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by Brumtuner
25 Mar 2008, 20:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano bench truck
Replies: 8
Views: 4490

Thanks Tom T, but I managed to knock one up out of 3 by 2. Cost me 40 quid, folds up, and even takes the weight of a monster Colon Broadwood - with just a few creaks and groans from both the wood and myself. It's broadly based on this except with more triangulation at the pivot point, steel instead ...
by Brumtuner
25 Mar 2008, 20:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning lever for old Broadwood and Sons
Replies: 7
Views: 4942

"a few drops of supper glue"

Curry paste?
by Brumtuner
21 Mar 2008, 21:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning trichords
Replies: 8
Views: 4282

"I always go for the third string which generally seems less false. Goodness knows why."

I'm not alone then.
by Brumtuner
15 Mar 2008, 00:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano bench truck
Replies: 8
Views: 4490

I want to see how the piano lies (centre of gravity wise) so I can knock one up out of mild steel square tubing.


...and then mass produce them :wink:

Any image/s will help.
by Brumtuner
14 Mar 2008, 22:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano bench truck
Replies: 8
Views: 4490

Piano bench truck

I mean, of course, those devices that tilt an upright onto it's back for easy castor/restringing jobs etc. Do any of you lot have an image of one? Preferably one in use. Either the folding type or one of those wood/steel fixed jobs (the type that look like a cross between a sleigh and a market barro...
by Brumtuner
10 Mar 2008, 21:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

Re: Open or Closed

On balance I would prefer open forums, but allowing the general public to see what some Tuner/Technicians get up to in this trade, perhaps they should be closed. In the last few weeks we have seen the following being advocated. Ear wax & sweat. Home made wrest plank restorer applied from a genuine ...
by Brumtuner
10 Mar 2008, 21:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 8179

The wedge was a tad too wide, hence (careful!!!) use of screwdriver. As a church organist myself I don't take liberties! :) Cardboard, as in a folded business card or, indeed, a flattened roach, might go down better if seen by the 'wrong' people'. It might make the keyboard stink of fish a bit, but...
by Brumtuner
09 Mar 2008, 20:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restringing question
Replies: 10
Views: 4568

I'd like to see a video of it in action, from setting it up to the finished job.
by Brumtuner
09 Mar 2008, 19:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restringing question
Replies: 10
Views: 4568

....I mean, look at the wrestpin image and check the left hand note..... 2 loose coils, then check the 11th note's coils.

Shame on that 'expert'. :wink:
by Brumtuner
09 Mar 2008, 16:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restringing question
Replies: 10
Views: 4568

"If you're dying to tell me that its because I have a crap piano - please do it gently!!" James, are you sitting down? The fact is, your stringing looks very good for a non-pro, in fact I've seen a whole lot worse from so-called 'experts' from loose coils, too few or too many coils, mis-aligned str...
by Brumtuner
09 Mar 2008, 14:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cleaning action components
Replies: 4
Views: 3108

Cleaning action components

Prior to working on customers' actions, I use compressed air to remove the crud, but when doing one up to sell, use the shot-blaster. Am I to be frowned upon by the 'traditionalists' for doing this? I use kiln dried sand - the sort used for dressing block paving, cheap and plentiful and fine enough ...
by Brumtuner
08 Mar 2008, 11:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

David Taylor/Cyril Marris - the main men, plus couple of blokes who didn't last long.

Course started 09:00 Sept 19th 1977 at 'The Mount'.
by Brumtuner
07 Mar 2008, 20:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Quickish Joke
Replies: 0
Views: 1694

Quickish Joke

A German man learning English was asked by his tutor to construct a sentence using the word 'probably'. He thought for a while and replied: "Last night, I vas avoken by mein daughter and her boyfrient giggling downstairs in ze early hours so I vent downstairs and zey vere both standing in ze music r...
by Brumtuner
07 Mar 2008, 19:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

"Oh, that's a shame 'cos I wanted to know if all tuners carried over their shoulder a sack marked 'SWAG', while wearing a black and white striped jumper and face-mask too! "

Hehe.
by Brumtuner
07 Mar 2008, 09:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

"I just don't get how posting "brilliant information" as you put it and either hiding it or not letting other people see it, is not a conflict of interest!"

