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by PianoGuy
21 May 2009, 19:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

follow up question to PianoGuy - have you ever had concern with this green felt layer in the Zimmermen/Bechsteins that you have visited?) Its purpose is to stop those sections (dead lengths) of the strings resonating and interfering with the sound since they will resonate at the wrong pitches! It d...
by PianoGuy
19 May 2009, 13:59
Forum: Piano History
Topic: B.Squire 'Minx' Miniature piano
Replies: 9
Views: 5839

Re: B.Squire 'Minx' Miniature piano

It's a very common instrument made by Kemble. Look up "Kemble Minx" instead.

"B Squire" was a Kemble brand name, related historically to the Squire family who ended up with a dealership of that name in Ealing. They had other branches in Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross I think.
by PianoGuy
19 May 2009, 13:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

You are passing your opinions on what you think is good value and i am giving mine,dont need self promoting we are known throughout the UK,for offering the public and the trade good value for money and honest advice,because my views are different from yours does not make yours right and mine wrong,...
by PianoGuy
19 May 2009, 08:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

joe wrote:If you want to get a german piano buy it over there when the euro improves,or ask me,get you any new pianos via our long association with bona-fide german dealer friends.

Has this forum suddenly turned into an invitation for shameless dealer self-promotion or am I missing something here?
by PianoGuy
19 May 2009, 07:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

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. They have always been technologically poor compared to many contemporaries, but in general, the new one...
by PianoGuy
18 May 2009, 22:42
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Kaim & Sohn
Replies: 2
Views: 2176

Re: caim and sohn

Try Kaim & Sohn.
by PianoGuy
17 May 2009, 21:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

Note the cheap hammerite finish of the Bechstein so well loved by PianoGuy :D Heh! You know I love to tease, but the process of casting, filling and spraying a car-body like finish is rather more labour intensive than a hammered-paint finish, and looks good too. Bechstein are not the only prestige ...
by PianoGuy
17 May 2009, 19:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

Question for the professionals:- Could you give your views on this please - with a piano out of the box with the condition shown on top photo (strings touching the pin coils), is this a condition you would expect to be rectified during the general preparation, pre-delivery? Your piano displays noth...
by PianoGuy
16 May 2009, 16:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

Problem solved return piano get the cash back and get a Samick 121 or Reid-Sohn 131 nicely prepped and tuned take the name off who would know the difference,badge engineering,wholesalers margins,thats what your are paying for some of the seventies Bechsteins where good when Feurich pianos made them...
by PianoGuy
16 May 2009, 14:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

To my knowledge all new Bechstein are now being manufactured by BECHSTEIN-SAMICK ALLIANCE in Indonesia as Mr Karl Schulze is the owner of both companies,previous to that Petrof where building them a Petrof 126 and a Bechstein Concert 8 where almost identical pianos apart from the casework and the p...
by PianoGuy
15 May 2009, 07:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems with tuning
Replies: 59
Views: 16926

Re: Problems with tuning

Can any of you give indications of what generates instability with the tuning? Reading on the web - I find no evidence that Bechstein pianos suffer from instabilities with tuning - can anyone who has any experience with the Bechstein Academy 124 indicate whether the tuning is stable or not. Firstly...
by PianoGuy
13 May 2009, 19:43
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano manufacturer in Stroud England
Replies: 12
Views: 5488

Re: Piano manufacturer in Stroud England

vernon wrote:THE REP FoR gODDARDS pIANO pARTS IN THE 70'S WAS mR cOLLARD WHO WAS DIRECTLY RELATED TO cOLLARD AND cOLLARD.
The Collard family settled near Wiveliscombe in Somerset I think, so same part of the country give or take !
by PianoGuy
13 May 2009, 19:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice re first piano purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 7857

Re: Advice re first piano purchase

goldenmum wrote:
PianoGuy wrote:Black is at least neutral, modern and does not attempt to match other furniture, so I always think it's a good option.
Sorry I know the look shouldn't be important bought my lounge is contemporary :roll:
It's going to be your piano, you have to live with it, so it's important!
by PianoGuy
13 May 2009, 19:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice re first piano purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 7857

