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by athomik
14 May 2009, 17:16
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Buying a digital piano in the UK (question from Canadian)
Replies: 6
Views: 8214

Re: Buying a digital piano in the UK (question from Canadian)

I suppose it is a low voltage item and the AC idea would probably work out too. Still, it would be interesting to hear what they are going to quote you for shipping into the UK. If it's done via a courier, I suspect the quote will involve arms and legs, but it may be possible to take on a plane as ...
by athomik
14 May 2009, 09:38
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Buying a digital piano in the UK (question from Canadian)
Replies: 6
Views: 8214

Re: Buying a digital piano in the UK (question from Canadian)

PLUS the fact that the UK runs on a different current from US and Canada, bringing it across would be more hassle that it would be worth. Try and sell it before you leave. As this keyboard uses an external AC adaptor, all you would need to do is buy the UK version of the adaptor when you get to the...
by athomik
08 May 2009, 09:58
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Roland announce their new V-Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 6365

Re: Roland announce their new V-Piano

I've not seen the Roland yet, but I have seen (- taken apart, put back together and played around with) the Yamaha Avant Grand. Twice the price of a Roland, and definitley not portable, but in a different ballpark altogether compared to digital pianos as we know them.

from Slightly Biased.
by athomik
01 May 2009, 10:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The Piano-Head Returns
Replies: 29
Views: 21053

Re: The Piano-Head Returns

This is a public forum and I am here as a private individual, so I don't like to advertise my position too loudly jkl . If anyone would ever like information from me in my official capacity, I'd be only too happy to help them via the appropriate channels.
by athomik
01 May 2009, 10:31
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

I don't have any details about what exactly will happen after October, but I do have a few thoughts on what may happen. As Brian Kemble mentioned in his statement, the materials for Kemble pianos, such as the sound board will continue to come from the same sources as are used at the moment. Unless Y...
by athomik
29 Apr 2009, 10:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 38664

Re: Kemble

Anybody tried the new Vauxhall Insignia yet? I almost got my hands on one when I was doing a job last week, but someone else got there first. :lol:
by athomik
23 Apr 2009, 14:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 38664

Re: Kemble

WOULD YOU BUY A NEW LADA OR A USED MERK. If you are getting into cars, wouldn't a more appropriate analogy be: "Would you buy a 1977 Rover 2000 or a new Toyota ?" I'm sure there are some beautifully restored Rovers around, but they don't exactly come up to modern standards, they must be few and far...
by athomik
22 Apr 2009, 11:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: H G SCUBERT INSRUMENTS
Replies: 3
Views: 4704

Re: H G SCUBERT INSRUMENTS

piano heads wrote:DO THEY CONFORM TO BRITISH STANDARDS,AND WHERE CAN I PLAY ONE?
Since when has the British Standards Institute been interested in pianos then? :?
by athomik
17 Apr 2009, 12:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 57
Views: 38664

Re: Kemble

Why on earth would Yamaha want to close it down? Could it be because Yamaha make technically perfect pianos that don't sound very nice, and Kemble make technically perfect pianos that sound beautiful? 1. Kemble pianos are basically Yamaha pianos in a different cabinet 2. Kembles have been making a ...
by athomik
14 Apr 2009, 10:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Silent | Non-Silent
Replies: 11
Views: 11533

Re: Upright Silent | Non-Silent

Hell, yes. Apart from the nine months it took to repair a faulty sensor rail (I could've had a baby in that time, you know) we've never regretted getting the YUS1 in our music room. 9 months sounds way over the top to me. Was the piano still under warranty? Even if the parts need to come from Japan...
by athomik
14 Apr 2009, 09:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1/U3 Silent system retro-fit?
Replies: 20
Views: 19326

Re:

Regarding price, I believe that the silent option adds about £800-900 to the new price. The warranty on the electronics is 1 year, so the used porices tend to be the same as the basic instrument. Just a quick clarification: In the UK all electronic Yamaha instruments, inc. the electronics on Silent...
by athomik
09 Apr 2009, 23:42
Forum: Digital Piano FAQs
Topic: What is XG?
Replies: 0
Views: 7517

What is XG?