Fair enough.
by Brumtuner
07 Mar 2008, 00:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

Used snooker table cloth, again available for next to nuffin and it's good stuff too!
by Brumtuner
06 Mar 2008, 23:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

mdw, did they have them when you were there?
by Brumtuner
06 Mar 2008, 22:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

Re: Just a thought....

Barrie Heaton wrote:
Brumtuner wrote:How about a seperate category (on this site) for technicians - tips, problems, ideas etc?

Just a thought.
open or closed

Barrie,
Errmmm, closed.
by Brumtuner
06 Mar 2008, 22:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 8179

I used to say "I use to". :wink:
by Brumtuner
06 Mar 2008, 16:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 9358

Just a thought....

How about a seperate category (on this site) for technicians - tips, problems, ideas etc?

Just a thought.
by Brumtuner
05 Mar 2008, 13:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Registry - seeking Jay
Replies: 3
Views: 3177

According to my 'Pierce Piano Atlas', your Erard was made in 1838 (assuming that your serial number is correct).

Erards made in the 1870's started with serial number 43***.
by Brumtuner
04 Mar 2008, 22:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 8179

A bit of advice....


Look after the thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, unisons and octaves, and the tenths'll look after themselves.

Also, if in doubt, sharpen it. :wink:
by Brumtuner
04 Mar 2008, 11:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 8179

"Typical replies from the smug tuners... What I want to know is this - your "proper" piano is a semitone flat? How "proper" is that?" I'm smug but not cos I'm a tuner, it's my looks and personality. Semitone flat pianos are about 1 in 10 on my round. All the good pianos, I leave a few beats below p...
by Brumtuner
02 Mar 2008, 20:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Electronic Tuning Aids
Replies: 6
Views: 4260

there use to be an open source one which by all accounts was not half bad. the best on the market is ether the SAT or the Reyburn Cyber Tuner the RCT is software and the SAT is a bit of Kit. There are no cracks out there for the RCT a few guys which trained with me got tinnitus they have the RCT an...
by Brumtuner
02 Mar 2008, 15:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Electronic Tuning Aids
Replies: 6
Views: 4260

Electronic Tuning Aids

I'm not enthralled at paying 500+ squids for a downloadable progam, so... Is there an accurate machine out there for, say, 200 quid? One that 'stretches' the octaves a tad - like what I does. Can these overpriced progam versions be copied? :wink: ....you know what I mean? You know what I'm after. I'...
by Brumtuner
29 Feb 2008, 20:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning trichords
Replies: 8
Views: 4282

I can't believe that tuners could falsen* a string by their 100 or so visits/Papps-clicks when they get a good hammering anyway, in normal use. I take your point on the slightly longer string but I was more on about the (lack of) purity of that single string as opposed to the 'out-of-tuneness' of it...
by Brumtuner
28 Feb 2008, 22:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning trichords
Replies: 8
Views: 4282

Tuning trichords

Whilst doing the trichords, even when laying the scale, I always tune the right hand string first because I tend to find that they are purer in tone than the left hand string. Oddly enough, I found out that my old man used to do the same too! So...... why are the (usually) left hand strings falser t...
by Brumtuner
26 Feb 2008, 01:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Twangy note
Replies: 14
Views: 6670

I meant... that's what the tuner will do when your back is turned.

He/she'll prolly be facing you when the payment is requested.
by Brumtuner
26 Feb 2008, 01:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Twangy note
Replies: 14
Views: 6670

Just yank the damper up and give the felt a good scratch with your finger nail.
That's what the tuner will charge you 450 quid for - when your back is turned.
by Brumtuner
25 Feb 2008, 10:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Consolette??? Help
Replies: 8
Views: 5564

As for them being designed to go on a ship, yeah, the lot of 'em, on 'The Titanium', the one that hit a snag.
by Brumtuner
25 Feb 2008, 10:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Consolette??? Help
Replies: 8
Views: 5564

Kimball Consolette - Go Google image.



