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by chrisw
03 Jul 2020, 09:54
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Cleaning Piano Keys
Replies: 5
Views: 328

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: 125123

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
Replies: 5
Views: 328

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: 920

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: 920

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: 1809

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: 1809

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: 1809

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: 2122

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: 2122

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: 1977

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: 3067

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: 3067

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: 1660

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: 1848

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: 3228

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: 3228

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: 3382

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: 2593

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: 3562

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: 2593

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: 1904

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: 2650

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: 3048

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: 2300

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: 3223

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: 4076

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: 4072

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: 3424

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: 4632

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: 4632

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: 5250

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: 4585

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: 4585

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: 4585

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: 4585

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: 7495

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: 7495

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: 7495

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: 7495

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: 7495

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: 4855

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: 4855

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: 5250

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: 14579

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: 14579

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: 4024

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: 5277

Re: Bosendorfer grand

Thanks for the info Barrie.
by chrisw
22 Sep 2019, 17:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Celeste
Replies: 11
Views: 7443

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...