XG stands for “eXtended General MIDI”. When MIDI was first developed, MIDI messages and commands were standardised by a MIDI committee consisting of several bodies (inc. Yamaha). At the time different manufacturers' keyboards and tone generators (and different models from the same manufacturer) had ...
by athomik
09 Apr 2009, 23:38
Forum: Digital Piano FAQs
Topic: What is wave memory and why is it important?
Replies: 0
Views: 7073

What is wave memory and why is it important?

Wave memory is the amount of memory available for storing piano samples. The more memory you have the more samples you can store for each key, i.e. separate samples for different velocities, stereo (see FAQs), sustained notes and lately, also sympathetic samples of adjacent strings during sustain an...
by athomik
07 Apr 2009, 09:26
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Earphones for digital piano - recommendations please
Replies: 9
Views: 10833

Re: Earphones for digital piano - recommendations please

I like Beyer and Sennheiser headphones. If the ones you choose don't have a long cable, just get a 1/4" stereo jack extension lead from your local music shop or the 'net. The only thing to check is the recommended impedance - if it's not in your manual, you might have to call Casio for that.
by athomik
03 Apr 2009, 09:26
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Clavinova or Real Piano ?
Replies: 13
Views: 16499

Re: Clavinova or Real Piano ?

Or put a barn door on the vestry, install a sophisticated environmental control system in there, be prepared to get a tuner in every time you wheel it out and buy a concert grand (you might have to add a '0' or two to your budget) :wink:
by athomik
01 Apr 2009, 15:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Silent | Non-Silent
Replies: 11
Views: 11533

Re: Upright Silent | Non-Silent

ADVANTAGE AND DISADVANTAGE between These? http://www.naijadiscussion.com/naijaforum/images/smilies/quiet.gif No need to shout :) Disadvantage with non-silent piano: you can't play silently Disadvantage with silent piano: the touch is slightly different, but unless you are a very good or experienced...
by athomik
01 Apr 2009, 09:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Upright Silent | Non-Silent
Replies: 11
Views: 11533

Re: Upright Silent | Non-Silent

The touch is different on the uprights as to the rest read the specks on Yamahas site to what they can do Barrie, Apart from a slight difference in regulation (which is what affects the touch - although many people don't even notice it), and the fact that you have a hammer shank stopper and tone ge...
by athomik
26 Mar 2009, 11:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight London Upright
Replies: 2
Views: 3345

Re: Knight London Upright

Another good resource is the American Piano Technicians Guild. You can search for a tuner/technician at: http://www.ptg.org/findATechnician-easySearch.php
by athomik
13 Mar 2009, 15:37
Forum: Piano History
Topic: August Forster
Replies: 7
Views: 7764

Re: August Forster

Bill Kibby wrote:I used to tune one from around 1886
You certainly don't show your age :wink:
by athomik
24 Feb 2009, 18:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: LOW PRICE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Replies: 6
Views: 7042

Re: LOW PRICE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Will they support you...Er?? How can they get parts if they are no longer suppliers? In the UK, you don't have to be a supplier to get spare parts from Yamaha. Should a supplier go bust (i.e. they no are no longer trading, rather than just switching brands), Yamaha will provide support for warranty...
by athomik
13 Feb 2009, 10:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I know I will get slated but what's best way to buy online
Replies: 45
Views: 26981

Re: I know I will get slated but what's best way to buy online

PianoGuy makes some good points, but I would have one reservation when buying online. If you get the piano delivered (300 miles from the shop) and you do get problems which should be fixed under warranty, the dealer won't send his technician on a 600 mile round trip to have a look. Which means betwe...
by athomik
19 Jan 2009, 18:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha logo - my vision for the future
Replies: 10
Views: 10379

Re: Yamaha logo - my vision for the future

There is no problem with putting a Yamaha logo on your Yamaha piano. What Yamaha don't like is people implying that something or someone has an official connection with Yamaha when this connection doesn't exist, such as using a domain name with Yamaha in it, or selling grey imports and making it loo...
by athomik
16 Jan 2009, 10:22
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: YDP 131 preset pieces
Replies: 4
Views: 5475

