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by vernon
18 Apr 2013, 19:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Advice on august forster
Replies: 6
Views: 7346

Re: Advice on august forster

To pay a "high price" to a tuner may save you Hundreds(Thousands?) of pounds( depending on your currency) in the long run.
It will be a wise precaution to take.
by vernon
18 Apr 2013, 19:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Advice on august forster
Replies: 6
Views: 7346

Re: Advice on august forster

To pay a "high price" to a tuner may save you Hundreds(Thousands?) of pounds( depending on your currency) in the long run.
It will be a wise precaution to take.
by vernon
14 Apr 2013, 22:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano graveyard - is it true?
Replies: 6
Views: 8154

Re: Piano graveyard - is it true?

I can disencobulate a joanna in 15 mins. Frame if present to re-cycling.wood to stove, long hinges,locks pedals to join the hundreds we already have. Keys with celluloid tops make excellent firelighters

However, I hope someone knowlagable person puts an eye over the condemned pianos.
by vernon
05 Apr 2013, 21:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Plastic bushings in action - advice needed
Replies: 5
Views: 7939

Re: Plastic bushings in action - advice needed

Shreibers were made by Barratt and Robinson and the defective plastic key bushings can be carefully removed and replaced with conventional bushing cloth.
It depends on the condition of the whole piano whether this is worth doing.
by vernon
31 Mar 2013, 22:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wendl & Lung
Replies: 15
Views: 21263

Re: Wendl & Lung

sense reigns.
by vernon
30 Mar 2013, 21:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacing black key tops
Replies: 2
Views: 3799

Re: Replacing black key tops

why not get a set of second hand ebony tops.?
Even get yourself an ancient piano fit for the dump and you will probably find it has ebony sharps
by vernon
19 Mar 2013, 00:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3
Replies: 19
Views: 28427

Re: New Yamaha B3 vs. Used Yamaha U3

You will always get a U3 from a monkey dealer for peanuts who is about to go broke but look to your after sales service and warranty.
by vernon
17 Mar 2013, 11:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway upright Z, damper problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 9089

Re: Steinway upright Z, damper problem?

All this advice presupposes that the problem has been accurately diagnosed,preferably by a technician.
by vernon
15 Mar 2013, 22:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway upright Z, damper problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 9089

Re: Steinway upright Z, damper problem?

Re-cover the damper felts and most important replace the damper springs with the correct strength springs and all your troubles will cease.
This is not a very expensive repair
by vernon
06 Mar 2013, 22:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano veneer: which year ?
Replies: 6
Views: 7483

Re: piano veneer: which year ?

to discover if the lid of your piano is veneered or solid,remove the long brass hinge and scrape the socket.Yo will then clearly see what it is made of.. Only older quality pianos were solid. We are just french polishing a 1909 bechstein B grand that has a beautiful solid mahogany top.
by vernon
03 Mar 2013, 14:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Which hammer/socket for old square taper tuning pins?
Replies: 5
Views: 6158

Re: Which hammer/socket for old square taper tuning pins?

Barrie
I've learned something today!
by vernon
01 Mar 2013, 23:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 32588

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

LOVELY POST FROM cHRIS v
by vernon
25 Feb 2013, 22:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 32588

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

On no piano should the keybed go up and down while playing. Come on as they say nowadays.
by vernon
25 Feb 2013, 20:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 32588

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

1)In British Contract Law the retailer is the person responsible for the sale and it is to them that one applies, not the wholesaler. It is up to the retailer to negotiate any recompense with his supplier subsequently. On a personal/business level, reputable retailers will respond favourably to any ...
by vernon
20 Feb 2013, 23:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10 K20
Replies: 7
Views: 12809

Re: Knight K10 K20

I put 5 Knight K10s in Canterbury Choir School after extensive trial by the organist, Dr Alan Wicks.
by vernon
16 Feb 2013, 00:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cavendish Pianos short film
Replies: 5
Views: 6459

Re: Cavendish Pianos short film

I was wondering if there is a whole new technology that has passed me by. Just checking. Thanks for all your detailed posts.
by vernon
15 Feb 2013, 19:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cavendish Pianos short film
Replies: 5
Views: 6459

Re: Cavendish Pianos short film

Looks very encouraging.
I was intrigued that you reported the dampers about to fitted and the keys being aligned..
In Finishing, the dampers are the first job and the key alignment last-7 hours later.
Just wondering.
by vernon
10 Feb 2013, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st ( and last purchase) ?
Replies: 27
Views: 24318

Re: 1st ( and last purchase) ?

