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by Withindale
16 Dec 2012, 20:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 10657

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

The trick to good regulating is to go round and round getting it better each time Words of wisdom, Barrie. After a few readjustments, the piano is now fully playable and what needs to be done in the next round will soon become clear, no doubt. Don't forget,before starting grand reg,bend all the dam...
by Withindale
16 Dec 2012, 12:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 10657

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

... backache, Housemaid's knee, bad tea ... A quick question about key dip, let off and aftertouch. Sparked off by Roger Jolly's suggestion to set let off by backing off from where the hammer blocks (Complete Grand Regulation, PTG, 2004), it struck me I could do a quick initial regulation by settin...
by Withindale
14 Dec 2012, 10:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Lippmann pianos
Replies: 3
Views: 4517

Re: Lippmann pianos

Richard Lipp?
by Withindale
11 Dec 2012, 22:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 10657

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

Yes indeed, Sir. Shortly after posting I came across a note by a Piano Technician in New York about spending 17 hours regulating a Steinway C and still needing to go back for some finishing touches on rep springs and dampers. Among the things he mentioned, I need to level keys, check dip, level stri...
by Withindale
11 Dec 2012, 13:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 10657

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

Thank you again Colin for your helpful advice. I've just seen this on the Hurstwood Farm site: Grand actions have changed little since the mid nineteenth century and are based on inspired work by the French entrepreneur and piano genius Erard. They are astonishly robust and versatile so that in the ...
by Withindale
10 Dec 2012, 22:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Lippmann pianos
Replies: 3
Views: 4517

Re: Lippmann pianos

There are plenty of dealers selling Lippmann pianos in the UK listed on Google. They should be able to tell you about the origins of this brand and and its qualities.
by Withindale
09 Dec 2012, 13:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a piano
Replies: 6
Views: 5070

Re: Buying a piano

Should this be reason to be cautious? Cautious of what? Musical quality? Longevity? Resale value? From Piano Buyer: The Kemble family has been manufacturing pianos since 1911. In 1985 Kemble started making pianos for Yamaha for the European market, and in 1988 Yamaha bought a majority interest in t...
by Withindale
08 Dec 2012, 13:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Voicing a Hohner from Finland .
Replies: 11
Views: 7199

Re: Voicing a Hohner from Finland .

Well done!

Did your fibres - the ones you put on some offending hammers - last until the tuning?
by Withindale
06 Dec 2012, 01:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 10657

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

Many thanks, Colin, most helpful, those numbers will keep me on the right track. The height of the white keys height is about 67 mm (with plastic replacement tops) and the key dip is about 10 mm , Everything else was way out; it's already evident that putting things back to where they should be will...
by Withindale
05 Dec 2012, 18:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 10657

Re: Guidelines for setting backchecks

Many thanks, Barrie, that's precisely what I need to know. The piano is an Ibach so I assume it's in your Bluthner etc. category. The depth of touch is just under 10mm, maybe 9.5mm, I'll check. 0.25mm made a big difference to the upright so I have some idea of what to look for. I'll play with a few ...
by Withindale
05 Dec 2012, 13:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Guidelines for setting backchecks
Replies: 19
Views: 10657

Guidelines for setting backchecks

I need to regulate a 107 year old grand piano that was restored 3 - 5 years ago. Unaccountably the action had become "graunchy" to the point of being unplayable. As a first pass I have set the let off close to the strings, increased the blow distance from less than 40 mm to about 45 mm and adjusted ...
by Withindale
25 Nov 2012, 20:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Movers Scotland to East Anglia (part load)?
Replies: 3
Views: 3204

Re: Piano Movers Scotland to East Anglia (part load)?

For the record Butler and Smith moved the piano. They did an excellent job and were competitive with others who, I have no reason to doubt, would have done equally as well. If you want to schedule a precise time for collection at a distance it might be better to use a mover based near the collection...
by Withindale
15 Nov 2012, 11:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano page on my website
Replies: 8
Views: 6273

Re: Piano page on my website [EDITED]

Joseph I think it's a great idea to have a pianos page but, I suspect, the prices you mention could put off many a potential pupil. You can't go far wrong with a new piano but you can do equally as well on a restricted budget with a trusted technician and low mileage instrument. By section I meant a...
by Withindale
14 Nov 2012, 23:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano page on my website
Replies: 8
Views: 6273

Re: Piano page on my website

Joseph Some of your readers may not be able to afford the prices you mention for acoustic pianos. I suggest you include a section on pre-owned pianos from dealers and piano technicians who have, or know of, pianos for sale. There are two dealers within 3 miles of our village in Suffolk. One happens ...
by Withindale
13 Nov 2012, 15:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Movers Scotland to East Anglia (part load)?
Replies: 3
Views: 3204

Re: Piano Movers Scotland to East Anglia (part load)?

Many thanks, Colin. Piano Logistics can certainly do the job. I have also noticed that Mark Goodwin mentioned Piano Speed some time ago and recalled someone mentioning Butlers of Ramsey favourably.
by Withindale
12 Nov 2012, 12:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Movers Scotland to East Anglia (part load)?
Replies: 3
Views: 3204

Piano Movers Scotland to East Anglia (part load)?

Can anyone recommend piano movers offering cost effective part load services between Scotland and London/East Anglia? Thank you.
by Withindale
27 Sep 2012, 19:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: looking for a 2nd hand piano
Replies: 3
Views: 3501

Re: looking for a 2nd hand piano

Go out and play as many as you can to get a feel for the market. Do a bit of homework. Look out for a lightly used piano from a good manufacturer that plays well.
by Withindale
14 Sep 2012, 19:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sdhimmel pedal.
Replies: 19
Views: 12783

Re: Sdhimmel pedal.

Is it something like this? http://www.klavierstimmen-muenchen.de/img/schimmel_schwarz_innen.jpg or this? Schimmel.jpg If so perhaps the damper rod has been forced back towards the frame by some movement of the damper lever between the pedal and the rod. What stops the end of the waggling sideways fr...
by Withindale
13 Sep 2012, 11:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sdhimmel pedal.
Replies: 19
Views: 12783

Re: Sdhimmel pedal.

Any suggestions? Dealer doesn't want to know as it's a year out of warranty.
I'd ask Schimmel too if the dealer is not interested:
http://www.schimmel-piano.de/info-email_en.php.

Ian
by Withindale
31 Aug 2012, 11:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind'
Replies: 6
Views: 4816

Re: Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind'

... or, reading the article, to London cabbies using sat nav? Ian Don't they have to do the knowledge any more Barrie Yes they do. All-London drivers' Knowledge is based on learning 320 routes (or runs). This will help them learn the 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks and places of interest in the...
by Withindale
30 Aug 2012, 17:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind'
Replies: 6
Views: 4816

Re: Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind'

... or, reading the article, to London cabbies using sat nav?

Ian
by Withindale
21 Jun 2012, 13:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help!Non piano player trying to buy a piano!
Replies: 5
Views: 4785

Re: Help!Non piano player trying to buy a piano!

I agree with New Age. A few weeks ago I went to our local piano dealer, at our tuner's suggestion, largely to see how touch weights compared. Alongside some shiny Chinese pianos there were a couple of used Yamaha U3s at £3,250 plus and a couple of Knights at £1,750, one not used much. If I'd had to ...
by Withindale
15 Apr 2012, 23:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai pianos - advice appreciated
Replies: 14
Views: 10230

Re: Kawai pianos - advice appreciated

Robert The new Blüthner Model S Professional Concert Upright at 145 cm goes a step beyond the Steingraeber. One for the boys to go for when they have got their grades and made their fortunes. http://www.bluthnerpiano.com/bms.html. Yes, the 1925 Schiedmayer has a good bass and a fine tone even with i...
by Withindale
15 Apr 2012, 21:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai pianos - advice appreciated
Replies: 14
Views: 10230

Re: Kawai pianos - advice appreciated

Robert You make an interesting point about the size of the room and height of the piano. I have a 140 cm upright in a 10' 8" x 6' 6" room with a tile floor. It is not overpowering though I do not play it as loudly as possible. The main reason I'd be interested in a new Kawai is its Millenium action....
by Withindale
15 Apr 2012, 15:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Sounds mean a Piano Needs Voicing ?
Replies: 19
Views: 13595

Re: What Sounds mean a Piano Needs Voicing ?

