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by Melodytune
02 Oct 2007, 21:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a used piano- where to start help
Replies: 7
Views: 7003

I quite agree: I like the 1970s and 80s Welmars best but from the late 80s they were more variable. Got a customer with a 2001 Welmar it is lovely.
by Melodytune
21 Jul 2007, 14:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Jobs within the Piano Industry
Replies: 12
Views: 10370

It can be hard to get into the piano industry, and vacancies are rare, but have you tried local music shops etc.? Perhaps not much help but at least it would be a start if you could get work at a music shop or something like that.
by Melodytune
18 Jan 2006, 22:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: If you can't afford a Steiway, which are the next best?
Replies: 25
Views: 18862

The original concept of overstringing was to enable piano manuafcturers to build smaller (in terms of height or length - for uprights and grands respectively) pianos but maintain a good length of stringing at the same time, hence giving as good or even better tone than that of its straight strung co...
by Melodytune
18 Jan 2006, 22:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: check out this piano video
Replies: 26
Views: 16543

Geminoz wrote:no....you got it wrong....it doesn't pay to have broadband....you gotta pay them :cry:
Hmm you got a point there - well - the package I'm on is arount the same price as some dialup services or equal to the amount I could spend extra on my phone bill for accessing the innernet.
by Melodytune
17 Jan 2006, 19:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wendl & Lung or Samick?
Replies: 9
Views: 9077

I've not had experience with the W & L piano but I generally like the Samick pianos - yes they are consistant, the tuning pins are oftern very tight but once in tune they're great.
by Melodytune
17 Jan 2006, 19:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: If you can't afford a Steiway, which are the next best?
Replies: 25
Views: 18862

Re: Steinway...the king of pianos ?

This is my first posting to the page and am anxious to share my experience with choice of piano. I purchased and rebuilt a Steinway in 1980 and was thrilled with it, but as my skill as a pianist grew, became increasingly unhappy with the loud metallic shrillness, even after voicing. Everyone else t...
by Melodytune
17 Jan 2006, 19:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: check out this piano video
Replies: 26
Views: 16543

I guess it pays to have Broadband to get the full "benefit" of this video then (if you can get it). I tell you what, having had broadband for some time one can almost forget the experiences of dialup.
by Melodytune
15 Jan 2006, 12:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: check out this piano video
Replies: 26
Views: 16543

It really doesn't matter anyway Gill. I know Barrie's quite flexible really - within reason.

"Is it worth doing all that then??" Yes (especially if you have broadband!)- for the experience anyway!! I've since forwarded the link to a couple of friends see what they think.

Regards
Chris
by Melodytune
12 Jan 2006, 18:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: check out this piano video
Replies: 26
Views: 16543

I take it all back! Its working fine now. I think, once you've downloaded and installed Macromedia Flash 8 and then re-started your computer then it will work. It's a pity the installation didn't suggest that. Regards Chris. PS. Well that's amazing I agree with above comments though I'm glad I'm not...
by Melodytune
12 Jan 2006, 18:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: check out this piano video
Replies: 26
Views: 16543

Geminoz wrote:It didn't work for me either :?
Glad I'm not the only one then. :lol:
by Melodytune
10 Jan 2006, 20:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wilh. Steinmann
Replies: 1
Views: 6809

I have a couple of these on my rounds and I have to say they are ok - worth a look anyway. Best of luck.
Regards
Chris.
by Melodytune
10 Jan 2006, 20:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: check out this piano video
Replies: 26
Views: 16543

Can't get it to work. Still the ad looks impressive. :lol:
by Melodytune
04 Sep 2005, 19:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Network of piano inspectors
Replies: 14
Views: 12568

The piano teacher will probably have a closer working relationship with the customer since they will see each other around once a week - the piano tuner will (idealy) visit once or twice a year. The teacher can oftern provide useful input as to what may be perceived to be suitable for the child but ...
by Melodytune
15 Aug 2005, 20:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Used farm tractors
Replies: 11
Views: 9214

Barrie Heaton wrote:But the guy was not that daft this topic comes up number 6 in Goole UK for "Used farm tractors UK" which is a good placing.




Barrie
Blimey. Says a lot for this site and its creator. :lol:
by Melodytune
15 Aug 2005, 20:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Used farm tractors
Replies: 11
Views: 9214

Geminoz wrote:hmmm.... pm'd sounds nasty.....that should fix him :twisted: hope I never get pm'd :?
Nah just a gentle reminder. :)
by Melodytune
15 Aug 2005, 20:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Concert pitch and tuning
Replies: 39
Views: 23356

Excellent post Mike. Good to see you on here Mark also I agree about hitting the note hard to achieve a stable tuning but didn't want to throw too much information at once plus I was working at Hereford also. I was also present at the ETD verses aural tuning test that Barrie mentioned. This changed ...
by Melodytune
13 Aug 2005, 20:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: eBay
Replies: 18
Views: 13139

When someone tells me they've bought a piano on Ebay my heart starts to race cos I've seen so many deceptions, one person bought a piano from an address they thought to be in Birmingham but ended up having to go to London for it (from the West Midlands) although the piano is servicable it certainly ...
by Melodytune
13 Aug 2005, 20:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Suxuki Digital Piano
Replies: 1
Views: 2946

I personally don't know of this model but may be in a posotion to ask someone this coming week and will post again if I get any joy.

