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by Model V
28 Jul 2009, 09:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: excited
Replies: 12
Views: 8329

Re: excited

I used to play one in a school in Chippenham a lot (a big grand). It was actually pretty terrible when I first encountered it due to atrocious setup, but a couple of days' work by a top tech had it nicely under control and pleasant to play. It certainly had a massive bass but wasn't special in other...
by Model V
27 Jul 2009, 18:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Looking for a used piano
Replies: 8
Views: 4872

Re: Looking for a used piano

It's been a while, but Sheergold in Cobham used to be very good with a huge selection.

MV
by Model V
27 Jul 2009, 17:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?
Replies: 33
Views: 16518

Re: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?

well it does seem odd that since Yamaha produce a high end range of pianos in the SU7, S4, 6, and CFIII that they'd want to own a premium marque like Bosendorfer in order to keep it going.,...? Perhaps they wont close Bosendorfer down, they might keep the name for a series of low end pianos produce...
by Model V
05 Jul 2009, 20:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 10834

Re: My school teaching piano

Why the hell weren't you consulted by the director of music?
by Model V
20 Jun 2009, 17:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

LOL!
by Model V
17 Jun 2009, 22:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Just to bring you up to date: Someone has kindly offered to look after a grand piano for us for a bit, so consequently we've splashed out on a fabulous C3. No need for the interim upright. MV. Enjoy your piano when you get it as I am sure the folk who are looking after it will Barrie, Fortunately t...
by Model V
16 Jun 2009, 17:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Just to bring you up to date:

Someone has kindly offered to look after a grand piano for us for a bit, so consequently we've splashed out on a fabulous C3. No need for the interim upright.

Amazing what DSS money will buy eh?

Cheers, and thanks for all the non-snide honest advice above.

MV.
by Model V
20 May 2009, 14:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A-Frame for school C3
Replies: 9
Views: 6601

Re: A-Frame for school C3

Thanks Barrie.

Hopefully your work will reap the reward of better safety. I would not want the back end of a piano squishing me, let alone (God forbid) some poor year 7.
by Model V
20 May 2009, 10:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A-Frame for school C3
Replies: 9
Views: 6601

Re: A-Frame for school C3

[/quote] You do not want an easy fit one if if the floor is uneven as they give no support to the legs. As a school you have a duty of care to fit them anyway All school pianos should have safety castors fitted including A frams on grands by a competent person. There has been quite a few accidents w...
by Model V
19 May 2009, 14:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A-Frame for school C3
Replies: 9
Views: 6601

A-Frame for school C3

Hi all,

Our school C3 is very difficult to wheel around on the old wooden floor. I can't imaging this is doing the piano any good (certainly not the floor). I suspect it needs an A frame. Can anyone recommend someone to advise on/fit one in the Midlands.

Thanks,

MV
by Model V
18 May 2009, 15:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 29020

Re: Problems with tuning

What a fascinating thread. Whilst I personally dislike Bechsteins, I would nonetheless have expected them to be crafted to the highest possible standard. It seems this isn't necessarily the case. If Bechstein are (at best) inconsistent in quality, who in the world makes pianos to a genuinely high st...
by Model V
15 May 2009, 16:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 29020

Re: Problems with tuning

When our old Vertegrand had been re-strung it took a good couple of years to reach stability. We thought it was broken for a while! Suddenly it settled down and was beautiful thereafter. A couple of things to ask the professionals: Is it normal for a new piano made by a company as posh as Bechstein ...
by Model V
03 May 2009, 21:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano purchase
Replies: 16
Views: 12066

Re: New piano purchase

MV.
by Model V
11 Apr 2009, 17:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Caveat emptor
by Model V
11 Apr 2009, 13:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Gordon,

I didn't think it especially funny.

MV
by Model V
11 Apr 2009, 12:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

£1500 on an upright is a pretty low budget. I think the main problem here is that the customer is skint. So no point sending brochures out boys. I always refuse to sell to DSS On the contrary. I have rather a lot of thousands in my piano budget. The upright is a short term measure and I don't want ...
by Model V
11 Apr 2009, 12:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

A certain gentleman near Oxford would be very high ion my list. MV I have no idea what dealer you are talking about BUT we had a customer in our area ring us 6 weeks ago who had bought a Kemble from a dealer in the Oxford area. No tuning included and when he had a problem 4 weeks after delivery he ...
by Model V
11 Apr 2009, 11:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

As usual some balanced advice from PG. The only purpose of my original post was to get some ideas on makes of piano to go for or to avoid for this one off short term purchase. I'm prepared to take the risk as it's my money and unless I'm very unlucky I'll get my money back. I've done it before and m...
by Model V
10 Apr 2009, 22:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Listen: I didn't want to get into an argument with anyone. If you can't discern what I want to do you obviously can't read. If you won't respect what I want to do, tough. If you do understand what I want to do, back off. I do not want to play the game your way. I do not want a new piano. I do not wa...
by Model V
10 Apr 2009, 19:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

