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by vernon
12 Sep 2008, 22:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha B3 Advice
Replies: 82
Views: 54022

I've got them side by side in the showroom and notice nothing particularly unremakable about either not standing tune
by vernon
12 Sep 2008, 20:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha B3 Advice
Replies: 82
Views: 54022

What do you mean,"harder to tune/"
Overtight wrest pins? The note doesn't drop in and stay? Wolf notes? Strings slip immediately?

Not in my experience.
If one gets a recalcitrant piano, it is the tuners job to bully it into compliance with his artistic and scientific desires.
by vernon
12 Sep 2008, 20:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha B3 Advice
Replies: 82
Views: 54022

This is all very subjective.
One can only speak generally, but all Kawais are no harder to tune than all Yamahas( or any other pianos other than false Bechsteins), nor are they less stable.
Let's be sensible
by vernon
10 Sep 2008, 21:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha B3 Advice
Replies: 82
Views: 54022

Moderator
Would it be appropriate to ask Kawai dealers on this forum for a quote?
Don't want to step on anybody's toes
by vernon
10 Sep 2008, 21:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha B3 Advice
Replies: 82
Views: 54022

Moderator
Would it be appropriate to ask Kawai dealers on this forum for a quote?
Don't want to step on anybody's toes
by vernon
08 Sep 2008, 21:36
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Arthur Allison & Co. Piano
Replies: 8
Views: 9565

Bill
My Dad worked at Allisons in the First World War time and he told me I think that there was some sort of strike and they were locked out and the Firm shut. Does that add up at all?
by vernon
08 Sep 2008, 19:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: KAWAI PIANOS
Replies: 14
Views: 8854

Play it flat out as much as possible.
Bear in mind that it has probably been played a few times in it's life, in a showroom.
Playing will settle everything down so that when the tech comes in 8 weeks time you will have some meaningful instructions for him
Best wishes
by vernon
06 Sep 2008, 21:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gors & Kallman, Weber, Yamaha???
Replies: 5
Views: 3889

Gors and Kallman knocks spots off the others.
by vernon
05 Sep 2008, 20:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rogers upright to Rogers baby grand - worth it?
Replies: 7
Views: 5927

Didn't know that.
"Bechstein London" of course is to be avoided at all costs as the frame was liable to crack and was irreparable ( In them days) Perhaps the Polish bods can do it nowadays. Sentence one stands.
by vernon
05 Sep 2008, 16:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuner's Disappointment of the week...
Replies: 19
Views: 9822

thought for momentour home-made whisky had got me
by vernon
05 Sep 2008, 14:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuner's Disappointment of the week...
Replies: 19
Views: 9822

A BELOW middle C is 440hz
by vernon
05 Sep 2008, 11:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuner's Disappointment of the week...
Replies: 19
Views: 9822

Brumtuner
It seems to me if Gill the Piano's piano's C was singing at 440 instead of 523.5 that sounds like a minor third BELOW pitch- or am I missing something?
by vernon
04 Sep 2008, 22:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Rogers upright to Rogers baby grand - worth it?
Replies: 7
Views: 5927

Don't forget that Rogers were called the " English Bechstein" and indeed blatantly incorporate many of the Bechstein details.
Look at the action pillars.
by vernon
03 Sep 2008, 19:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Balance pins etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 3165

As you claim " it's easy," replace with s/steel rod.
Most likely the bushings will be worn enough to need no subsequent easing as the old dodgy balance pins have been rasping away all this time.
For goodness sake don't re-bush unless you have to.
by vernon
02 Sep 2008, 11:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Strange resonances: how much is 'normal'?
Replies: 11
Views: 5719

try the finger ploy as it's infallible for at least eliminating a bad damper which appears to be functioning correctly. Remember that the break is a black hole which exercises all piano makers- there is a compromise in the strike height,in the damper length and the tonal difference at the break wher...
by vernon
01 Sep 2008, 21:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Price Please
Replies: 8
Views: 4816

rummaging in my store/museum, I find I have a pianette original stool with the slab ends in walnut,( no chrome trims), should you find a rich art-deco customer
by vernon
01 Sep 2008, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Strange resonances: how much is 'normal'?
Replies: 11
Views: 5719

you know what I mean!
by vernon
01 Sep 2008, 21:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Strange resonances: how much is 'normal'?
Replies: 11
Views: 5719

try damping the offending note with your finger above the damper immediately you've released the key. If that cures the noise then it is not damping properly. This could be caused by ill-adjusted dampers themselves,spoons acting too early or the finisher having a bad day and the dampers fitted at th...
by vernon
01 Sep 2008, 08:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Price Please
Replies: 8
Views: 4816