What I think of Kimball pianos:


Pfffttt.
by Brumtuner
24 Feb 2008, 23:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cracking soundboards
Replies: 14
Views: 6632

"When the tuner declared our piano dead she said it was because the soundboard was cracked. She said, and showed us, that she couldn't tighten the pins any more as they just un-tightened themselves again." More like the wrestplank was cracked. " It was funny to watch at first, the pins moving her b...
by Brumtuner
24 Feb 2008, 00:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tempted?
Replies: 9
Views: 4481

The piano's at Nailsworth, Gloucester. Perhaps this guy could pop around and put the seller right.



....unless, of course..... :wink:
by Brumtuner
19 Feb 2008, 17:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Welmar gold letters missing
Replies: 4
Views: 3068

& #163; = £ (without the space)

£400
by Brumtuner
16 Feb 2008, 22:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Slow to respond Keys
Replies: 8
Views: 4533

Helium-filled ballons in cars are odd, they accelerate faster than the car and brake sharper too.
by Brumtuner
16 Feb 2008, 21:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Slow to respond Keys
Replies: 8
Views: 4533

Just kidding about the ballons. I meant 'balloons'.
by Brumtuner
16 Feb 2008, 21:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Slow to respond Keys
Replies: 8
Views: 4533

If I were you, I'd ask your tuner if he/she can do anything like, for instance, tie helium ballons to the dampers and key backs, regulate it, whatever.
by Brumtuner
14 Feb 2008, 21:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What a guy!
Replies: 2
Views: 3260

....give or take 50 minutes.
by Brumtuner
14 Feb 2008, 21:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What a guy!
Replies: 2
Views: 3260

What a guy!

http://www.renner.com.sg/service.html

"Our master craftsman takes only 15 mins to get the whole piano to A440 concert pitch"

Amazing! It takes me a whole 18 minutes!
by Brumtuner
12 Feb 2008, 18:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bass Strings
Replies: 7
Views: 3981

"Would it not be cheaper to buy one" A string , yes, a machine, deffo no, anyway, I'm a tight get that likes to make things for next to nothing like my 30yr old moving trolley - 12 quid, my piano moving trailer - 80 quid, my sluggish action 're-centring oven' - jus' kidding :wink: . I simply like m...
by Brumtuner
11 Feb 2008, 23:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bass Strings
Replies: 7
Views: 3981

I assumed that the core could be powered at one end like a lathe (but by the drill) and the other hooked onto freely rotating eye/hook thingy but it's the necessary tension that I need info on. There's a short vid clip on http://www.hellerbass.de/uk/entrance.htm but sadly, it's not that informative.
by Brumtuner
11 Feb 2008, 21:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bass Strings
Replies: 7
Views: 3981

Making Bass Strings

How feasible is it to make your own machine? I've seen a picture of a home-made winding 'machine' using a variable speed electric drill to rotate the core wire but does anyone know how tense the core needs to be prior to applying the copper wire? Any info and/or images of home-made devices would be ...
by Brumtuner
11 Feb 2008, 00:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: returning to piano - 2000 to spend? Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 4354

"with the newer ones it is far more a case of what you see is what you get"

Exactly, that's why I prefer 1920's Broadwoods, Chappells etc.
by Brumtuner
10 Feb 2008, 19:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: returning to piano - 2000 to spend? Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 4354

&pound = Quid
by Brumtuner
10 Feb 2008, 19:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: returning to piano - 2000 to spend? Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 4354

In my opinion, a 1928 Broadwood (88 notes) would be ideal and yup, I just happen to have one of those for sale!

To you, £1999.50.
by Brumtuner
09 Feb 2008, 19:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: On its death bed
Replies: 24
Views: 9041

You can tuna fish but you can't tune a fishtank piano.



Or summink.
by Brumtuner
09 Feb 2008, 00:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: De-oiling action
Replies: 3
Views: 2706

He said "no".



I'm a large medium.
by Brumtuner
08 Feb 2008, 18:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: De-oiling action
Replies: 3
Views: 2706

De-oiling action

Years ago, as a young'un, I used to amuse myself by doing things like pouring mercury from one hand to the other as my old man - a tuner/repairer, using Benzine or Carbon Tetrachloride in which to rinse the crud from oily flanges prior to recentring - all whilst he smoked a Capstan in an asbestos ci...