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by athomik
31 Jan 2011, 10:50
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Distortion when using keyboard with speakers
Replies: 3
Views: 6309

Re: Distortion when using keyboard with speakers

Hi, I own a Roland RD 300 GX, and I have recently purchased Roland's Cakewalk MA-15D monitors to go with it. However, I have noticed that when playing some particular notes or combination of notes, distortion occurs with the speakers. In this type of set-up, distortion is caused either by over-driv...
by athomik
21 Jan 2011, 11:21
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Stand for Yamaha P95...
Replies: 3
Views: 7542

Re: Stand for Yamaha P95...

markymark wrote:Don't know about the weight of a L-85.
12Kg (26lbs 7oz)
by athomik
19 Jan 2011, 11:16
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Hire Digital Piano for a short period (about one month)
Replies: 5
Views: 8081

Re: Hire Digital Piano for a short period (about one month)

There are several tour hire companies in London, but looking at the weekly cost of hiring one, you might as well buy one yourself.
by athomik
19 Jan 2011, 10:51
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Where to buy a digital piano?
Replies: 6
Views: 8543

Re: Where to buy a digital piano?

At: http://yamaha-corporation.force.com/dealers/uk, you can find Yamaha dealers in your area. On this site, you can also have a look at the sort of keyboards available at the moment.
by athomik
05 Jan 2011, 10:18
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?
Replies: 6
Views: 10100

Re: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?

What you are feeling is the hammer action coming into play. This is quite normal on the P95. Similarly, there is a slight rebound when you press a key and let go quickly - I've just tried one we have in the workshop here.
by athomik
24 Nov 2010, 11:14
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please
Replies: 11
Views: 34777

Re: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please

The CLP920 came out in the first half of 2000.
by athomik
14 Nov 2010, 18:02
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital out of tune?
Replies: 2
Views: 5019

Re: Digital out of tune?

Usually, individual notes on a DP can't go out of tune. The samples are fixed so, unless the DP has a microtuning facility, which allows you to change the tuning of individual notes, you shouldn't get any notes out of tune with each other. Most DPs have a facility to tune the whole keyboard up or do...
by athomik
27 Oct 2010, 11:41
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Stage Piano AMP
Replies: 4
Views: 7015

Re: Stage Piano AMP

yea asked on another forum too and they suggested to just go straight for the 300 system and leave the monitors for the time being (untill i can afford a sep setup for gigging and a home setup in place permanantly) have just had an email off a shop trying to get me on the 500 rather than the 300 fo...
by athomik
27 Oct 2010, 11:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano next year :)
Replies: 4
Views: 5035

Re: New piano next year :)

aesir22 wrote:A Yahamaha U3S I am hoping, from a well known dealer in Manchester who thus far has come highly recommended!Danny
Not Harry, is it?
by athomik
27 Oct 2010, 11:35
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Stage Piano AMP
Replies: 4
Views: 7015

Re: Stage Piano AMP

Your suggested set-up should be ok. Your piano will sound dodgy if you go through a guitar amp, they are not designed to give you a clean, full range sound, which is what you need for keyboards/DPs.
by athomik
18 Oct 2010, 09:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Disklavier Technician?
Replies: 4
Views: 4794

Re: Disklavier Technician?

In an upright Disklavier, there should be a label inside the top, on the left, with regulationg specs.
by athomik
07 Sep 2010, 16:03
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Yamaha piano
Replies: 1
Views: 2844

Re: Yamaha piano

It seems to be an Eterna (Yamaha budget brand) piano made in Guangzhou by Yamaha-Pearl River around late 2004/ early 2005.
by athomik
31 Aug 2010, 09:58
Forum: Piano History
Topic: NIPPON GAKKI 7119
Replies: 9
Views: 9779

Re: NIPPON GAKKI 7119

Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. was the original name of Yamaha. It was founded in 1887 by Torakusu Yamaha, who was it's first president. As part if the company's 100th anniversary, the name was changed to Yamaha Corporation.
by athomik
23 Aug 2010, 16:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U3 MX-80 Disklavier
Replies: 5
Views: 6767

Re: Yamaha U3 MX-80 Disklavier

The MX80 calibration procedure is a bit involved and long-winded compared to more modern ranges. Send an email to adrian.thomas@gmx.yamaha.com for more information. :wink:
by athomik
28 Jul 2010, 09:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Veneer press for fallboard???
Replies: 19
Views: 13883

Re: Veneer press for fallboard???