Is it fitted with chrome electric lights?
If so check the wiring as it could be perished rubber
by vernon
31 Aug 2008, 20:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 14062

try a look at Steinmayers which are excellent qualiity all over, down to the castors.
The do need proper preparation so make sure you get a competent dealer who will attend to that as a matter of course
by vernon
31 Aug 2008, 10:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Need Help deciding U1 Silent or Something else.....
Replies: 27
Views: 14062

kawai every time
by vernon
26 Aug 2008, 22:41
Forum: Piano History
Topic: George Russell Upright, date?
Replies: 19
Views: 8136

Bill Kibby has the gen on this one. I can't comment of the wisdom of nurturing what is obviously an early 1920s s/strung, but as a matter of archive interest George Russell ,who were an ordinary middle of the road maker, produced several transposing pianos. In these, there was a large knob under the...
by vernon
25 Aug 2008, 09:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Berry Baby Grand
Replies: 13
Views: 6583

this is the only one Ive seen in yrs but I couldnt even get near it.
Can't give you any useful opinion on them.
by vernon
24 Aug 2008, 18:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Berry Baby Grand
Replies: 13
Views: 6583

Bill Kibby There is also an ancient Chappell concert grand around here allegedly from the Mauretania.. It has no castors only plates to bolt it to the floor/ deck presumably. It is in the corner of the room surrounded by and covered with ancient computers that mustn't be disturbed! Obviously you can...
by vernon
24 Aug 2008, 17:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Berry Baby Grand
Replies: 13
Views: 6583

i've always found Berrys a businesslike middle of the road piano, even the 3/4 iron frame ones. ( with the red label) Some of the 30's miniature can be a bit of a paino f a piano ( anag) re grands for status; We had a look here at a cruise ship's huge old grand which was past any reasonable renovati...
by vernon
20 Aug 2008, 21:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha upright sounds too "bright"
Replies: 31
Views: 13683

proper sense, Sussex Pianos. Why buy a piano you don't like? As has been said , a piano is the sum of the strings, hammers, design. aesthetic and cosmetic attributes,quality of hammer felts and sound board wood selection. Even the case components, not leaving aside the scale of the strings and their...
by vernon
16 Aug 2008, 10:46
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano Decals
Replies: 6
Views: 4231

baby grand. That WAS a constructive suggesstion if you can still get some Letraset.
Otherwise, as already suggested, do the decal on your computer the right size and font( Times Roman I think) and get an artist or signwriter to do it onto the fall if you don't fancy doing it yourself
by vernon
15 Aug 2008, 20:18
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano Decals
Replies: 6
Views: 4231

do it in gold Letraset - about the same quality as the piano
by vernon
12 Aug 2008, 20:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Very old piano - tuning advice
Replies: 4
Views: 3455

If it is just to get the grandchildren to see if they have any interest,as Gill says, just get it tuned.I wouldn't bother about a pitch raise in the first instance if it is below pitch but it must be made clear that if the children progress "concert pitch" is a must to train their relative pitch, wh...
by vernon
12 Aug 2008, 19:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Very old piano - tuning advice
Replies: 4
Views: 3455

all sound advice
by vernon
10 Aug 2008, 21:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bought a Bechstein 10 - what do you think
Replies: 20
Views: 12131

Really depends on what you paid. Not too much I hope.
Sounds to me ,if it is already below pitch, that it needs a severe looking at.
Don't forget it is already 100 years old.
by vernon
03 Aug 2008, 21:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Very Old Piano - advice wanted, thank you very much
Replies: 10
Views: 5369

Be aware that the Bluthners had brass flanges with a steel grub screw adjuster. The electrolytic action often perishes the brass and there is no replacement available to my knowledge. Would 'nt touch one with my best friend's bargepole.
by vernon
29 Jul 2008, 22:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha upright sounds too "bright"
Replies: 31
Views: 13683

Mr Yamaha goes to great lengths to produce a certain tone. So does Mr Kawai
If you don't like the result of their efforts don't buy and don't expect a tech to produce, from the proverbial sow's ear, a silk purse.
Use your loaf.
by vernon
29 Jul 2008, 18:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha upright sounds too "bright"
Replies: 31
Views: 13683

