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by hammer man
11 Jun 2011, 11:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore shine to ivory keys?
Replies: 35
Views: 54268

Re: Restore shine to ivory keys?

No, I am the hammer man!

DF
by hammer man
01 May 2011, 23:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: More Help Please !
Replies: 27
Views: 15935

Re: More Help Please !

You would have also seen KK drinking all their beer! :D
by hammer man
27 Apr 2011, 19:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cost of a new Renner grand action with Dampers etc?
Replies: 10
Views: 10799

Re: Cost of a new Renner grand action with Dampers etc?

The guys are quite correct, Renner UK is a strictly trade only supply house. We have a list of Renner trained technicians around the country who have been trained at the Renner factory in the art of fitting a new action. If you let me know where you are and I will send you their details direct. Fitt...
by hammer man
27 Feb 2011, 14:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: grand piano removal
Replies: 17
Views: 11316

Re: grand piano removal

Try G&R their prices are fairly decent.
by hammer man
27 Feb 2011, 14:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restoring or selling Steinway S-155
Replies: 21
Views: 13176

Re: Restoring or selling Steinway S-155

Dear Michael

Which part of Germany do you live. I have a few contacts in the BDK and can find a good technician for you.

David
by hammer man
10 Feb 2011, 20:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 115019

Re: Quality used upright advice

Bye Steinway indeed!!!!!!!!!!!! Snigger. :D
by hammer man
09 Feb 2011, 20:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 115019

Re: Quality used upright advice

OK guys but what about the Steingraeber & Söhne range of uprights??????? I think that their grands are better than S&S. Gone are the days where you could look at 8 model o's and 7 would be fantastic and one would be OK, now its 2 are fantastic and 6 are OK. If you are buying for the sound, touch etc...
by hammer man
09 Feb 2011, 16:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Why no price disclosed
Replies: 8
Views: 6955

Re: Why no price disclosed

The reason that some supply houses mark parts such as brass castors POA is that the cost of the parts keep increasing due to the cost of raw materials. Piano wire and brass castors have increased in price 3 times a year over the last 2 years. As for pianos, I am guessing that when one dealer sets hi...
by hammer man
09 Feb 2011, 16:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quality used upright advice
Replies: 115
Views: 115019

Re: Quality used upright advice

Sauters are very hard to beat. It would be worth a visit to the factory to choose one from the production line.
by hammer man
19 Oct 2010, 16:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cost of action overhaul
Replies: 17
Views: 17891

Re: Cost of action overhaul

The replacement parts idea is better value for money. Bechsteins are well known for having weak action parts. The best option for both piano and client is replacement.
As a member of both IMIT and PTA i know that there are some members that i would not trust to tune a radio.
by hammer man
13 Oct 2010, 16:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cost of action overhaul
Replies: 17
Views: 17891

Re: Cost of action overhaul

To be honest a piano of that age will require new hammers and shanks. Providing the instrument is in good condition I would also recommend the conversion from the tied action to that of the modern action. It is not an easy repair and would require an experienced technician who could re-calculate the...
by hammer man
26 Aug 2009, 00:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Patent Shanks
Replies: 13
Views: 9768

Re: Bluthner Patent Shanks

Renner can supply new patent shanks, flanges and lightwieght hammers to keep the original touch and feel of the action. Or can supply a new keyboard and action to fully convert the piano to a roller action.
Talk to your tuner/technician for a quote.

DF
Renner UK
by hammer man
22 Aug 2009, 22:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135
Replies: 16
Views: 14598

Re: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135

I agree with Sussex, Kemble first, Yamaha second!
by hammer man
22 Aug 2009, 22:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model O or B?
Replies: 17
Views: 15181

Re: Steinway model O or B?

