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by athomik
22 Aug 2008, 12:16
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Disklavier Mark IV
Replies: 0
Views: 3575

Disklavier Mark IV

Sorry about posting this in 2 forums (fora?)- Pianos/Digital Pianos, but it might be relevant to both. According to YAMAHA in the USA, Version 3.0 of the Mark IV software has now been released. If you're interested, contact Yamaha at adrian.thomas@gmx.yamaha.com or call them on 01908 369229 for info...
by athomik
22 Aug 2008, 12:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: YAMAHA Disklavier Mark IV
Replies: 0
Views: 2821

YAMAHA Disklavier Mark IV

Sorry about posting this in 2 forums (fora?)- Pianos/Digital Pianos, but it might be relevant to both. According to YAMAHA in the USA, Version 3.0 of the Mark IV software has now been released. If you're interested, contact Yamaha at adrian.thomas@gmx.yamaha.com or call them on 01908 369229 for info...
by athomik
21 Aug 2008, 16:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Yamaha upright sounds too "bright"
Replies: 31
Views: 20239

Dear Mr Openwood... ... but the original question concerned a Yamaha Disklavier. Certainly working on the hammers can reduce the harshness that Hanonymouse complains about... but can the best technician make the Disklavier sound like your Yamaha C7 or a 1930 Steck?? ... As a piano, a Disklavier is ...
by athomik
14 Aug 2008, 14:20
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Boyd / Eavestaff Baby Grand
Replies: 4
Views: 5631

Re: Boyd / Eavestaff Baby Grand

Baby_Grand wrote:2. Where can I get a name plate for the inside of the lid (like the one pictured).
You can get a Boyd decal here: http://www.pianodecals.com/store/home.p ... =0&page=20
by athomik
11 Aug 2008, 11:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano - convert from floppy to CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 8852

The piano is an MPX70. You can find the owner's manual at: http://www.yamaha.co.jp/manual/english/ ... code=piano
by athomik
06 Aug 2008, 16:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 22027

Gill the Piano wrote:If you were an interior designer, you'd call it 'crackle glaze'.
You should see what some of my rooms look like. My interior design talent isn't universally acknowledged by those who witness it. :wink:
by athomik
06 Aug 2008, 16:52
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 22027

Gill the Piano wrote:If you were an interior designer, you'd call it 'crackle glaze'.
You should see what some of my rooms look like. My interior design talent insn't universally acknowledged by those who witness it. :wink:
by athomik
05 Aug 2008, 14:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 22027

quote] What do you mean by "alligatoring"? It's an effect where a paint finish end up with a crinkled look which resembles alligator or snakeskin. This can happen by accident or by design. I have heard the expression around a few times, but I suppose "crinkle effect" is a more common expression. - ...
by athomik
05 Aug 2008, 11:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Damp
Replies: 33
Views: 22027

Yamaha use MDF with formica, then veneer, then the polish so do Kembles and since Yamaha have a big input into Schimmel I bet they have the same setup so it is unlikely but I would not say never. as the humidity could get into the MDF form the back of the side panels if it has not been sealed corre...
by athomik
05 Aug 2008, 10:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano - convert from floppy to CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 8852

If you have an external control unit with only a floppy drive, your piano will be a Mark II or Mark IIXG - the XG version will have a full set of XG voices for backing tracks (16 Track MIDI files). If you give me the model number of the controller (there should be a model number near the LCD display...
by athomik
30 Jul 2008, 11:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Nippon Gakki SKK number 20 grand piano
Replies: 6
Views: 8124

According to the serial number it was built somewhere between 1934 and 1937. I've never seen a Yamaha piano which was that old, so quality may be an issue. The best thing would be to get a technician to have a look at it before spending any money.
by athomik
30 Jul 2008, 11:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just bought Yamaha W103, any information appreciated!
Replies: 4
Views: 5713

Openwood wrote:I wonder why they are so 'rare' :wink:
Grey Import. It's been hammered in Japan for a few years and then stuck in a container bound for the UK. Check to see if there is a plastic wallet inside the top, that should confim it.
by athomik
09 Jul 2008, 09:17
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano sampling banks
Replies: 1
Views: 4171

