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by Model V
09 Nov 2011, 13:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice on piano removal please
Replies: 2
Views: 2407

Advice on piano removal please

I need to move a grand from Derby to Sussex and another one from East Sussex back to Derby, preferably on the same day. The two Sussex locations are a few miles apart; just one location in Derby. I’d be ever so grateful of advice as to the most cost-effective way of doing this and (possibly) recomme...
by Model V
13 Oct 2011, 19:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: High level buying advice
Replies: 18
Views: 10148

Re: High level buying advice

If it helps, I know lots of qualified musicians who own and swear by the better Japanese pianos. A well set up U3 (or C3) will give the Germans a run for their money. Our local cathedral organist owns a C3 as do I.

MV.
by Model V
26 Aug 2011, 22:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Not usre where to start..?
Replies: 12
Views: 7943

Re: Not usre where to start..?

Babies! Oh Boy! That's why had to buy a people mover!
by Model V
26 Aug 2011, 11:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Not usre where to start..?
Replies: 12
Views: 7943

Re: Not usre where to start..?

Tiggy, If Mark's offer of a £300 is still on the table, you could probably do a lot worse. I often travel between Derby (home) and Manchester and would be happy to transport for you for a contribution to my fuel (I've got a big people mover). This would also give me the opportunity to visit Mark whi...
by Model V
26 Aug 2011, 11:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Reconditioned U3. Good value?
Replies: 2
Views: 2596

Reconditioned U3. Good value?

I was up in London at Chappells the other day to buy sheet music. Up stairs they have lots of (very nicely set up and tuned) Yamahas...including a '70s U3 which has been fully restored by Yamaha in Japan. The piano looks like new and plays and sounds really nice(ly). Considering the obvious quality ...
by Model V
31 Jul 2011, 21:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Welmar or Knight?
Replies: 3
Views: 3300

Re: Welmar or Knight?

Get a good tech round to look at them both. You will know straight away. Asking the question on a forum cannot get you an answer.
by Model V
19 Jun 2011, 08:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ask piano technician – Do you prefer Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1?
Replies: 16
Views: 17703

Re: Ask piano technician – Do you prefer Kawai K3 or Yamaha

I find few customers concerned with resale value. As pianos last so long,if a family keeps a piano through the shelf life of the teenagers then they will probably get a good price anyway after 20 years, especially if the crazy economy gets back in order. After my Dad died in the 1960s I often had a...
by Model V
19 Jun 2011, 08:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Should we get the current instead of last year new piano?
Replies: 6
Views: 5099

Re: Should we get the current instead of last year new piano

Always better to buy a piano you have played and liked than a "brand new" "boxed" one. They're all different and purchasing a piano is not like buying a hifi imo.

MV.
by Model V
19 Jun 2011, 07:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Performing on an unfamiliar instrument.
Replies: 8
Views: 5012

Re: Performing on an unfamiliar instrument.

Good advice, especially regarding position of the music desk. If you're not used to playing grands this can be a bit off-putting. There's no substitute for having a bit of time on the instrument before you play. Hopefully the S&S will be so nice that the experience will be entirely positive. I remem...
by Model V
19 Jun 2011, 07:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester
Replies: 5
Views: 4796

Re: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

It must be old. I learned to play on a nice Sir Herbert Marshall, Sons and Rose which was I guess 1920s. The piano under discussion seems to be pre knighthood or sons (and Rose).

TBH the chances of it being any good at all are very slim.

MV
by Model V
28 May 2011, 11:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Grand <£15000 ideas???
Replies: 27
Views: 15361

Re: New Grand <£15000 ideas???

Look no further:

http://www.shackellpianos.co.uk/grand_p ... a_2002_106

A lot of piano for the money. Will not depreciate vertically like most new Germans and good enough for the most demanding professional.

MV
by Model V
05 Mar 2011, 18:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 26840

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

Another vote for Jeff Shackell near Oxford. I have bought Yamaha and Steinway grands from Jeff. If there's anyone better at setting up a piano, I have yet to meet them. Nicest guy you could ever wish to meet, and a true enthusiast. That said, Steinway Hall are superb, although I have found the Bosto...
by Model V
12 Jan 2011, 18:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baldwin
Replies: 7
Views: 4295

Re: Baldwin

Their concert grands are in a different league from the console upright range commonly seen over here have played a few nice piano,Mason and Hamlin also make fantastic grands also. That makes more sense TBH. I'm sure I have an Earl Wild CD at home where he plays one. They must rate them over there.
by Model V
12 Jan 2011, 14:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baldwin
Replies: 7
Views: 4295

Baldwin

I recently saw a video of Bernstein playing Rhapsody in Blue at the Proms in the seventies. Very good it was too. What was surprising was that the piano was a Baldwin. I know these are rated in the States and do seem to come up on recordings occasionally. However, for this London job, Lennie obvious...
by Model V
21 Nov 2010, 12:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please help me with a fraught purchasing decision
Replies: 10
Views: 6164

Re: Please help me with a fraught purchasing decision

Unless you're planning to keep this thing for life, don't touch it with a barge pole. There are plenty of other pianos with "soul" out there for £2-3,000 and the only thing you can guarantee if you buy the Pleyel (even for £2,000) is that this cowboy will have the satisfaction of knowing he saw you ...
by Model V
17 Nov 2010, 15:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Waldebach - heard of them?
Replies: 1
Views: 2115

Waldebach - heard of them?

