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by chrisw
02 Apr 2020, 13:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bentley Upright
Replies: 10
Views: 281

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: 281

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: 299

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: 421

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: 1409

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: 1409

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: 996

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: 1083

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: 1349

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: 1083

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: 652

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: 748

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: 1273

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: 865

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: 1523

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: 1905

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: 2028

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: 2117

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: 2759

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: 2759

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: 2889

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: 2887

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: 2887

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: 2887

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: 2887

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: 4406

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: 14
Views: 4406

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: 14
Views: 4406

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: 14
Views: 4406

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: 14
Views: 4406

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: 7
Views: 2992

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: 7
Views: 2992

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: Digital Pianos
Topic: Help choosing EP with MIDI recording
Replies: 4
Views: 2889

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: 10346

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: 10346

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

Congratulations. What a lovely photograph.
by chrisw
26 Sep 2019, 20:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Danemann or Kemble
Replies: 2
Views: 2296

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: 3834

Re: Bosendorfer grand

Thanks for the info Barrie.
by chrisw
22 Sep 2019, 17:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 4756

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: 4756

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: 3834

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: 2426

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: 2426

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: 10346

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: 3834

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: 2129

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: 2129

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: 1939

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: 6651

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...