Search found 3316 matches

by Barrie Heaton
20 Nov 2014, 21:57
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Papps wedges
Replies: 12
Views: 4854

Re: Papps wedges

In 1886, Papps patented the tuning wedge which is now used by most tuners in Britain - the Papps wedge, like a pair of long, wooden tweezers, sprung so that they can grip between any two strings of a trichord to stop them sounding. Modern Papps wedges are made of blue nylon, and can be supplied by ...
by Barrie Heaton
20 Nov 2014, 21:52
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Papps wedges
Replies: 12
Views: 4854

Re: Papps wedges

I do that too:) Don't remember being taught it by anyone. It just seems the logical thing to do. Hi Feg I was showed it at College but I like Bill I ten to pluck with my nails on grands but its quicker on Verts with the wedge. I carry 3 with me, but I am down to one A fork keep loosing them then fi...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Oct 2014, 11:36
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: paul.alann701@yahoo.com
Replies: 0
Views: 2542

paul.alann701@yahoo.com

paul has sent the following message to you: -------------------- Hello Seller, In reference to your online placed ad, please could you tell me whether the advert is still for sale? Also tell me whether its condition remains as described in your ad? Please include the current price too. Write soon. T...
by Barrie Heaton
22 Oct 2014, 12:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Greatest British Upright Piano
Replies: 9
Views: 4781

Re: Greatest British Upright Piano

A bit far off and still in the planing stage... But the UK Piano Page is going to hold a mini piano fair in July 2016 at the ABPT piano convention. we hope to have manly the smaller makes Like Broadwood, Daleforte, Cavendish, Venables and others we are making it free to the Great unwashed to come an...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Oct 2014, 22:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: EEC Rules on Cookies
Replies: 0
Views: 2025

EEC Rules on Cookies

Not the same as the great British bake off type of Cookies but...

We have a pop up banner at the top of the forums pages this is to comply with EEC rules on Cookies. it will be rolled out over the rest of the site over time

It will pop up once a year if you tell it to close

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
03 Oct 2014, 20:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano too loud
Replies: 7
Views: 3533

Re: Piano too loud

You could get your Tuner to Tone the piano to the room


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
27 Sep 2014, 13:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Estonia Model 168
Replies: 3
Views: 2745

Re: Estonia Model 168

Estonia models have come a long way since the 80s when I first tuned them
Other makes to look at in the Schimmel price range and above are:
Ed. Seiler, Sauter, Ibach Sohn and Irmler by Bluthners


Also, you have Broadwood and Cavendish made in the UK more in you Estonia pricer rage

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
12 Aug 2014, 20:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Seeking Piano restorers to work on an Erard
Replies: 6
Views: 3036

Re: Seeking Piano restorers to work on an Erard

I would Try Broadwoods at the moment they are still not charging VAT so that will save you 20% over others

BTW Broadwoods Don't do emails just about do phones... but are happy to to get old-fashioned paper letters and you can see lots of their work at the Museum

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
06 Aug 2014, 15:54
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam grhall001@gmail.com
Replies: 0
Views: 2052

inteernet scam grhall001@gmail.com

Greg Hall has sent the following message to you: -------------------- I am interested in buying your Yamaha C2 Disklavier and would like to receive additional information about it, such as present condition, last asking price and pics if available, i will like to pay with PayPal. Here's my email- (g...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Aug 2014, 09:42
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam petermark20000789@gmail.com
Replies: 0
Views: 1877

inteernet scam petermark20000789@gmail.com

Dr Peter Mark has sent the following message to you:

------------------
Hi Dylan White!
Dr Peter Mark has sent the following message to you:


To reply, contact Dr Peter Mark at emailaddress
> petermark20000789@gmail.com.