Re: YDP 131 preset pieces

Call the Yamaha Spares Department on 01908 369261. They should have a few copies of this book lying around. (part number @SCLAV50 - SONG BOOK 50 GREATS FOR THE PIANO) About £10 +P&P.
by athomik
15 Jan 2009, 11:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Look
Replies: 7
Views: 8655

Re: New Look

Barrie Heaton wrote:The smiles were there on the old board still working on layout issues

Barrie,
Is that why the word wrap isn't working in the posts? Or have I missed a setting somewhere? :?:
by athomik
19 Dec 2008, 12:26
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Advice needed on buying electric piano
Replies: 27
Views: 21672

One thing no-one has mentioned yet is operational support. This may not apply so much to straight digital pianos, but on more complex keyboards, it is a lot easier to pop into your local shop, where you originally bought the keyboard, ask any questions you might have about the operation of your keyb...
by athomik
16 Dec 2008, 11:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C1s Reverb Not working.
Replies: 9
Views: 10499

speedbird2001 wrote:Thanks so much.

That is worrying !!!!!!!!!
It's extremely rare for the main circuit board to develop a fault.
by athomik
16 Dec 2008, 11:11
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: YDP 131 with a christmas card inside:
Replies: 3
Views: 4609

If you don't have any experience and don't have the service manual, it can be a challenge to work out which screws to remove. If you remove any that you shouldn't, you could end up in a situation as described in the previous post, i.e. you don't just remove the cover, but various other bits and piec...
by athomik
15 Dec 2008, 17:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C1s Reverb Not working.
Replies: 9
Views: 10499

Since most of the processors etc are shared between different tasks and everything else is working OK, is suspect that the fault is with the rotary control itself, which is a couple of pounds for the part. In the unlikely event that the fault is on the main circuit board, and considering that a fiel...
by athomik
15 Dec 2008, 14:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C1s Reverb Not working.
Replies: 9
Views: 10499

Call Yamaha on 01908 369213 for details of a local engineer who can have a look at your piano. Parts should be readily available, so there is no reason why your piano can't be repaired.
by athomik
01 Dec 2008, 15:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha P1 Nippon Gakki S.K.K.
Replies: 1
Views: 3924

It's a basic upright from the 1960s. Yours was made in 1963. I've never seen one, so I can't comment on it's virtues (or lack of them) :wink:
by athomik
26 Nov 2008, 13:09
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha p60 midi problems
Replies: 2
Views: 4933

A few points: Make sure that the laptop does supply power via it's USB ports - try anotherUSB powered device ( I know it should, but I have come across some laptops where this didn't work) The computer will see the interface but it will not recognise what's on the other end, i.e. that it's a P60. As...
by athomik
14 Nov 2008, 16:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GB1, A Broadwood Remake?
Replies: 5
Views: 7349

[quote="PianoGuy]Plagued a FEW!!!???

They're pretty much all dreadful![/quote]

Well.... :roll: , it's Friday, didn't want to start the weekend on too much of a negative note :wink:
by athomik
14 Nov 2008, 11:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha GB1, A Broadwood Remake?
Replies: 5
Views: 7349

THe GB1 is also supposed to address a few issues such as tuning stability which seem to have plagued a few GA1s.
by athomik
07 Nov 2008, 17:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Key for a John Spencer Piano
Replies: 6
Views: 7190

alexalin wrote:If i stop them to play a piano then my house owner will sent me out.
Interesting clause for a rental agreement? I can see the headlines already: "Tennant made homeless by excessive use of piano key!" :wink:
by athomik
28 Oct 2008, 10:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The first record we ever bought.
Replies: 9
Views: 7511

2 album set of The Who Sell Out and A Quick One, and Dark Side of The Moon while I was still at school in Germany (well, I wasn't exactly at school that afternoon). :roll:
by athomik
17 Oct 2008, 09:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Dettol advert
Replies: 7
Views: 7540

Re: Dettol advert

[quote="Descombes"] Is my horror justified? Will the piano-owning population start following this example? Will our tuning friends have to cope with the technical problems it will cause? [quote] That was the first thing I noticed when I saw the ad. Dettol has a very industrial smell which may be dif...
by athomik
07 Oct 2008, 15:47
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of my Yamaha G1
Replies: 8
Views: 6208

