Please see this web site.

http://kemble-pianos.com/en/
by chrisw
17 Jan 2020, 18:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking some advice
Replies: 6
Views: 5088

Re: Seeking some advice

I can't comment in detail on the Yamaha C110a upright. However Yamaha pianos have earned a good reputation for being robust and standing up to a great deal of use. It is important however that the person going to use it most likes the feel of the keys under their fingers and the sound the piano make...
by chrisw
08 Jan 2020, 18:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Kemble name
Replies: 3
Views: 3367

Kemble name

If there are any readers of the Piano World forum here, they may have seen a post saying that Yamaha will no longer be producing pianos bearing the Kemble name. Speaking as a Milton Keynes Kemble owner I am surprised how little this announcement is affecting me. I visited the Cavendish workshop agai...
by chrisw
23 Dec 2019, 12:56
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 2422

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to all the readers here.
by chrisw
22 Dec 2019, 13:29
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Which piano to choose
Replies: 1
Views: 3107

Re: Which piano to choose

The Yamaha models you mention are keyboards and are really a different type of instrument to a piano. Keyboards are played differently to pianos. I do not own a keyboard but would imagine they are good for playing melodies accompanied by 'guitar' chords. They can be used as a starter instrument if y...
by chrisw
16 Dec 2019, 21:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice, playing, buying
Replies: 3
Views: 4004

Re: Advice, playing, buying

Firstly, all the best for your retirement. Taking up piano seems a good idea to me, but then I'm biased. Seriously it can bring a great deal of joy but it can also be hard work and a certain amount of commitment is needed. An acoustic baby grand if bought new will cost at least £8000. If you buy a s...
by chrisw
12 Dec 2019, 21:36
Forum: Piano History
Topic: John Broadwood & Sons Cottage Upright info
Replies: 3
Views: 3025

Re: John Broadwood & Sons Cottage Upright info

According to a list of Broadwood serial numbers which can be found on line a cottage upright with that number would have been produced between 1875 and 1880.
by chrisw
05 Nov 2019, 21:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano for a School
Replies: 2
Views: 4140

Re: Piano for a School

Explain your situation to local piano dealers, hopefully they will be able to advise you based on the stock of pianos they keep. There is a well established dealership in Sleaford called White and Sentance and also one in Lincoln.
by chrisw
04 Nov 2019, 18:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner upright piano move
Replies: 6
Views: 5434

Re: Bluthner upright piano move

You could telephone Yorkshire Pianos and ask for contact details of the company they use, or if you browse the Yorkshire piano website, I think they mention the moving company on one of their pages (it may be the Cavendish piano page).
by chrisw
29 Oct 2019, 23:43
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Used Yamaha Clavinova CLP 6xx help please
Replies: 1
Views: 4508

Re: Used Yamaha Clavinova CLP 6xx help please

Any used item, particularly digital pianos, are only worth what you are prepared to pay. Assuming you are thinking of a private sale, at two years old I might think to myself that I wouldn't pay more than 50% of the new price because if it was more than that I would buy new and get a guarantee. To t...
by chrisw
24 Oct 2019, 18:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Link between a cruise ship and piano museum
Replies: 1
Views: 3919

Link between a cruise ship and piano museum

https://www.worldpianonews.com/historic ... _pianoland

This link may be of interest to two of the moderators here.
by chrisw
23 Oct 2019, 18:54
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison
Replies: 5
Views: 5659

Re: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison

Barrie, Longer pianos obviously have longer bass strings so they can achieve the lower notes with less mass per unit length of string and they give a better tone. At the other end of the piano where the strings can be very short, is anything done in larger grands to enable longer strings to be used ...
by chrisw
23 Oct 2019, 15:27
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison
Replies: 5
Views: 5659

Re: Bosendorfer VS Fazioli VS Steinway Three Way Comparison

In the first three pieces I thought the Fazioli had the nicest tone. The treble was mellow and clear and the bass sustained wonderfully. But this was the longest piano so you might expect the bass to sustain and the pianist may have lingered longer on the final chords. So I was getting worried that ...
by chrisw
14 Oct 2019, 17:35
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Help choosing EP with MIDI recording
Replies: 4
Views: 5965

Re: Help choosing EP with MIDI recording

Perhaps you could send your question by email to Reidys in Blackburn or Bonners of Eastbourne.
by chrisw
14 Oct 2019, 16:14
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Sheet music-major/minor question
Replies: 6
Views: 5370

Re: Sheet music-major/minor question

It is my pleasure, I only hope I get it right some of the time.
by chrisw
14 Oct 2019, 13:03
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Sheet music-major/minor question
Replies: 6
Views: 5370

Re: Sheet music-major/minor question

If I look at page 1 of NYM on Google Images it appears to me that they are written in either Cminor or Csharp minor. Usually the last chord of a piece is written in the home key.
by chrisw
14 Oct 2019, 09:42
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Sheet music-major/minor question
Replies: 6
Views: 5370

Re: Sheet music-major/minor question

Hello Rach Let me start with a disclaimer! I have not studied theory apart from browsing a couple of ABRSM books so please take the following suggestions with a pinch of salt. I have had a quick look using Google Images of the first page of 'The Boys of Summer'. The very first image is written with ...
by chrisw
13 Oct 2019, 19:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Sheet music-major/minor question
Replies: 6
Views: 5370

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: 14
Views: 9781

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...