Sent from computer IP: 198.7.58.96
by Barrie Heaton
26 Jul 2014, 19:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 key fronts yellow, soft and peeling
Replies: 8
Views: 3549

Re: Yamaha U1 key fronts yellow, soft and peeling

Gosh that's quite pricey! Is it worth doing to a yamaha of that age? Depends on the condition and how much you like the piano Part Ex for a new one is a good option However, .... sharp intake of breath from the retailer also with head shake when they see the fronts and pounds just come of the resel...
by Barrie Heaton
26 Jul 2014, 11:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 key fronts yellow, soft and peeling
Replies: 8
Views: 3549

Re: Yamaha U1 key fronts yellow, soft and peeling

Its quite common on older Yamahas more so if one of the previous owners was a smoker as they used different plastics for the two components. As they are peeling, the best option is to replace the full key top and front for a good match. Most tuners are happy to do that type of work. depending what p...
by Barrie Heaton
14 Jul 2014, 19:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...
Replies: 6
Views: 3340

Re: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...

and the official website
www.broadwood.co.uk/

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Jun 2014, 18:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Schulze Pollmann made in china
Replies: 15
Views: 5979

Re: Schulze Pollmann made in china

the overseas partner is the factory where they are made and then fished San Marino –
It looks like the price they have give you is a trade price fishy

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
17 Jun 2014, 17:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...
Replies: 6
Views: 3340

Re: Making Bösendorfer More Austrian...

You need a better ISP as your site is very slow to load it timed out twice so i gave up



Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
12 May 2014, 21:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacement ivory key tops
Replies: 4
Views: 2980

Re: Replacement ivory key tops

This is what you get when you have a dyslectic MS suffer with a failing cognitive mind looking after a forum

The Cheep, cheep could have been a Birdcage piano :roll:


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
12 May 2014, 20:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Replacement ivory key tops
Replies: 4
Views: 2980

Re: Replacement ivory key tops

I tend to look at cheap pianos for sale or pianos that I have commended I offer them £30.00 for a good set of keys. Your local piano removals may be a good source as they take old pianos to the tip


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
19 Apr 2014, 18:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to remove a light scratch on a polyester finish
Replies: 6
Views: 4448

Re: How to remove a light scratch on a polyester finish

For fine scratches all you need is a good wool buffing mop, patience, and some White Diamond car polish then normal polish. I have used that on Grand lids in shops to take out fine scratches works like a dream. The White diamond has aluminium flakes that buff out the scratches For moderate to deep y...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Apr 2014, 22:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I applied wd-40 to the piano
Replies: 9
Views: 4784

Re: I applied wd-40 to the piano

For me 2 options

1) Box of Swan vestas matches... 5th November

2) De-pin keep old Bass strings if pos, ream holes out, fill with epoxy, re drill for 0/0 pins put in 2/0 pins and restring works well, pins are a tad clicky but piano is now tunable and stable.



Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
06 Apr 2014, 12:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano, New issues.
Replies: 7
Views: 3843

Re: New piano, New issues.

Gill has already told you its a shop problem their cost, not yours. But be pre warned they may send a tuner in who will just adjust the pedals so the dampers pick up sooner this will sort the problem of the none sustaining notes However, sounds like your dampers are not picking up in unison, so make...
by Barrie Heaton
17 Mar 2014, 09:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Moving house
Replies: 2
Views: 2014

Re: Moving house

Am getting married soon but will be starting to move my personal belongings into what will be our marital home. The piano will be one of those things which is why I am posting now. How long should you give a piano to acclimatise to its new surrounding before getting it tuned and/or serviced? Congra...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Mar 2014, 17:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Barratt & Robinson
Replies: 3
Views: 2892

Re: Barratt & Robinson

I have never tuned a Barratt & Robinson Grand, tuned many of their uprights

So they are not common in the Northwest of England

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
10 Mar 2014, 21:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway Grand Decals
Replies: 5
Views: 2606

Re: Steinway Grand Decals

Gmac1 wrote:Thanks Barrie,

Is it possible to buy such things if you are a non-trade customer?

Graham
If you ask nicely yes ... but it has to be a male on the other end of the phone

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
09 Mar 2014, 13:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Steinway Grand Decals
Replies: 5
Views: 2606

Re: Steinway Grand Decals

Most of the UK supply houses in the UK can get them see links to the left piano parts also have you tried S&S London

S&S will charge you a premium price

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Feb 2014, 13:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dummies guide to Bechstein
Replies: 3
Views: 2301

Re: Dummies guide to Bechstein

Please can someone enlighten me on the world of the Bechstein grand piano? What is the difference between, say, model A and model B? Are they a good buy? Are there certain eras of manufacture when they were particularly good or bad? I seem to be fixated on them, especially the older ones! Manly siz...
by Barrie Heaton
29 Jan 2014, 20:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Made
Replies: 6
Views: 3815