My friend has a Waldebach grand she wants to sell. I can't find the name on the Internet. Anyone heard of them?

Thanks,

MV.
by Model V
16 Oct 2010, 11:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Delighted with a tuning & regulation (at last)
Replies: 18
Views: 7898

Re: Delighted with a tuning & regulation (at last)

There really is some crap in the tuning industry - and finding a good tuner who is also an excellent technician is rare indeed. As far as I know there isn't a good tuner/technician in my home town and, (having been recommended by the best in the business) I now have a guy who is happy to travel 30+ ...
by Model V
13 Sep 2010, 11:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha grands, pecking order, continued.......
Replies: 10
Views: 7002

Re: Yamaha grands, pecking order, continued.......

Played a few Bostons at S&S. Have to say I was unimpressed - I think this was partly due to the lack of time and effort that seemed to have been put into setup. Whereas the S&S pianos were set up to perfection.
by Model V
10 Jul 2010, 12:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New
Replies: 37
Views: 34482

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New

Kemble King wrote:PG is god!!
So long as he is not The Stig.
by Model V
09 Jul 2010, 14:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New
Replies: 37
Views: 34482

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New

Ive been looking on Mark Goodwins website!!!! Well theres your first mistake in a search for a good piano Im affraid. KK Charming. Why would anyone want to buy a piano from someone prepared to slag off a fellow retailer. You really are a nasty piece of work, aren't you, Gordon. Im a piano tuner tec...
by Model V
07 Jul 2010, 22:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New
Replies: 37
Views: 34482

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New

Kemble King wrote:Ive been looking on Mark Goodwins website!!!!

Well theres your first mistake in a search for a good piano Im affraid.

KK
Charming.

Why would anyone want to buy a piano from someone prepared to slag off a fellow retailer. You really are a nasty piece of work, aren't you, Gordon.
by Model V
19 Jun 2010, 17:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Re-conditioning.
Replies: 13
Views: 8012

Re: Piano Re-conditioning.

Forsyth's seconded. Big range too.

MV
by Model V
03 Mar 2010, 11:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Haynes Piano Manual
Replies: 5
Views: 4982

Re: Haynes Piano Manual

I was given this for a birthday present and read it cover to cover virtually. Very interesting and enjoyable. In some ways I am even more in awe of technicians than I was before because there's so much involved. I really wouldn't contemplate tuning my own pianos even having read the book, although t...
by Model V
09 Oct 2009, 08:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: help please
Replies: 2
Views: 1959

Re: help please

There is absolutely no substitute for having a good piano teacher until your are at a very advanced level.

MV
by Model V
07 Oct 2009, 19:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baby Grand investment?
Replies: 11
Views: 9051

Re: Baby Grand investment?

Excellent news. I might buy another.

MV.
by Model V
06 Oct 2009, 08:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baby Grand investment?
Replies: 11
Views: 9051

Re: Baby Grand investment?

I recently bought a Kemble Classic T for my school. We're all blown away by the quality of this instrument in both touch and tone. I used to be "sniffy" about the brand but am truly impressed with this piano. I'm not sure what the future holds for Kemble but this instrument is superb and would certa...
by Model V
26 Sep 2009, 14:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Question about piano maintenance - am I being ripped off?
Replies: 13
Views: 9089

Re: Question about piano maintenance - am I being ripped off?

Spinball,

If you give us a rough idea of your location, one of us will probably be able to recommend someone who we could trust to check that the job has been done well for you.

MV
by Model V
22 Sep 2009, 22:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help an old piano
Replies: 10
Views: 8376

Re: Help an old piano

Eh?
by Model V
22 Sep 2009, 22:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Some help needed for an ignoramus
Replies: 16
Views: 9823

Re: Some help needed for an ignoramus

A pro pianist and teacher in town has a Broadwood Grand piano, Collard boudoir Grand, Kawai upright, Victorian Cottage upright, Regency square piano, Clavinova and Roland keyboard. Maybe you think that's a bit excessive but that's what she reckons she needs! She's clearly bonkers. I'll wager they'r...
by Model V
21 Sep 2009, 22:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help an old piano
Replies: 10
Views: 8376

Re: Help an old piano

chrisvenables wrote:Sorry to hear the bad news. A close friend of mine specialises in flood damaged pianos, I'm sure he will be able to help you.

You can contact him through his web site:

http://www.gordonbellpianos.com
Kemble King wrote:We had 22 pianos written off last week due to flood damage.
He does now :cry:
by Model V
18 Sep 2009, 20:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: PIano Life Saver
Replies: 19
Views: 11155

Re: PIano Life Saver

Fantastic. Got some rays in France in August. Thank goodness we got away as it's been sooooo shite.
by Model V
18 Sep 2009, 18:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: PIano Life Saver
Replies: 19
Views: 11155

Re: PIano Life Saver

15 cent sharp in simmer and 12 cent flat in winter that is like the swings they get in pats of the US it use to be 5 cents 10 cent in a bad winter in Lancashire. [/quote]

Simmer? That would be nice! :roll:
by Model V
17 Sep 2009, 22:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: PIano Life Saver
Replies: 19
Views: 11155

Re: PIano Life Saver

Joseph,

Is this a modern piano or an old one? I'd be surprised if a good modern instrument were suffering in this way.