Re: Advice re first piano purchase

Discounted Yamaha only part of piano trade widen your horizons and come and join the club of having a customer 100% satisfaction factor.Are we not here to promote piano sales/wholesales or just to bitch cos the trade not as busy as before. I don't sell Yamaha, nor anything else and am just as busy ...
by PianoGuy
13 May 2009, 07:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What a complete and utter twallock
Replies: 49
Views: 19050

Re: What a complete and utter twallock

Someone section him quick!
by PianoGuy
13 May 2009, 07:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice re first piano purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 7857

Re: Advice re first piano purchase

Black is at least neutral, modern and does not attempt to match other furniture, so I always think it's a good option.
by PianoGuy
12 May 2009, 23:08
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano manufacturer in Stroud England
Replies: 12
Views: 5488

Re: Piano manufacturer in Stroud England

Not surprisingly, it was the Stroud Piano Co., who later changed their name to Bentley in 1966. Well before that surely? More like 1936? I frequently tune old pre-WW2 Bentleys, and sadly not the fast green variety. Legend has it that HRH Elizabeth visited the factory around then and was shown the t...
by PianoGuy
12 May 2009, 22:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice re first piano purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 7857

Re: Advice re first piano purchase

mdw wrote:That was subtle :shock:
Subtle as a falling Bösendorfer.

And a splendid idea for a dealer up in Scotland to supply to Derbyshire. Just a short nip down the M6 to sort out that sticking key.

Service?
A pleasure Madam.
by PianoGuy
12 May 2009, 08:16
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano manufacturer in Stroud England
Replies: 12
Views: 5488

Re: Piano manufacturer in Stroud England

I think Bentleys were there, later Woodchester? A long time ago there was Goddards, who made piano felts and supplied spares too I think. Bill will know more. Yeah it's on the A46 I think. Originally it was Grover and Grover and the Stroud Piano Co. Historically that area made felt for military uni...
by PianoGuy
11 May 2009, 15:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What price for my U3?
Replies: 7
Views: 2592

Re: What price for my U3?

mwf wrote: And its from Japan definetely not a Chinese one, which I heard are not the real thing.

Thanks

Mark
They're *all* from Japan!

Some have however been refurbished in China!

No, Stick with your £2k. You can always drop your price but you can't raise it!
by PianoGuy
11 May 2009, 07:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What price for my U3?
Replies: 7
Views: 2592

Re: What price for my U3?

So basically its a year old from its refurbished state, done by the dealers Just be careful you don't advertise it saying 'fully' restored, because it probably isn't. Absolutely. There are very few dealers whose U1/3s are "Fully" restored, and these are very rarely restored by the dealer. There are...
by PianoGuy
10 May 2009, 16:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What price for my U3?
Replies: 7
Views: 2592

Re: What price for my U3?

Try advertising it for what you paid. It's the right age to be saleable, and the cost to dealer has gone up since you bought. I reckon you'd get £2k for it (if it's mint) once you've been chipped by the punter.
by PianoGuy
08 May 2009, 20:52
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Steck, The Aeolian Company Ltd.
Replies: 9
Views: 11288

Re: Steck, The Aeolian Company Ltd.

That's the building, used to have a clock on the top of it as well! You can find out more about it in local history books of 'Hayes Middlesex'. It had some links with the EMI building, [electrical & musical industries] or known Locally as the 'Gram' as surprise surprise, they started by making gram...
by PianoGuy
06 May 2009, 23:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pleyel (upright) Pianos - opinions
Replies: 12
Views: 7155

Re: Pleyel (upright) Pianos - opinions

Kawai K3, Irmler 122 or 131. Perzina 122 or 129. Kemble 121. Irmler "Europe" I would caution against because they're indifferently built in Poland, but standard Irmler are cooking Pearl River fare, so really not bad. Kawai are fine if you like a totally charmless piano. I can find nothing to engage...
by PianoGuy
04 May 2009, 13:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pleyel (upright) Pianos - opinions
Replies: 12
Views: 7155

Re: Pleyel (upright) Pianos - opinions

Ah yes! Rameau were a kind of Budget Pleyel with cheapo casework. All Renner equipped, but as Joe points out, the rest of the piano needs to be good betore a Renner action will make any difference!
by PianoGuy
04 May 2009, 11:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano purchase
Replies: 16
Views: 6730

