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by chrisw
11 Sep 2018, 10:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Choosing a new piano
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Choosing a new piano

I expect a piano to last a lifetime and so my preference has been to buy new and I would have four makers in mind; Kawai, Yamaha, Feurich and Cavendish. Cavendish are British pianos made in small numbers by Yorkshire Pianos at a place between Skipton and Harrogate. I have been really impressed with ...
by chrisw
03 Sep 2018, 09:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Hello Barrie,

Have you also decided to increase the size of the of the print ? I am getting a "zoomed in" version of the pages.
by chrisw
30 Aug 2018, 10:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Music stand for grand piano
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Music stand for grand piano

At the piano meetup I attend we play on a Bechstein grand piano and some people are not used to reading music at least 25cm above the keyboard. One of the meetup members constructed a music stay which rests on the top edge of the Bechsteins stay and comes half way down the fall board so that people ...
by chrisw
29 Aug 2018, 15:16
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Hime and Addison piano stool.
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Hime and Addison piano stool.

Alternatively you could load your photographs into google documents, publish to the web and then copy the web address into a post.
by chrisw
24 Aug 2018, 21:39
Forum: Piano Concerts Musical Events
Topic: New Piano group
Replies: 0
Views: 63

New Piano group

Please open the link for details of the second meeting of the Morecambe Bay piano group.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2P ... 4_S-2G/pub
by chrisw
23 Aug 2018, 11:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a new piano
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Re: Buying a new piano

I share your concern that the NV10 will loose its value quickly. The K200,K300 and U1 are robust pianos and should easily last a lifetime although the silent system electronics may need updating eventually. Audition all of these pianos and select the one you like best.
by chrisw
11 Jun 2018, 13:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai BS-10 soundboard
Replies: 4
Views: 560

Re: Kawai BS-10 soundboard

Barrie, If braces are absent from the rear of the piano, surely the frame must be supported somehow from inside the cabinet, presumably the sides. I think I would be more worried about the absence of ribs on the soundboard. Is it possible that at the back of this piano is covered with a wooden panel...
by chrisw
06 Jun 2018, 11:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Have your say on the Ivory Bill
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: Have your say on the Ivory Bill

Thanks Barrie.
by chrisw
06 Jun 2018, 08:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Have your say on the Ivory Bill
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: Have your say on the Ivory Bill

Wonder if this Bill will make it harder or even preclude altogether the sale of older pianos with ivory keys ?
by chrisw
01 Jun 2018, 19:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinbach
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Steinbach

http://www.steinbachpiano.com/steinbachpiano.html

The components claimed to be used to assemble Steinbach pianos are of high repute. I note that this particular web page is ten years old.
by chrisw
01 Jun 2018, 18:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinbach
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Steinbach

Hello Sarahb, Good luck with your search for a piano. Have you searched the internet for info on Steinbach ? You don't say if it is for sale in a music shop. Given the price I will assume it is a private sale. If it is only eight years old and they want £630 for it, it could be good value. Make sure...
by chrisw
30 May 2018, 16:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Looking for a pianist to playback sheet music
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Looking for a pianist to playback sheet music

Sorry, I have no recording facilities and even if I had I doubt if I could play it well enough within a couple of days.

If there are no takers on this forum you could try reposting on

https://www.abrsm.org/forum
by chrisw
30 Apr 2018, 17:25
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Online Music Lessons
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Online Music Lessons

Many people do learn to play by using online courses. Some even learn specific tunes by watching people play on Youtube. I would hope that a proper online course would give better understanding than just watching Youtube videos. I had not heard of Pianoforall courses until I saw your post so obvious...
by chrisw
25 Apr 2018, 22:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Omega Music gone bust
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Omega Music gone bust

Once visited there on our way up to Scotland. They must have relied on mail order because it was quite a long way out of Carlisle. New music that I have bought this year (three books about £15 each) were not usual stock items at my local music shop but I ordered them there to give them the business ...
by chrisw
25 Apr 2018, 17:36
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: My beginner experiences so far...
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: My beginner experiences so far...

You sound to be doing great. Main thing is you are having fun.
by chrisw
23 Apr 2018, 12:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: J.&J. HOPKINSON PIANO
Replies: 7
Views: 1304

Re: J.&J. HOPKINSON PIANO

Hopkinson piano serial numbers are tabulated here http://www.besbrodepianos.co.uk/pianoserialnumber/hopkinson.htm which puts your piano in the late 1870s, so Gill the Piano was very much correct with the date. Whether or not it is worth restoring is very much up to yourself and how much money you wi...
by chrisw
22 Apr 2018, 09:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2199

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Hello sooper8, I am wondering if the arrow in your photo is pointing to the top bearing of the drop lifter rod. (Pardon if I have got the nomenclature wrong). Gill the Piano or Barrie Heaton will be able to confirm and perhaps offer a remedy. The only thing I know about these things is not to use a ...
by chrisw
21 Apr 2018, 08:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2199

