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by chrisw
12 Jan 2019, 11:56
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Debussy Reverie
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Debussy Reverie

Gill the Piano, do you not play a piece of music after tuning a piano ? If so there must be some owners that are listening to you.
by chrisw
06 Jan 2019, 22:25
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Debussy Reverie
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Debussy Reverie

Well done to you both. I have played this piece and there is no way I could memorise it. Last time I played it in front of an audience I somehow got lost half way down the first page but kept it going and found a place I could pick it up again. I also make loads of mistakes when I play for other peo...
by chrisw
30 Dec 2018, 14:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: My User name login problem
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: My User name login problem

Barrie Heaton wrote:
30 Dec 2018, 12:53


Good job I am not looking after a Nuclear reactor :oops:

Barrie
That was my job. However with my lifelong interest in furniture making and woodworking in general I now realise I could have been equally happy in the piano trade.
by chrisw
26 Dec 2018, 10:01
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Chopin Valse E Posthume
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Re: Chopin Valse E Posthume

Well learnt and played. The piano looks immaculate. Must get back to my own practice today after a few days of being rather too busy !
by chrisw
22 Dec 2018, 23:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Film from the 1960s
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Re: Piano Film from the 1960s

I have a DVD made at the Kemble factory in Milton Keynes in 2004 which runs for 11 minutes. It is not marked as copyright material so I have wondered if it could be loaded onto Youtube. However I only have one machine which plays DVDs and there doesn't seem to be a facility to save it as a file whic...
by chrisw
19 Dec 2018, 11:09
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Humidity in north west England
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Humidity in north west England

I sometimes wonder if a veneered (laminated) soundboard would be less affected by humidity swings as they could be constructed using waterproof glue.
by chrisw
17 Dec 2018, 11:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Humidity in north west England
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Humidity in north west England

Last week humidity levels fell to a low level due to cold dry weather. Last Saturday it remained very cold but also extremly wet but I was surprised that humidity did not climb very quickly. Today (Monday) outside temperatures are mild for the time of year and humidity, measured inside the house, ha...
by chrisw
14 Dec 2018, 20:00
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Kemble Baby Grand
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: Kemble Baby Grand

Hello Maria, You will find a short history of the Kemble factory here http://kemble-pianos.com/en/history/ I have a Kemble upright piano and like it very much, they were very good English pianos. However if you wish to purchase the piano in the picture I would suggest you have it tested by a qualifi...
by chrisw
05 Dec 2018, 15:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to move a grand piano.
Replies: 1
Views: 242

How to move a grand piano.

May seem a silly question but.....when we were moving a grand piano recently one person said we should lift as well as push just to take a little weight from the legs. Is it necessary to slightly lift ? If the answer depends on the floor covering I think the hall was fitted with a durable smooth fel...
by chrisw
01 Dec 2018, 21:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Morecambe Bay Piano Group meeting 1st Dec 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 265

Morecambe Bay Piano Group meeting 1st Dec 2018

Lots of lovely playing at the Morecambe Bay Piano group meeting this afternoon. The next piano group meeting in the north west of England is at Clitheroe, 15 Dec 2018, starting at 1-00pm in the public library.
by chrisw
26 Nov 2018, 23:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: First Second Hand Piano - Help Needed
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: First Second Hand Piano - Help Needed

Jonathon,

I suggest that you send Barrie Heaton a private message about finding a piano tech in the Manchester area.
by chrisw
25 Nov 2018, 18:34
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Big My Secret
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Big My Secret

Very well played. Inspires me to have another look at Michael Nyman. How is the search for the grand piano going ?
by chrisw
24 Nov 2018, 17:03
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Music Book ranges for "intermediate"?
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Music Book ranges for "intermediate"?

Have a look at some Einaudi preferably in the book called "I Giorni".
by chrisw
13 Nov 2018, 18:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 9 octave piano
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: 9 octave piano

Only two bars across the strings. I wonder who designed the frame and what the factor of safety is ?
by chrisw
12 Nov 2018, 10:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tall Upright or small grand
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Tall Upright or small grand

Good luck. Please let us know what you think of the Feurich.
by chrisw
09 Nov 2018, 19:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tall Upright or small grand
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Tall Upright or small grand

Found this info with a Google search; "There is no given standard for string lengths within a given piano size range. A typical 122–123 cm vertical will have a #1 bass string length ranging from approximately 1170 mm up to approximately 1370 mm. The #1 bass string length in a 165 cm grand can vary f...
by chrisw
08 Nov 2018, 21:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tall Upright or small grand
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Tall Upright or small grand

I have the same head and heart problem ! With regard to your question asking for views on the Feurich or the Kawai GL30, I would need to try out those particular models before answering although both those brands have good reputations. I have tried a Kawai GL10 in a local shop a few weeks ago and th...
by chrisw
07 Nov 2018, 22:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tall Upright or small grand
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Tall Upright or small grand

Grand pianos take up more space and are more expensive. A tall upright is likely to have a richer bass than a short grand. On the other hand a grand is likely to have a faster action making trills and ornaments easier to play. Have a look at both and see what you like best in terms of the sounds the...
by chrisw
03 Nov 2018, 17:51
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Philip Glass
Replies: 0
Views: 370

Philip Glass

Bought a book of Philip Glass music earlier this year because it contained the title track of the film "The Hours". It is really an orchestral piece but this is a good piano arrangement and strong hints had been dropped that I might like to play it at a piano group I attend. Six months later I am re...
by chrisw
31 Oct 2018, 15:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Private Messages
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Private Messages

Thanks Barrie
by chrisw
31 Oct 2018, 13:36
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: A brand new book of Chopin Nocturnes
Replies: 6
Views: 3616

Re: A brand new book of Chopin Nocturnes

I recently acquired the Chopin preludes but I have never really got into his music. Perhaps I will someday.
by chrisw
23 Oct 2018, 18:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Private Messages
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Private Messages

Barrie,
I have sent a couple of private messages using uk piano pages and even though I pressed the send button and it responds with the date and time of the message being sent, the messages are still lingering in the outbox. When do messages make the transition from the outbox to be sent ?
Thanks.
by chrisw
21 Oct 2018, 20:18
Forum: Piano Concerts Musical Events
Topic: New Piano group
Replies: 1
Views: 579

Re: New Piano group

Next meeting 1st Dec 2018.

For further details and 2019 meeting dates please send me a private message.
by chrisw
17 Oct 2018, 14:09
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mystery Yamaha upright
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Mystery Yamaha upright

Looks to be a Kemble Cambridge equivalent, possibly made in Milton Keynes. Is it 110cm high ?
by chrisw
13 Oct 2018, 12:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Barrie,
Thanks for the link.

Piano Pages is opening better in Safari this weekend. Perhaps it was the server being a tad slow to load it last weekend and I was being impatient.
by chrisw
12 Oct 2018, 20:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Thanks Barrie, I will have a look at updating my machine to Mojave. Do you know if I can do it myself ? Visited the Morecambe Salvation Army hall yesterday to book next year's Morecambe Bay Piano group meetings. They told me about the piano being tuned and that the copper strings needed replacing, g...
by chrisw
10 Oct 2018, 12:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second hand piano
Replies: 8
Views: 1146

Re: Second hand piano

Quoting from your post; "It just felt a little bit ‘slow’ if that makes sense? Like you had to touch the keys quite firm and a little bit of a delay and muted sound." This doesn't sound good to me especially if a learner is using the piano. However perhaps a tuner technician can put it right but I c...
by chrisw
09 Oct 2018, 17:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Chrome is 68.0.03440.106 (official build) 64 bit.
by chrisw
09 Oct 2018, 08:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Barrie, The following warning message is being displayed when I open the pages using either Safari or Chrome. Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to fetch https://www.piano-tuners.org/xml.php?type=rss_featured_listings and cache is off in /var/www/vhosts/rssdog.com/httpdocs/magpie/rss_fetch.inc on line 241 S...
by chrisw
08 Oct 2018, 19:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

This machine is a MacBook pro with operating system is OS X 10.10 . Safari is 8.0. It is an old version because I resist the offers to upgrade for fear of slowing down the machine.
by chrisw
08 Oct 2018, 16:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Barrie,
Over the last few days UK Piano Pages has failed to open properly in Safari. It is probably because the version is too old; I haven't updated it since buying this computer. It does open for me in Chrome.
by chrisw
08 Oct 2018, 16:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 (10y old) vs U1 (30y/40y old) to purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: Yamaha P121 (10y old) vs U1 (30y/40y old) to purchase

Yamaha pianos are robust and should last a very long time. If all of these pianos were in exactly the same condition then the choice hinges on the sound it makes and the response of the keyboard to fingers. A friend purchased a reconditioned Yamaha U3 about five years ago and has been very happy wit...
by chrisw
04 Oct 2018, 14:04
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grouping
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Re: Grouping

Hello Tim, I don't do exams so I've never got anyway near grade 8. I do have the grade 5 ABRSM scales book which shows arpeggios over three octaves grouped in 4. I also have a copy of Hanon which has them in four octaves grouped again in 4. I'm not sure if I have interpreted your question correctly.
by chrisw
29 Sep 2018, 17:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Barrie,
The piano behaved very well and the majority of the group enjoyed playing it. The venue was also well liked.
C
by chrisw
28 Sep 2018, 20:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Changes to the UK Piano Page
Replies: 19
Views: 2105

Re: Changes to the UK Piano Page

Had to look up the meaning of internet bot and was really surprised that 75% of activity came from them.

Well done Barrie for developing the site.

I hope to be playing a piano in a community centre tomorrow which you regularly tune.
by chrisw
25 Sep 2018, 09:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Second Hand piano prices
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Second Hand piano prices

I came across this list of piano prices realised at auction on another forum. http://www.pianoauctions.co.uk/past_sales.php?Date=20-09-2018 It may be useful for people who persist in writing for valuations ! Those people however should take note that the pianos in this auction appear to be the top q...
by chrisw
21 Sep 2018, 20:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me identify piano?
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Re: Help me identify piano?

It looks very much like a Kemble Classic. I have one myself. The name 'Classic' does not appear on my piano either but I do have an undated Kemble brochure from perhaps 1994 which shows photographs of all the upright models that they made at that time.
by chrisw
21 Sep 2018, 20:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Amadeus Piano circa 1980's
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: Amadeus Piano circa 1980's

I think I have seen some discussion about Amadeus pianos within the PianoWorld forums. Perhaps it is worth enquiring there.
by chrisw
11 Sep 2018, 10:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Choosing a new piano
Replies: 5
Views: 649

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: 19
Views: 2105

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: 422

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: 855

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: 1
Views: 579

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: 811

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: 1306

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: 1315

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: 1315

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: 1028

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: 1028

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...