My problem is really simple: I might not buy my grand from a dealer, I might get a nice used one, or maybe I might not. It's very unlikely that I would buy the upright and the subsequent grand from the same place even if I were to use a dealer for the grand. I don't work that way. I note that you " ...
by Model V
10 Apr 2009, 15:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Bloody hell. I seem to have brought all the vested interests out of the woodwork. As it happens, I would never buy a brand new piano for the same reason I would never buy a brand new car. Live with it. I need to get every penny of my money back as this is a short term measure. Buying new or retail w...
by Model V
10 Apr 2009, 11:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

How many parts?
by Model V
10 Apr 2009, 09:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Golly,

I don't know how many different ways I need to find to say that I have no intention (for good reasons) of buying from a dealer or retail.

MV.
by Model V
09 Apr 2009, 16:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

Thanks Openwood, that's good advice. Keep a lookout, guys!

MV.
by Model V
09 Apr 2009, 12:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Re: Upright Suggestions £1500

We are already renting - a nice little Yamaha. Unfortunately this is dead money as we would not want to buy this particular piano outright nice as it is. Perhaps I wasn't clear in the op. We need something that we can unload in 12 to 18 months time and recoup all of the investment. The reason for th...
by Model V
08 Apr 2009, 23:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Suggestions £1500
Replies: 37
Views: 18569

Upright Suggestions £1500

We've just sold our piano and are renting a small Yamaha for the time being. Ideally we would like a grand in 12 to 18 months, but the house we're in at the moment is too small. We plan to move into a bigger property in the next year. As a stop gap we would like an upright, but, because it will be a...
by Model V
28 Mar 2009, 12:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein Model L
Replies: 3
Views: 3494

Re: Bechstein Model L

My wife had a Model L before we were married. Simply the poorest Bechstein grand I've ever played - terribly false on the breaks and we couldn't get rid of it soon enough (it had been in her family). We sold it to a very respected tech who fully re-conditioned it - and it was still hideous (lol). Do...
by Model V
15 Mar 2009, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New hammers for Knight
Replies: 1
Views: 2265

New hammers for Knight

One of the pianos in our school is a Knight. Around 20+ years old. Funny thing is that, although the hammers are very deeply grooved and the case is filthy, it's a really cracking little piano. I would be keen on having it done up to give it another 20 years of service and thought this would be more...
by Model V
15 Mar 2009, 16:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano removal
Replies: 5
Views: 4499

Re: Piano removal

"Common accidents with ammeters"

Electric shock, perhaps?
by Model V
03 Mar 2009, 23:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Grands: The Pecking Order
Replies: 4
Views: 5153

Re: Yamaha Grands: The Pecking Order

Thank you PG. That was really interesting an helpful. Regarding your closing exhortation, it's looking like it might be good news on the school front. These things take time but I know for certain what we want and also who we're going to buy it from. God willing, we look like being able to secure th...
by Model V
03 Mar 2009, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Grands: The Pecking Order
Replies: 4
Views: 5153

Yamaha Grands: The Pecking Order

There seem to be a baffling array of Yamaha grands around, new and old. Can anyone point me to a website which compares their qualities? Which are the ones to have and which to avoid?

MV.
by Model V
21 Feb 2009, 10:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Can anyone help me??
Replies: 4
Views: 3653

Re: Can anyone help me??

Where abouts do you live? I'm sure the guys here can find someone who can come and help in your area.

MV
by Model V
20 Feb 2009, 18:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brand new Bentley Grand £4000 - how?
Replies: 2
Views: 2588

Brand new Bentley Grand £4000 - how?

Just been to see my friend in my local music shop and spied a "Bentley" grand in the window. Just out of the shrink wrap. Intrigued I had a little play and was impressed - very nice tone and touch although, as it's short, not too much bass. I was amazed to learn this will retail for £4000. Now, I kn...
by Model V
15 Feb 2009, 20:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Getting a stool renovated
Replies: 2
Views: 2536

Getting a stool renovated

Hi,

My school's piano stool needs doing up. It's potentially quite nice - adjustable and upholstered in fake leather. It needs:
Making shiny black
Re-upholstering
The top is a bit loose.

Anyone who can do this in striking distance of Derby? Or should I just get a new stool? :?

Cheers,

MV
by Model V
13 Feb 2009, 22:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha logo - my vision for the future
Replies: 10
Views: 7568

Re: Yamaha logo - my vision for the future

How does it attach? I thought these things were buried in th polyester.