I still wonder why you bought a piano whose "sound" you dislike.
All of our stock is fine regulated ,toned evenly and tuned before sale.
After that, clients can be trusted to choose the one whose tone appeals to them personally- not the technician nor the teacher nor their piano tuner
by vernon
22 Jul 2008, 18:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Eavestaff Mini-piano: How good are they?
Replies: 24
Views: 20383

hope you don't get the smallest problem with. A simple job, even replacing a tape end generally entails dismantling the whole thing on the front room carpet. I won't touch them. For the under the keyboard wrest pins that's 70 years old. Even worse are the ones you tune at the back as it needs 2 peop...
by vernon
20 Jul 2008, 19:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ebay menace...again!
Replies: 23
Views: 10663

he's got a brother itinerant stringer in Scotland
by vernon
20 Jul 2008, 19:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 14886

So you've had it 4 1/2 years. Has it been mis-behaving that long or just recently? If the former, you have a duff joanna. If the latter, it sounds as though it is something local and it is unlikely the dealer would be very attentive after this time.. Nvertheless, with a piano of this quality, but, a...
by vernon
20 Jul 2008, 19:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 14886

So you've had it 4 1/2 years. Has it been mis-behaving that long or just recently? If the former, you have a duff joanna. If the latter, it sounds as though it is something local and it is unlikely the dealer would be very attentive after this time.. Nvertheless, with a piano of this quality, but, a...
by vernon
17 Jul 2008, 20:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dull bass strings, can i clean them?? please comment!!
Replies: 6
Views: 6117

If it's just the very last bass strings and they are all " tubby" then it is likely the bass bridge has either sunk or is unglued. If it appears the former, raise the top of the bridge with a layer of veneer to improve the bearing. If the latter, slacken the bass strings, reglue and then re-tune to ...
by vernon
14 Jul 2008, 20:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying advice...new upright
Replies: 11
Views: 7010

Nigel Never heard of a Cranes. However, there are many good pianos out there of all prices and many bad, like any other commodty. Try and find an established dealer who will give you the benefit of a lifetime's advice without any pressure, plus good after sales service. Avoid discount cowboys .Obvio...
by vernon
09 Jul 2008, 14:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How much does it cost to get a piano tuned?
Replies: 10
Views: 6481

that should cover the tuner's petrol
by vernon
08 Jul 2008, 20:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: varnish
Replies: 11
Views: 7026

soundboards are totally sealed by the glued joint at the fillets round the edges and the varnish back and front. If one varnishes just one side then the board warps( eg if you put up facings round doors always paint them front and back otherwise they look like banana wood when they dry) However, as ...
by vernon
08 Jul 2008, 18:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: varnish
Replies: 11
Views: 7026

also, violins etc are only varnished on the outside!
by vernon
07 Jul 2008, 22:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: NEW HAMMERS, ETC. AS TO SOUND
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

didn't you get an estimate of the work that was to be done and any indication as to the likely result?
by vernon
07 Jul 2008, 22:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Car Salesmen?
Replies: 6
Views: 5091

Sorry about your bad experience. I always tell my customers that I don't sell pianos at all. They buy them. If they come here, they can serenade themselves all day if it fits in with others. If they don't like what I have on offer they can leave on good terms and I wonder what more I can do and try ...
by vernon
07 Jul 2008, 16:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacing Damper Springs
Replies: 8
Views: 4977

you should get away with a medium spring there.
I think logic would dictate that the springs get heavier towards the bass
by vernon
07 Jul 2008, 14:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacing Damper Springs
Replies: 8
Views: 4977

If you've one broken damper spring you can bet the whole set is perished . It is wise to instal a new set. You don't say where the damper was in the piano so you may have fitted the wrong gauge spring as, as Barrie points out, the set comprises 3 different strenghts, stronger towards the bass. While...
by vernon
06 Jul 2008, 15:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Danemann soundboard screws
Replies: 7
Views: 4496

danemann grand

Most English piano makers at least made an "extra prepared "version of standard models for export to the tropics. Apart from pinned keys, pinned key chasings, red lead paint underneath to discourage termites and mouse-proof pedals to keep out wildlife of all sorts,these mods included screwed bridges...
by vernon
30 Jun 2008, 20:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tinny, innit
Replies: 6
Views: 4096

noises in pianos are the bane of a tech's life. If you have time, try the following sequence; Mute each string of the offending trichord in turn to ascertain if all three are causing the tinnyness or just one.. If only one, then it is probable that there is a loose bridge pin. or poor bearing. If th...
by vernon
30 Jun 2008, 20:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tinny, innit
Replies: 6
Views: 4096

not had a longditudinal pulse since I was about 14