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by MarkGoodwinPianos
28 Aug 2011, 11:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P114
Replies: 48
Views: 19099

Re: Yamaha P114

Good tip MDW, always try to take a trained tech with you so that you can differentiate between the grotty ones and the brilliant ones. The difference can be quite striking. Sadly, although I often advise folk to bring a technician, very few actually do so I offer a 14 day moneyback guarantee these d...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
28 Aug 2011, 11:10
Forum: Piano History
Topic: W H Barnes piano maker
Replies: 26
Views: 20508

Re: W H Barnes piano maker

Bill Kibby wrote:I don't give my life's work away free on the internet.
Why not?
The internet is the perfect way to share your life's work for the greater good.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
28 Aug 2011, 08:11
Forum: Piano History
Topic: W H Barnes piano maker
Replies: 26
Views: 20508

Re: W H Barnes piano maker

Bill Kibby wrote:I can deal with this in more detail by email
Why is that?
It's good to see you work through these things on the forum. That way the forum archives are improved and people with similar enquiries can see the full info right here without having to email you or create a new topic here.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 Aug 2011, 22:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P114
Replies: 48
Views: 19099

Re: Yamaha P114

As the name suggests, the P114 is only 114cm tall. This is very small and doesn't allow the piano to have decent length strings or a large soundboard. A nice big soundboard and long strings are required for a high quality tone, that's why concert grand pianos are so long. Consider something 120cm or...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
26 Aug 2011, 10:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Mrs had a baby on Friday
Replies: 11
Views: 5702

Re: The Mrs had a baby on Friday

Thanks people. It's all good fun so far :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
24 Aug 2011, 20:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Re: Seducing women to start a romantic relationship!
Replies: 20
Views: 9915

Re: Seducing women to start a romantic relationship!

I'm the least controversial piano shop owner (I don't like the term "piano dealer") that I know :D
by MarkGoodwinPianos
23 Aug 2011, 23:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Not usre where to start..?
Replies: 12
Views: 5888

Re: Not usre where to start..?

Where are you located? Noooo don't put a piano in the conservatory I have a very nice piano you could have for free but not if it's going into a conservatory Yes get a digital instead I've got a Roland I took in partex for £400 if you can get to Manchester to try it. I'd accept £300 so that you don'...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
23 Aug 2011, 23:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: edelweiss pianos from 1066 pianos
Replies: 17
Views: 8371

Re: edelweiss pianos from 1066 pianos

Highly likely to be Chinese.

I thought of an analogy today regarding Chinese pianos.

TV adverts would have you believe that Kellogs Frosties are healthy
Piano manufacturers will have you believe that their cheapest lines are top quality.

The 2 claims are very similar.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
23 Aug 2011, 16:38
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What’s your biggest problem with practicing piano?
Replies: 7
Views: 4122

Re: What’s your biggest problem with practicing piano?

I should stop and practise when there is a bit that I get stuck on. Instead, I carry on to play the easy bit because that's more fun.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
14 Aug 2011, 21:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Mrs had a baby on Friday
Replies: 11
Views: 5702

Re: The Mrs had a baby on Friday

I'll post a "better" photo later but here she is for now
http://postimage.org/image/1id01trpg/
by MarkGoodwinPianos
14 Aug 2011, 18:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Mrs had a baby on Friday
Replies: 11
Views: 5702

The Mrs had a baby on Friday

Not a baby grand but a real baby.
Yep I became a dad on Friday to beautiful little Sally.
Mum and baby both doing very well.
Time for a month off work methinks :)
Thankfully august is very quiet. Never thought I'd hear myself be happy for a quiet month!

:) :) :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
10 Aug 2011, 10:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's going on?!
Replies: 17
Views: 5693

Re: What's going on?!

No chance that these muppets could launch a revolution. There are too many people who are perfectly happy with how life is. They would squash any revolution attempt.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
09 Aug 2011, 18:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's going on?!
Replies: 17
Views: 5693

Re: What's going on?!

Starting with a letter L ?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
09 Aug 2011, 16:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's going on?!
Replies: 17
Views: 5693

Re: What's going on?!

Where is your local police station PL?
I mean what city are you in?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
08 Aug 2011, 16:00
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Orist - Spare Parts | Buried on youtube
Replies: 1
Views: 2084

Re: Orist - Spare Parts | Buried on youtube

Very captivating opening 30 seconds
30 seconds onwards develops nicely
Nice relief at 50 seconds

The main theme is very nice.

