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by vernon
08 Oct 2015, 23:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to market original piano music?
Replies: 5
Views: 4496

Re: How to market original piano music?

dodgy ground here. there are thousands of eminent musicians writing music out there; exquisitely melodic and harmonically correct that get nowhere. Music is an art that appeals to depths that we cannot begin to understand. Being very ignorant in this matter, I venture to suggest that some of the Bea...
by vernon
06 Oct 2015, 19:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano too loud
Replies: 7
Views: 5851

Re: Piano too loud

Bear in mind most of the sound energy comes out of the back of the piano.Ergo, if you muffle that discretely with a quilt or any insulation(eg loft insulation-- the sort that comes in sealed silver bags . Wickes/B&Q.) Don't make it too permanent as I am confident that as you get back into playing, y...
by vernon
14 Sep 2015, 21:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help identifying unbranded piano
Replies: 4
Views: 2803

Re: Help identifying unbranded piano

what is a " good piano to flip?"
by vernon
14 Sep 2015, 21:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help identifying unbranded piano
Replies: 4
Views: 2803

Re: Help identifying unbranded piano

Can't see enough-not even the pedals.
Please remove the front and then the dog can see the rabbit.
by vernon
29 Aug 2015, 23:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: RUSHWORTH & DREAPER
Replies: 7
Views: 4578

Re: RUSHWORTH & DREAPER

Colin
You must be barmy to even get involved with a turkey like that.
Nobody will end up happy.
Swan Vesta job
by vernon
24 Aug 2015, 20:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Value
Replies: 7
Views: 4045

Re: Piano Value

why do we get involved with these old pianos. We're nearly finishing an old Bech upright that we have dabbled with for over a year. Unfortunately, a previous owner seems to have tried fitting a pedal board as the whole undercarriage is riddled with holes with large chunks of the cheeks gnawed off. T...
by vernon
23 Aug 2015, 22:15
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Haake Baby Grand
Replies: 5
Views: 3245

Re: Haake Baby Grand

Can't imagine anybody had time to tinkle the ivories in the War Room what with all the bombs,bombes and bombast. Especially with a german joanna.
by vernon
18 Aug 2015, 22:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Value
Replies: 7
Views: 4045

Re: Piano Value

have the rats been at those poor old ivories?
by vernon
18 Aug 2015, 18:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Value
Replies: 7
Views: 4045

Re: Piano Value

You will need to get a tuner/technician to evaluate the condition before putting a price on it. bear in mind it's 50 years old. I doubt it has ivory keys at that age. Can't remember Knights offering them
by vernon
09 Aug 2015, 10:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 manufacturing year and value
Replies: 3
Views: 3201

Re: Yamaha U1 manufacturing year and value

the last person you want to take to help choose a piano is a professional pianist or a piano teacher!
Take a good technician in stead. It will be worth his fee.. You can judge best the tone and touch that suits you. Nobody else.
by vernon
04 Aug 2015, 18:59
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Patent 14943 Upright piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4705

Re: Erard Patent 14943 Upright piano

The various tradesmen in a piano factory; polishers.backmakers, markers 0ff, tuners and finishers and regulators often had their own stamp that they would affix with some pride to their work.
I still do it but have still never found any of my juvenile works of art.
by vernon
03 Aug 2015, 17:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: W.Gutzeit, Berlin Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 4179

Re: Antique German Piano

the bit"Hoflieferant -----Baden" means that this chap Prince Friedrich was a patron to this piano company in his petty Court in Baden.They probably presented him with one.
After German Unification in 1870 he would have disappeared and married one of our royals.
by vernon
01 Aug 2015, 20:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano - tuning recommendation
Replies: 2
Views: 2080

Re: New piano - tuning recommendation

congratulations on your K500. Clearly Kawais are well tuned before leaving the factory as they reach us in very good tune. Certainly leave the piano a few weeks to adapt to it's new settled environment. After that, you will have to judge when your ear tells you attention is needed. With Kawais speci...
by vernon
22 Jul 2015, 20:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bentley Upright Piano - Age? Help
Replies: 6
Views: 4483

Re: Bentley Upright Piano - Age? Help

looks like a Bentley 85 C model to me,
by vernon
22 Jul 2015, 20:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mum wants to evict her Monnington & Weston!
Replies: 5
Views: 3587

Re: Mum wants to evict her Monnington & Weston!

who says it's straight strung?
When M&W introduced the double iron frame they became overstrung.I fitted dozens of them.
However, this doesn't negate all the comments as this 1930s piano has little value commercially.It could be a nice little worker tho'
by vernon
14 Jul 2015, 18:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 or Kawai K50
Replies: 8
Views: 6884

Re: Yamaha U1 or Kawai K50

I've never had a secondhand Kawai offered as they're like gold dust here.
Plenty of Yamahas tho
by vernon
05 Jul 2015, 21:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Interpret Richard Lipp Serial No.
Replies: 7
Views: 3703

Re: Interpret Richard Lipp Serial No.

