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by chrisw
15 Jul 2021, 09:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Welmar 116 versus Feurich 115
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Welmar 116 versus Feurich 115

1992 isn't desperately old for a piano and if it has had normal light domestic use I would hope the action is still crisp. If the Feurich is too bright I agree with Barrie to ask the dealer to tone it down (I am sure that the Feurich dealer in Oxford would do this as a matter of course). Then buy th...
by chrisw
07 Jul 2021, 15:07
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bentley Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: Bentley Piano

Harrods normally keep details of the pianos that they sold in the past and if you write to them with their stock number they can tell you more. Given the suggested date and the yellowish appearance I would imagine that the piano was finished with a teak veneer.
by chrisw
20 Jun 2021, 15:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: John Spencer - does this piano have any value?
Replies: 1
Views: 924

Re: John Spencer - does this piano have any value?

Serial numbers usually appear painted in the top right hand corner of the frame rather than stamped in wood. Apart from this number there is little in the three photographs to help me to judge what the piano is like apart from the veneer of the case and condition of the pedals. The latter suggests t...
by chrisw
19 May 2021, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need help planning room and deciding on Upright or Grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1339

Re: Need help planning room and deciding on Upright or Grand

Thank you for the link to the floor planner. I am likely to use it although have already checked that a 166cm grand does go into our bay window using a paper template made by tracing around the perimeter of a Kawai grand that I sometimes play in a nearby hall. We also have a laminate flooring in the...
by chrisw
19 May 2021, 11:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need help planning room and deciding on Upright or Grand
Replies: 3
Views: 1339

Re: Need help planning room and deciding on Upright or Grand

Your sitting room is just slightly bigger than our dining room, which also contains a large bay window and door in the same place as your own. I too have been considering exchanging my upright piano which currently resides in one alcove of the dining room next to the fireplace for a baby grand say u...
by chrisw
11 May 2021, 21:16
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Teaching a Dyslexic Child
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: Teaching a Dyslexic Child

Sorry I am not a teacher and have very little experience of dyslexia. If there are no replies to your post on this forum then please try ABRSM forums pages or Piano Network UK on Facebook. There are many piano teachers that like to use the latter two sites.
by chrisw
01 May 2021, 11:27
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 32021 Steck- is it a real Gotha Steck?
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

Re: 32021 Steck- is it a real Gotha Steck?

Congratulations. Hope you have many years enjoying it.
by chrisw
10 Apr 2021, 10:06
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: More chitchat about repertoire
Replies: 31
Views: 30629

Re: More chitchat about repertoire

Hello Leipzig,
Welcome to this forum. If you would like to let us know whereabouts you reside perhaps someone may be able to suggest a piano technician local to you. Also it would be useful to know the age of the Bluthner to determine if it could be fitted with a patent action.
by chrisw
11 Mar 2021, 08:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1364

Re: Buying Advice

I agree with Barrie that I would favour Kawai. Both are good pianos but I like the sound of Kawai better.
by chrisw
06 Mar 2021, 13:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Spencer upright piano
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: Spencer upright piano

The best person to judge the condition of the piano and therefore its value is the person who tuned it or failing that person another tuner or piano technician. If the serial number is as low as 35013 I would imagine the piano is approaching 120 years old and it would be my belief it would have a qu...
by chrisw
16 Feb 2021, 15:38
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Clp 675 vs Clp 745
Replies: 3
Views: 2206

Re: Clp 675 vs Clp 745

Hello Sergio, I don't know very much about digital pianos but I have played a friend's CLP 645. I didn't find the keyboard too hard, if anything they are usually too soft when you normally use a modern acoustic piano. I believe these Yamahas have a software switch to make the touch harder or softer.
by chrisw
07 Feb 2021, 12:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2444

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

Thanks Barrie. It went well yesterday. We had one new member join the online group and a full programme of music. We record the music onto YouTube and play it using Zoom shared screen and sound as this gives the best sound quality. I seem to have a corruption on my computer, which is used as the Zoo...
by chrisw
07 Feb 2021, 10:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2444

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

Thanks Barrie. Just had a look at the Bluthner site and now realise I ought to find out more about their Irmler brand.
by chrisw
04 Feb 2021, 11:30
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Forum makeover
Replies: 6
Views: 914

Re: Forum makeover

I like the look of the new pages Barrie. Not so keen on adverts when opening a thread but perhaps it is helpful for other reasons.
by chrisw
03 Feb 2021, 21:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2444

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

Hello Barrie and George, thank you for your recent posts. If I do start piano shopping I will try as many brands as I can and I am now going to include the Yamaha C1x in the list. At the moment I am quite enjoying the sound that my Kemble makes although periodically I start to wonder if the quicker ...
by chrisw
02 Feb 2021, 13:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2444

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

Thanks for the advice Barrie. Perhaps I will put Kawai at the top of the list. Should I be worried if the piano I select doesn't have duplex scaling ? Manufacturers seem to make much of duplex but I can't see that it makes that much difference.
by chrisw
01 Feb 2021, 14:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Trade in my upright for a baby grand
Replies: 12
Views: 2444

Re: Trade in my upright for a baby grand

Hello George, I think I now recall your name from a post last year when you were asking for advice about changing your Feurich upright. Also sorry for taking a few days to reply, I have only just seen your post. Thanks for the info and advice. I have managed to discuss Feurich pianos with the owner ...
by chrisw
29 Jan 2021, 23:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Life Saver
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Re: Piano Life Saver

I don't understand what you are suggesting waiting for. If you are asking if you should wait 12 months to allow a used piano to acclimatise before getting it tuned I would advise that is much longer than is needed. Once humidity has risen above 40% towards the end of winter wait three or four weeks ...
by chrisw
29 Jan 2021, 17:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Life Saver
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Re: Piano Life Saver

I can't answer about Piano Life Savers as I have not had one fitted. I live in the north west of the UK and have also been watching humidity levels during the winter. I am not sure how accurate my little hygrometer is but when the cold spell started at the beginning of January 2021 the house humidit...
by chrisw
01 Jan 2021, 14:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy New Year 2021
Replies: 1
Views: 650

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: 1146

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: 1284

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: 12
Views: 2444

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: 1721

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: 1572

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: 1704

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: 1670

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: 1431

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: 1572

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: 8552

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: 1866

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: 8552

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: 8552

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: 8552

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: 8552

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: 8552

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: 8552

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 ...
by chrisw
29 Sep 2020, 21:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking advice New or Used Uprights
Replies: 31
Views: 8552

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: 8552

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: 2641

Re: Dust removal tools

Thank you, Fiona
by chrisw
28 Sep 2020, 15:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dust removal tools
Replies: 4
Views: 2641

Re: Dust removal tools

Thank you Barrie.
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by chrisw
27 Sep 2020, 17:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?
Replies: 14
Views: 14655

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: 2641

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: 7865

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: 2649

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: 1546

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: 2649

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: 5068

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: 8
Views: 4623

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: 8
Views: 4623

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.