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by vernon
03 Feb 2009, 18:35
Forum: Piano History
Topic: drannek and brunger
Replies: 6
Views: 3523

drannek and brunger

Bill
I've found some original brochures of above if they are of any interest
vernon
by vernon
02 Feb 2009, 20:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: open fire & CH-is buying an acoustic piano a good idea?
Replies: 3
Views: 2835

Re: open fire & CH-is buying an acoustic piano a good idea?

a modern acoustic piano will give you no problems whatsoever in these areas. Go for it.
by vernon
24 Jan 2009, 11:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baffling
Replies: 34
Views: 15650

Re: Baffling

buzzes I have known. Barrie's suggestion sounds good-- quite recently we had a Schimmel with an elusive buzz which finally turned out to be a drumstick under the frame, just sticking but also moving around occasionally when the weather was right. Also had a broken bridge pin which proved to be the b...
by vernon
23 Jan 2009, 23:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I need a tech
Replies: 8
Views: 6608

Re: I need a tech

Can't you hire a charabanc and at least half a dozen of us forum experts could descend on you?
Think of the piano crap that would be spoken then.
by vernon
23 Jan 2009, 20:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I need a tech
Replies: 8
Views: 6608

Re: I need a tech

See previous postings ie I hope the sap has not drained from your wrest plank or the hammers are not playing the next note ,let alone the moths and rodents making free with your succulent felts, etc. It is to be hoped the storeman has not been transfixed by hurtling wrestpins. I would love to pop do...
by vernon
21 Jan 2009, 20:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Web site down time
Replies: 3
Views: 3369

Re: Web site down time

Thank goodness for that. I thought my wrest plank had exploded
by vernon
19 Jan 2009, 23:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grotty strings
Replies: 17
Views: 11078

Re: Grotty strings

Jolly good.
Lionel who was our Head Technician always used them at Steinways before he went up market and came to us!!!
by vernon
19 Jan 2009, 18:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grotty strings
Replies: 17
Views: 11078

Re: Grotty strings

we use what used to be called an "ink rubber" available at all office supplies a few years back. It's like a pencil rubber but coarser. Don't know if you can still get them now. Few people use fountain pens now.
by vernon
17 Jan 2009, 22:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?
Replies: 132
Views: 60624

Re: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?

That is very sad news
by vernon
16 Jan 2009, 21:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?
Replies: 132
Views: 60624

Re: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?

If you're coming to the UK in Feb, make a list of the bits you need and this forum will point you towards a suitable supplier who will send them on to you.
While you've not tuners and yellow Pages in Libya I bet they have postmen
by vernon
15 Jan 2009, 21:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?
Replies: 132
Views: 60624

Re: Steinway model Z.. worth the trouble?

tempogen
We've got a K in stock if you need any tips. I'm not familiar with the entrails of the Z tho'
by vernon
12 Jan 2009, 22:29
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Kastner-Wehlau
Replies: 2
Views: 3220

Wehlau

Barratt and Robinson manufactured the Kastner-Wehlau action.
I remember visiting their factory in The Grove,Crouch End N London in the 1970's and I am sure I was introduced to Mr Wehlau who was the engineer there, and I feel the actions were also made on site.
by vernon
11 Jan 2009, 17:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grotty strings
Replies: 17
Views: 11078

What are the physics of termination points in the piano? Logic suggests that they should be knife sharp not of a rounded section which must give an infinite number of termination points as the string moves with vibration. Obviously this doesn't seem to provide a problem and a knife edge would effici...
by vernon
10 Jan 2009, 23:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grotty strings
Replies: 17
Views: 11078

As Tuna says, 0000 wire wool but I would also add WD40 sparingly to the wire wool and wipe off any surplus. Obviously don't spray it onto the strings,rather the wire wool.Also make sure none reaches the wrest pins.
by vernon
09 Jan 2009, 21:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help with parts please
Replies: 1
Views: 1690

no key tops but I've many locks. let me see what you are after
by vernon
05 Jan 2009, 22:11
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Charles Begg pianos
Replies: 5
Views: 6095

Charles Begg pianos

Bill There is a correspondent from NZ in the local Aberdeen paper writing a book about the above pianos. Apparently he was a "piano maker and tuner in Aberdeen" till he went to NZ in 1861 and the firm continued till 1970. She is his g-g-granddaughter Nobody's heard of him up here in the Aberdeen Riv...
by vernon
03 Jan 2009, 00:20
Forum: Piano History
Topic: My Knight K10
Replies: 3
Views: 2958