The piano on the shop floor is the one you have tried and approved. The analogy with cars is false. Nobody has taken this out for a spin at 100 miles an hour down the motorway nor has the finish been scuffed. Pianos are hand finished even now and the next K3 could differ in detail. Go for the one yo...
by vernon
08 Feb 2013, 20:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight K10 Serial no 2214
Replies: 2
Views: 4249

Re: Knight K10 Serial no 2214

Obvious good advice. Pay a technician to look at it. If it's got good tight pins, is not too worn, an old K10 @ £425 should play on for years. BUT, get someone knowledgable to look at it.It won't be perfect but could be perfectly serviceable without frills. Paying £70 or so for expert advice could s...
by vernon
06 Feb 2013, 22:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st ( and last purchase) ?
Replies: 27
Views: 24318

Re: 1st ( and last purchase) ?

Not Inverness I can tell you!
by vernon
06 Feb 2013, 20:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st ( and last purchase) ?
Replies: 27
Views: 24318

Re: 1st ( and last purchase) ?

Get a good part exchange
by vernon
03 Feb 2013, 12:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st ( and last purchase) ?
Replies: 27
Views: 24318

Re: 1st ( and last purchase) ?

How far north?

Kawais will give you a list of us approved dealers
by vernon
02 Feb 2013, 20:14
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1980 Eavestaff
Replies: 12
Views: 10879

Re: 1980 Eavestaff

You'll have to get out your old glue pot, stoke it up and melt a few rabbit skins and you will be back in business I knew this new fangled stuff from the 1940s would never catch on -- or stick. It might be all right for building Mosquito fighter bombers but not proper pianos. This younger generation...
by vernon
31 Jan 2013, 23:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1st ( and last purchase) ?
Replies: 27
Views: 24318

Re: 1st ( and last purchase) ?

Whoopee!
Phone up any of us Kawai agents and you will get a good deal.
You won't get better than a K3
Failing your finding a dealer,Kawais will direct you to your nearest dealer. If he can't satisfy you, shop around all us other dealers.
by vernon
31 Jan 2013, 23:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Arthur Allison 1867
Replies: 4
Views: 5248

Re: Arthur Allison 1867

Guy Fawkes
by vernon
24 Jan 2013, 11:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: sound reliable advice secondhand piano
Replies: 6
Views: 6156

Re: sound reliable advice secondhand piano

iF you have £3000 look at the Kawai K15 or even better the K2
by vernon
21 Jan 2013, 19:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cleaning piano plates
Replies: 5
Views: 5997

Re: Cleaning piano plates

Try not to use your compressor in someone's front room
by vernon
20 Jan 2013, 16:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Entry level piano - new Chinese made or used British made?
Replies: 11
Views: 9974

Re: Entry level piano - new Chinese made or used British mad

Gill--no but I can dream. btw, some of us dealers are also techs and tuners and like to think that the price we charge reflects; the condition of the piano both technically and cosmetically,that it will do a good job of what's required of it,that it won't cause the customer and us any problems in th...
by vernon
19 Jan 2013, 16:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Entry level piano - new Chinese made or used British made?
Replies: 11
Views: 9974

Re: Entry level piano - new Chinese made or used British mad

I concur with Barrie's and Colin's advice. Take a tuner to inspect a second-hand piano. BUT never a teacher! They are generally non technical ( we have plenty of exceptions here tho) but often are uncomfortable at being asked to judge a piano from technical ignorance.. Also, they generally feel cons...
by vernon
14 Jan 2013, 22:45
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Knight K20 - advice on age
Replies: 10
Views: 9570

Re: Knight K20 - advice on age

any pics. Can't envisage the K20 with legs. There were some different designs I remember
by vernon
10 Jan 2013, 23:05
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Unknown American-style Square Grand
Replies: 8
Views: 8671

Re: Unknown American-style Square Grand

queer pianos must be a very niche market
by vernon
09 Jan 2013, 00:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K Series
Replies: 5
Views: 6760

Re: Kawai K Series

I fully recommend the kawai K series both from a commercial and technical position. They arrive in the shop well regulated and obviously have had much attention to the tuning.Thus we have to spend very little time preparing them for sale.The Millenium action is a delight and well proved. We have sol...
by vernon
09 Jan 2013, 00:13
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Schiedmayer & Soehne
Replies: 10
Views: 17511