That's the way to do it. Don't completely remove any screws till you've made sure you've freed something. The curved bit behind the keys should slide UPWARDS.If it doesnt at first, waggle it well as it may just be stuck. Once out you will be able to see the next step. The action is probably in two p...
by vernon
25 Jun 2015, 21:08
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Knight: History/Date
Replies: 14
Views: 9659

Re: Knight: History/Date

Never heard of any Knights being made outside of Loughton except in the very last days
by vernon
25 Jun 2015, 21:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 or Kawai K50
Replies: 8
Views: 6884

Re: Yamaha U1 or Kawai K50

Were the ages even similar , the Kawai every time.
However, the answer is in your use of the word "personally" What you like is what is important.
by vernon
12 Jun 2015, 20:05
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Arthur Allison & Co. London Upright
Replies: 4
Views: 4548

Re: Arthur Allison & Co. London Upright

I've a customer that did up his old Weber player.
He wanted it tuned as it was now excellent. The painting cost him £3000 alone he said. And I believe him!
The whole joanna was covered in idyllic pastoral scenes-- nymphs and shepherds , trees,glades et al with just a small brown square saying "Weber"
by vernon
11 Jun 2015, 19:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: early 1800's pianoforte
Replies: 3
Views: 2445

Re: early 1800's pianoforte

Don't forget that if there is no iron frame -work, then the CASE is the frame and takes all the strain so it has to be rigid
by vernon
11 Jun 2015, 19:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: early 1800's pianoforte
Replies: 3
Views: 2445

Re: early 1800's pianoforte

You will definitely need guidance BEFORE you start dismantling things. The belly is probably distorted, possibly with a collapsed crown.. The hammers are usually covered in leather. The keys will be lime wood and usually some warping. The" ivories" may be thick bone and the fronts boxwood.. Of cours...
by vernon
07 Jun 2015, 18:53
Forum: Piano History
Topic: J. Becker grand piano
Replies: 27
Views: 23432

Re: J. Becker grand piano

The legs have obviously been replaced by square legs that have gone on crooked and not been properly shimmed up..
Wonder what happened to the original legs.
by vernon
27 May 2015, 08:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steel string size table of Collard & Collard grand 1890's
Replies: 4
Views: 3585

Re: Steel string size table of Collard & Collard grand 1890'

You'll definitely need to gauge every string if the size isn't marked on the plank or frame.
We do them marked mwg with swg on the back
by vernon
25 May 2015, 23:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?
Replies: 21
Views: 11580

Re: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?

Wouldn't call a Kawai K200 an entry piano!
by vernon
22 May 2015, 22:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?
Replies: 21
Views: 11580

Re: Brodmann 121? Woodchester 117? Rieger-Kloss 118?

If your budget is £3500 then please look at the Kawai k200. It is in a different class to the others you mention and why one would pay over £900 for a fifteen year old Rieger,Woodchester or Kemble I don't know. Try one and if it accords with your requirements you get the millenium action and the tra...
by vernon
16 May 2015, 18:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Hilton & Hilton piano
Replies: 12
Views: 7523

Re: Can anyone help date this Hilton & Hilton?

took me ages to even work that out.
by vernon
11 May 2015, 19:36
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Brunger upright
Replies: 12
Views: 5929

Re: Brunger upright

Carysfort Rd N.16 I am sure I was told by my Dad, tho' he did tell many things, some of which proved a bit off the mark.
by vernon
11 May 2015, 13:02
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Brunger upright
Replies: 12
Views: 5929

Re: Brunger upright

As far as I gathered Cousin Bertram's pianos were called Kennard or Drannek, or Brunger for the Scottish market. They were only good middle of the road trade pianos so I can't think anyone would be bothered to put a fictitious name on them. They were made in London N16 in their factory that became K...
by vernon
01 May 2015, 21:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: K500 anyone
Replies: 3
Views: 3017

Re: K500 anyone

We have sold several K500 to the

universal satisfaction.

of the customers and to us as the servicing technicians.
Where are you in the UK?
by vernon
07 Mar 2015, 20:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Schiedmayer & Soehne
Replies: 27
Views: 12635

Re: Schiedmayer & Soehne

The bottom door IS original
by vernon
07 Mar 2015, 20:12
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Schiedmayer & Soehne
Replies: 27
Views: 12635

Re: Schiedmayer & Soehne

Just an aside--- We're doing a Bechstein and a Ibach (OLD ones )and they both have the correct serial number in pencil under the nameboard/keyslip. viz Colin Nicholsons post) As an apprentice we used to "modernise" pianos in a sweat shop round the corner after work in Kentish Town.. The fall(lid ove...
by vernon
02 Mar 2015, 08:47
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?
Replies: 11
Views: 6481

Re: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?

The cast "badge" seems to say Japan under it and also KK.
I wonder if it an attempt to bamboozle people into to thinking there is some connection to K Kawai the eminent maker?
by vernon
23 Feb 2015, 23:19
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Brinsmead Arts & Crafts piano
Replies: 13
Views: 5277

Re: Brinsmead Arts & Crafts piano

It's lovely to see examples like this.
I've never seen one in my life tho' my family was with Brinsmeads for 2 generations as employees.
We did restore a very similar Bechstein a few years back tho' it had been somewhat vandalised in the case work tho' the giblets were fine.
by vernon
19 Feb 2015, 19:56
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Brinsmead Arts & Crafts piano
Replies: 13
Views: 5277

Re: my Brinsmead piano

Can't we all see it?
by vernon
12 Feb 2015, 19:35
Forum: Piano History
Topic: New ivory?
Replies: 4
Views: 2687

Re: New ivory?