Looks like 1970- agood year for Knights
by vernon
01 Jan 2009, 22:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New U1 for GBP3,999 from Dawsons - catch?
Replies: 25
Views: 13250

I feel most of these posts are from the Home Counties. There are still many of us out here in the sticks who offer a proper preparation and back up as a matter of course. I am sure the coming months will hopefully weed out many of the cowboys. I am sure I speak for many established dealers who, whil...
by vernon
30 Dec 2008, 15:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Large amounts of sympathy, please
Replies: 20
Views: 11982

Crikey! Has Humph made it up there already?
by vernon
30 Dec 2008, 13:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Large amounts of sympathy, please
Replies: 20
Views: 11982

I reckon St Jude may pull it off for you, so to speak
by vernon
29 Dec 2008, 20:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ivorite
Replies: 13
Views: 9663

not in the piano trade I fear
by vernon
28 Dec 2008, 23:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Large amounts of sympathy, please
Replies: 20
Views: 11982

Succintly put
by vernon
28 Dec 2008, 18:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Large amounts of sympathy, please
Replies: 20
Views: 11982

We sent a piano to storage in Nigeria and shortly the termites left only the frame and strings along with an assortment of ironmogery. Make sure you are not in termite country. You are bound to be in mice country and you would be advised to regularly strum a few fff chords, composed mainly of 2nds a...
by vernon
24 Dec 2008, 20:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: advice on Kawai K3 price
Replies: 2
Views: 2943

That is an excellent price providing the supplier includes delivery, stool and pre-delivery preparation and full after -sales service.
Also, an assurance he will still be in business in 6 month's time to fulfill his guarantee.

Otherwise, give me a bell
by vernon
24 Dec 2008, 20:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buck House piano
Replies: 7
Views: 4934

Why not get a 1920's Bechstein signed by Adolf Hitler and his bankroller, Frau Bechstein?
The Nazi connection never seems to get mentioned on the Bechstein website
by vernon
23 Dec 2008, 17:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Old - but pretty - piano question
Replies: 5
Views: 4247

Samantha Direct your enquiries towards a competent technician and you may find your piano is both playable and tuneable, albeit not to the highest standards. Some tuners are a bit sniffy about them and refuse to touch them altho' thev've not seen them. Yesterday I tuned a 1930's straight strung Kemm...
by vernon
21 Dec 2008, 18:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 30
Views: 15224

What about a nicely prepared Pearl River 125 or Kawai K3- you'll get either under 4kl
Nicht ein Yamahfan
by vernon
19 Dec 2008, 19:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Tuned.
Replies: 3
Views: 2568

we offer a fine B&B in Scotland=free tuning and reg.
Boat rides, Nessie viewing,haggis and neeps- the whole business
Turn up for a tuning with the old ladies and you're made
by vernon
15 Dec 2008, 19:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What DOES one do about a rogue trader?
Replies: 23
Views: 13304

HAVE AT LOOK AT THE fORUM " pIANOS ON THE iNTERNET" TODAY AND YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THE PITFALLS. EG A JUDGE RULED AGAINST A COMPLAINANT BECAUSE THERE IS NO MEASURE OF HOW LONG A PIANO SHOUILD STAY IN TUNE OR( sorry!) if it should be at " concert" pitch. Hence, a tech is very ill advised( unless well...
by vernon
13 Dec 2008, 22:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What DOES one do about a rogue trader?
Replies: 23
Views: 13304

I have a customer with a 1909 Bluthner grand supplied by a shop in Glasgow (!), half the dust has blown out of it,( still plenty of hairpins and tinsel in it) case sprayed. . £12000. Bought by a young piano teacher on hp. It's her pride and joy. When asked my opinion, what do I say? "Iv'e just...
by vernon
13 Dec 2008, 21:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sostenuto pedal or Practice pedal?
Replies: 16
Views: 9302

When is someone going to invent a "soft" peadl that works?
by vernon
13 Dec 2008, 20:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What DOES one do about a rogue trader?
Replies: 23
Views: 13304

If the story you report is complete, I should let the customer vent his ire on him, take him to the Small Claims Court, backed by a competent Tech who will play ball and make sure the press is there, by phoning them first.
The customer's job, not yours.
by vernon
13 Dec 2008, 20:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: "Restored" Bluthner 6'10 piano
Replies: 29
Views: 14964