If the digital piano is being sold locally then I'd go and see it (if you haven't done so already) and take your son with you to try it for himself.

Regards
by Melodytune
13 Aug 2005, 20:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Concert pitch and tuning
Replies: 39
Views: 23356

From those I know and who I trained with and taught in recent years; yes it is.

I was working with one guy this week, he's been at College for just 2 months and his hearing is developing very quickly I was impressed at his hearing and perception.
by Melodytune
13 Aug 2005, 19:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Used farm tractors
Replies: 11
Views: 9214

PianoGuy wrote:Lamborghini have always made 'em, so why not Fazioli?

:lol:
He's working on it! :lol:

I've pm'd the author of this topic.
by Melodytune
13 Aug 2005, 19:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Concert pitch and tuning
Replies: 39
Views: 23356

arthur wrote:Goulish - Interesting that it is 'goulish' to engage someone who is deaf and can tune but not someone who is blind.
I know of many blind tuners earning in excess of 20k for tuning pianos properly.
by Melodytune
13 Aug 2005, 19:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Concert pitch and tuning
Replies: 39
Views: 23356

Your moderator is visually impared and has been tuning pianos very successfully for 15 years. Don't get me wrong I am not against piano tuners using any form of ETA for tuning pianos but you can't learn what it has taken us 3 years to learn in a week and thats the final answer. BTW I didn't get e-ma...
by Melodytune
09 Aug 2005, 10:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Concert pitch and tuning
Replies: 39
Views: 23356

Is it that when you see something from your software as visably correct but it doesn't sound right and vice versa, its fair to say that this "variation" will differ from one type of piano to another for instance an Steinway concert grand piano when tuned would both sound ok and the reading you get w...
by Melodytune
07 Aug 2005, 09:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Network of piano inspectors
Replies: 14
Views: 12568

Very true it really does come down to cost, and Gill raises some good points here with regard to profit margins. If someone were to spend a reasonable amount on a new/second hand piano then I think its fair to say that a reputable dealer would oftern offer around 80% of the purchase price against an...
by Melodytune
06 Aug 2005, 20:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Concert pitch and tuning
Replies: 39
Views: 23356

First of all I couldn't word it any better what Barrie has written here, only to add that some concert pianos may be tuned slightly sharp of concert pitch, this practise is done to allow for the instrument to drop in pitch slightly as the strings expand with the heat of the hall with a full ordiance...
by Melodytune
06 Aug 2005, 20:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Stories Wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 5999

This one has come up on the PTA forums also. Sure I can think of one or two stories.
by Melodytune
06 Aug 2005, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Network of piano inspectors
Replies: 14
Views: 12568

I am oftern asked to look at pianos both as a private sale and from dealers alike. If the piano in question is a private sale I try and get as much information as possible from the customer about what they know about the piano, I have occasionally managed to save them money by talking them out of so...
by Melodytune
28 Sep 2004, 20:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Overdamping - can it be made more effective
Replies: 3
Views: 5844

It might also be worth just checking the sustain pedal (particularly if the piano has been moved). If the pedal rod is already touching the damper lift rail withoug the pedal being pressed then the pedal nut may need adjusting slightly to ensure that the lift rail is at its lowest position.

Regards
by Melodytune
28 Sep 2004, 20:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please help boyfriends birthday
Replies: 3
Views: 4933

If he has a piano you could get it tuned for him. :lol:

Seriously though, the ideas mentioned above are great, you could get him some sheet music depending on what music he likes to play.

Regards
by Melodytune
28 Sep 2004, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Julliard School Post
Replies: 0
Views: 3626

Julliard School Post

I have received a number of comments/complaints regarding the Julliard School posting so have taken the disician to delete the topic as its not in the interests of the forum membership.
by Melodytune
08 Sep 2004, 20:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Tuning and maintenance - Yorkshire
Replies: 5
Views: 7245

If tuning's cheaper than you thought, use the change to get the tuner to do all the donkey work! He/she will know which way up the dampers go (dirty side up...) and will either have some damper bodies knocking around or will have a mate who does. Take the easy way out, save your energy for your pia...
by Melodytune
08 Sep 2004, 20:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha problem
Replies: 3
Views: 5574