We've had König in for their one day course, which included all sorts of wood finish repair systems, as well as their polyester system. I've had some good results repairing chips in black polyster with their kit. You can get a bit carried away tryingto get it perfect until you realise that, at certa...
by athomik
10 May 2010, 10:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C3 yellow keys
Replies: 7
Views: 8191

Re: Yamaha C3 yellow keys

At retail prices, you might be able to get a set of Ivorite key tops for £350-400, + labour
by athomik
12 Apr 2010, 09:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano question
Replies: 7
Views: 6985

Re: New piano question

One other thing to bear in mind when comparing Yamaha U series and B series: If you are looking for one with a silent function, the B series does not have MIDI connectivity, although the system is identical in all other aspects.
by athomik
11 Mar 2010, 10:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Yamaho Nippon Gakki SKK serial no. 35497
Replies: 5
Views: 7271

Re: Yamaho Nippon Gakki SKK serial no. 35497

Nippon Gakki was the original company name of Yamaha. The company changed it's name to Yamaha Corporation in October 1987, it's 100th anniversary. If the piano is authentic, it is a Yamaha built in 1938. If the spelling is actually "Yamah o ", then it is probably a fake. I've never seen a fake Yamah...
by athomik
09 Feb 2010, 17:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha b1 silent. Any opinion?
Replies: 2
Views: 7754

Re: Yamaha b1 silent. Any opinion?

Electronically, the b-series silent pianos are the same as the more expensive models, except they don't have MIDI.
by athomik
09 Feb 2010, 10:35
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Crackling Monitor Channel on FP-8
Replies: 2
Views: 4857

Re: Crackling Monitor Channel on FP-8

I'd say it still looks like a worn fader. It seems that the fader is worn to a point where just cleaning no longer works, i.e. the carbon track is worn beyond repair. Try a new fader. Although the symptoms would indicate otherwise, there is an outside chance that there is a bad joint around the ampl...
by athomik
09 Dec 2009, 11:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Volume reduction
Replies: 2
Views: 3636

Re: Volume reduction

Thanks for the hints. Acoustic castor cups for one, Yamaha USA do a foam rubber kit for uprights to reduce sound not sure for grands. so you may be able to get one with Yam UK mind you I did ask about five years ago and they had not got a clue what I was taking about Just because YCA (Yamaha Corpora...
by athomik
08 Dec 2009, 16:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Volume reduction
Replies: 2
Views: 3636

Volume reduction

Hi everyone, does anyone know if there is somebody in the UK who produces or sells something similar to the sound reduction kits on here: http://www.edwardsstringcovers.com/ ? I need to reduce the minimum playback volume on a Disklavier Mk III. I know, voicing and maybe playing around with the calib...
by athomik
08 Dec 2009, 11:45
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Carl Strauss or Strauff & Co.
Replies: 10
Views: 12780

Carl Strauss & Co.

The name is likely to be "Strauss", rather than "Strauff". Strauss is a pretty common German name and, in old German script, an "s" does look like an "f".
by athomik
27 Nov 2009, 11:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problems Kaiwi white key surface
Replies: 6
Views: 7157

Re: Problems Kaiwi white key surface

Slight scratches on the the keys of a piano which has been used (for 3 months in this case, but can happen after a few hours of playing) are an everyday occurence. Unless it can be detemined that there is a problem with the material, which would usually show up in the first instance as a concentrati...
by athomik
18 Nov 2009, 11:00
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Paladino
Replies: 4
Views: 3756

Re: Paladino

Bill Kibby wrote: ...but it infers that soft is the norm, a concept unknown to many modern musicians, who imagine that mixing is always a matter of turning something UP!
:)
by athomik
18 Nov 2009, 10:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Paladino
Replies: 4
Views: 3756

Re: piano

Bill Kibby wrote: Incidentally, "piano" doesn't mean soft, and "forte" doesn't mean loud!
Just to clarify, in music notation:

Piano p - Soft

Pianissimo pp - Very soft.

Pianississimo ppp - Very, very soft; the softest common dynamic marking.

Forte f- Loud.