Cheaper/older digital pianos used just a few samples, which then were interpolated between the other keys. Velocity was expressed as a simple function of volume. Modern pianos will have at least one sample per key, but at the top end of the market, you have multiple samples per key. There will be sa...
by athomik
09 Jul 2008, 09:08
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Return a Yamaha CLP 230 to factory Settings?
Replies: 4
Views: 6964

Hold down the C2# , F2 & G2# keys while you power up. Use the Tempo/Function button to select test 47. Press the Metronome button to execute the test, which will take a few seconds. Press the Metronome button again to exit the test. Switch the CLP off and back on again.
by athomik
23 Jun 2008, 10:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha C7 v Kawai RX-7
Replies: 7
Views: 10098

It is stronger than wooden actions and more durable. It is not affected by humidity and temperature changes as wood is. It will not warp and the integrity of its precision is not compromised. Robert. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with Kawai's Millenium Action, but how useful is it to...
by athomik
19 Jun 2008, 16:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: METRONOME
Replies: 11
Views: 10656

If the felt or rubber base is missing, metronome equipment can cause some nasty scratches on pianos. As to the effect on the pianist, that is a bit unpredictable. It has also been known to fascinate cats.
by athomik
18 Jun 2008, 12:15
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: silent system Wendl&Young VS Yamaha
Replies: 2
Views: 3790

I don't have a definitive list, but several of the smaller brands, inc Kemble, actually use a Yamaha silent system in their pianos, although this may not necessarily be the latest incarnation. Differences can include the type of sensing (continuous v. 2-4 point), which can affect accuracy and the sa...
by athomik
21 May 2008, 12:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Insurance job
Replies: 4
Views: 4786

As a current equivalent I suggested the Yamaha DU1A, which is the most basic upright Disklavier (there are only 2 upright Disklavier models anyway). I'm not sure where an insurance company would stand on the idea of a different piano with an aftermarket system.
by athomik
21 May 2008, 09:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Insurance job
Replies: 4
Views: 4786

Thanks, that is roughly what I thought. With the lightning damage this one has, it's definitely a write-off.
by athomik
20 May 2008, 15:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Insurance job
Replies: 4
Views: 4786

Insurance job

Hi, I know it's a bit a of a long shot, but does anybody have any idea what a Mark1 Yamaha Disklavier(MX100A/B) might fetch these days? Assume that it hasn't been too well maintainted and would need at least some voicing & regulation, but it hasn't been abused (i.e. domestic use, not commercial ab u...
by athomik
20 May 2008, 10:51
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Music stand for Yamaha P90 needed
Replies: 5
Views: 9714

You can order it from the Yamaha spares department. The part number is
V4408400. Price is about £10.00 & VAT and postage. They take credit cards. The direct number is 01908 369213.
by athomik
14 May 2008, 09:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I'm having doubts about my new Yamaha Disklavier ...
Replies: 17
Views: 13592

Apart from a very slight difference in setting the let off (I believe), there is no difference between a disklavier and its equivalent plain accoustic model as far as the action, etc are concerned. There is no physical connection between any part of the action and the electronic side of things. Once...
by athomik
06 May 2008, 11:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha - what is black polyester?
Replies: 2
Views: 3790

Polyester is a two part polymer lacquer. It's pretty tough, hard wearing and stable, especially in conditions where more traditional finishes could be subject to fading, cracking, etc. Minor blemishes can be polished out quite easily, but deep scratches or chips can be a bit more difficult to get re...
by athomik
06 May 2008, 10:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Completely fed-up with Yam U1
Replies: 21
Views: 13120

Re: Completely fed-up with Yam U1

So we got this brand new Yamaha U1 last September, which, I think we can all agree, is not a Geological Age away from today's date. The sensor unit for the silent system packed-up in February and now I've been told that a replacement won't be available until July. Yes, that's right JULY, as in Febr...
by athomik
14 Apr 2008, 09:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bechstein apprenticeships
Replies: 3
Views: 4526

Germany still has a strong tradition of formal education in the crafts. Even the school system is separated into 3 streams, leading to your final career choice. After school, there is a very formal system for becoming a craftsman, beginning with apprentice (Lehrling), progressing to journeyman (Gese...
by athomik
14 Apr 2008, 09:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a piano on a 2-3000 pound budget
Replies: 26
Views: 16272