From what you say, Jonathan, some or all of the hammers could do with softening rather than reshaping. I've read some hammers produced 20 years were on the hard side, depending on where they were made. If it were my piano I'd have the strings checked for seating, hammer alignment, etc. before embark...
by Withindale
15 Apr 2012, 09:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Sounds mean a Piano Needs Voicing ?
Replies: 19
Views: 13595

Re: What Sounds mean a Piano Needs Voicing ?

This trick may be useful for you . I tried it just today. One or two harsh notes had a cross between a twang and a miaow. I used a piece of black felt for this. I teased the black felt fibres out of the edge with an old wood sanding tool .(Metal bonded to plastic ). It has minute teeth and is a bit...
by Withindale
14 Apr 2012, 17:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What Sounds mean a Piano Needs Voicing ?
Replies: 19
Views: 13595

Re: What Sounds mean a Piano Needs Voicing ?

Just in case there`s a difference , is toning the same as voicing ? Voicing is an old Harpsichord term to shape the quilts to get a different sound by emphasizing certain harmonics in pianos its altering the shape of the hammer to get the same effect. Toning is Harding or softening the hammers alte...
by Withindale
14 Feb 2012, 22:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: local tuner for a historical tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 12497

Re: local tuner for a historical tuning

Bach wrote the 48 Preludes and Fugues to prove that ET worked, actually. Gill Are you 100% sure? I am looking forward to the day when I am proficient enough to play some of Bach's Preludes and Fugues and trying them in a Well Temperament. See Nigel Taylor's pages for an example of an alternative vi...
by Withindale
22 Dec 2011, 11:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: choosing a medium grand
Replies: 20
Views: 11745

Re: choosing a medium grand

I suppose its potential for tuning, voicing and regulation should be an important factor in choosing a medium grand or any piano. Coincidentally ChickGrand has justed posted about the potential of Chinese pianos in this thread about Brodmann and Ritmuller: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads...
by Withindale
21 Dec 2011, 23:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: choosing a medium grand
Replies: 20
Views: 11745

Re: choosing a medium grand

Joseph Thank you for your considered comments. Having dismissed uprights, Kentner only has well regulated fine grand pianos in his mind. Later on he goes on to say, "Similarly the sound of a melodic line depends on the disposition of the slight voluntary irregularities with which a player gives ever...
by Withindale
19 Dec 2011, 14:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: choosing a medium grand
Replies: 20
Views: 11745

Re: choosing a medium grand

The thing about uprights is that you can't control the sound in the same way, because of the limitations of the action. Yes, the repetition issue is well known, but would you be so kind as to explain in what other way(s) the control of sound differs between uprights and grands? My reason for asking...
by Withindale
13 Dec 2011, 20:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

Hi Colin Thank you. Actually I have measured the blow distance. Barrie and I went into it at some length in this thread Do pianists notice small changes in let off and aftertouch? . Blow distance is at its maximum of 44 mm. With set off at 2 mm (bass 3 mm) the key travels 10.5 mm to move the hammer ...
by Withindale
13 Dec 2011, 15:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

PS For general clarification, I have added an answer to the original question. This is at the bottom of the first post in this thread.
by Withindale
12 Dec 2011, 22:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

Thank you one and all for your advice in this and other threads; it has helped enormously. Depth of touch is down to 10.25 mm from the 11 mm that resulted from Reblitz's procedure. Amazing what a difference a fraction of a millimetre makes. The jacks don't escape, check distance is less than the nor...
by Withindale
11 Dec 2011, 23:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

Johnkie I trust everyone realises the points you quote are my summary of what our North American cousins said. You gave everyone a very clear explanation of how to adjust the slap rail, and one of the forum members who is responsible for pianos at a music school in London went off and tried it on a ...
by Withindale
11 Dec 2011, 19:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

Jonathan

This forum is great for specific advice on specific pianos, and no doubt more besides. The Pianoworld forums, if I can mention them, are broader in scope and have a huge archive. You may well find the answers to most of your questions, and many others there.
by Withindale
11 Dec 2011, 18:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

... some of your subject material, 'wording' of questions and assumptions are quite odd and possibly eccentric?, and dont readily give a concrete answer. I think the best advice would be for you to book a piano tuner, who will be able to go through the action cycle in detail with you.... However......
by Withindale
11 Dec 2011, 17:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