CHARLIE KUNZ used to give me a FIVER when I tuned his jo for a concert! Moisewitz told me " Przyz Nova blytxz" ( no fiver tho') The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Coggan, when I turned up at the palace to replace a leg on his Bechstein which was propped up on bibles, said; "God help us." Fortunately, ...
by vernon
11 Dec 2008, 15:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restoration Project
Replies: 8
Views: 6744

As David B says, get some old ivory tops . They will be bigger than yr old Broadwood keys. Just make them fit
by vernon
09 Dec 2008, 23:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Irmler piano - advice please
Replies: 22
Views: 13371

As a long established dealer I am appalled at some of the stories we hear on this forum. Before any piano is dispatched from our place, I personally tune it and check everything so it is 100%. Very occasionally, mainly due to difference in environment, a customer will report a noise or a click or a ...
by vernon
07 Dec 2008, 22:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Samick Grand NSG 186
Replies: 5
Views: 4194

why won't he dealer let a tech inspect it?
Jolly fishy to me.
by vernon
07 Dec 2008, 15:41
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Knight Pianos
Replies: 4
Views: 4238

that's not the serial no. Look for something nearer 50000-70000
If you've got a pic I'll tell you the model
by vernon
05 Dec 2008, 12:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Case Refinishing
Replies: 11
Views: 6715

I include french polishing in my skills tho' I'm not as good or as fast as my Dad was.( try doing a grand top sometime-in black) As it's your first piano, and I apologise if this is obvious, you must dismantle the case-work completely, removing all the panels,removal able, mouldings,brasswork,pedals...
by vernon
04 Dec 2008, 19:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Case Refinishing
Replies: 11
Views: 6715

Using black polish( shellac) you can actually " paint in" a new whorl to existing features over a repair, using the finest brush. Be bold! You now become an artist rather than a technician. Take off all the brass and polish it. It will set off the finished job. Your approach to re-glueing lifting ve...
by vernon
04 Dec 2008, 18:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Case Refinishing
Replies: 11
Views: 6715

Apart from black, burr walnut is the easiest to hide due to the bold grain and blemishes which you can carefully copy. Have a look at the rest of the case and I bet you will find several examples of bits being coloured in as well as the new knots that have been inlaid where the originals have fallen...
by vernon
03 Dec 2008, 22:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ivorite
Replies: 13
Views: 9663

When we were kids, we got old celluloid key tops from dad, wrapped them in newspaper and lit them. The trick is not to let them burn but to blow out the flame so it just fumes. They make excellent smoke screens.

I thought I would share that bit of folk lore.
by vernon
03 Dec 2008, 22:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Case Refinishing
Replies: 11
Views: 6715

you can't polish the name without stripping the inside of the fall. Prepare the wood and polish immediately with pale polish which will stabilise the polished letters. Subsequent pfads will be so thin as not to darken the letters. The proper repair of corners is to cut them back and inlay a suitable...
by vernon
30 Nov 2008, 13:23
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Harcourt & Co london
Replies: 5
Views: 4779

there doesn't seem too much info in your posting either!
by vernon
29 Nov 2008, 14:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai RX-3 elusive noise
Replies: 5
Views: 4831

if you've isolated the noise to the soft fall mechanism then you are both lucky and laughing. It should require only a small fiddling to cure.
lovely piano
by vernon
22 Nov 2008, 23:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K5 bouncing Hammers
Replies: 32
Views: 17449

I think Barrie must have a half-blow in mind
by vernon
20 Nov 2008, 23:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K5 bouncing Hammers
Replies: 32
Views: 17449

what's a "kawai action bar?"
by vernon
19 Nov 2008, 19:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K5 bouncing Hammers
Replies: 32
Views: 17449

sussex I'm v worried about the dealer/technician. Is he going to start turning things and adjusting some of those little nobby bits. It could be that DMathew has a very light touch in which case the adjustment will be minimal and not require disembowelling the whole machine and removing it to some t...
by vernon
18 Nov 2008, 22:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano String Material
Replies: 18
Views: 9408

crikey
by vernon
18 Nov 2008, 21:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano String Material
Replies: 18
Views: 9408

crikey
by vernon
17 Nov 2008, 23:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K5 bouncing Hammers
Replies: 32
Views: 17449

he's probably taking the action away to " tighten the springs and move the board back!" ( see original enquiry)
I wouldn't let him near it and certainly not let him take anything away.
It sounds as tho' something is very wrong.
Kawais come in with excellent regulation.