Fortissimo ff- Very loud.
by athomik
11 Nov 2009, 10:30
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Casio Celviano AP 60R has no sound!
Replies: 4
Views: 8864

Re: Casio Celviano AP 60R has no sound!

If you let me know where you are, I might be able to PM you the details of one or two freelance repairers in your area who might be able to help. (many manufacturers are reluctant to release service manuals to the general public)
by athomik
02 Nov 2009, 11:56
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Tuning Prices in 1920s
Replies: 28
Views: 17610

Re: Tuning Prices in 1920s

Most worryingly, if you ask for a large beer in Germany (not at the Oktoberfest), you never know if you're going to get 0.3l or 0.4l. (unless you ask for "ein Halbes", in which case you get 0.5l) :wink:
by athomik
02 Nov 2009, 11:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Life Saver & manufacturers warranty
Replies: 42
Views: 27824

Re: Piano Life Saver & manufacturers warranty

One other point - if a warranty repair involves removal of any modification (as might be necessary when repairing a Disklavier fitted with a DC), the modification would not be re-fitted by the manufacturer (i.e. you might have to get the DC installer to refit the unit)
by athomik
02 Nov 2009, 10:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Life Saver & manufacturers warranty
Replies: 42
Views: 27824

Re: Piano Life Saver & manufacturers warranty

I can tell you that one big Japanese manufacturer (which in the near future may also include a well known English brand, maybe even an Austrian brand, although I don't yet know the details) would treat warranty claims on an individual basis. First, products should not be modified, which would includ...
by athomik
02 Nov 2009, 10:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble and Co Ltd Press release 30 April 2009
Replies: 8
Views: 7848

Re: Kemble and Co Ltd Press release 30 April 2009

While it is sad that the last volume producer of English pianos has finally closed it's doors with the loss of a considerable number of local jobs, there is the reality of global business forcing difficult choices locally. In recent statements, Brian Kemble explained their predicament. Basically, th...
by athomik
30 Oct 2009, 13:24
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Tuning Prices in 1920s
Replies: 28
Views: 17610

Re: Tuning Prices in 1920s

In Germany, the pound is in general use (or was when I lived there in the 1960/70's). But a German pound is 500grammes.
by athomik
30 Oct 2009, 10:53
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha Dx 7 fd problem
Replies: 1
Views: 4102

Re: Yamaha Dx 7 fd problem

The battery referred to is the backup battery for the memory, which is soldered into the main DM board. Once this goes, all memory, including the voices, is lost. You need to get the battery replaced (call Yamaha for details of someone local who may be able to do this and for the battery (part numbe...
by athomik
07 Oct 2009, 10:07
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Why should I care about Built-in Piano Samples?
Replies: 6
Views: 5765

Re: Why should I care about Built-in Piano Samples?

Or, if you had the money (around £12000), you could go for an Avant Grand and forget about the computer. Another option would be a secondhand GT2 or GT7, which also have a proper grand piano type of action, and use that with a computer.
by athomik
28 Sep 2009, 11:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Question about piano maintenance - am I being ripped off?
Replies: 13
Views: 12540

Re: Question about piano maintenance - am I being ripped off?

Here's an example. When I played any of the very top few notes, there was a significant ringing from the other top strings. I asked if this is normal. He said yes. If asked, I would have said this was a fault. I would have said that if you hit any note, you shouldn't hear an obvious sympathetic rin...
by athomik
25 Sep 2009, 10:30
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Not too busy on a Friday morning
Replies: 2
Views: 2464

Not too busy on a Friday morning

While things aren't too hectic, here at work, we've been discussing recent news, including the pilot scheme to provide heroin addicts with heroin on the NHS. My proposal is that we solve the drug related crime problem in this country, the far reaching influence and associated dangers of the Taliban,...
by athomik
25 Sep 2009, 10:10
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Korg Concert Piano C-15
Replies: 3
Views: 11205

Re: Korg Concert Piano C-15

I've been working on eletronic products for 30 years (in the music business since 1986). Even on 20 year old keyboards, capacitors rarely fail and if they do, they tend to be part of the power supply. Most faults relate to contacts (keys & switches). Other favourites include RAM (esp. on older produ...
by athomik
07 Sep 2009, 10:44
Forum: Piano History
Topic: yahama u1 new & old
Replies: 3
Views: 4152

Re: yahama u1 new & old

Nippon Gakki was the old name for the Yamaha company. This was changed to Yamaha Corporation in 1987 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the company. The if the serial number is in the 8xxxxx range, the piano was made in 1968/69. 1969 starts at 82xxxx. You can't determine t...
by athomik
17 Aug 2009, 15:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Does silent system compromise upright action?
Replies: 8
Views: 14060

Re: Does silent system compromise upright action?

