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by vernon
16 Apr 2014, 21:59
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Ritmuller pianos
Replies: 10
Views: 8190

Re: Ritmuller pianos

this one dates from the 1920s whatever the serial number says
by vernon
02 Feb 2014, 12:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Schreiber from Murdoch,Murdoch & Co.
Replies: 12
Views: 6983

Re: Schreiber from Murdoch,Murdoch & Co.

The name "Schreiber" appears to be in genuine Deutscherbuchstaben that suggests it was made in Germany for export
by vernon
15 Jan 2014, 19:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pianos that made for EU weather
Replies: 7
Views: 5530

Re: Pianos that made for EU weather

Assuming you live in a house, I have never heard of any piano that has suffered from "European Weather."

Keep it warm,keep it dry,40-60 relative humidity, keep it serviced and tuned and play it often.
If you are not enamoured of Yamahas, try a Kawai K-15 that you will get for £3k new.
by vernon
08 Jan 2014, 10:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Hastelow & Co
Replies: 48
Views: 21236

Re: Hastelow & Co

presumably you will de-string it otherwise it will hum like a beehive..
As Bill says, the conversion is better than scrapping it.
by vernon
07 Jan 2014, 22:54
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Hastelow & Co
Replies: 48
Views: 21236

Re: Hastelow & Co

sounds like a result.
I bet Bill's not pleased. Neither am I.
by vernon
20 Dec 2013, 21:04
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Monington & Weston Archives
Replies: 1
Views: 2060

Re: Monington & Weston Archives

Bill I've got my weekly work book at Moningtons 56-58 in the finishing.tuning dept. if it's of interest. The boss was Mr Watts senior and his sons, Clarence(ex Lancaster bomber pilot) and Bernard. Bernard had twins and once invited me to tea in N London somewhere! It's all in pencil and a a bit blur...
by vernon
11 Dec 2013, 20:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Rebuilding
Replies: 5
Views: 4654

Re: Piano Rebuilding

We have for sale a beautiful 1909 Bechstein grand in largely solid mahogany Sheraton case with carved legs and cheeks. Everything appears original--hammers,strings, belly etc'. The ivories are Daz white and it is in beautiful un-worn condition. Should I wrench out it's heart when it is fit to do ano...
by vernon
06 Dec 2013, 22:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 13361

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Barrie
dump nothing!
Send them to me and I'll pay the carriage.
We used to use a cupped rod against the wrest pin and then use a leather strap, armed with oily pumice to clean coils.
For goodness sake, I've still got a vellum saw and sets of vellums!
by vernon
05 Dec 2013, 23:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 13361

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

we still use them
by vernon
05 Dec 2013, 00:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 13361

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

refer to my post ages ago re the family cleaning kit;
nail brushes,tooth brushes, flute cleaning brushes, steel wands, goose feathers, bridge pin files,
flute rods,blunted hacksaw blades, blunted coping saw blades etc

sets available here @ £3.17.6p
by vernon
16 Nov 2013, 10:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation thereof)
Replies: 8
Views: 7243

Re: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation there

viewing the keyframe it seems the backtouch is the original . likewise the one brown balance washer. Perhaps the front baizes aren't original. The hammer-rest felt looks fresh so possibly it's different thickness from the original and has not been compensated for.(see previous posts) If you want to ...
by vernon
13 Nov 2013, 23:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation thereof)
Replies: 8
Views: 7243

Re: Hammer let-off & stroke Bechstein IV (& regulation there

Is the set-off rail loose?
Is it correctly positioned under the jacks?
It could be that it needs moving forward or back a bit
by vernon
04 Nov 2013, 20:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano
Replies: 26
Views: 15614

Re: I'm pitch raising & tuning my own piano

Old fogey speaking. one must realise that an acoustic piano is a box of bits of unstable string,felt,wire,wood etc-- all very scientifically unmeasurable materials. Given the box,the tuner is then instructed to put the resulting instrument nicely out of tune(equal temperament.)so that it sounds ok t...
by vernon
16 Oct 2013, 22:57
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Sherborne piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4668

Re: Sherborne piano

seems to have been "modernised" about 1900 as there are the screw holes for sconces.
The panels look very out of place.
by vernon
11 Oct 2013, 22:46
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1978 Broadwoods bi Centenary Dinner in the Savoy.
Replies: 11
Views: 5788

Re: 1978 Broadwoods bi Centenary Dinner in the Savoy.

Gill the Piano

Listen missus I got Georgie Fame's autograph so there
by vernon
10 Oct 2013, 22:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1978 Broadwoods bi Centenary Dinner in the Savoy.
Replies: 11
Views: 5788

Re: 1978 Broadwoods bi Centenary Dinner in the Savoy.

I seem to be back on now. The Broadwoods 250 year Dinner invite lists all the guests- many of whom I didn't know of course, but what a trip down memory lane reading it now.. We were only invited because sold lots of the beautiful late Broadwoods in the 70s. Present was Tom Danemann,Ivan Zender the H...
by vernon
07 Sep 2013, 19:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: If the price are the same, kawai or yamaha which is better?
Replies: 45
Views: 45463

Re: if the price are the same, kawaii or yamaha is better?

Kawai for me every time.
I'll buy modern Yamahas(not greys) anytime if they have survived ok.However, only once in a blue moon does a Kawai come up for sale.
by vernon
17 Aug 2013, 21:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to give that shiny look to my piano
Replies: 7
Views: 4235

Re: How to give that shiny look to my piano

Knights of that age are very resilient and at that time ,soon after the war were almost exclusively made for export to earn hard cash.
In Britain they attracted 100% purchase tax to encourage exports.
by vernon
14 Aug 2013, 16:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight upright - urgent advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 6095

Re: Knight upright - urgent advice needed

Gill must go to all the p;aces we do My anecdote is true not a chestnut but this year. On the same trip I went to the hew £10million island school to find the ancient old piano re-instated. The janitor(caretaker) told me I wasn't allowed to touch it as it was dangerous!( This is after my having pene...
by vernon
12 Aug 2013, 22:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight upright - urgent advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 6095

Re: Knight upright - urgent advice needed

We encourage people to put things on the piano. A grand piano allows one to display five times the number of christmas cards as opposed to an upright.Photos too. It can ,at the same time accommodate at least one vase of flowers poised to spill water into the long-hinge on the half top. Fortuitously,...
by vernon
12 Aug 2013, 22:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: SAP Renovation
Replies: 3
Views: 4973

Re: SAP Renovation

We have used SAP several times and their work is superlative and the prices are v competitive.
They had a problem once with the lid of one of our grands and they made a new one free of charge-no questions asked.
Recommend them 100%.
by vernon
29 Jul 2013, 18:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: which castors for bechstein grand VA
Replies: 10
Views: 7458

Re: which castors for bechstein grand VA

we need to see a pic of the end of the leg. An "A" frame sounds like a later addition for use in a hall or club.. If square cupped castors were removed prior to constructing the frame it's likely the " stubs" were sawn off, thinking that never in a million years would anyone want to fit ordinary cas...
by vernon
19 Jul 2013, 10:36
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Knight piano - 1938?
Replies: 16
Views: 6504

Re: Knight piano - 1938?

We are now in Scotland (last 30 years) Before that in Canterbury and Margate.
When we were in Margate,Alfred Knight himself visited as he was the rep.
I have no records whatsoever of past sales.
We are piano technicians,repairers,dealers tuners etc
by vernon
18 Jul 2013, 18:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Knight piano - 1938?
Replies: 16
Views: 6504

Re: Knight piano - 1938?

The photo of the underside of a key shows my personal monogram so I must have handled it sometime in the past!
Vernon Kennard
by vernon
14 Jul 2013, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Klein & Sons Pianos
Replies: 10
Views: 6806

Re: Klein & Sons Pianos

When I said that all Bechsteins have a false tenor section I was shot down in flames. Nice to know that Gill the Piano seems to agree with me. They send me barmy, but then, I am a rather sensitive soul. Am I and she alone? Why do crap old straight- strungs not suffer so much from falseness and have ...
by vernon
21 Jun 2013, 21:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Where's the best place to put a piano
Replies: 11
Views: 8090

Re: Where's the best place to put a piano

Blimey!
What are things coming to.How sad.
I used to walk across town( a mile) for a lesson and had to be back by seven, Never had a watch even.
by vernon
14 Jun 2013, 23:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pinblock decay
Replies: 8
Views: 5585

Re: Pinblock decay

That's correct.it seems you have a longidtuninal crack in the wrest.
No cure. New wrest plank plank,
by vernon
13 Jun 2013, 20:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: PIANO Ā QUEUE?
Replies: 8
Views: 5097

Re: PIANO Ā QUEUE?

Peut-etre un three man queue?
by vernon
24 May 2013, 21:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sun bleaching
Replies: 9
Views: 6464

Re: Sun bleaching

Back to basics.
In the factory one is presented with all the case parts in front of you preparatory to staining.
The rule is ; the vertical panels(top door bottom door sides) are given two coats of stain and then wiped off..
The horizontal parts fall top etc are given one and wiped off.
job done.
by vernon
22 May 2013, 22:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Piano Restorers
Replies: 11
Views: 6349

Re: Erard Piano Restorers

With the horrifying forked shanks, supreme care is needed before proceeding with any repairs.
by vernon
22 May 2013, 14:20
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Grand Piano 12248
Replies: 23
Views: 11960

Re: Erard Grand Piano 12248

Actually I used to go under the name of Julius Bluthner.
Perhaps you've come across me!
by vernon
21 May 2013, 23:33
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Grand Piano 12248
Replies: 23
Views: 11960

Re: Erard Grand Piano 12248

Bill
Eyre and Baxter(Stampcraft)
by vernon
21 May 2013, 23:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Grand Piano 12248
Replies: 23
Views: 11960

Re: Erard Grand Piano 12248

Bill
I had a name stamp made in the 1950s that I still use on good repairs.
I've no idea who made it but it was a firm in Sheffield.
Come to think of it ,it must be on the Web as I got one for my daughter about three years ago. I'll see if I can find the Firm.
by vernon
21 May 2013, 23:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Grand Piano 12248
Replies: 23
Views: 11960

Re: Erard Grand Piano 12248

Bill How do you know so much! As you know it was(and is) the custom for the various craftsmen to stamp the area of their expertise on their work. The stringer, marker off case maker, finisher and regulator tuner etc as a mark of pride. it is interesting to see their names on different instruments. I...
by vernon
19 May 2013, 22:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Erard Piano Restorers
Replies: 11
Views: 6349

Re: Erard Piano Restorers

Any competent restore will be able to give a quote. There is nothing mysterious about Erards.
by vernon
17 May 2013, 20:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice
Replies: 7
Views: 4290

Re: Buying advice

If you go to a reputable shop you will get a good modernish piano for under £1000 that is in good order and backed by the repution of the shop.
Private sales and ebay beckon disaster..
We occasionally get a super old straight strung, with full iron frame, concert pitch for a monkey*£500)
by vernon
15 May 2013, 18:17
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Help identifying my upright piano
Replies: 14
Views: 7858

Re: Help identifying my upright piano

This is clearly a 1950s "modernised" or at least half modernised. The top door has just been reversed and covered with a sheet of( I suspect,plywood).As usual the bottom door is retained. All the holes in the top door are where the mouldings used to be. The trusses have been replaced by the typical ...
by vernon
09 May 2013, 16:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restoring an 1860's Broadwood Grand
Replies: 6
Views: 3952

Re: Restoring an 1860's Broadwood Grand

place a steel rule from the top bearing( below the wrest pinsPover the bridge and to the appropriate hitch pin.The end of the rule should be above the base of the hitch pin ie the iron frame by 3-4mm and that is the bearing. As Colin says, less than that and its big trouble. If subsequently restrung...
by vernon
08 May 2013, 20:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: REID SOHN UPRIGHT SU 110 517320 - Bit of advice?!
Replies: 2
Views: 2611

Re: REID SOHN UPRIGHT SU 110 517320 - Bit of advice?!

Whereabouts are you. Area can affect the price offered. The dealer's current level of stock, demand for that quality of piano etc.(leave aside age and condition)qualify an offer. A dealer will offer you what it is worth to him on that day..- collection, bringing up to standard regulation tuning, cos...
by vernon
06 May 2013, 20:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Control
Replies: 22
Views: 21546

Re: Temperature & Humidity Control

Speaking as an old technician I would say that a few pot plants round your joanna will keep it perfectly healthy. You've got to keep them watered else they will die.
Jam jars in the piano are soon forgotten but not your priceless alopesia plants.
by vernon
05 May 2013, 21:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Temperature & Humidity Control
Replies: 22
Views: 21546

Re: Temperature & Humidity Control

An interesting point is that all piano bellys are varnished overall to xcluse moisture.
String instruments are only varnished on the exterior. The inside is raw
by vernon
02 May 2013, 17:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight upright - urgent advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 6095

Re: Knight upright - urgent advice needed

we used to collectively call this "tree-wood" meaning that it joined several other unspecified and unidentified timbers.
However, Knights called this walnut.
by vernon
30 Apr 2013, 22:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight upright - urgent advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 6095

Re: Knight upright - urgent advice needed

looks like a K 10
by vernon
28 Apr 2013, 21:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restoring an 1860's Broadwood Grand
Replies: 6
Views: 3952

Re: Restoring an 1860's Broadwood Grand

The soundboard WILL have had a crown and it is easy to ascertain if it's still there.One by measuring it and two by hearing it.
by vernon
28 Apr 2013, 21:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gors & Kallmann/Weber
Replies: 3
Views: 2795

Re: Gors & Kallmann/Weber

I tuned one last week(Gors and Kallman ) in the wilds of Scotland and it is the most astounding tone and depth I've heard for a long time. I(I've been at it 60 years!)
I'm doing another tomorrow that we supplied
good hunting
by vernon
25 Apr 2013, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The right tone in unisons
Replies: 13
Views: 7474

Re: The right tone in unisons

I agree that tuning down to set the pins is more complicated than I said but as this is the Advice Forum and not the Technical one we can't go into finer detail. When rxd says setting the pin is "instinctual" I would go further and say psychological- metaphysical almost. Don't switch off . Hold on. ...
by vernon
22 Apr 2013, 08:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The right tone in unisons
Replies: 13
Views: 7474

Re: The right tone in unisons

A large part of tuning well is the manipulation of the tuning lever and the correct setting of the wrest pins. If your etd tells you that the note is correct then you have to set the string. That will entail your raising the pitch a bit to drop into set. The etd only tells you what your ear can hear.
by vernon
18 Apr 2013, 19:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The right tone in unisons
Replies: 13
Views: 7474

Re: The right tone in unisons

Hire a tuner who is experienced in dealing with the manifold vagaries encountered in tuning.
by vernon
18 Apr 2013, 19:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The right tone in unisons
Replies: 13
Views: 7474

Re: The right tone in unisons

Hire a tuner who is experienced in dealing with the manifold vagaries encountered in tuning.