MV
by Model V
01 Jan 2009, 10:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New U1 for GBP3,999 from Dawsons - catch?
Replies: 25
Views: 14591

Squirest,

Do not forget PG's tag-line which is as important as his post in this context. Do not allow the attractive price to sucker you into buying a piano you have not seen, played and liked. Buying blind may lead to disappointment.

MV.
by Model V
23 Dec 2008, 07:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 30
Views: 16472

We've got 2 Skodas and a Kemble Conservatoire so I suppose we are not classy. But all three are magnificent creations. ATG 8) On the contrary. You effectively have 2 Volkswagens (but you paid less) and a Yamaha (where you may have paid more). What's not to like? Kemble no longer make average Britis...
by Model V
22 Dec 2008, 16:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 30
Views: 16472

ennjaydee wrote:look at plenty to find the right one if you go this route.
Quite. There are a lot of these around. From the sublime to the ridiculous. The best ones I've played would give anything a run for its money. Choose carefully.
by Model V
22 Dec 2008, 10:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 30
Views: 16472

I understand the used schimmel is a 90s model and around the £4k mark. Is that a reasonable price? There must be some cracking U3s out there if your budget is £4k. Not saying the schimmel wouldn't be nice though. On a recent visit to the Bluthner showroom in London, i was very impressed with the Ha...
by Model V
21 Dec 2008, 21:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 30
Views: 16472

PianoGuy wrote:A final word. If all you intend to play is Einaudi, it really doesn't matter what piano you play it on. It will always be repetitive shite
LOL. I mean it, I'm still pissing myself. PG hit the nail on the head there.
by Model V
21 Dec 2008, 21:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano advice
Replies: 30
Views: 16472

I know Kemble are now owned by Yamaha but I cannot associate "Class" with the name (it took a very long time for people to take Skoda seriously). The pianos Kemble used to make (presumably when independent) were shocking, at least the ones played by me. I would take a Yamaha over almost any German m...
by Model V
20 Dec 2008, 22:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sostenuto pedal or Practice pedal?
Replies: 16
Views: 10288

joseph wrote:i haven't played the ravel sonatine. i'd probably sound like a truck driver on it LOL!
Give it a go. I think you're a professional performer from your previous posts so you wouldn't have trouble with it. Much easier technically than Gaspard.

Cheers.

MV.
by Model V
20 Dec 2008, 16:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sostenuto pedal or Practice pedal?
Replies: 16
Views: 10288

joseph wrote:i hardly ever use the sostenuto pedal, i used it once last year in a modern piece. but thats all.

yeah, sometimes bach can benefit from it, but rarely. IMHO of course, and i hear convincing performances from either camp.

Nice for the last few bars of the middle movement of the Ravel Sontatine. :D
by Model V
19 Dec 2008, 08:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 or U3 for smallish room?
Replies: 15
Views: 9822

The problem you might have is that as some one who " gave them away" most reputable distributors might want to stay away from you. They already have shops holding their stock and some if not lots of those retailers might stop selling their pianos if they start suppling a price slasher... Not sure h...
by Model V
09 Dec 2008, 10:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Irmler piano - advice please
Replies: 22
Views: 14677

Really sorry to hear your story Debbie. It's amazing how different pianos of identical spec can be. A visit to the Steinway showroom to try a few of any given model will show that it even applies to the big names. I really hope the dealer will do the right thing. It won't cost him much as the one yo...
by Model V
14 Nov 2008, 21:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me spend 25k on a grand for my school
Replies: 45
Views: 21497

You are talking about a Danemann, right? Played lots of uprights at my school but never played a grand. Any good?
by Model V
12 Nov 2008, 11:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me spend 25k on a grand for my school
Replies: 45
Views: 21497

PianoGuy wrote: The S4 is also a sublime sounding piano, but tuning stability can be poor. The limited edition S400 sounded even nicer, but was so unstable as to make it virtually unusable unless you have a full-time tuner on the staff!
That's interesting PG; how come they got one so right and the other so wrong?
by Model V
11 Nov 2008, 22:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me spend 25k on a grand for my school
Replies: 45
Views: 21497

PianoGuy wrote:You are paying for more restoration work in the older piano, which is expensive, and you're paying for more new Steinway in the later piano, which is also expensive!
I know which one I would want!
by Model V
11 Nov 2008, 10:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me spend 25k on a grand for my school
Replies: 45
Views: 21497

Changing tack slightly: Obviously the gold standard would be the Hamburg B. Now, I notice that (well) restored examples go for high 20s/early 30s, seemingly regardless of age. For example a 1970s model might be 33k whereas a 1920s model might be 28k. Once someone like Jeff Shackell had rebuild a B, ...
by Model V
10 Nov 2008, 22:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me spend 25k on a grand for my school
Replies: 45
Views: 21497

Just awaiting the "sharp wit" now.

:wink: