Search found 316 matches

by chrisw
01 Jan 2021, 14:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy New Year 2021
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: Happy New Year 2021

Thank you Barrie, and the same to you.
by chrisw
26 Dec 2020, 12:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawaii GX3 - tone quality problem
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Kawaii GX3 - tone quality problem

If your tuner commented on the brightness of the piano I wonder if he/she spent some time voicing the hammers and made it too dull/mellow for your taste. If this is the case the brightness will return as you play it. If no voicing was done then the issue is likely to be with the tuning. It has been ...
by chrisw
14 Dec 2020, 10:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: NEED ADVICE On piano purchase
Replies: 1
Views: 540

Re: NEED ADVICE On piano purchase

Paint has not necessarily ruined it unless it is impeding the movement of the keys. It is the internal condition of the piano that matters, whether it sounds nice, keeps itself in tune and the keys move pleasantly under the fingers. I can't tell the age from your photograph but please be aware that ...
by chrisw
12 Dec 2020, 12:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Trade in my upright for a baby grand

Once again I am having thoughts of changing my upright for a grand but this time being fairly certain that there would be enough room in the dining room bay window to accommodate it. The window faces east but I would still take steps to protect the piano from sunlight. The reason for changing is to ...
by chrisw
08 Dec 2020, 11:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Robert Westphal Berlin
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: Piano Robert Westphal Berlin

If you are asking how much is it worth or what you can sell it for I would say very little, perhaps nothing at all.
by chrisw
30 Nov 2020, 14:15
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Tier 3 Lancashire
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Re: Tier 3 Lancashire

The number of new Covid infections in the Lancaster area has dropped appreciably in the last couple of weeks and it is now much less than south Lakeland which has been put into tier 2. In fact when I wrote to my MP last week the whole of Lancashire, including Blackburn had only marginally more infec...
by chrisw
23 Nov 2020, 14:33
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Help finding Serial number - Kemble Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Help finding Serial number - Kemble Piano

It is quite strange that the serial number does not appear in the top right hand corner of the frame. The edges of the casting is also very rough, not up to Kemble's usual standard. Lastly wonder why the Kemble name or a letter K was not cast into the frame itself . Perhaps it was a mid 1970's model...
by chrisw
19 Nov 2020, 11:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gospel piano advice
Replies: 1
Views: 948

Re: Gospel piano advice

by chrisw
11 Nov 2020, 20:45
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Where to first place the fingers?
Replies: 2
Views: 820

Re: Where to first place the fingers?

CGAF in the left hand, but which C are you starting on ? If it is middle C then thumb on middle C , 3 on G, 2 on A and 4 on F. If lower C, 5 on C, 2 on G, thumb on A and 3 on F. When there is a sequence of notes and when it is possible it is a good idea to put the fingers down on the notes and keep ...
by chrisw
21 Oct 2020, 12:55
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Tier 3 Lancashire
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Tier 3 Lancashire

I hope you are staying well Barrie and that your activities are not being perturbed too much by the current covid restrictions.
by chrisw
16 Oct 2020, 20:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

It sounds to me that this U3S ticks all the boxes. Congratulations.
by chrisw
16 Oct 2020, 10:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice please. Kawai BL-12 vs Yamaha U1
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Re: Advice please. Kawai BL-12 vs Yamaha U1

Judging from articles on the internet, the Kawai BL-12 seems to be a respected piano and I would imagine an equal to the U1. I cannot comment on the condition of the hammers. If I was to purchase a second hand piano from a home near to the sea at least I would be reassured that it hadn't been kept i...
by chrisw
11 Oct 2020, 12:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

I guess my friend must be dealing with Park Pianos. She told me that she traded her grand with the people she originally purchased it from (MusicBox Pianos) and is expecting her new upright soon. They have already collected the grand piano.
by chrisw
11 Oct 2020, 11:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

Are you aware of the Yamaha dealership in north Manchester, Musicbox pianos in Bury Old Road ? They seem to be able to get new Yamaha stock at present according to a friend who is expecting delivery of a new upright in the next couple of weeks.
by chrisw
11 Oct 2020, 10:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

You must have visited the Schimmel dealership in Deansgate but it sounds as though you preferred the Yamaha. From what you say I am not at all impressed with the sales pitch on either piano showing that you have to trust your own judgement. However if the Yamaha really has been on the shop floor for...
by chrisw
01 Oct 2020, 22:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

The best advice I can offer is to set your budget and play as many pianos as you can buying the one that you fall in love with. Try not to analyse the specification, the size or the brand but select the piano that gives you the most joy to play (and take its serial number as Barrie suggests). Salesp...
by chrisw
30 Sep 2020, 10:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

I believe Cavendish pianos use Renner hammers but wouldn't like to say if they use Renner actions. I would be surprised if they did. The other makes that Yorkshire pianos stock are Yamaha (I have seen the B series on the shop floor and the owner was describing to me how much work he puts in to make ...
by chrisw
30 Sep 2020, 09:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

I would imagine that although individual Yamaha and Kawai upright pianos will have different "personalities" they will be consistent on having a pretty good build quality. Although I haven't any experience on Kawai uprights I have played a couple of Kawai grands and I like both of them. I also know ...
by chrisw
29 Sep 2020, 21:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

Hello George, Ideally pianos should be chosen because of the way they play, how they sound and the feel of the keys under the fingers. The specification can be used as an aid to judgement. Not always possible, it wasn't in my case, nor in the case of a friend who has just exchanged her piano. I do c...
by chrisw
28 Sep 2020, 21:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 5637

Re: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights

I am sorry to learn that your experiences with the Feurich 125 didn't work out. I don't have playing experience on the Yamaha U1/U3 or on any Kawai upright model but I would be concerned that they could produce too much sound. Even my little Kemble upright can produce too many decibels. Could you co...
by chrisw
28 Sep 2020, 20:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dust removal tools
Replies: 4
Views: 1688

Re: Dust removal tools

Thank you, Fiona
by chrisw
28 Sep 2020, 15:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dust removal tools
Replies: 4
Views: 1688

Re: Dust removal tools

Thank you Barrie.
C
by chrisw
27 Sep 2020, 17:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?
Replies: 14
Views: 13184

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: 4
Views: 1688

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: 7125

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: 2149

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: 1219

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: 2149

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: 3989

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: 3261

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: 3261

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: 2030

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: 3261

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: 1335

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: 2067

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: 3989

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: 114
Views: 147540

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: 3989

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: 3233

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: 3233

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: 4998

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: 4998

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: 4998

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: 4824

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: 4824

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: 4464

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: 7816

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: 7816

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: 2892

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: 3408

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.