Hold your horses, Jonathan! There is some very good advice in this forum, freely given. Colin answered my main question in his first and I hit the wrong buttons with an unnecessary supplementary. Actually there is a closed forum for technicians, I understand. So let's stick around without biting the...
by Withindale
11 Dec 2011, 10:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Re: Upright action cycles

Hello Colin Cristofiori referred me to Robert Wornum. Fast forwarding to 1907, some people thought the back check was for quick repetition. J Cree Fischer wrote, "BC, is the back check which is simply a piece of wood with a thick piece of felt glued to the inner face and suspended on a wire.BCW, bac...
by Withindale
11 Dec 2011, 02:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright action cycles
Replies: 21
Views: 12211

Upright action cycles

Do you know if the inventors of upright actions intended the jacks to reset on the slightest release of the keys, enabling repetition, or only after the hammers reached the rest rail, preventing repetition? In other words which of these cycles did they have in mind? (a) Key pressed, hammers hits str...
by Withindale
10 Dec 2011, 12:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Should I ask for an unequal temperament?
Replies: 56
Views: 27578

Re: Should I ask for an unequal temperament?

Google for Adolfo Barabino on Pianoworld (links to interesting recorded interview about UT) and YouTube. As far as my piano goes, I'd ask our tuner to do the best he can for the piano. I suspect the quality of the tuning outweighs the temperament in most cases. If your tuner can do ET and UT to a hi...
by Withindale
21 Nov 2011, 18:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Keyslip removal
Replies: 7
Views: 5830

Re: Keyslip removal

Wouldn't your tuner be able to advise over the phone? We would in our business. It's called customer service!

One thing I've learnt from piano forums is that piano technicians are only too keen to help; but for some reason we are reticent at coming forward.
by Withindale
17 Nov 2011, 23:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Recommend a tuner in Bideford area?
Replies: 18
Views: 13296

Re: Recommend a tuner in Bideford area?

Model V wrote:... spent far too much on a 100 year old baby grand piano which is obviously miles out of regulation etc.
I would be interested in such a piano (unrestored). Roughly how much should I offer: min, max?
by Withindale
23 Oct 2011, 16:06
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Encourage or not ?
Replies: 55
Views: 309208

Re: Encourage or not ?

I hope Max doesn't try and translate this to Kazakh or Russian! It would turn out as utter nonsense no doubt...... :? Mary reminded me that Donald Swann sang the second verse of the Hippopotamus song in Russian while playing the piano to improve cultural relations - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A...
by Withindale
22 Oct 2011, 16:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Encourage or not ?
Replies: 55
Views: 309208

Re: Encourage or not ?

Dear forum users and techs of piano, if I understand correctly marked pxq explanation of the word "bodger" is not offensive to me. I would say it's good word for me. In translate in Russian it sounds: "docka" ДОКА the equivalent of the master, creating something with their hands. He uses instrument...
by Withindale
21 Oct 2011, 22:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Encourage or not ?
Replies: 55
Views: 309208

Re: Encourage or not ?

If you have non-standard pin, need to forge this pin (hot press, smithy) I am attaching a chart-drawing and photo T-hammers http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/maxim-tuner/album/170673 Now you bodgers can make your own tools. I am having trouble understanding your remark. Factory apprentices of old starte...
by Withindale
19 Oct 2011, 18:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Encourage or not ?
Replies: 55
Views: 309208

Re: Encourage or not ?

Maximillyan wrote: If you have non-standard pin, need to forge this pin (hot press, smithy) I am attaching a chart-drawing and photo T-hammers http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/maxim-tuner/album/170673
Now you bodgers can make your own tools.
by Withindale
19 Oct 2011, 16:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Encourage or not ?
Replies: 55
Views: 309208

Re: Encourage or not ?

From Maximillyan on Pianoworld: Dear tech. of piano, I happy for the activity to the discussions. Critical and fair assessment of forced me to work and learn from mistakes. I get a lot of useful information and I thank you for your research about T-hammer. For me the surprise controversy on this sub...
by Withindale
18 Oct 2011, 19:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Get a Pro. How to choose a piano technician?
Replies: 2
Views: 3534

Get a Pro. How to choose a piano technician?

You're right about bodgers and professionals. Unfortunately it is very difficult for a customer to determine one from the other, until it's too late. There are some of us who do manufacturers guarantee work around the country, Usually after a few attempts at a fix have been made by locals.... How s...