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Pictures of my piano can be found here https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9763&p=46337&hilit=kemble+classic#p46337 It is sad when loss of hearing or any other physical ability prevents us from pursuing something we love, well more than sad actually. I worked in the electri...
by chrisw
20 Apr 2018, 09:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2199

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Do you know any of the history of the piano ? It looks as though somebody has taken good care of it.
by chrisw
18 Apr 2018, 22:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Challen Bureau Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 2199

Re: Challen Bureau Piano

Challen serial numbers tabulated against year can be found here http://www.besbrodepianos.co.uk/pianoserialnumber/challen.htm The serial number may be stencilled on the top right hand side of the iron frame (as you look at it). Yes the wooden case looks very nice indeed (speaking as an amateur furni...
by chrisw
16 Apr 2018, 19:10
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Metronome/click
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Metronome/click

Perhaps a suitable teacher would be someone who has played piano or keyboard in a band.
by chrisw
16 Apr 2018, 18:18
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Metronome/click
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Metronome/click

Gill the Piano has stated what was in my mind about selecting a teacher. I go to a piano meetup group in Clitheroe (Lancashire) and have become friendly with someone roughly my age that plays from the American Song book, seemingly at a drop of a hat and from memory, by using chord harmonisation to t...
by chrisw
15 Apr 2018, 20:40
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Metronome/click
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Metronome/click

I notice the statement in the first post about not reading music and wonder if you are intent on starting to read it. With your knowledge of playing guitar I am sure that you could harmonise the tunes you wish to play without reading it from a score. On the other hand there is so much piano music ou...
by chrisw
15 Apr 2018, 14:46
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Metronome/click
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Metronome/click

Hello sooper8. Welcome to the forum. I agree with Gill the Piano on the use of a metronome and seeking a few lessons if you can. I had avoided using one for donkeys years but I found that counting to myself is invaluable because it prompts me when the next note is needed. I have got used to one of l...
by chrisw
15 Apr 2018, 12:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: People usually don't give feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: People usually don't give feedback

Welcome to the forum JonnyTepp.
by chrisw
15 Apr 2018, 11:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: People usually don't give feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: People usually don't give feedback

I have experienced the world of receiving many tens of email messages a day...not much fun...but that was when I was working. Now receive too many advertisements from people like Screwfit and Wickes ! Probably I should unsubscribe. Nice of Barrie to suggest there may a modicum of expertise in my pos...
by chrisw
14 Apr 2018, 14:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: People usually don't give feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: People usually don't give feedback

I am not a user of so called social media software so I don't know what its capabilities are. I certainly am not impressed with the manner in which these software houses manage themselves or their customers. A few months ago on another forum a person doing some sort of music course asked for informa...
by chrisw
13 Apr 2018, 22:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: People usually don't give feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 762

People usually don't give feedback

Just a bit of a moan I'm afraid. I read a small number of forums and have seen lots of effort being put in by the forum members to answer questions posed by a poster, only for the original poster not to give any feedback or even thanks for those efforts. It just makes me wonder why people bother to ...
by chrisw
11 Apr 2018, 10:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Zender pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 436

Re: Zender pianos

I am quite interested in classic cars myself but do not have the facilities or the skill set to weld bodywork at home. I suppose I could manage a beetle if only my garage wasn't full of woodworking tools and timber. Anyway going back to Zender, have you seen this page ? https://www.robertspianos.com...
by chrisw
01 Apr 2018, 19:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5128

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

The arrangement we were playing was transcribed by Joachim and is available on IMSLP. The piano part is "oom-pah" more or less all through so it is not terribly difficult to play. However I found it quite easy to get lost. The first time we played it together in rehearsal was mid February and I got ...
by chrisw
31 Mar 2018, 17:58
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Noise in Piano Roland RK-570
Replies: 3
Views: 1224

Re: Noise in Piano Roland RK-570

I found this on the net.
http://www.mikebarden.com

Probably not much use if you are in Argentina.
by chrisw
25 Mar 2018, 12:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 105
Views: 76630

Re: Introduce yourself!

Hello Shadow935. I have never heard anyone say they are interested in soldering before. What do you solder ? Electronic components by any chance ?

Hello SimonBurrowes. Good luck with your teaching practice. What sort of things did you study in the music course at York ?
by chrisw
08 Mar 2018, 12:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1660

Re: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

No the A65 is clear although there was reasonably heavy snow for 30 minutes or so at 08:00 this morning between Settle and Coniston Cold.
by chrisw
08 Mar 2018, 11:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1660

Re: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

Heard on a traffic announcement that Grane Road in East Lancs blocked again today. I was on the A65 on my way to Skipton.
by chrisw
06 Mar 2018, 17:34
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Should I give up learning the piano POLL comments welcome
Replies: 30
Views: 6403

Re: Should I give up learning the piano POLL comments welcome

Well guitars are more portable than keyboards and it would be very sociable to take a guitar out amongst friends and strum a few songs. I think I would be more self conscious with a keyboard in this situation. Still you may be able to play in a group that needs a keyboard player. (Have you seen the ...
by chrisw
06 Mar 2018, 12:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Older Upright Pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 679

Older Upright Pianos

I have looked at a couple of upright pianos in church halls this morning, both I guess at least 75 years old but with under damped actions. In both pianos the hammer and damper felts appeared relatively clean but the steel strings had darkened/oxidised. They were both in tune but I wonder if tuners ...
by chrisw
04 Mar 2018, 12:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?
Replies: 10
Views: 1803

Re: Spinet...Nils Frahm...Stock or modded?