To be honest I would seriously look at Bosendorfers before you buy.
by hammer man
23 Jul 2008, 00:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1979 Bluthner 6' vs New Estonia 6'3" vs 1974 Sauter 5'1
Replies: 9
Views: 8815

I would take your family to play all of the instruments and let them make the deceision. I would also have a tuner inspect the instruments before purchase as well. Without looking and if I had to take a gamble, it would be the Bluthner. Hope this helps.
by hammer man
23 Jul 2008, 00:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 17773

I would buy a hygrometer from B&Q (they cost £7.00) these digital gauges are very good. You need to keep the piano at 42% RH. I agree that the instrument should be checked by a humidity expert as it could become very messy if it is not delt with in he correct manner.
by hammer man
23 Jul 2008, 00:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Humidity control
Replies: 2
Views: 4868

Speak to Dampp Chaser direct, they can help.
by hammer man
23 Jul 2008, 00:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cola pianos
Replies: 3
Views: 3950

Never heard if in in 26 years, the name is not good.
by hammer man
23 Apr 2008, 21:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polish rebuilds
Replies: 22
Views: 14718

Sorry folks to enter the debate so late, but I am also doubtful as to the quality of the Polish work. Over the past year the London piano auctions have had a large number of Polish rebuilds put in to the sale, and the majority have splits in the soundboard which run along the new repair. This has be...
by hammer man
05 Mar 2008, 11:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Registry - seeking Jay
Replies: 3
Views: 4335

Hi

Speak to Richard at Piano Auctions Ltd, Jay and his business partner know them well.

D
by hammer man
09 Aug 2007, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Jobs within the Piano Industry
Replies: 12
Views: 10396

Yes I do, the trade has shrunk and will do so some more. The upright restoration business is now just down to stentimental work and the odd Steinway, Bluthner etc. But for me it is the grand work which is booming. Until there is a good grand made under 5k, that business will always be there. I must ...
by hammer man
09 Aug 2007, 00:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Missing 9ft Challen!
Replies: 38
Views: 19607

Bet I can guess who valued the Challan at 10k, the same one who rebuilt the same model and tried to sell it at 15k. This trade is too small to hide things for long.
by hammer man
09 Aug 2007, 00:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Boston GP218
Replies: 13
Views: 10455

As a technician I dislike Bostons, they are just sold on the back of the Steinway design. I agree with Gill buy a Kawai, a much better piano.
by hammer man
09 Aug 2007, 00:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Jobs within the Piano Industry
Replies: 12
Views: 10396

My advice would be to train as a technician, in ten years time there will be a real shortage. Here in Kent we are in short supply!!!!!!!!!!!
by hammer man
09 Aug 2007, 00:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Stuart and Sons Pianos
Replies: 17
Views: 16702

The Stuart piano is very expensive and having played one I think they are overrated. I would buy a Bluthner and save your money.
by hammer man
09 Aug 2007, 00:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: yamaha vs kawai
Replies: 22
Views: 16090

I think Kawai are better for what it's worth.
They are better sounding and if correctly regulated a better instrument.
by hammer man
09 Aug 2007, 00:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein model 7
Replies: 18
Views: 11920

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, sorry to sound negative but it's still an old Bechstein. I would still look long and hard about buying this instrument.
by hammer man
02 Mar 2007, 12:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Action regulation
Replies: 14
Views: 10876

Hi If the screws are too tight and will not move, I would put a soldering iron on each one for a short while and this should free them. Take care not to go too mad with the heat, and if you have the time I would file the burrs off of each screw as well to enable a better grip with the screwdriver. I...
by hammer man
27 Feb 2007, 14:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice needed - Buying a cheap upright piano
Replies: 6
Views: 5001

whoops, sorry for the late reply, it involved a boat.
As you are based in Surrey try Derek Love at Piano Workshop in Reigate, he has a decent selection.
by hammer man
25 Feb 2007, 00:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice needed - Buying a cheap upright piano
Replies: 6
Views: 5001

Hi

I would say avoid E-Bay, it is the dumping ground for pianos which are "past their sell buy date"!
Speak to local dealers or tuners who may have a part exchange piano which they want to sell quickly.
Which area are you in and maybe I can recommend someone.