Your first port of call aught to be the shop where you bought the keyboard from (if known) otherwise you need to locate a reputable Yamaha dealer. Local music shops should have an idea of where they are. It would be helpful if you gave your location (i.e. Oxfordshire) so we can point you to a dealer...
by Melodytune
08 Sep 2004, 20:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Modernising music
Replies: 1
Views: 4165

I have worshiped at a number of churches, both C of E & Catholic and have found different situations from the traditional pipe organs to a digital piano. Although the latter would not be my ideal, I have found a piano to work in some situations especially where the building is modern as apposed to a...
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 19:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Valuing my Piano
Replies: 1
Views: 3686

You'd be best to get a qualified piano tuner to come and value it for you. If you need to sell it quickly then consider contacting a reputalbe piano dealer who would buy it from you. You tuner may be able to help you find a buyer for it as well as suggest what you aught to sell it for.
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 18:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: digital piano recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 3901

If its just classical that you're interested in then you may be disappointed in what a digital piano can offer in this respect. Other than that I'm not sure so anyone else with experience of digital pianos feel free to post a reply.
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 18:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano sales statistics
Replies: 1
Views: 4381

I don't actually sell pianos myself but having spoken to a local dealer recently I can give you an idea, not really in terms of figures though. In the early 80s the UK experienced a recession and as a result, piano sales were generally very poor until about 1984/5 when a recovery was evident. The la...
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 18:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Silent pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 4592

I would consider the Kawai pianos as these are usually impressive. I think you'll find the Kemble ones have actually been made and assembled in part by Yahama anyway so you may be disappointed if you don't like the genuine Yamaha silent pianos.
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 18:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: John Spencer &Co.
Replies: 1
Views: 3396

These pianos are usually quite reasonable pianos and may be suitable for a student. If the piano has been in store for a long time then chances are that its going to need some work done to it before it'll be playable again. You mention in your post about cleaning and tuning the piano. Get your tuner...
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 18:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dunham piano
Replies: 2
Views: 4408

Does the piano have any other information on it, such as Dunham & Sons or John Dunham etc.? What you describe sounds like a Dunham & Sons square grand piano from the 1870s. You might be as well to post in the History forum (if you haven't done so already where Bill may be able to give you more infor...
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 18:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wendl & Lung
Replies: 2
Views: 6009

I've no experience of these pianos, however its fair to say that although the Chinese pianos aren't particularly brilliant, they have come on in leaps and bounds over the last 10 years or so, and are actually producing value for money in their pianos.
by Melodytune
26 Aug 2004, 18:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: E Squire Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 4576

I think it's a B Squire the piano in question. Certainly from my experience they're usually quite reasonable pianos, hope you managed to find a tuner that can look at the piano for you. All the best.

Regards
by Melodytune
01 Aug 2004, 14:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: what piano have i got and how much do i sell it for?
Replies: 8
Views: 9684

Ok I'll get back to you soon, I'm away for a few days so will write again shortly.

Regards
by Melodytune
16 Jun 2004, 17:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: what piano have i got and how much do i sell it for?
Replies: 8
Views: 9684

Hi Mark123

If its an Eavestaff piano I would expect the serial number to be six figure number.

With all good wishes

Chris.
by Melodytune
01 Jun 2004, 16:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Am I about to be ripped off?
Replies: 2
Views: 4360

This is very old and should be approached with caution. It may well be that the seller has had the piano restored and is hoping to recoup the cost of having it restored. Its hard to say without seeing the piano but you may well do better by opting for something of say early 20th century (that has a ...
by Melodytune
22 May 2004, 12:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: what piano have i got and how much do i sell it for?
Replies: 8
Views: 9684

Have a look at http://www.uk-piano.org/history/eavestaff.html click on the 3rd photo and you should see that from the 3rd photo in the sequence you should be able to locate the correct serial number which is on the sound board.

Regards
by Melodytune
22 May 2004, 12:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: help on new paino
Replies: 1
Views: 3663

How much are they asking for the piano? The piano's serial number can oftern be located by opening the top and is situated either on the sound board or frame of the piano, or the top of one of the side panels. You say the piano was recently tuned. It is likely that he/she will have given the custome...
by Melodytune
20 Mar 2004, 23:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 Squeak
Replies: 11
Views: 12751

I have found the 1980s imported Yamahas to be generally good as well. Another good period is the early 90s through to about 94/5.
by Melodytune
20 Mar 2004, 21:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: what piano have i got and how much do i sell it for?
Replies: 8
Views: 9684

The serial number will help us to determine the piano's age and from that, we may be able to give you an idea of what the piano might be worth.
by Melodytune
20 Mar 2004, 21:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What did our Piano Look Like originally
Replies: 2
Views: 4351

Usually if the piano had mouldings on the top door (above the fall or keyboard lid) then a modernisation process usually removed these together with any other decoration to give the piano a more plainer look.
by Melodytune
16 Mar 2004, 22:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Clavinovas
Replies: 9
Views: 20258

Great! Sounds good to me.

Regards