Re: Yamaha P121 Made

We rented one for a couple of years whilst living in a small house that couldn't accommodate our C3. My wife taught on it for several hours a week and I did a lot of practice. All in all a very capable little piano - not a U1, but for what it cost to rent it did the job. MV. Edit: seemed similar to...
by Barrie Heaton
23 Jan 2014, 21:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Made
Replies: 6
Views: 3815

Re: Yamaha P121 Made

markymark wrote:How does the P121N relate just out of interest?
They are Yamaha Model prefixes we are now on P121M
Just like the Grands C1 then C1m then C1L now its C1X

When they make small changes they add a new Letter

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jan 2014, 22:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P121 Made
Replies: 6
Views: 3815

Re: Yamaha P121 Made

P121 where indeed made in the UK at Kembles until they closed in 2009 production was moved to Indonesia. The wood for the soundboard and case was European and so was the bass strings the rest was from Japan. Not sure now that they are made in Indonesia where the parts come form the action, frame and...
by Barrie Heaton
16 Jan 2014, 20:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pianos that made for EU weather
Replies: 7
Views: 3367

Re: Pianos that made for EU weather

pianos with S/numbers starting with 4 and up are taken down to accommodate EU and North American heating systems Can I ask did you mean s/numbers from 1966 onward? http://usa.yamaha.com/support/finding_age_of_yamaha_piano/ e.g. 1966 - 489000? Sorry I should have said number Starting 4 Million c1985...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Jan 2014, 23:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: need some info on restringing a paino
Replies: 4
Views: 2285

Re: need some info on restringing a paino

I have done some major restoration work on an old John Strohmneger and Sons baby grand piano, I removed all the strings without recording the string sizes. I need to order new strings. Does anyone have any information on the strings that might have been used so I can restring this piano? The serial...
by Barrie Heaton
15 Jan 2014, 21:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pianos that made for EU weather
Replies: 7
Views: 3367

Re: Pianos that made for EU weather

Hi I originally planned to buy a reconditioned Yamaha piano, but after reading this from Yamaha official website, I'm not sure whether it's the right thing to do as Yamaha reconditioned piano are made in Japan to suit its local weather. http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/ContentDetail/Text_WithCat...
by Barrie Heaton
12 Jan 2014, 20:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Toyo Made Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 3094

Re: Toyo Made Piano

Hi all. I was wondering if anyone had any views or advice on purchasing a second hand Toyo piano. I am looking at a Toyo made "Fritz Kuhla" badged piano. The seller says it is about 20 years old, and that it was fully restored at 10 years old. This seems a bit odd to me. Is it possible a piano woul...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Jan 2014, 16:54
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam vernmike@yahoo.com
Replies: 0
Views: 2177

inteernet scam vernmike@yahoo.com

Vern Mike has sent the following message to you: -------------------- I am interested in buying your Schimmel M108 upright piano and would like to receive additional information about it, such as present condition, last asking price and pics if available, i will like to pay with PayPal. Here's my em...
by Barrie Heaton
07 Jan 2014, 22:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: BBC Radio 4 - Piano Pilgrimage, Episode 1
Replies: 0
Views: 1502

BBC Radio 4 - Piano Pilgrimage, Episode 1

Below is a link to the radio 4 program [BBC Radio 4 - Piano Pilgrimage,
Episode 1] It is well worth a listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nrlyg

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
04 Jan 2014, 00:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha MJ5 advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 2819

Re: Yamaha MJ5 advice needed

The MJ5 was made in Japan c1970 + manly in Teak was replaced by the P115 made in the uk they are 114 in height nice pianos if in Good order
The usual problems Bass strings and loops of pianos of that age from Yamaha get a tuner to look at it

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
26 Dec 2013, 12:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: room damping
Replies: 2
Views: 1507

Re: room damping

the are the acoustic wall panels that recoding studios use very effective but most are tad ugly for a home We used this sort of stuff in my wifes recording both "Scan S-WDG45 Acoustic Foam Wedge Tiles". Very effective at killing sound going out and coming in but not something I would want on the liv...
by Barrie Heaton
19 Dec 2013, 21:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Withindale wrote:A compressor. I suspect you might get through quite a few cans but maybe a puff is all you need.
an Old BA unit frm the fire service may be an option just replace the demand vale for a standard one I will ask my driver as he use to be a fire man

Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
18 Dec 2013, 23:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