Re: schiedmayer & soehne

for the sake of accuracy the legend will read "

"Ehrendiplom Wien 1873 Sciedmeyer u Soehne (maybe umlauts) Gegrundet 1809"

meaning " Honourarydiploma Vienna 1873 Schiedmayer and Sons founded 1809!
by vernon
04 Jan 2013, 19:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: It's a bit chilly in here ...
Replies: 3
Views: 4849

Re: It's a bit chilly in here ...

yes
by vernon
04 Jan 2013, 19:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 15918

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

yes checks not dampers. It's not your spell checker. Must be that blasted Glenfiddich.
by vernon
04 Jan 2013, 15:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 15918

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

I'm talking about when the action is on the regulating bench. As you know one of the last jobs in regulating is aligning the checks. So one of my first jobs is to bend them well clear so the cannot influence the subsequent adjustments. A check just touching a hammer or a check touching the next hamm...
by vernon
24 Dec 2012, 10:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: how to.... grand piano george rogers
Replies: 14
Views: 14512

Re: how to.... grand piano george rogers

eg on the uprights the action pillars are a dead copy of Bechstein.
I haven't got one at present
by vernon
22 Dec 2012, 20:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: how to.... grand piano george rogers
Replies: 14
Views: 14512

Re: how to.... grand piano george rogers

George Rogers made excellent pianos and were called the " English Bechstein" for some reason, mainly because they pinched several minor features of the actions.
Your tuner will fix any minor disencobulations due to it's move/
dinna fass!
by vernon
22 Dec 2012, 20:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: need expert opinion on this Bechstein
Replies: 3
Views: 4576

Re: need expert opinion on this Bechstein

looks like a very common model B about early 20th century.
Need lots more information tho
You must get a technician to look at it as otherwise everything is supposition on our oarts,
by vernon
19 Dec 2012, 19:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a 2nd Hand Piano
Replies: 12
Views: 10273

Re: Buying a 2nd Hand Piano

Go to a reputable established piano shop that has it's own workshop and tuning facilities They will let you try out their stock in private so you don't have to be nervous. They will answer any technical questions you raise. You will be given it's history as far as known,it's age etc. All should be o...
by vernon
19 Dec 2012, 18:52
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Steinmetz Upright Piano
Replies: 12
Views: 16803

Re: Steinmetz Upright Piano

In the 50s and 60s when we used to "modernise" pianos we used a variety of transfer names when the old one came off with the stripper. There was a selection available from the piano parts suppliers,one of which was Steinmetz. However,as the pedigree of the poster's piano goes back to 1905,perhaps th...
by vernon
16 Dec 2012, 19:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 15918

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

Don't forget,before starting grand reg,bend all the dampers back out of the way so they don't give you false responses.
5 minute job to reg them at the end with checkbende rand and old fashioned germans
by vernon
15 Dec 2012, 14:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: T.H. Mann & Co Pianos
Replies: 20
Views: 21155

Re: T.H. Mann & Co Pianos

I read it as" Preuss" short for Preussicher ie Royal Prussian- Hein?
Perhaps we can have the words sent clearer.
by vernon
11 Dec 2012, 21:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 15918

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

I assume you are regulating the action out of the piano and on the bench.
by vernon
09 Dec 2012, 23:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a piano
Replies: 6
Views: 7541

Re: Buying a piano

Be safe and sound and consider the Kawai K15 of even better K2
by vernon
09 Dec 2012, 23:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Scotchers Ltd
Replies: 7
Views: 7001

Re: Scotchers Ltd

Bill
Why can't you charge a one off fee for your erudite observations?
?
I'm sure most people would part with a few bob to fund your research that is offered free,
by vernon
28 Nov 2012, 19:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann, coming to a solution
Replies: 46
Views: 32588

Re: Brodmann, coming to a solution

Why do sensible people buy pianos that dson't work properly
by vernon
27 Nov 2012, 17:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Barratt & Robinson - São Paulo - Brazil
Replies: 13
Views: 11084

Re: Piano Barratt & Robinson - São Paulo - Brazil

I thought a muffler was a thing piano tuners with colds put round their neck and Americans put on the end of their exhaust pipes,or as we have it up here-their reek spoots
by vernon
26 Nov 2012, 22:29
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Barratt & Robinson - São Paulo - Brazil
Replies: 13
Views: 11084

Re: Piano Barratt & Robinson - São Paulo - Brazil

Bill
I answered before I saw the pic of the puke- green celeste rail!

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