Re: New piano purchase

New Gbr Steinberg model 123 black £2,199 decent value at the price,not cheap but i think they buy direct. That'll be "Gehr. Steinberg"? Gebr. Steinberg was a brand name once owned by the defunct Bentley company I think. Not to be confused by Wilh.Steinberg, the makers of the "IQ" range of pianos on...
by PianoGuy
04 May 2009, 08:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Pleyel (upright) Pianos - opinions
Replies: 12
Views: 7155

Re: Pleyel (upright) Pianos - opinions

I've not seen a brand new Pleyel, but I have seen a recent one which appeared to me to be a Schimmel with "Schimmel" crossed out and "Pleyel" written on in crayon. Well, not quite but it was simply a rebadged Schimmel (made in Brunswick/Braunschweig, Germany, not Paris, France!) presented in a floun...
by PianoGuy
03 May 2009, 22:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano purchase
Replies: 16
Views: 6730

Re: New piano purchase

joe wrote:Halle & Voight and Reid-Sohn would agree with "piano guy" comments i know a dealer whose has a Gbhr Steinberg 123 model in black new at £2,199 inc vat,
That's cheap!!
by PianoGuy
03 May 2009, 10:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano purchase
Replies: 16
Views: 6730

Re: New piano purchase

The traditional cased version of the small Perzina is around £2,500. Polyester finishes only though I think.
by PianoGuy
02 May 2009, 20:33
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano purchase
Replies: 16
Views: 6730

Re: New piano purchase

The Halle & Voight is just about the lowest quality piano to acieve an "acceptable" status in my book, that is they are OK for the money, but you're buying at the cheapest level. The Reid Sohn is better, but the H&V and the cheap Reid Sohns are not the easiest things to tune because the wrestpins ar...
by PianoGuy
30 Apr 2009, 23:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: H.G.Schubert piano
Replies: 38
Views: 11866

Re: H.G.Schubert piano

There are a fair few chancers operating full time out of shop fronts as well!!! I think the debate should be good piano dealers vs crap ones. How do you define part time. I personaly have never opperated sitting in the shop full time as it would bore me to tears as I do little overhaul work now. So...
by PianoGuy
30 Apr 2009, 23:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Piano-Head Returns
Replies: 29
Views: 9418

Re: The Piano-Head Returns

Agreed 100% Openwood, Sir!
by PianoGuy
30 Apr 2009, 07:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Piano-Head Returns
Replies: 29
Views: 9418

Re: The Piano-Head Returns

If you are posting on the public forum, (and also on the trade forum) why not have the professional integrity of displaying your real name/trading name so other dealers and most importantly, the public, can see who you really are. What's the point, on a public forum, of a professional on a forum hi...
by PianoGuy
29 Apr 2009, 19:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: H.G.Schubert piano
Replies: 38
Views: 11866

Re: H.G.Schubert piano

Getting away from selling yamaha,as you know and i realise people want to buy their products so whats the solution import used ones tart them up and sell them And of course, it's the heavy discounting of genuine new UK Yam stock which has caused dealers who can't compete to look to these imports, s...
by PianoGuy
29 Apr 2009, 07:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: H.G.Schubert piano
Replies: 38
Views: 11866

Re: H.G.Schubert piano

Good points.....

The volume led market is now changing I reckon, hence the need for diversification away from Yamaha.
by PianoGuy
28 Apr 2009, 22:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 17437

Re: Kemble

The new verses old debate depends on the use. If I have a family with a couple of keen kids who are interested in a restored turn of the century Steinway upright I have to point out "it's like doing the school-run in an old Rolls Royce." I convince them to buy a new Kemble- they get the right piano...
by PianoGuy
28 Apr 2009, 21:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: H.G.Schubert piano
Replies: 38
Views: 11866

Re: H.G.Schubert piano

This forum is getting more exciting by the hour,funny how lepers find new allies whem the chips are down,maybe you can shed some light on H G SCHUBERT,BRODMAN,pianos,you looking to discount the life out of them too, Having read and digested this poorly structured post, I believe that deep down ther...
by PianoGuy
28 Apr 2009, 15:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: determining piano value
Replies: 13
Views: 4829

