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by D.J.Smith
05 Oct 2009, 08:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Baby Grand investment?
Replies: 11
Views: 5118

Re: Baby Grand investment?

A 185cm long grand is hardly a baby. It should be better than an upright at that price.

Whether a Lippman/any 185 grand at £4500 new, is worth considering is another matter. Anyone have direct experience of today's Lippman? Presumably it's a chinese stencil?
by D.J.Smith
26 Aug 2009, 16:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bluthner Patent Shanks
Replies: 13
Views: 4569

Re: Bluthner Patent Shanks

Joe : How can a buyer be certain that a piano hasn't been to Poland? I suspect some of those " British workshops" use polish shops for much of their casework, soundboards, stringing etc., and only do actions and final finishing themselves.
by D.J.Smith
16 Jul 2009, 10:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ESTONIA PIANOS ?
Replies: 27
Views: 9618

Re: ESTONIA PIANOS ?

Schubert : A small correction. The sales/info contact is Indrek's father Venno. Both of his parents, musicians themselves, are involved in the running of the company. If anyone in the UK would like to try a 2001 built 168 they are welcome to come to Norfolk after the 30th., when Barry Carradine will...
by D.J.Smith
20 Jun 2009, 14:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ebay...He's at it again!
Replies: 11
Views: 4890

Re: Ebay...He's at it again!

And again. He also calls himself "steinwaypianosltd" I wonder if Steinway know.
by D.J.Smith
13 Jun 2009, 20:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Danemann Grand Scrapage
Replies: 13
Views: 6867

Re: Danemann Grand Scrapage

There's what looks like a big Danemann for sale on ebay right now for £50. Item no. 170344131997. Can't be sure, because the vendor doesn't give any details, but must be worth your checking it out.
by D.J.Smith
11 Jun 2009, 11:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Grand action
Replies: 1
Views: 1349

Grand action

I've no doubt that the professionals on this forum have had occasion to scrap pianos that are not worth the expense of a rebuild. Does anyone have a 'renner' grand action, preferably complete with keyboard, 'left over'? Rather than putting it in a skip, or saving it for november 5th, :) pass it on t...
by D.J.Smith
19 May 2009, 17:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A-Frame for school C3
Replies: 9
Views: 3650

Re: A-Frame for school C3

There's one on ebay right now, item 320369810861, for £35. It was used with a G2 so should fit? Needs some tlc but at that price you can hardly go wrong.
by D.J.Smith
10 May 2009, 09:46
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Kent & Cooper
Replies: 3
Views: 3424

Re: Kent & Cooper

This post prompted memories. I had one of these, passed down to me by my father in the late fifties after I learned to play it. It was well made, with a good tone. It would have been bought pre-war in Nottingham. My father also helped finance my piano retailer uncle's purchase of a piano workshop. T...
by D.J.Smith
23 Apr 2009, 18:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ESTONIA PIANOS ?
Replies: 27
Views: 9618

Re: ESTONIA PIANOS ?

A new Estonia in a UK shop? Where was this, and which model was it? I'm suprised you didn't like it ; I'm very happy with mine, and so is my tuner.
by D.J.Smith
16 Apr 2009, 09:41
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: KAWAI DIGITAL PIANOS
Replies: 12
Views: 12722

Re: KAWAI DIGITAL PIANOS

Before buying a CA Kawai you would be well advised to read the threads about Kawai's build quality problems. I had a CA91 which was nothing but trouble, particularly the keyboard/action. This was particularly annoying as I had bought the Kawai for its keyboard's similarity to a real piano. In my exp...
by D.J.Smith
20 Nov 2008, 14:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 2687

Saga did not require my Estonia 168 to be listed as a specified item. Only to be sure the total contents sum insured was adequate, new for old. There was no increase in the premium.
by D.J.Smith
10 Nov 2008, 12:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help me spend 25k on a grand for my school
Replies: 45
Views: 11985

I doubt an Estonia would be more expensive. Problem is ,there are no UK dealers so you would have to go to the factory in Tallin to try them. The Laul family who own the company are very helpful and would no doubt prep several examples for you to try, and choose from. You would also be ablte to nego...
by D.J.Smith
06 Nov 2008, 10:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Barking!
Replies: 7
Views: 3207

You had to get married? You were a naughty girl! :D
by D.J.Smith
01 Oct 2008, 17:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clunking keys on Kawai RX2
Replies: 17
Views: 5894

Thanks. The reference is now obvious!

I've never seen a Kimball, but I agree about Baldwin. The two grands I've tried were pretty awful.
by D.J.Smith
01 Oct 2008, 14:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Clunking keys on Kawai RX2
Replies: 17
Views: 5894

I,m puzzled by the reference to "a warmongering prat". I don't think Estonia has fought anyone since being over-run by the Nazis. Since there's less than two million of them they are unlikely to pick a fight with anyone! :D
by D.J.Smith
04 Sep 2008, 14:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dust
Replies: 7
Views: 3253

Does your RX2 has a polyester finish ? I use Mr Sheen, which is anti-static, on my mahogany polyester Estonia. Result ; no dust and no finger prints. I had the extra problem of light scuffs/scratches on my previous gloss black polyester Yamaha. Black turtle wax colour magic car polish proved most ef...
by D.J.Smith
21 Jul 2008, 13:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ebay menace...again!
Replies: 23
Views: 7021

Piano Guy : I doubt there are two of them but you never know! He doesn't speak the way he writes, seemed a perfectly reasonable chap to me, just a trifle eccentric.