Given Barrie's last post I am inclined to think that the piano in the picture is not a Kemble Minx. The original poster doesn't explicitly say that it is a Minx, only that it belongs to Nils Frahm. The piano in the picture does look to be in good condition so if Mr Frahm thinks it is not a very good...
by chrisw
03 Mar 2018, 12:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1660

Re: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

No not stuck but it was bitterly cold on Thursday and Friday. Not enough snow around the edges of Morecambe Bay to prevent getting the car out of the drive. When the snow is too deep the car just slides down the fairly steep incline and would impact a garden wall.
by chrisw
28 Feb 2018, 16:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1660

Has anyone in the UK been snowed in ?

Unusually for the west coast it has snowed for two days in a row. We are easily snowed in because we live at the top of a hill and with more than a couple of inches of snow I am unable to reverse the car out of the drive. Not enough snow this time around though.
by chrisw
22 Feb 2018, 18:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Petrof P125 vs W.Hoffmann 112 or 120
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: Petrof P125 vs W.Hoffmann 112 or 120

The website of one of the well known London piano dealers noted that Hoffman pianos are made in the Czech Republic and are a subsidiary of Bechstein. I have no idea if there is a large difference in the price of the pianos you mentioned and I can't say which make would be better. Assuming that they ...
by chrisw
21 Feb 2018, 20:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What should I buy?!
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Re: What should I buy?!

If your budget runs to a new Steinway then I would be looking at the top German pianos. I would probably not allocate myself a budget of that size (otherwise I might be wondering where my next German car is coming from) and would firstly look at the Cavendish baby grand which is made in the UK. I ha...
by chrisw
21 Feb 2018, 17:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What should I buy?!
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Re: What should I buy?!

If you are fortunate to have the money and space for a good quality grand piano then why not go for it because it will help your learning in many ways. If I was interested in Steinway it would have to be from Hamburg and not New York. Also the list doesn't include all of the best German manufacturer...
by chrisw
04 Feb 2018, 15:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Noise in Piano Roland RK-570
Replies: 3
Views: 1224

Re: Noise in Piano Roland RK-570

Sorry, unable to answer your questions. The black components are named Nichicon and these could be electrolytic capacitors. The white material could be discharged electrolyte. You need to consult an electronic component repair shop.
by chrisw
04 Feb 2018, 10:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1938 John Broadwood baby grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1281

Re: 1938 John Broadwood baby grand

Thanks for the info Barrie. For its size I was surprised how heavy the piano was to push into position in order to take the photos. One of these days I will attempt to calculate just how large you have to make the bars to withstand the turning moment.
by chrisw
31 Jan 2018, 23:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5128

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Well the Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5 got the thumbs up from piano teacher last night and I came away from the lessons with quite a few tips of how to tackle it. My piano part came from IMSLP and the violin part is too small to sight read so we (mostly she) sang the solo part as I tried to play accom...
by chrisw
30 Jan 2018, 15:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5128

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Thanks for moving the Broadwood post. I was in two minds which category to pose the question opting for Idle Chitchat because it was an "idle" sort of a question. The serial number was given in the post and this led me to suggest the piano was made in 1938. My wife calls Beethoven "old grumpy" but w...
by chrisw
30 Jan 2018, 13:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1938 John Broadwood baby grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1281

1938 John Broadwood baby grand

P1030237.JPG P1030236.JPG I came across this baby grand, serial number 255627, in a local church hall. It hadn't been played for about five years, was very dusty under the lid and the strings were extremely blackened. Obviously out of tune but not horrendously so and one key (Bflat above middle C) ...
by chrisw
29 Jan 2018, 23:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5128

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

I don't think that the piano accompaniment is too bad. It's mostly humpah,humpah all the way through even in the Vivace section. However piano teacher may advise differently if I have an opportunity to share it with her tomorrow evening. However have been suffering with head cold over the weekend so...
by chrisw
25 Jan 2018, 17:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 28
Views: 5128

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Einaudi went down well at last Saturdays piano meeting. For next month I have started to prepare some Michael Nyman from the film Diary of Anne Frank, then for month after that more Einaudi. A fellow member at the club who also plays violin has sent me the piano part to Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5 t...
by chrisw
22 Jan 2018, 20:57
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to accompany someone with the piano?
Replies: 2
Views: 1309

Re: How to accompany someone with the piano?

I have some experience accompanying a solo violin, either with my piano teacher who also plays violin, or with an acquaintance who attends the same piano meeting. I am still a piano learner,admittedly upper intermediate level, and I still find it difficult to fully listen to the solo violin. In addi...