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by Jerome
16 Mar 2011, 00:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 110863

Re: Quality used upright advice

An enjoyable tour... imho Bechstein and Grotrian are much closer to each other than
either is to a Bluthner, so I think your final preference is quite consistent. Will be interested to learn your eventual choice!
by Jerome
12 Feb 2011, 17:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 110863

Re: Quality used upright advice

The Steinway model K is undoubtedly a fine piano but other high-end uprights are just as appealing in different ways. Ibach was mentioned further up in the thread but I thought they had ceased production a year or two ago. A sad consequence of the decline of the piano retail trade is that unless you...
by Jerome
21 Mar 2009, 16:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 29784

Kemble

Hope this turns out to be a false alarm:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009 ... ha-closure
by Jerome
21 Jan 2009, 11:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: why is petrof not popluar ........?? in uk?
Replies: 9
Views: 15505

Re: why is petrof not popluar ........?? in uk?

The only disadvantage is that Brodmann UK is in receivership and warranty problems may be difficult to sort out. The pianos themselves are superb.
Is this a little local difficulty or is the whole Brodmann group in trouble? (Didn't they try to buy Bosie?)
by Jerome
14 Dec 2008, 17:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What DOES one do about a rogue trader?
Replies: 23
Views: 14552

I am no tech nor a particularly good pianist but I am always surprised by the number of older pianos on sale for quite high prices in shops. They sound like old bangers and one lift of the lid is enough to reveal even to me that no real work has been done to them. They seem to sell, so I can only ho...
by Jerome
12 Apr 2008, 18:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein apprenticeships
Replies: 3
Views: 3395

Bechstein apprenticeships

http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,,2271591,00.html mentions Bechstein apprenticeships as an example of the German training system. I suppose the cynic would note that even Bechstein is now doing a lot of its production outside Germany but the training system may be one reason there s...
by Jerome
05 Jan 2008, 12:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A hint for a student?
Replies: 5
Views: 5073

We have a Yam C7 at the school where I work and we got Jeff Shackell to voice it; it's beautiful and rich in the bass and creamy mellow at the top; delicious!
Out of curiosity: how long ago was it voiced? Has the voicing lasted?
by Jerome
18 Jul 2007, 22:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner...your thoughts please
Replies: 18
Views: 10210

They are generally excellent if you like that sort of thing. Personally I like the smaller C upright than the flagship B. If you're off to Blüthners' place in Davies Street, try the Haesslers which offer near- Blüthner quality at a much lower price. Do you mean A rather than C? The C is rather smal...
by Jerome
10 Jul 2007, 22:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Missing 9ft Challen!
Replies: 38
Views: 18066

Perhaps there is some confusion between musical and commercial
value. The Challen might be a superior instrument to a Bechstein of the same era which would sell for 10k plus but if the name recognition isn't there it will be hard to sell.
by Jerome
11 Dec 2006, 22:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1913 Bluthner 6ft 3 OR 1995 Schimmel 6ft 8?
Replies: 11
Views: 8581

PG - many thanks, that's very informative.
by Jerome
09 Dec 2006, 16:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1913 Bluthner 6ft 3 OR 1995 Schimmel 6ft 8?
Replies: 11
Views: 8581

New hammer felts 400
Slightly off topic but sometimes the hammers seem to be replaced rather than trying to recover the old ones. Not sure of the relative merits/cost of doing this?
by Jerome
24 Sep 2006, 21:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: YAMAHA U3 / U5 Review - please help me!
Replies: 33
Views: 76465

On prep, the estimate PG gives here and on another thread is that a day of a tech's time is required for prep, so say 2-300 pounds. Assuming this is true for all pianos, the incentive to skimp on this seems less for more expensive pianos like a U3 than a bottom of the line Yamaha. For the same reaso...
by Jerome
24 Sep 2006, 21:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Zimmermann Z1 / Z3
Replies: 12
Views: 8807

The one I saw was more like Zimmermann price than regular Bechstein price, so depends on one's view of 'reasonable'!!
by Jerome
23 Sep 2006, 23:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Zimmermann Z1 / Z3
Replies: 12
Views: 8807

The Zimmermann Z1 struck me as a bit mellower than a Bechstein 124 and with a slightly lighter action when I tried one but not sure if this is representative. It was certainly a very nice piano and as PG says much more reasonably priced than the equivalent Bech model. I have also come across a Bechs...
by Jerome
19 Mar 2006, 01:23
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bechstein model history
Replies: 1
Views: 3436

Bechstein model history

Current Bechstein grands seem to have roughly the same names (A to D etc) and sizes as the pre-war models. The uprights though seem to have changed - there used to be models 6 to 10 but now there seem to be 118, 124, Concert 11 and Concert 8. Does anyone know when the change in upright lines took pl...
by Jerome
25 Feb 2006, 23:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: High end uprights and cheaper grands
Replies: 1
Views: 3010

High end uprights and cheaper grands

This is partly inspired by the thread on the best upright but seems a separate issue. Once prices reach 10k, some reasonable but not top quality grands become affordable. For example a Yamaha SU-7 upright probably costs roughly the same as a Yamaha C3 grand. It seems generally agreed that a large en...
by Jerome
24 Feb 2006, 23:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Best new upright money can buy
Replies: 15
Views: 15392

Jacques Samuel in London seems to stock Ibach now
- they had a couple when I was there in January and they now list Ibach on their web-site.
The big Ibach seemed pleasant but nothing special.
by Jerome
08 Dec 2005, 23:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Haessler and Zimmermann
Replies: 1
Views: 3440

Haessler and Zimmermann

Does anyone have views on the quality of Haessler
and Zimmermann, the second-line pianos produced
by Bluthner and Bechstein? I'm looking for an upright
which is somewhat mellower than a Yamaha but doesn't
have an astronomical price tag!