As mentioned already, one of the downsides to any digital instrument is that the quality of the instruments is always getting better because the technology is always developing and getting better. Digital sampling is becoming more sophisticated and the quality of the piano voices being used in digi...
by athomik
03 Aug 2009, 10:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?
Replies: 33
Views: 22549

Re: Yamaha to close down Bosendorfer?

Yamaha have announced that they will close down and take over the operations of Bösendorfer Japan, not the factory in Austria. see http://www.global.yamaha.com/ir/report/ ... 90731b.pdf
by athomik
24 Jul 2009, 14:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121
Replies: 12
Views: 15217

Re: Used yamaha U1 or new yamaha P121

If you buy a factory fitted system ( as you would get with the P121), you shouldn't have any problems. The P121 Silent is basically exactly the same piano as the non-silent version. There is a good chance that the piano will outlast the silent system as electronic parts become difficult to get hold ...
by athomik
24 Jul 2009, 14:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 15093

Re: My school teaching piano

Joseph - it isn't a piano it's electric. When they inquired about the replacement, I only offered the AvantGrand as an alternative because they mentioned the (obsolete) GranTouch series as option. Obviously those in charge at the ABRSM aren't too up to date with the requirements of their own operat...
by athomik
24 Jul 2009, 09:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 15093

Re: My school teaching piano

that sucks. they should take more care. aren't disklaviers just the same as the standard models but with the electronics? Yep. Their current one ( a Mk IV) gets ferried around quite a bit for ABRSM (who own the piano) recordings and exams, but it's still in pretty good condition. They are looking t...
by athomik
23 Jul 2009, 14:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 15093

Re: My school teaching piano

The University of Surrey used to keep a Yamaha DC3 Disklavier and a Steinway in an airconditioned hall in Guildford. I never played with the Steinway, but when I went to fix the Disklavier, it had been thoroughly dried out, to the point where they had to replace it. The second one was treated with a...
by athomik
22 Jul 2009, 12:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135
Replies: 16
Views: 17251

Re: Yamaha SU7 and Petrof 135

The SU7 is a handcrafted piano, the U3 is a standard production model, so they are not in the same range of pianos or in any way similar.
by athomik
10 Jul 2009, 09:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My school teaching piano
Replies: 25
Views: 15093

Re: My school teaching piano

I think the whole thing is disgusting, especially as they did some fundraising to buy 3 life size fibreglass cows to sit in the playground, at a total cost of 4 grand. :?: :cry: That's just not right. We're the one's who are supposed to have the fake (concrete) cows, here in Milton Keynes. :wink: D...
by athomik
07 Jul 2009, 10:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Having My Own Yamaha U3
Replies: 32
Views: 21553

Re: Having My Own Yamaha U3

In 1999 Yamaha and all the other UK makes that were on the UK Piano Page which was all of them ask me to remove upto date serial numbers of the site and leave a 5 to 10 year gap for the above reason. Barrie, I'v never been told not to reveal recent serial numbers, but even I can't get anything more...
by athomik
02 Jul 2009, 10:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: new or secondhand gors kallmann and steinmayer V Yamaha
Replies: 18
Views: 15863

Re: new or secondhand

I'm obviously a bit biased, but (providing it's not too old and an independent technician approves it's condition) the U1 has a reputation that's hard to beat.
by athomik
22 Jun 2009, 10:05
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha software on Roland
Replies: 2
Views: 3260

Re: Yamaha software on Roland

I thought as much. Thanks for confirming it.
by athomik
18 Jun 2009, 09:54
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha software on Roland
Replies: 2
Views: 3260

Yamaha software on Roland

:?:
Hi,
has anyone ever tried playing Yamaha E-SEQ files (PianoSoft, Disk Orchestra) on Roland keyboards?