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by chrisw
29 Nov 2022, 11:26
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Inherited Rönisch piano
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: Inherited Rönisch piano

Ronisch are (were) a well respected German make and there seems to be plenty of information on the net. As an inherited piece your piano is likely to have more value to yourself than anyone else. In general old unrestored pianos are worth next to nothing although cannot comment specifically on your ...
by chrisw
25 Nov 2022, 23:01
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Trill speed--what is possible?
Replies: 5
Views: 7880

Re: Trill speed--what is possible?

Eighteen notes per second would definitely be too difficult for me, even 10 notes a second would be a challenge. The following video hopefully shows that it is not the piano action which is the limiting feature!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud3goJHb3zY&t=159s
by chrisw
22 Nov 2022, 22:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Feurich 179
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: Feurich 179

You are not being unreasonable in expecting a brand new piano case to be in pristine condition when you take delivery, irrespective of price. If case work is getting marked in transit from China to the dealer then the dealer should have the damage repaired before it goes out to customers. What can o...
by chrisw
21 Nov 2022, 21:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schumann Piano Help
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Schumann Piano Help

I think it most unlikely that the origin of the frame and/or the naming of the action would be misrepresented. It is possible that the keys may also have been produced by the Langer company and if so there is likely to be a stamp on the lowest white key showing the name Herrberger Brooks, Long Eaton...
by chrisw
21 Nov 2022, 16:35
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Upright Witton & Witton piano
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Upright Witton & Witton piano

If you can find the serial number it might be possible to say when it was made.Serial numbers are usually stencilled at the top of the iron frame near the tuning pins and you may have to take the front off to see it..
by chrisw
19 Nov 2022, 14:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schumann Piano Help
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Schumann Piano Help

I would be encouraged that it has a British made Langer action.
by chrisw
18 Nov 2022, 12:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st piano for a 9 years old
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: 1st piano for a 9 years old

Besides Knight, other good British pianos are Kemble, Chappell and Welmar. Yamaha and Kawai are good pianos but can be pricey even secondhand.. Fazer pianos are probably worth considering. A learner needs to like the sound of the instrument being played.
by chrisw
18 Nov 2022, 12:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st piano for a 9 years old
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: 1st piano for a 9 years old

Besides Knight, other good British pianos are Kemble, Chappell and Welmar. Yamaha and Kawai are good pianos but can be pricey even secondhand.. Fazer pianos are probably worth considering. A learner needs to like the sound of the instrument being played.
by chrisw
16 Nov 2022, 10:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st piano for a 9 years old
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: 1st piano for a 9 years old

The Ritz does look reasonable but to diagnose any faults and estimate the cost of fixing them you really need to hire a tuner/technician to look it over. Have you scanned the Facebook page "Piano for sale UK" to give you an idea what other pianos are available ?
by chrisw
13 Nov 2022, 09:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Feurich 179
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: Feurich 179

I have not had the pleasure of playing a Feurich grand or upright but I am aware that many people recommend them. When I was looking to replace my upright with a grand there was a piano shop in the southern lake district that had stocked them which was owned by a piano technician and restorer and I ...
by chrisw
11 Nov 2022, 17:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

Thanks for the update. It is good to know you are happy with your new piano.
by chrisw
10 Nov 2022, 16:07
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard 83978
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Erard 83978

The casework looks very nice and no doubt this piano would grace any sizeable room as a piece of furniture. The date of 1901 is reasonably accurate according to Taylor's Piano Atlas. I would however be concerned if this piano is suitable for a learner and would recommend that its condition is thorou...
by chrisw
26 Oct 2022, 19:33
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Repeated keys muffled in Kawai CN39
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: Repeated keys muffled in Kawai CN39

Does it make any difference if you ensure that the key you are playing comes back to the very top before playing it again ? Do you know if the CN39 has double or triple sensors ? Is this something that has just developed or has this behaviour been there since new ? If it is the same on all keys my g...
by chrisw
26 Oct 2022, 08:12
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Need help dating my Nelson London Upright
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Need help dating my Nelson London Upright

Thanks for the photograph. It is not often I see older pianos and can only guess this is from the mid to late 19th century. If you can hang on a week or two there may be another reply to your post.
by chrisw
25 Oct 2022, 14:53
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Need help dating my Nelson London Upright
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Need help dating my Nelson London Upright

Nelson do not appear in Taylor's Piano Atlas and this leads me to think it is a stencil brand. If you would like to post a photograph perhaps someone could estimate roughly when your piano was made.
by chrisw
09 Oct 2022, 12:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

Just watched Bonners' video on the NV5. It looks really impressive. I wonder if Kawai will introduce a wooden soundboard into the NV10 in the next iteration.
by chrisw
05 Oct 2022, 14:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