MV
by Model V
13 Sep 2009, 10:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Would love some advice on what to do!
Replies: 3
Views: 2321

Re: Would love some advice on what to do!

My view would be to get a digital, keep it upstairs, but don't sell your much loved acoustic. I have never played a digital which wasn't rather fatiguing to play for any length of time, nor one which gave me much musical satisfaction to play. However, I have owned one in the past for the purpose of ...
by Model V
06 Sep 2009, 18:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model O or B?
Replies: 17
Views: 13307

Re: Steinway model O or B?

JDI.

You have PM.
by Model V
29 Aug 2009, 09:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: diapason and yamaha u2
Replies: 14
Views: 17078

Re: diapason and yamaha u2

Got it. Anyway I was in error as ther is clearly a capital D half way through line 3 of the OP.

Anyway, enough off topic silliness from me.

Can anyone help this poster by identifying the Diapason brand?

MV
by Model V
28 Aug 2009, 16:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: diapason and yamaha u2
Replies: 14
Views: 17078

Re: diapason and yamaha u2

I notice your user name is all in upper case letters and your post is entirely lower case. Is your computer broken, perhaps?

MV
by Model V
26 Aug 2009, 09:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight question
Replies: 15
Views: 9066

Re: Knight question

Sadly nowhere near me. I know a local school that could do with a similar piano possibly. Anyway, best of luck selling this. It looks nice.

MV.
by Model V
25 Aug 2009, 21:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight question
Replies: 15
Views: 9066

Re: Knight question

Hi there,

Whereabouts in the country are you based?
by Model V
24 Aug 2009, 19:00
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Clavinova or Real Piano ?
Replies: 13
Views: 12051

Re: Clavinova or Real Piano ?

Otto wrote:...my practice sessions are very, very, very, very, very, very much more productive on the Clavinova than they are on my grand (a Steinway)...
Fascinating. Could you elaborate for us, please?
by Model V
23 Aug 2009, 09:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model O or B?
Replies: 17
Views: 13307

Re: Steinway model O or B?

PianoGuy wrote:
Model V wrote:All other German pianos will depreciate like a Rover 75.

I love those! A real British car in spite of BMW design input!
You can certainly get 'em cheap. A lot of car for the money.

BTW, nice to have you back regularly, PG
by Model V
23 Aug 2009, 08:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model O or B?
Replies: 17
Views: 13307

Re: Steinway model O or B?

Bosendorfers are nice but next to a B there's no comparison imo. I'd rather have a well set up Yamaha. With a first class tech the humble C3 can be made to play and sound amazing (so good I just bought one). Most, however, are not set up well enough. If you've got the cash, just go S&S, and B if you...
by Model V
21 Aug 2009, 20:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway model O or B?
Replies: 17
Views: 13307

Re: Steinway model O or B?

If you can afford a new S&S grand, you should be able to afford a house with a bigger living room :P

Serously, I don't think your room is necessarily too small for a B.

MV
by Model V
14 Aug 2009, 14:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Valuation suggestion: Boston-Steinway Upright
Replies: 4
Views: 3852

Re: Valuation suggestion: Boston-Steinway Upright

If you have a relationship with a good local music shop, they may well sell it for you. My local retailer did this for me recently and they were able to get 3x what a private sale would have. Once their (hefty) commission and removal fees had been subtracted I was still left with £thousands more tha...
by Model V
31 Jul 2009, 19:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?
Replies: 33
Views: 15991

Re: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?

I But I still regard Steinway and sons Hamburg as the greatest piano maker, even though they are on a 3 day week at the moment. KK I agree. I confess, I cave in completely, give me a Steinway over anything. I know they're really expensive but I want one. I might kill to get one. Haven't decided yet...
by Model V
29 Jul 2009, 18:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?
Replies: 33
Views: 15991

Re: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?

Quite right.

MV
by Model V
29 Jul 2009, 16:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?
Replies: 33
Views: 15991

Re: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?

adopts Jeremy Paxman accent:

yyeeeess, rrrright.

I expect they're excellent at best, but whoever's talked you into believing Sauters are the best pianos in the world has some explaining to do. Frankly, comparing them with NY Steinway isn't saying that much. :(

MV
by Model V
29 Jul 2009, 15:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?
Replies: 33
Views: 15991

Re: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?

Please name some "hand built" brands you consider to be better than Steinway.

MV
by Model V
29 Jul 2009, 09:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?
Replies: 33
Views: 15991

Re: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?

Even if they have a five year commitment, I see that as being given five year's notice rather than having a five year contract. Absolutely. Yamaha are not in the charitable sector as far as I know. I would be disappointed to see Austrian production closed down, but just how many of these expensive ...