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by vernon
17 May 2016, 21:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double Striking Hammers
Replies: 13
Views: 15753

Re: Double Striking Hammers

you're in denial.
get the dealer to fix it.
That's what our mark-up is for.
by vernon
17 May 2016, 19:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double Striking Hammers
Replies: 13
Views: 15753

Re: Double Striking Hammers

If you were my customer, I would exchange your piano straight awayfor another one and sort the the regulation out properly in my workshop,-not your front room.
Mind you, it wouldn't have left us in that condition anyway.
It's only going to get worse,not better. The faults won't heal up.
by vernon
16 May 2016, 23:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double Striking Hammers
Replies: 13
Views: 15753

Re: Double Striking Hammers

This is a routine job for a tech---not neccessarily for a tuner. Different trade
by vernon
06 May 2016, 21:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?
Replies: 38
Views: 33909

Re: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?

The Lindner story is very sad. When they came out in the 70s they incorporated so many innovations that the conservative piano industry couldn't cope First they came "flat packed" years before Ikea, with the keyboard folded down and the whole lot in a stout cardboard box. They were cheap. Had a weld...
by vernon
30 Apr 2016, 20:16
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Danemann logo
Replies: 2
Views: 4513

Re: Danemann logo

I remember in the early 80s one of the Danemann brothers would call as he was their rep. I remember he had a wooden leg!
He would huff and puff into the shop and slump onto a stool, produce his order book and say "what am I putting you down for today!"
I always called him Mr "Danemann" with no demur.
by vernon
28 Apr 2016, 20:53
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Danemann logo
Replies: 2
Views: 4513

Danemann logo

A new one on me.

I saw an early 1900s Danemann u/r with ornate case today ,unfortunately with split plank and completely useless.

However, on removing the delightful "Arts and Crafts" style plate on the fall it revealed underneath an inlaid brass name " T Edwards"

What's going on there?
by vernon
25 Apr 2016, 20:59
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Who's the Manufacturer ?
Replies: 4
Views: 6088

Re: Who's the Manufacturer ?

and hiding the knots and cracks and old bits of firewood used occasionally.
by vernon
18 Apr 2016, 22:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano key
Replies: 3
Views: 5638

Re: Piano key

Most tuners carry them--or should do
by vernon
16 Apr 2016, 20:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?
Replies: 38
Views: 33909

Re: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?

Korrect.
by vernon
15 Apr 2016, 20:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?
Replies: 38
Views: 33909

Re: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?

I look down on you. I look up to him!
by vernon
14 Apr 2016, 23:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?
Replies: 38
Views: 33909

Re: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?

What about the fortunately rare ones where your trained assistant plays the keys while you squat at the back and tune the loosish long through wrest pins?
I remember those times when our family was living in a cardboard box on the M1
by vernon
13 Apr 2016, 21:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?
Replies: 38
Views: 33909

Re: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?

I know this is about Lindners but.. I've got a teacher in the wilds of w scotland who has an Eavestaffe Miniroyal that is built into an alcove. You can just raise the coffin lid enough to tune it. There is a broken jack b flat that cannot be accessed without a builder. She just says " I just avoid b...
by vernon
03 Apr 2016, 21:19
Forum: Piano History
Topic: James Brunskill's Musical instrument Shop, Berwick
Replies: 7
Views: 10348

Re: James Brunskill's Musical instrument Shop, Berwick

better than Crotchet I suppose
by vernon
27 Mar 2016, 22:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: APG7 piano?
Replies: 4
Views: 6449

Re: APG7 piano?

As Bill says, don't think it's modernised----three pedals,88note etc and lid is recessed and not pruned off.The columns aren't the standard modernised sort tho' similar.The pedals appear to be in a satin finish that I have never seen.
Very intriguing. Hope someone recognises it
by vernon
23 Mar 2016, 23:29
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Arthur Allison Piano
Replies: 12
Views: 15263

Re: Arthur Allison Piano

Not strictly relevant but my Dad worked at Allisons during the first War and he suggested that they closed then due to some sort of lock out or strike.
This is just a vague memory of him talking as we cleaned out old pianos in the workshop tea break.
I bet Bill Kibby will know!
by vernon
04 Mar 2016, 23:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a piano: is this a good price
Replies: 2
Views: 4352

Re: Buying a piano: is this a good price

These are all quality instruments and tested by time.
Follow your heart and choose the one that suits you best. Touch ,tone, looks,cost. .etc.You are the final arbiter and you will be hapy ever after.
by vernon
04 Mar 2016, 23:12
Forum: Piano History
Topic: T.Betting - Recognizing the piano
Replies: 6
Views: 8648

Re: T.Betting - Recognizing the piano

What a fantastic joanna
by vernon
14 Feb 2016, 14:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polyester repair question.
Replies: 9
Views: 11062

Re: Polyester repair question.

If I were the dealer I would just send you the new one when it arrives and repair the damaged one back in the workshop with all the equipment to hand and no rush.
The amount of jars,colours burnishing gear,resin etc needed for the smallest blemish is amazing
by vernon
20 Jan 2016, 22:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on Boyd Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 12123

Re: Advice on Boyd Piano

I can't think anyone would want to forge a Boyd. I think it's more likely that Boyds used a different font sometimes.
Most other makers have over the years.

viz; Broadwoods,SteinwayChappell et al.
by vernon
17 Jan 2016, 20:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Keeping a piano in a van - mobile piano teacher!
Replies: 4
Views: 6068

Re: Keeping a piano in a van - mobile piano teacher!

Add a trailer with a few pianos for sale or hire behind the van.
by vernon
15 Jan 2016, 00:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano - Serial Number 83454
Replies: 11
Views: 13849

Re: Erard Piano - Serial Number 83454

That seems pretty definitive.
Wasn't there some scandal with Broadwood White?
by vernon
13 Jan 2016, 23:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Erard Piano - Serial Number 83454
Replies: 11
Views: 13849

Re: Erard Piano - Serial Number 83454

Why would one forge an Erard? Seems a lot of trouble to go to.I would have thought Erards would have them assassinated in those wilder days.
by vernon
13 Jan 2016, 23:29
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Elcke 33612
Replies: 18
Views: 15266

Re: Elcke 33612

The sloping/opening top door indicates a Canadian influence. This feature(to increase the volume) was often worked by a third pedal or hand lever. Check for these. Never seen the principle in any other nationality. Heinzmann used them. Interestingly,some ancient harpsichords had a pedal or lever tha...
by vernon
10 Jan 2016, 19:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Valuing a Piano for Insurance purposes
Replies: 4
Views: 6254

Re: Valuing a Piano for Insurance purposes

A competent tuner/technician/ dealer (must be all three)will give you an indication of it's replacement value for a fee.
An excellent example will only be in the low hundreds mind.
by vernon
09 Dec 2015, 20:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein upright strung back
Replies: 6
Views: 6874

Re: Bechstein upright strung back

Colin You've not seen nothing not yet! I've got an ancient upright in Ullapool that fortunately is past any hope. However, I can't find out how the action comes out and I do know a few tricks. Admittedly, I controlled my curiosity for fear the whole lot would disintegrate on the floor leaving me wit...
by vernon
08 Dec 2015, 17:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein upright strung back
Replies: 6
Views: 6874

Re: Bechstein upright strung back

I'll keep the action and keyframe. Good idea re agraffes Thanks
by vernon
05 Dec 2015, 20:21
Forum: Piano History
Topic: B Squire and Son upright
Replies: 5
Views: 8461

Re: B Squire and Son upright

Right on
by vernon
05 Dec 2015, 20:20
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Elcke 33612
Replies: 18
Views: 15266

Re: Elcke 33612

that piano can't be younger than the first World War from the case alone
by vernon
05 Dec 2015, 14:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein upright strung back
Replies: 6
Views: 6874

Re: Bechstein upright strung back

Colin Gone years ago. I would have had them! It fell over with the carriers and started all the seams so reluctantly I have written it off.I think I'll keep the key frame.. Even the Bechstein trapwork has gone and that would have been handy. Somebody had tried to fit a pedalboard I suspect,using a k...
by vernon
05 Dec 2015, 12:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein upright strung back
Replies: 6
Views: 6874

Bechstein upright strung back

Dismantling a damaged Bechstein upright overstrung,newly strung,gilded frame etc, tied action Don;t know the model. Set of excellent white keys.

Free to a good home before I demolish
by vernon
29 Nov 2015, 23:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Early Bluthner Boudoir - a good purchase?
Replies: 10
Views: 12462

Re: Early Bluthner Boudoir - a good purchase?

I really hope people listen to this sort of practical advice from technicians with years of experience between us. One can counteract the ravages of time on any old piano if no expense is spared but the result will be nothing like the original except in cosmetic appearance. Sure, we still have an ol...
by vernon
25 Nov 2015, 22:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Early Bluthner Boudoir - a good purchase?
Replies: 10
Views: 12462

Re: Early Bluthner Boudoir - a good purchase?

roger to that good sense
by vernon
14 Nov 2015, 19:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight vs kemble vs danemann grand piano
Replies: 2
Views: 4888

Re: Knight vs kemble vs danemann grand piano

As I remember,Knights never really "did" grands. Similarly, neither did Kembles or modern Broadwoods.
However, Danemannn made superlative grands- top of the tree in 60s= 70s.
Indeed, Mr Ogden when he won the Tchaikovsky Piano prize in 70s(?) picked a Danemann for himself from all competitors.
by vernon
13 Nov 2015, 22:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Monington and Weston
Replies: 2
Views: 3156

Re: Monington and Weston

No Monington and Weston ever had eight octaves.
If the lowest note is as you describe it then it has suffered some trauma and has been re-constructed but this will not affect the integrity of the rest of the piano.
by vernon
13 Nov 2015, 09:50
Forum: Piano History
Topic: My Calisia's history?
Replies: 4
Views: 6583

Re: My Calisia's history?

It is clear that you are "abroad" by the power socketnext to the piano The spiders to be seen in the piano should keep any moths at bay. If the piano is newly installed, I suggest you leave it in a warm room for a couple of weeks. It may get worse briefly but there is a good chance much of the stick...
by vernon
10 Nov 2015, 21:39
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Kessels, Tilburg Holland
Replies: 4
Views: 7840

Re: kessels

Never ever come across one in70 years
by vernon
07 Nov 2015, 22:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Challen London
Replies: 3
Views: 5593

Re: Challen London

We've just given a new lease of life to an old Bechstein upright upon which some herbert had installed some sort of pedal mechanism. This entailed chopping off large bits of the innards and giving us a nightmare trying to restore the original Bechstein pedalwork. His work seems to have been accompli...
by vernon
01 Nov 2015, 21:16
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bluthner awards labels
Replies: 4
Views: 5504

Re: bluthner transfer jiggery pokery

Bill Kibby
Thanks for the comprehensive reply.
You should charge everyone for the prodigiuos information you supply
bw Vernon ( letter in the post)
by vernon
31 Oct 2015, 22:23
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bluthner awards labels
Replies: 4
Views: 5504

Bluthner awards labels

We are doing up a Bluthner grand aliquot 70000 ish (1906?). However, on the belly varnished over, it lists prizes at exhibitions up to 1929!
Was there some skullduggery about this?
by vernon
29 Oct 2015, 21:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha 'sound'
Replies: 15
Views: 15108

Re: Yamaha 'sound'

ref Colin's recommendation to test the pitch with a tuning fork; most of the new pianos seem to come in at A444 nowadays for some reason and it is anathema to a tuner to lower the pitch as that will happen on it's own with time if not religiously maintained.
by vernon
29 Oct 2015, 21:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Planning on a new Kawai K-15e - some advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 6376

Re: Planning on a new Kawai K-15e - some advice please

Yes, the Kawais are serviced in the UK before dispatch to their dealers with the result that we don't have to spend ages setting them up properly.
They are super pianos and knock spots off their rivals in my opinion.
by vernon
26 Oct 2015, 00:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha 'sound'
Replies: 15
Views: 15108

Re: Yamaha 'sound'

For goodness sake look at the Kawais they wil knock spots off the Yamahas
by vernon
25 Oct 2015, 23:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Reid Sohn
Replies: 17
Views: 18686

Re: Secondhand Reid Sohn

why not just but proper Kawai K 15
by vernon
23 Oct 2015, 19:18
Forum: Piano History
Topic: frame castings
Replies: 1
Views: 2880

frame castings

Tuned a 1910 ish s/strung piano today Wilson Nottingham or some such trade piano. It's 3/4 frame but the false bit of old iron round the wrest plank has their name cast in it. In those days was it usual to get that done to make it look as tho' you'd built it. Although there was a Trade Description A...
by vernon
22 Oct 2015, 22:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Reid Sohn
Replies: 17
Views: 18686

Re: Secondhand Reid Sohn

Surely the second hand Yamahas are a minefield of old/older grey imports of questionable antecedents.
A new Kawai K200 would knock spots off them, in my humble opinion
by vernon
21 Oct 2015, 21:38
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Collingwood pianos....?
Replies: 4
Views: 7862

Re: Collingwood pianos....?

It's an old trade piano with a "modernised case done in the 1950s.
Probably straight strung and overdamper.
Unless you get a technician to look at it you may be wasting £40.
by vernon
14 Oct 2015, 22:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please advice on either YUS3 2012(?) or UX3 1988
Replies: 4
Views: 6062

Re: Please advice on either YUS3 2012(?) or UX3 1988

My problem with used Yamahas is that there is no way to determine their age or antecedents
by vernon
13 Oct 2015, 18:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Early Bluthner Boudoir - a good purchase?
Replies: 10
Views: 12462

Re: Early Bluthner Boudoir - a good purchase?

Without seeing either of the pianos on offer,my first thought is that the Bluthner,whatever the work done on it is grossly overpriced. If it has had all the work recommended by Colin then it is now hardly a "Bluthner!" For a good Chappell of the age mentioned I would think £1500 would do nicely. All...
by vernon
12 Oct 2015, 19:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please advice on either YUS3 2012(?) or UX3 1988
Replies: 4
Views: 6062

Re: Please advice on either YUS3 2012(?) or UX3 1988

You'll get a brand new Kawai k300 for that price, with carbon fibre action. Complete with a stool and extras if you pick the right dealer