Please let us know how you find the NV5 in terms of touch, repeatability of notes, resonance etc although I would expect it to be very much like an acoustic piano. I am quite impressed with the Kawai CA99.
by chrisw
04 Oct 2022, 19:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

Oh no! Must be very disappointing.
by chrisw
25 Sep 2022, 16:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

Do you have an alternative position further away from the radiator ? Two feet may be ok but if the radiator raises the temperature of the air around the soundboard it will drop the humidity. The humidity immediately below and above the soundboard ideally needs to be at 40%-60%. Buy a hygrometer and ...
by chrisw
17 Sep 2022, 11:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Leg Bolt for Challen Baby Grand
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Leg Bolt for Challen Baby Grand

As far as I can tell from your photograph this is a wing screw bolt having a square form thread. The diameter of the thread looks to be one half inch and its pitch one eighth of an inch, at least as far as I can tell by scaling the image with the tape measure. A square form threaded rod should be av...
by chrisw
16 Sep 2022, 07:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

Looks lovely. Congratulations.
by chrisw
10 Sep 2022, 09:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

2 when I lift some of the keys they don’t all drop freely back to their level position and have to be pushed back down. But they all play freely when depressed in normal use Is that a problem that really needs fixing and if so is it a simple fix in most cases Other than these issues it is in immacu...
by chrisw
09 Sep 2022, 21:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

I have watched many YouTube videos produced by Bonners and they give me the impression of being very reputable dealers. I have also seen at least one pianoworld forum thread which recommended them as dealers.
by chrisw
06 Sep 2022, 09:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

Looks like a good choice of used baby grands to choose from. If your laminate floor is laid over concrete perhaps no need to worry. If it is over a suspended wooden floor I would consider placing a grand piano over some sort of rug. The room seems plenty big enough depending on the other furniture a...
by chrisw
02 Sep 2022, 16:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GA1 advise please help
Replies: 35
Views: 2596

Re: Yamaha GA1 advise please help

I have never come across anyone saying that a GA1 had tuning stability issues but I wonder if this model had a fixed music stand very much like the GB1 which could make tuning rather more awkward. Personally I would prefer a piano with a sliding music desk. At fifteen years old I would expect the st...
by chrisw
16 Aug 2022, 18:22
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to play these notes
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: How to play these notes

If your hands are large enough you could play the low D and Fsharp on the F staff together. Most people couldn't do this so the low D is played as an arpeggio with the Fsharp, some people describe this as rolling the notes. The D in the right hand is played when the Fsharp is sounded.
by chrisw
04 Aug 2022, 19:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: W.H. Barnes London
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Re: W.H. Barnes London

Hello Evy,
I agree that 10060 is likely to be the serial number of your piano but I haven't been able to find a list of numbers against date.

I hope the piano can be tuned and that it enables you to start piano lessons.
by chrisw
22 Jul 2022, 11:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Learning on a bad piano
Replies: 1
Views: 508

Re: Learning on a bad piano

People usually find it difficult to play well for a teacher anyway. Can you achieve the sounds you want to make with your own and if so perhaps the condition of the teacher's piano isn't that critical. Having said that a teacher should have a reasonable piano but there may be understandable reasons ...
by chrisw
23 Jun 2022, 14:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Rushworth & Dreaper from Argentina
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Rushworth & Dreaper from Argentina

The piano looks to be straight strung and under damped, the former not being so good but the latter good. I can only guess it was made in the early twentieth century. It looks as though it need lots of work, probably not economically feasible to return to playable condition.
by chrisw
21 Jun 2022, 10:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano group to be interviewed on radio
Replies: 1
Views: 1437

Piano group to be interviewed on radio

Morecambe Bay piano group have been invited to appear on a BBC Radio Lancashire show, the coming Thursday 23rd June. The show called 'Your Lancashire" is broadcast from 7:00pm and promotes various societies, groups or clubs in the county. Not sure what we will be asked but it gives an opportuni...
by chrisw
15 Jun 2022, 19:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai-K3TX
Replies: 3
Views: 902

Re: Kawai-K3TX

Is the K3TX just a K3 piano with a silent system ? If so the K3 was the predecessor to the K300. There should be plenty of information on the web giving the K3 specifications. I would imagine it was a good piano and should be ok to purchase from a local dealership, hopefully with some sort of guaran...
by chrisw
14 Jun 2022, 15:58
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Erard Piano

I am afraid I cannot answer this question. However it wouldn't be beyond the bounds of possibilities that they were both publishers and suppliers of pianos. Perhaps there are records in Arnhem that would give the answer.
by chrisw
14 Jun 2022, 07:28
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Erard Piano

According to Besbrode's web site your piano would have been produced between 1891 and 1900.
by chrisw
13 Jun 2022, 16:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Let-off regulation questions
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: Let-off regulation questions

Hope you are feeling better soon Barrie.
by chrisw
08 Jun 2022, 08:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Eavestaff Piano with numbers 25581 on box and 73489 on sound board
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: Eavestaff Piano with numbers 25581 on box and 73489 on sound board

Looks to be a nice piano which has been well cared for. In my opinion the serial number is 73489 but I haven't been able to find a list of Eavestaff serial numbers which go back earlier than 1950. Herrburger Brooks is the name of the company that made the action and perhaps the keys. They were a wel...
by chrisw
05 Jun 2022, 15:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.
Replies: 7
Views: 1051

Re: My piano tuning nightmare has begun.

"You can now play the major triad G, C, E in the middle of the piano. You may notice how horrible it is - a revelation that for many is a lifetime first. Indeed people with a good musical ear who have never tried to tune a piano before may feel that they must have gone wrong because it sounds s...
by chrisw
09 Apr 2022, 18:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How much should I be looking to spend on a piano in this situation
Replies: 4
Views: 1252

Re: How much should I be looking to spend on a piano in this situation

My piano teacher recently moved into a smaller house and replaced her Yamaha GB1 grand with a Yamaha B2 upright fitted with a silent system. She is still getting used to the acoustic side of the piano but likes the silent system very much as she plays late at night with headphones. I am sure you wil...
by chrisw
24 Mar 2022, 16:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wurlitzer electric piano 200 - needs restoration
Replies: 2
Views: 896

Re: Wurlitzer electric piano 200 - needs restoration

Hello, I had to look up what a Wurlitzer 200a actually looked like but immediately recognised them ! I was also surprised how much people were wanting to sell them for, presumably in good condition. This website may be of interest https://www.hammondhire.com/wurlitzerpianorestorations.html Alternati...
by chrisw
14 Mar 2022, 12:12
Forum: Piano History
Topic: John Spencer & Co age
Replies: 1
Views: 474

Re: John Spencer & Co age

1915
by chrisw
14 Mar 2022, 12:10
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wilh Steinmann upright
Replies: 11
Views: 2064

Re: Wilh Steinmann upright

My UK Google search using Wilh Steinmann did identify a number of stores that had sold these pianos. One suggested they were made at the Zimmermann factory in Leipzig. However are you sure it was made in Germany ? I would be very surprised if the piano serial number was stamped on the hammers. Have ...
by chrisw
02 Mar 2022, 22:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 2177

Re: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?

If you use just one layer there will be an air gap from the top of the insulation to the bottom of the piano. The top of the insulation will eventually come up to temperature albeit slightly lower than the temperature of the uninsulated floor. Convection currents will be set up in the air gap betwee...
by chrisw
02 Mar 2022, 18:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 2177

Re: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?

If you buy a roll of builders insulation there should be enough to build up a 'mutlipack' without using cardboard. Keep the shinny side facing downwards. All the best.
by chrisw
02 Mar 2022, 09:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 2177

Re: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?

To answer your question kitchen /cooking foil is adequate for glueing to the bottom layer (most shiney side down) but I hadn't thought of using builders insulation that Barrie has drawn attention to. Incidentally this type of builders insulation is probably available from Wickes if you don't shop wi...
by chrisw
01 Mar 2022, 12:09
Forum: Piano History
Topic: T.H. Mann & Co Pianos
Replies: 22
Views: 25714

Re: T.H. Mann & Co Pianos

I would recommend sending Mr. Michael Mann a private message through this forum as a means of getting in touch. Alternatively you may find him on Facebook.
by chrisw
28 Feb 2022, 12:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 2177

Re: Upright piano and underfloor heating - how can I protect the piano?

In addition to the lifesaver that Barrie advises, I would favour making a home made insulating pad and would make it thick enough so that it filled the gap between the floor and the bottom of the piano. For example multilayers of corrugated cardboard (from good quality boxes). The thicker it is and ...
by chrisw
25 Feb 2022, 18:03
Forum: Piano History
Topic: John Spencer & Sons Serial Number 53586
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Re: John Spencer & Sons Serial Number 53586

Manufactured just before the first world war.
by chrisw
22 Feb 2022, 11:46
Forum: Piano History
Topic: J. Nield & Son, LTD
Replies: 2
Views: 690

Re: J. Nield & Son, LTD

If there is nothing on the net I am afraid I can't help much. You may be aware that Middleton is a town in Greater Manchester on the east side and near to Rochdale and Oldham so the name may have come from there.
If it is an old upright it will not retain any monetary value.
by chrisw
18 Feb 2022, 21:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hellas upright - valuation
Replies: 2
Views: 936

Re: Hellas upright - valuation

Are Hellas still in business.? If so you could send them the serial number and they will tell you the date of manufacture. It does look more recent than 1970 because it has a third pedal. There is a disclaimer on this forum that it is impossible to value pianos but in my opinion the offer made by th...