PianoGuy wrote:
athomik wrote:It's a G1RE from mid 1989.
Only a couple o' years out!
according to what Yamaha sent me: 1988 starts at 456xxxx, 1989 starts at 468xxxx.... ooohps, looks like 1988 :oops:
by athomik
07 Oct 2008, 09:45
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of my Yamaha G1
Replies: 8
Views: 6208

Unrestored, I would think it's about £2-3000, but then, I'm not a Piano Tech.
by athomik
07 Oct 2008, 09:39
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Age of my Yamaha G1
Replies: 8
Views: 6208

It's a G1RE from mid 1989.
by athomik
07 Oct 2008, 09:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I've had my piano tuned !
Replies: 23
Views: 17618

David B wrote:So what is a genuine piano? Or a British piano?
The casework. Everything else is optional. :wink:
by athomik
06 Oct 2008, 12:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Where can I buy old disklavier Disks for 1993 U1
Replies: 8
Views: 8709

You can get around the language problem by fitting UK sourced ROMs. There are 2 of them, both normally fitted into IC sockets, so a swap is quite easy. (Part No. XD775C02 & XD776D00 - about £40 + P&P for the two from Yamaha Spares on 01908 3696210)
by athomik
03 Oct 2008, 09:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Where can I buy old disklavier Disks for 1993 U1
Replies: 8
Views: 8709

BTW, if you want to confirm the age of the piano, the serial number should be between 519xxxx and 530xxxx.
by athomik
03 Oct 2008, 09:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Where can I buy old disklavier Disks for 1993 U1
Replies: 8
Views: 8709

One great source of information as well as music downloads is the Disklavier Users Group ( http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/disklavier/ ). You can also get software from http://www.yamahamusicsoft.com/ . Just select 'Disklavier' and 'MX100 A/B" and it will give you all compatible disks for your ...
by athomik
26 Sep 2008, 09:17
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha DGX 620 Keys "Clicking"
Replies: 4
Views: 4620

You could try giving Yamaha a call (horse's mouth and all that).

UK Technical Support is available by telephone on 0870 4445575 - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (4.30pm on Friday). If Dusty can't help you, he'll know someone who can.
by athomik
17 Sep 2008, 09:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What exactly is 'dealer prep'?
Replies: 25
Views: 16382

[quote="markymark"]Very interesting. I did always wonder what exactly a retailer did to "prep" the instruments. With reference to online dealer, I take it that this prepping does not get done because it CAN NOT be done as everything stays in its original packaging? quote] I know there might be some ...
by athomik
17 Sep 2008, 09:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Specifying a UK Factory!
Replies: 14
Views: 13258

The Yamaha 'P' series (and probably the Radius) are produced by Kembles in Milton Keynes. Foreign parts (if any) probably come from Japan. If you buy a Kemble piano, chances are that the parts are the same as in similar Yamaha models produced by them.
by athomik
08 Sep 2008, 11:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: C and E have disappeared
Replies: 5
Views: 6398

It looks like a fairly common key sensing problem. The key contacts are usually scanned by 2 lines, one per octave and one per note. It looks like there is a problem on the scan lines for 'C' and 'E'. If this isn't caused by a loose connector or pinched ribbon cable, this can usually be fixed with s...
by athomik
27 Aug 2008, 09:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Scuff marks
Replies: 22
Views: 15205

Openwood wrote: Also, Yamaha Unicorn polish seems to be discontinued. Back to Brasso!!
Try the Yamaha Spares Department on 01908 369261. You want part number TX671600 - HOME UNICONE 150ML.
by athomik
26 Aug 2008, 10:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Scuff marks
Replies: 22
Views: 15205

I've not tried the Yamaha stuff, but I've had some good results with Meguiar's "No17 Clear Plastic Cleaner" followed by their "No10 Clear Plastic Polish" for slight scuff/swirl marks.
by athomik
26 Aug 2008, 09:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Soft-Fall lid on used Yamaha U3 or U1 upright pianos?
Replies: 11
Views: 10497

sussexpianos wrote:sorry, dont fit the grand system to polyester coated as when you cut into it, the poly cracks.
Gaffer tape and a VEEEERRRYYYYY slow drill speed with a wood drilling bit usually is OK.(well, at least the couple of occasions I tried it)