However if and it is unlikely you needed and Yamaha parts or back up from Yam UK you will politely be told to go away as its not a UK piano they wont hold parts. Strings, shanks etc your tech will have its only odd bits you would need from Yam UK. But as youve saved loads of dosh thats the trade of...
by athomik
11 Apr 2008, 11:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a piano on a 2-3000 pound budget
Replies: 26
Views: 16272

PS I've also found a 5.5 million U3 (£3000) which was supposedly sold NEW in the UK but built in Japan, I'm led to believe these are generally superior to the 'grey imports' as they were built with the UK climate in mind. Anyway to verify the pianos' history? The climate idea is largely irrel...
by athomik
11 Apr 2008, 09:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai price variation
Replies: 5
Views: 6222

1) web dealer selling all over the country with little backup or service - piano in a box. (any reference to specific dealers is not implied) 2) dealer with a brick and mortar shop, plenty of experienced and knowledgable staff, good after sales support and well prepped pianos 3) Someone just trying ...
by athomik
04 Apr 2008, 12:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Agraphs????
Replies: 2
Views: 3543

Re: Agraphs????

I believe that the little brass bits that the strings run through just before the tuning pins are called agraphs? Is there a special tool that removes them as I have removed 2 using a pair of pliers that seem to eat into the top edges? I can't find any other tool in my kit that will work as they ar...
by athomik
02 Apr 2008, 10:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha G27 exist?
Replies: 2
Views: 2802

Just out of interest, do you know the serial number of this piano?
by athomik
31 Mar 2008, 15:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New versus reconditioned Yamaha Disklavier uprights?
Replies: 2
Views: 3821

When buying a Disklavier secondhand, you need to bear in mind that the mechanical side of the Disklavier system can wear out (although there are some Disklaviers which have been going happily for 20 years). This is particularly an issue if you don't know the history of the piano, as it could have sp...
by athomik
28 Mar 2008, 10:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha YUA
Replies: 8
Views: 15841

Re: YU & UX models from Yamaha

So does the extra cross bracing on the YU and UX series Yamaha's indeed give greater tuning stability? Or is that mostly marketing? Are the YU and UX models a cut above the U5, U3 and U1? I mean musically (not furniture wise). And for someone who lives in an older house where there is considerable ...
by athomik
26 Mar 2008, 12:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problem with Yamaha U1 Silent system
Replies: 22
Views: 14243

Update: a) the sensor units are usually so efficient that it's considered unnecessary to keep warehouse full of the things. b) they break down so often that they positively dance off those shelves? I would say A because all common replacement parts I have ever been involved with ordering come from ...
by athomik
25 Mar 2008, 11:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1/U3 Silent system retro-fit?
Replies: 20
Views: 19323

I suggest you buy any of these systems even from Kemble, Yamaha or Kawai on the basis that once it goes pop you bin the electrics. I doubt if any of the electrics can be repaired cost effectivly. Like most electrics you open the box , plug it in . If it doesnt work its under guarantee , if it does ...
by athomik
20 Mar 2008, 16:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1/U3 Silent system retro-fit?
Replies: 20
Views: 19323

Hi, <snip> I was interested to discover that they had a used (1972) U1, with a retro fitted Technics Silent System for £2495. - I've really been keen on looking at the Silent Models since I live in a mid terrace. Both neighbours either side (and ourselves) all having young children - so don't...
by athomik
18 Mar 2008, 16:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 Age and value
Replies: 19
Views: 23730

Re: Yamaha U1 Age and value

I have a Yamaha U1 with the serial number 6326541. The last imported "nearly new" one I saw was serial number 6,800,000-ish! The latest from Milton Keynes are 6,200,000!! Assuming it's perfect, you should be able to get 3K plus for it. Why do you want to sell? It should be a nice piano. According t...
by athomik
13 Mar 2008, 17:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano noise annoying neighbours
Replies: 17
Views: 16296

[quote="Alix but I dont want a digital piano. THey can really confiscate my piano for playing at 10pm?! i though the law was not after 11pm or before 7am?[/quote] From what I've heard, if the EH officer considers the sound to be a nuisance, he can call the police and get whatever equipment is produc...
by athomik
13 Mar 2008, 16:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano noise annoying neighbours
Replies: 17
Views: 16296