On the basis that it might disturb some dust I gave the bass strings a good bang with the palm of my hand and, while they were still vibrating, went up and down each one with the compressed air nozzle. Result: evenness across the keyboard, greater dynamic range and sustain, and more life in the bas...
by Barrie Heaton
11 Dec 2013, 20:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Rebuilding
Replies: 5
Views: 2705

Re: Piano Rebuilding

Cost and reliability if you restore a piano and it goes in dry environment very common theses days you can end up with lose tuning pin and have to repin or replace the plank so better to replace for the start regardless as most give a 5 year Garra I use to and also... the knock on effect Mr Smith d...
by Barrie Heaton
10 Dec 2013, 21:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Clean outs DO improve the resonance of strings, on a similar note,[pardon the pun] that's why percussionists polish cymbals! Never use any liquid cleaning agent/metal polish on your Bass strings, unless you want an expensive to replace set of 'Dead' strings! Harking back to the past Veron may still...
by Barrie Heaton
09 Dec 2013, 21:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

to much on at the moment Barrie Do you mean you're coming home to four messages all wanting pianos tuned 'any time in the next week' and returning the call to their utter amazement that you are fully booked? If so...SNAP! Yip + the ones that come in on the mobile and emails I do keep a few slots op...
by Barrie Heaton
08 Dec 2013, 00:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Barrie dump nothing! Send them to me and I'll pay the carriage. We used to use a cupped rod against the wrest pin and then use a leather strap, armed with oily pumice to clean coils. For goodness sake, I've still got a vellum saw and sets of vellums! Remind me in jan and I will make you up a parcel...
by Barrie Heaton
06 Dec 2013, 20:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

vernon wrote:we still use them
I may still have a bucket full of the house pipes in the workshop did a clean out a few moths ago and duped loads of stuff not sure if that was one of the thing I go rid of if I still have do you want them


Barrie
by Barrie Heaton
05 Dec 2013, 22:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Back in the 80s we use to use string blocks and compressed air house in a drill to clean the coils round the pins. These string blocks where s bit like hard penile rubbers They clean and shine the string but are not to abrasive to scratch it. but pit lots of bits on the soundboard which had to be re...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Dec 2013, 20:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

Sound is knackered on my pooter; is the soundboard sweepy thing connected to a hoover or on its own? Na.. its a piece of plastic 35 mm wide and a meter long with a micro fiber sleeve that can be washed. It is good but pricey, also the Sperlock one a OK but they get nasty after a wile and can't be c...
by Barrie Heaton
04 Dec 2013, 12:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?
Replies: 23
Views: 6495

Re: Does cleaning strings always improve tone?

There was a suggestion the other day in another forum that wiping the strings of a concert grand increases its volume. Hoots of derision followed, but I'm sure it's true. A soft leather shammy can work wonders on the steels However, don't rub the Bass strings flick them with a feather duster As to ...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Dec 2013, 22:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have sold my Brodmann 187
Replies: 7
Views: 2788

Re: I have sold my Brodmann 187

. Of course, one day I would like to buy a Bluthner Model 1, but even with their ex-hire piano costing a very reasonable £59,000, it's just not possible. Nor do I have the space for the piano or the sound of it! Perhaps one day, when I have my imperial palace in the St Petersburg countryside I can ...
by Barrie Heaton
03 Dec 2013, 21:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I have sold my Brodmann 187
Replies: 7
Views: 2788

Re: I have sold my Brodmann 187

I just thought I'd let you know that I have sold my Brodmann 187 for the price I paid for it originally, minus the servicing I put it through. Not many items can you get the use of and then get the purchase price back show what a good job the Tuner did in fixing it or your sales pater :D enjoy the ...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Nov 2013, 23:14
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: inteernet scam gary.hamel2013@gmail.com
Replies: 0
Views: 1901

inteernet scam gary.hamel2013@gmail.com

gary has sent the following message to you: -------------------- Good day, I'm Interested in buying your advertised {Piano} Well,I have seen the advert and I think I'll like to contact the seller before I can Proceed.So i want you to email me some recent pics of it and also i want you to get back to...
by Barrie Heaton
28 Nov 2013, 18:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A real problem for the pro's!
Replies: 9
Views: 3819

Re: A real problem for the pro's!

Pleased that is worked out well for you all good fun! Can't understand why they do not not re weight the keys in the first place

Barrie