Re: determining piano value

Well, I've been tuning products from the Perzina factory for about ten years now, so would suggest that counts as 'tried and tested' . Indonesian and Korean products lag behind the best from China now.
by PianoGuy
27 Apr 2009, 21:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: determining piano value
Replies: 13
Views: 4829

Re: determining piano value

If you can step up your budget a wee bit you can then have your pick of Brodmann, Perzina or Wendl etc etc. Anything lower and you are then stepping into the secondhand Yamaha zones and can quite often be a lottery on quality. Top advice. For between 2.5 to 3k you could easily find one of Perzina's...
by PianoGuy
27 Apr 2009, 19:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Anyone for a little DIY?
Replies: 34
Views: 13154

Re: Anyone for a little DIY?

Looks great.

These things surely can sound awesome if well sorted.

Congrats!
by PianoGuy
26 Apr 2009, 13:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Preparation of new pianos
Replies: 16
Views: 5208

Re: Preparation of new pianos

chrisvenables wrote: Inside, vacuum wrapped, were a pair of the largest German kippers I've ever seen!
Done up like a kipper in fact.
by PianoGuy
25 Apr 2009, 18:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wendl und Lung 218
Replies: 7
Views: 3318

Re: Wendl und Lung 218

Are W&L still imported by the eccentric Skeaping brothers?
by PianoGuy
25 Apr 2009, 17:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ESTONIA PIANOS ?
Replies: 27
Views: 9810

Re: ESTONIA PIANOS ?

This forum is been used to promote insrtuments and dealers self interests,as you have shown in earlier threads,happy trading,the public can buy any piano they want directly from almost any supplier CASH IS KING,as to wanting to buy the 2 brands mentioned,there a better pianos around of better quali...
by PianoGuy
24 Apr 2009, 19:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: H.G.Schubert piano
Replies: 38
Views: 11866

Re: H.G.Schubert piano

I just couldn't bear the bad spelling and grammar......
by PianoGuy
23 Apr 2009, 21:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Brodmann BU-121
Replies: 19
Views: 7379

Re: Brodmann BU-121

The OP was discussing the upright 121, And that is a fine piano for the money too. Shame the 125 doesn't hit the mark, but what the hey, save your cash and buy the smaller one! Are you stocking Brodmann now, CV? If so, can you enlighten the angry-sounding Mr piano heads as to who the importer is no...
by PianoGuy
23 Apr 2009, 21:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 17437

Re: Kemble

in dark green? I used to have a golf driver MK2. My comparisson to it now is an old Bluthner with slightly slack pins....but somehow manages to stay in tune. Awesome cars. Oak Green metallic! I had a GTI too, but in that nice metallic blue. A very comfortable driving position. Like an old well love...
by PianoGuy
23 Apr 2009, 20:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 17437

Re: Kemble

Kemble King wrote:I agree PianoGuy, but a wee Fazer is always a nice wee find. A bit like a Mk2 Golf 16v with BBS alloys.
It is!

*Just* like that. Big bumper H-reg!
by PianoGuy
23 Apr 2009, 20:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 17437

Re: Kemble

You mention chareletans why dont you name and shame them, There's a little thing called libel which applies to written word and on the internet. Don't worry, if I'm asked an opinion in person I pull no punches. there are lots of modern say 20 to 30 year old piano out there which have had very littl...
by PianoGuy
23 Apr 2009, 08:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grotrian Steinweg folded?
Replies: 10
Views: 5303

Re: Grotrian Steinweg folded?

would wholeheartly agree with piano guy comments,its the over pricing of the chinese pianos i object to and the use of good quality older known pianos bee used to market them, The Chinese are learning from the mistakes made by the Japanese some 40 years ago or so. When Yamaha entered the Western ma...
by PianoGuy
23 Apr 2009, 08:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grotrian Steinweg folded?
Replies: 10
Views: 5303

Re: Grotrian Steinweg folded?

The guy who restored it was very impressed, he thought it one of the best uprights he'd seen (when restored) on a par with the best Vertigrands. A backhanded compliment possibly since most restorers detest Vertigrands, or working on them at any rate. Personally in general I think they're waffly old...