He's probably of Polish descent, but I didn't quiz him on his family background, only that of the piano.
by D.J.Smith
21 Jul 2008, 11:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ebay menace...again!
Replies: 23
Views: 7021

Raymanboy

Unless I'm very much mistaken, I visited this chap earlier this year to look at a small Bluthner. It was in a derelict and damp bungalow near Wisbech. He reckoned HE had rebuilt it with new action standards, pins and strings etc. Just 'needed the case repolishing'. He also partially retuned it whils...
by D.J.Smith
30 May 2008, 10:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What temperament do you tune your piano to and why?....
Replies: 13
Views: 4487

Temperaments

On the subject of different temperaments, I have a set of tuning forks which are of equal temperament [more or less!] but based on A426.6.
Were pianos ever tuned this low, or are they intended for some other instrument?
by D.J.Smith
10 May 2008, 15:59
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: Another Scammer larry bacleys1@ yahoo.com
Replies: 8
Views: 5499

I doubt you have anything to worry about as long as you haven't sent any money/goods/bank or card details.
by D.J.Smith
10 May 2008, 15:04
Forum: Internet Scams Fraud
Topic: Another Scammer larry bacleys1@ yahoo.com
Replies: 8
Views: 5499

Another Scammer larry bacleys1@ yahoo.com

Been offered the usual excess cheque with instructions to forward excess to 'shipping agent'

email address larry bacleys1@ yahoo.com
IP 82.128.10.211
by D.J.Smith
16 Apr 2008, 23:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polish rebuilds
Replies: 22
Views: 7525

Polish rebuilds

PianoGuy, I have no intention of sending anything to Poland. The pianos I'm considering have already been rebuilt and are available in the UK. The purpose of my original question was to check whether they were worth spending time and mileage on. From the very useful info received I think they are wo...
by D.J.Smith
15 Apr 2008, 19:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polish rebuilds
Replies: 22
Views: 7525

Polish rebuilds

Meyer use Heller base and Roslau treble strings, Klinke pins, and Abel hammers, so material quality should not be a problem. I think it is going to be a case of checking each individual piano's action has been restored to the required standard, and then as you say, go for it
by D.J.Smith
15 Apr 2008, 17:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polish rebuilds
Replies: 22
Views: 7525

Polish rebuilds

PianoGuy, thanks for your experience [ I assume you are in the piano business?]. It seems a Polish rebuild should be good value and better than a UK rebuild [apart from the very best workshop's product], but that the action may not be good enough. I would expect any pianos action to require regulati...
by D.J.Smith
15 Apr 2008, 10:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polish rebuilds
Replies: 22
Views: 7525

Polish rebuilds

jackg. Your referenced website tells me nothing. Calling Poles "monkeys" is gratuitously offensive. The few I have met are hardworking decent people.

I asked for informed comment from people with direct experience of the subject.
by D.J.Smith
15 Apr 2008, 09:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Polish rebuilds
Replies: 22
Views: 7525

Polish rebuilds

I'm looking for a grand around 6 foot [Bosendorfer, Bluthner, Grotrian]. In my search I've come across a couple that have been rebuilt by Polish workshops. Does anyone have experience of rebuilt/renovated instruments from Poland? I have heard that they are not up to the standard of a German or UK pr...
by D.J.Smith
02 Sep 2007, 20:11
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai CA91 problems
Replies: 5
Views: 7219

Kawai CA91 problems

Never grease AWA Pro keys! The noise is CAUSED by grease migrating from the hammer fulcrums onto the capstans and contaminating the key sliptapes. The only lasting fix is to renew the slip tapes and teflon powder coating, and remove the excess grease from the hammers. This is very labour intensive [...
by D.J.Smith
25 Jun 2007, 15:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai CA91 problems
Replies: 5
Views: 7219

Kawai CA91 problems

Thanks for the reply. Kawai have authorised company that does their warranty work in UK to rectify faults. Took some time to organise because piano was bought from Cherubini in Rome, whom I can recommend as courteous, helpful, and very competitive on price. If anyone else is considering a new Kawai ...
by D.J.Smith
12 Jun 2007, 16:47
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai CA91 problems
Replies: 5
Views: 7219

Kawai CA91 problems

Has anyone experience of problems with the wooden keyboard on the top-of-range Kawai digitals? I have a new CA91 which has quickly developed sqeaking keys. Some are so noisey as to be intolerable. The white keys are also of uneven height. The dealer claims they will silence with use, but I find no e...