3:20 is quite emotional. I can "feel" each note.
Beautiful reverb

Perhaps it gets a bit too "chordy" in places but I very much enjoyed listening.

Well done :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Aug 2011, 19:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Value of Gors & Kallmann upright serial # 60631
Replies: 3
Views: 7953

Re: Value of Gors & Kallmann upright serial # 60631

Yes please upload Lots of photos
Thanks
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Aug 2011, 00:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: First Piano Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 6535

Re: First Piano Advice

Newcatle Vernon? ;)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Aug 2011, 09:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano advice
Replies: 4
Views: 2507

Re: piano advice

Please upload some photos showing the inside and outside and I'll be very happy to give my personal opinion of the very approximate value of your piano.

Thanks
Mark
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Aug 2011, 07:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: First Piano Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 6535

Re: First Piano Advice

Hahaha whoops. I'm always doing that with Co. Durham. Sorry snoot!!
But don't worry I can still rescue this...

Funnily enlough I have a customer visiting from Newcastle this weekend. That's not far from you is it? Half hour drive? No ferry involved!

:)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Aug 2011, 19:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: First Piano Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 6535

Re: First Piano Advice

That's funny. A chap flew over from Dublin today to see my Yamaha U1 pianos.
Have you come across Nial from Piano Centre in County Monaghan yet? He's a nice chap :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Aug 2011, 17:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: First Piano Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 6535

Re: First Piano Advice

Where do you live Snoot? It's best to get out in the car and visit as many piano shops as you can. This is a decision that you may have to stand by for many years, probably several decades. So my best advice at this stage is to get out and visit as many piano shops as you can. You'll get a good feel...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
31 Jul 2011, 11:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

Re: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

Hi Barrie
It turns out that the postman left the parcel around the side of my house without leaving a note to say what he'd done. So everything is fine, package received. I'll report back to let you know how it fits/looks.

Many thanks
Mark
:)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
31 Jul 2011, 09:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mickleburgh Piano straight-strung overdamped
Replies: 4
Views: 2907

Re: Mickleburgh Piano straight-strung overdamped

Do we know if Mickleburgh put their sign on it at the point of manufacture or if they perhaps renamed old stencil pianos with their own name? The previous owner of this piano bought it from Mickleburgh in the 1970s. Obviously the piano wasn't new in the 70s which made me think it could have been rep...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
30 Jul 2011, 16:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mickleburgh Piano straight-strung overdamped
Replies: 4
Views: 2907

Re: Mickleburgh Piano straight-strung overdamped

The reason for my asking is that I'll be receiving it in part-exchange in the next week or 2.
Did the Mickleburgh piano shop MAKE these pianos?
Or just repolish an old Stencil piano and then put their own name on the front?
Or something else?

THANKS :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
30 Jul 2011, 14:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mickleburgh Piano straight-strung overdamped
Replies: 4
Views: 2907

Mickleburgh Piano straight-strung overdamped

Are the origins of this piano known please?
DSCF0366.JPG
A number stamped near the pins says 29993
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Jul 2011, 18:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1963 yamaha u3
Replies: 13
Views: 6433

Re: 1963 yamaha u3

I don't stock them that old because whenever I've seen them stocked elsewhere they sound terrible. I tend to stick to 1975 onwards. I find the mid/late 70s to be warmer than the 1990s but then the 90s ones are louder. A nice loud U3 might be good for a choir rehearsal room but not so good for your t...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Jul 2011, 18:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U2 honky tonk
Replies: 14
Views: 7718

Re: Yamaha U2 honky tonk

I still remember my first Steinway D moment.
I was at Besbrode. Hmmm, gorgeous.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Jul 2011, 17:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1963 yamaha u3
Replies: 13
Views: 6433

Re: 1963 yamaha u3

Man Utd: Yamaha U3
Chelsea: Steinway
Man City: Bosendorfer
Chinese pianos: FC United

;)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Jul 2011, 12:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U2 honky tonk
Replies: 14
Views: 7718

Re: Yamaha U2 honky tonk

Piano Sexism,have heard it all now can hardly believe my ears especially on Yamaha pianos,cute,romantic,sweet etc,my description of these instruments are practise pianos,workhorses at give-away prices.If after sweet,melodic tones stay clear. I think the U1 and U3 strike the perfect balance between ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
29 Jul 2011, 12:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1963 yamaha u3
Replies: 13
Views: 6433