As far as I know,you have to comply with whatever your neighbour says or risk having the piano confiscated. A digital piano or one with a silent system should get around the 'noise' problem
by athomik
13 Mar 2008, 16:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1/U3 Silent system retro-fit?
Replies: 20
Views: 19323

Grenache wrote:Hi Mark,
The warranty on the electronics is 1 year, so the used porices tend to be the same as the basic instrument.
Grenache
With Yamaha, the piano has a 5 year warranty, the electronics have a 2 year warranty.
by athomik
13 Mar 2008, 15:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ATLAS Meister information .. thoughts on how good/bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 9433

If the punter can't tell whether a secondhand piano has been given the once over by Yamaha or Joe's Piano Salvage in some back alley, Yamaha would risk serious damage to their reputation. But that's just the point Athomik old fruit! The punter can't tell. Which is why Yamaha don't recondition piano...
by athomik
11 Mar 2008, 11:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: ATLAS Meister information .. thoughts on how good/bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 9433

There is a possibly valid rumour that it is Yamaha Japan who are tarting up all these old U1 and U3s for sale to the Europeans, simply because it solves the problem of what to do with old part exchanged pianos in Japan. This may indeed be the case, but I know not of any UK dealer who can swear that...
by athomik
04 Mar 2008, 15:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Problem with Yamaha U1 Silent system
Replies: 22
Views: 14243

Yamaha in the UK guarantees electronic products, including the electronic parts of Silent Series and Disklavier pianos for 2 years, so this piano should be covered. For Warranty repairs, the customer has to contact the original dealer.
by athomik
28 Feb 2008, 11:33
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Rushworth & Dreaper
Replies: 12
Views: 15976

Re: Rushworth & Dreaper

Hi, I am from Sri Lanka and my family has owned a Rushworth and Dreaper piano for 4 generations now. It was bought brand new in the first half of the 1930s; it is a 6 octave model (as opposed to the full octave range) and it sounds pretty aweful...more like a honkeytonk. Anybody ever thought of get...
by athomik
28 Feb 2008, 11:28
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: which digital piano for a pianist?
Replies: 4
Views: 8333

If you are based in the States, try asking your question on :
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultim ... rum/6.html
by athomik
24 Jan 2008, 12:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: legal issues - please advise
Replies: 10
Views: 10243

As the piano is "not fit for it's intended use", you have every right to ask for a refund, esp. as the manufacturer has attempted to rectify the original fault and sent back a piano which still can't be played. I would have a word with your local Trading Standards officer. If the dealer is reluctant...
by athomik
21 Jan 2008, 17:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha piano - and laminate flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 3611

The U1 has brass castors.
by athomik
21 Jan 2008, 16:07
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bergstein, Berlin & Hamburg
Replies: 24
Views: 27083

Re: Bergstein

Bill Kibby wrote:"Dem Verdiensje Seine Krone" is a phrase to which references can be found from at least 1849 to 1903, the latter the title of a literary work: It means "The merits of his crown".
That should translate more like "To the service of his crown", probably a bit like "By Royal appointment".
by athomik
16 Jan 2008, 18:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha piano - W3125223
Replies: 2
Views: 3282

Yamaha uses several prefixes to their serial numbers, usually indicating where the paino was made. I've come across "T" - Thomaston, Georgia, "U" - South Haven, Michigan and "N" - Kembles, Milton Keynes. Although I have heard of "G" and "W" prefixes, I have yet to find our what they mean. No prefix ...
by athomik
16 Jan 2008, 18:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a new piano - some advice
Replies: 13
Views: 11226

I have heard that retro-fitted silent systems are not always as reliable. I don't know if this is indeed the case - anyone tried it? I'm not sure what the failure rates of aftermarket in general systems are, but any system using optical sensors should be quite robust. Yamaha Silent pianos (although...
by athomik
16 Jan 2008, 17:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a new piano - some advice
Replies: 13
Views: 11226

Re: silent pianos

Hello there, This appears to solve the problem (at least as far as grands are concerned, it seems from earlier posts that an upright wouldn't be exactly the same after the system was removed). Anyone know if this is true, or is it just saleswoman bamboozle? Any thoughts gratefully received... The o...