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by chrisw
16 Nov 2021, 15:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand clp 635 or new clp 725
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Secondhand clp 635 or new clp 725

If I am remembering correctly a friend has a CLP 635 which was purchased for about £1000 some 6 six years ago. In those six years I believe digital pianos have undergone even further improvement and if you are able to go for a brand new model then that would be my advice. In any case a brand new pia...
by chrisw
31 Oct 2021, 13:52
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: electric piano recommendation please
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: electric piano recommendation please

I visited the gear4music shop in York a few years ago but wasn't terribly impressed by their own brands. Probably best if you can find a yamaha, kawai or casio. Always best to go to a well stocked shop to try out these brands but getting to large dealerships may involve long journeys ! Still probabl...
by chrisw
19 Oct 2021, 16:54
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: electric piano recommendation please
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: electric piano recommendation please

I would imagine a Yamaha P45 would also be good. If possible please try to give the P45 or P121 an audition. I was thinking that you may find either of these on the secondhand market rather than buying new.
PS have a look at the Facebook page ...pianos for sale uk
by chrisw
19 Oct 2021, 15:51
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: electric piano recommendation please
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: electric piano recommendation please

If possible find something with 85 weighted keys. Yamaha, Kawai and Casio are probably good makes to look for. Have you seen any Yamaha P121 on the secondhand market and what price do they attract ?
by chrisw
06 Oct 2021, 08:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Identifying kemble piano
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: Identifying kemble piano

In addition to a photograph, the accurate height of the piano is important.
by chrisw
19 Sep 2021, 14:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie question: which piano to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: Newbie question: which piano to choose?

Previous was 4th Sept 2021.
Next one 23rd Oct 2021.

Thanks for putting them on the calendar. No other meetings booked just yet.
by chrisw
19 Sep 2021, 12:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie question: which piano to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: Newbie question: which piano to choose?

Hello Barrie, not teaching at Oxford but doing research (solid state physics) at a scientific establishment half way between Oxford and Newbury. Whilst there met my wife to be, who was born in Oxford so we used to go back quite often. After a Saturday shopping trip or visit to a theatre or concert w...
by chrisw
19 Sep 2021, 10:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie question: which piano to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: Newbie question: which piano to choose?

I should have known the Yamaha model number was C110a ! Searching on the internet this morning one comes up in Oxford, originally sold by Russell Acott ltd. When I worked near Oxford in the mid 1970s I remember the Russell Acott shop at the north end of Cornmarket but it had disappeared by the 1990s...
by chrisw
18 Sep 2021, 18:30
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Practice rooms in Merseyside
Replies: 3
Views: 1830

Re: Practice rooms in Merseyside

A "Lets Play Piano" group meets in Liverpool once per month and have used a room in Liverpool Hope University so rooms are available to hire for outside organisations. However Liverpool Hope have told the group that they are not restarting hire until 2022. The Lets Play Piano group are cur...
by chrisw
18 Sep 2021, 12:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Newbie question: which piano to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 1860

Re: Newbie question: which piano to choose?

Hello Goaskyourdad, this is an interesting post ! When I think of toddler I imagine a two year old, so rather young for piano lessons, but you may be thinking well into the future which is no bad thing. I have the impression of the Heintzman having a substantial age much in excess of twenty years an...
by chrisw
16 Sep 2021, 10:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: F. Dorner & Sohn, Stuttgart Piano Serial #8613
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

Re: F. Dorner & Sohn, Stuttgart Piano Serial #8613

Or is it the year the medal was awarded ?
by chrisw
15 Sep 2021, 09:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: F. Dorner & Sohn, Stuttgart Piano Serial #8613
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

Re: F. Dorner & Sohn, Stuttgart Piano Serial #8613

Certainly looks in splendid condition.
by chrisw
25 Aug 2021, 22:14
Forum: Piano History
Topic: J. B. Tolkien Piano
Replies: 6
Views: 1487

Re: J. B. Tolkien Piano

Darlynrh, have you seen this post ?
https://www.piano-tuners.org/piano-foru ... hp?t=10681
by chrisw
20 Aug 2021, 10:09
Forum: Piano History
Topic: J. B. Tolkien Piano
Replies: 6
Views: 1487

Re: J. B. Tolkien Piano

I have also enjoyed J R R Tolkien's 'The Hobbitt' and the ring trilogy. Hopefully others can tell you about J B Tolkien pianos but your post did encourage me to use Google street view to see if the buildings at 23-25 Constitution Hill Birmingham which housed the piano dealership are still standing a...
by chrisw
17 Aug 2021, 16:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1575

Re: New piano advice

I recently had the pleasure of playing a friend's twenty year old Steinway B. He obtained it secondhand from a well known dealer in the last year but I would imagine it would have cost more than £50,000 although I do not know what price he paid. It is a gorgeous piano in every respect. On the other ...
by chrisw
26 Jul 2021, 22:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Offenbach vs halle & Voigt vs Steinhoven ?
Replies: 3
Views: 944

Re: Offenbach vs halle & Voigt vs Steinhoven ?

The best advice I can offer is to go and play all three to determine which one sounds the best and which one feels good under the fingers. If the Offenbach wins ask an independent tuner/piano technician to check it for wear. Provided the Offenbach is in good condition all three options should easily...
by chrisw
26 Jul 2021, 10:54
Forum: Digital Piano Reviews
Topic: welcome everybody
Replies: 1
Views: 1793

Re: welcome everybody

Sorry I cannot help. Does it have a serial number, usually found on the cast iron frame? Please repost into the Piano History part of this forum.
by chrisw
25 Jul 2021, 18:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ibach versus Bechstein
Replies: 1
Views: 717

Re: Ibach versus Bechstein

In my opinion they are both very good makes but it is an impossible task to choose a used piano on name alone, especially when one could be 120 years old. You have to find a means of judging their condition. Determine when they were both last tuned and make contact with the tuners, or get the owners...
by chrisw
15 Jul 2021, 09:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Welmar 116 versus Feurich 115
Replies: 4
Views: 1104

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: 1204

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: 1647

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: 2268

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: 2268

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: 1050

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: 2006

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: 32241

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: 2280

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: 1843

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: 4192

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: 3835

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: 3835

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: 1708

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: 3835

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: 3835

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: 3835

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: 1870

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: 1870

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: 1154

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: 1874

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: 1961

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: 3835

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: 2522

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: 2111

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: 2544

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: 2327

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: 1925

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: 2111

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: 10542

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: 2630

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...