Re: 1963 yamaha u3

I prefer a good, well-maintained U3 to a good, well-maintained Chappell.
But it's good that we disagree. Imagine if everyone agreed on what the best piano was! Ugh, how dull!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
28 Jul 2011, 08:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U2 honky tonk
Replies: 14
Views: 7718

Re: Yamaha U2 honky tonk

Ladies like the U1, Men like the U3 - OH WOW! That's pretty cutting (but quite funny!) Haha, sorry Joseph. It isn't a hard & fast rule by any means but when a couple come in and they aren't quite sure whether they want a U1 or U3, the lady usually describes the U1 as "neat" or "compact" or even "cu...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
28 Jul 2011, 08:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1963 yamaha u3
Replies: 13
Views: 6433

Re: 1963 yamaha u3

£100 - £200
Would you rather try and sell a U3 or a Chappell?
People love U3s but nobody gets too excited over a Chappell
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 Jul 2011, 13:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to sell an unusual piano
Replies: 11
Views: 4421

Re: How to sell an unusual piano

Also there are several different valuations depending on who is doing the selling and who is doing the buying. It's worth vastly different amounts. Please upload some photos of the inside and outside of your piano.

:)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 Jul 2011, 11:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I've finally done it - got my baby grand!
Replies: 8
Views: 4147

Re: I've finally done it - got my baby grand!

Woop woop!
Give us a photo :)
Congrats!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 Jul 2011, 11:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

Re: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

Haha I meant that the Royal Mail slip hadn't been pushed through, I'm not expecting the parcel to be pushed through. I'm sure it will turn up :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 Jul 2011, 07:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

Re: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

I don't think I've had a slip through the door.
I'll have a proper look later :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 Jul 2011, 07:14
Forum: Piano History
Topic: My new piano
Replies: 3
Views: 2434

Re: My new piano

Ooh how exciting. I hope your delivery goes well today, I'm sure it will! Thanks a million for your visit and purchase on Monday, your Chopin sounded lovely. Let me know how delivery goes Thanks again Mark p.s. Thanks to Barrie and the ABPT for running an excellent forum with wonderful archives. I'd...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
26 Jul 2011, 15:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

Re: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

Parcel not arrived yet.
Has it been dispatched yet Barrie, can you tell?

Sorry to be a pain but the customer has asked me for an update.
Cheers for the help
:)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
26 Jul 2011, 07:59
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Muir Wood from Paterson, Sons & Co. Ltd.
Replies: 2
Views: 2303

Re: Help with history of Muir Wood upright

Photos would be very useful :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
23 Jul 2011, 19:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Blind tuner question
Replies: 2
Views: 1898

Re: Blind tuner question

A tuner visited me a few weeks ago.
He was sent to... erm... Libya or something like that to found a piano tuning school specifically for blind people to help them escape their poverty.

Nice topic :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
20 Jul 2011, 12:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

Re: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

Hi Barrie I just order one of those music desks, thanks for the link. The product page said delivery £10 but the checkout service has charged me £11 I've chosen to pay by BACS but I haven't received details of how to pay that way. Shall I use the same bank details that I pay for the forum advert? Ma...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
20 Jul 2011, 11:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: George Russell Cottage Piano
Replies: 10
Views: 5441

Re: George Russell Cotttage Piano

The cabinet on your piano does look particularly night and I'm amazed that the fretting isn't damaged so you might find someone falling in love with it might pay £200 - £300 but sadly Bill's assessment is accurate.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Jul 2011, 13:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

Re: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

My Dad does my DIY
I'll see what he says about that suggestion thanks Joe :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Jul 2011, 10:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

Re: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

Thanks. I've found this
Image

That's the only thing they had.
The front edge of a U3 music desk is quite narrow so it may not be possible to fit. In which case a full new music desk might be needed.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Jul 2011, 08:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 7261

A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3

It's a little bit daft that the music desk of some modern pianos, including the U3, doesn't have those little sticky up things to grip the music book. Yes they are a bit ugly and old-fashioned but they are very useful too. It's as if the manufacturer has put aesthetics over practicality. So does any...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Jul 2011, 20:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: George Russell Cottage Piano
Replies: 10
Views: 5441

Re: George Russell Cotttage Piano

Lovin that Joanna!!
How does sound and feel?
Where did it come from?
How long have you had it?
Thanks for sharing the photo :)