I've got plenty ivories even some unused! But we've had them at least pre-War!
I've a whole set of keys that could help
by vernon
12 Feb 2015, 19:33
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?
Replies: 11
Views: 6481

Re: Mornington Piano: Anybody knows about this brand?

I used to work at Monington and Weston so if you post a pic I may recognise it.
M&W pianos have a picture of the Parthenon cast into the frame if not too old
by vernon
05 Feb 2015, 20:56
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Dunmo, Ellis & Hill piano
Replies: 9
Views: 4700

Re: Dunmo, Ellis & Hill piano - Scotland to Italy! How?

nb
kendal is in the English Lake District so not quite up here in Scotland.
by vernon
04 Feb 2015, 19:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano regulation
Replies: 3
Views: 3229

Re: Upright piano regulation

I just said all that! Forgot to warn that turning the set off buttons sometimes presents an unused bit of felt that produces the opposite effect!. That's the problem about giving DIY advice as with experience we check things and do things subconciously without realising it's experience that guides u...
by vernon
01 Feb 2015, 21:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright piano regulation
Replies: 3
Views: 3229

Re: Upright piano regulation

As it's straight strung don't expect too subtle results. Take out the keys and make sure all the felts under are the same and sound.Remove damper rail.Make sure the action is firm in it's mounting and can't move to and fro or up and down. bend all the checks back slightly with your thumb to avoid co...
by vernon
30 Jan 2015, 23:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clicky wrest pins...
Replies: 12
Views: 6525

Re: Clicky wrest pins...

When tuning with clicky pins, you often get a "recalcitrant" string that clicks up in pitch past where it should be and when you try to drop it the click takes it down too low and it will keep doing it ad infinitum. So, Gill the Piano and I take the string above where it should be then rub the strin...
by vernon
30 Jan 2015, 20:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clicky wrest pins...
Replies: 12
Views: 6525

Re: Clicky wrest pins...

Fear not. Mr Papps has formulated the plastic of his wedge boxes very specifically. It will allow of a small groove when first used but the groove does not wear and ensures the new tool does not digress from it's proper course onto a lateral path that could could cause curses and scratches on the so...
by vernon
29 Jan 2015, 10:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clicky wrest pins...
Replies: 12
Views: 6525

Re: Clicky wrest pins...

regarding rubbing down recalcitrant strings to pitch with a split stick, I would inform you that there is already a special tool for the job ........ the plastic box that houses yer Papps wedge.
Fully recommended,material of the exact texture and lubricity.
by vernon
07 Jan 2015, 01:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Notes rising in pitch
Replies: 6
Views: 4083

Re: Notes rising in pitch

sounds very wafty to me.
Are you saying that during playing the notes in the bass alter?
Do they go back after the recital or do they need retuning?
Are they out of tune after playing?
by vernon
17 Nov 2014, 20:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: differencial tone annoying ( 3ds)
Replies: 5
Views: 4358

Re: differencial tone annoying ( 3ds)

not understand any of this
by vernon
15 Nov 2014, 20:34
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Papps wedges
Replies: 12
Views: 7909

Re: Papps wedges

Colin
who told you of the trick of plucking the trebles with the Papps wedge?
Nobody told me.nor did I read it anywhere so is it something in tuners genes as many seem to do it?
Not in Reblitz (yet)?
by vernon
14 Nov 2014, 22:39
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Papps wedges
Replies: 12
Views: 7909

Papps wedges

Who was Mr Papps and did he make a wodge from his wedges?
by vernon
13 Nov 2014, 23:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1870's Collard & Collard grand - looking for advice & parts
Replies: 28
Views: 11856

Re: 1870's Collard & Collard grand - looking for advice & pa

As I read all this my heart sinks as I forsee all the increasing aggravation that is building up. Personally I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole as nobody is going to be happy-- the client will find it was not all he expected and the technician will be eternally called back for minor adjustments t...
by vernon
07 Nov 2014, 21:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1870's Collard & Collard grand - looking for advice & parts
Replies: 28
Views: 11856

Re: 1870's Collard & Collard grand - looking for advice & pa

let the tech tune the piano and fix the broken notes on the spot if possible. If it is a spring and loop action with a couple of loops broken, you are looking at replacing the lot. If the piano tunes ok then all you have to do is decide if you want to go ahead to restore it with the advice of the te...
by vernon
06 Nov 2014, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1870's Collard & Collard grand - looking for advice & parts
Replies: 28
Views: 11856

Re: 1870's Collard & Collard grand - looking for advice & pa

The wrest pins seem to be square to me and as Colin says make sure they are not threaded into an iron wrest plank.Try to drive them in and the plank will irretrievably crack. Personally, if it were me,before you do anything else,I would hire a tuner/ technician to look it over,tune it if possible,re...