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by athomik
08 Nov 2012, 13:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Silent Piano: £10k budget
Replies: 2
Views: 3752

Re: Silent Piano: £10k budget

Barrie Heaton wrote:Look at Schimmel silent they use the Yamaha system well they use to when they were part owned by Yamaha
Barrie
Kemble also use the Yamaha system, and I think Seiler may have done at some point.
by athomik
07 Nov 2012, 16:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Sticker removal
Replies: 2
Views: 3202

Re: Sticker removal

IPA cleaner ( Isopropyl alcohol ) is less damaging, sometimes. I would then clean the area with a spray-on computer type foam cleaner to make sure you don't get any surprises a few months later.
by athomik
24 Oct 2012, 00:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Access
Replies: 8
Views: 8492

Re: Access

Tuning a guitar is one thing. People who claim to have perfect pitch are a nightmare when it comes to trying to tune pianos. Tuning pianos is an entirely different ball game. I have worked with pianos (as an electronics engineer) for more than 25 years. I know some basics about acoustic pianos, I ca...
by athomik
08 Oct 2012, 00:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Need help tuning Clavinova CLP-220
Replies: 7
Views: 14723

Re: Need help tuning Clavinova CLP-220

I would suspect the tuning software. It's extremely unlikely that any Clavinova plays 47% sharp, esp. after re-setting it - they shouldn't even be able do that when they go seriously wrong. If you think that you're software is right, call Steve Marsden at Yamaha on 01908 366700.
by athomik
03 Oct 2012, 15:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano Tuning
Replies: 8
Views: 8536

Re: Piano Tuning

Remember the trade is shrinking. But is the trade shrinking because of lack of demand or lack of supply? I would have thought that with a long-lived product like pianos, any temporary economic downturn would smooth out eventually. After all, a piano needs to be tuned and maintained from the day it'...
by athomik
12 Sep 2012, 16:00
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: HELP - Sound only coming from headphones:(
Replies: 1
Views: 6042

Re: HELP - Sound only coming from headphones:(

Both headphone jacks are standard 1/4 inch stereo jacks. If you have problems inserting headphones into one of the jacks, there may be a problem with the socket. The socket has a switch to turn off the speakers, so this might explain both of you problems.
by athomik
01 Aug 2012, 21:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help with piano pedals
Replies: 14
Views: 12717

Re: Help with piano pedals

All of my service calls were just me and myself. They usually involved a small box, a small cushion or a stiff neck. :)
by athomik
01 Aug 2012, 11:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help with piano pedals
Replies: 14
Views: 12717

Re: Help with piano pedals

, remove the pedal lyre & front left leg - one person holding the piano up, one to remove the leg (unless you have a grand raising axle stand) - then put the piano on its side onto blankets etc.... then much easier to work on & check everything.... mechanism/ lift rods/ lyre stays/ bolt or screw fi...
by athomik
01 Aug 2012, 05:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble Minx restoration project
Replies: 16
Views: 18073

Re: Kemble Minx restoration project

Even though a piano is a long term investment, there will always be a point when you have to weigh up the sentimental value versus the financial investment required to keep it going. Mind you, I saw a square grand on the Antiques Roadshow recently (about 200+ years old) which had been converted to a...
by athomik
07 Jul 2012, 18:54
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: similar to Yamaha Clavinova CLP-430WH White ?
Replies: 2
Views: 7559

Re: similar to Yamaha Clavinova CLP-430WH White ?

This model does come in white (hence the "WH" at the end of the model name). Have a look at: http://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/clp_series/clp-430wh/?mode=model . However, it's a CLP, which means that you can only record a maximum of 2 tracks per song. For m...
by athomik
25 Jun 2012, 10:08
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: AVANTGRAND N1 keyboard
Replies: 2
Views: 6722

Re: AVANTGRAND N1 keyboard

All Avant Grand pianos (N1, N2, N3) should comply with standard Yamaha Grand Piano regulation specs. If, after bedding in, there are still problems, any competent piano technician should be able to regulate it, as it is a standard (well, almost)grand piano action.
by athomik
20 Jun 2012, 23:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Not strictly
Replies: 0
Views: 2574

Not strictly

Not strictly acoustic piano, but Coldplay's pianos (I've 3 dodgy - groovy - ones at the moment) which aren't real, but have done some good service for a few years - I've seen them before - and happen to be Yamaha GT20s, are in fairly good shape (they seem to own loads of them). Only the oldest of th...
by athomik
20 Jun 2012, 23:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: 1930s Bluthner Upright
Replies: 11
Views: 11487

Re: 1930s Bluthner Upright

Not strictly acoustic piano, but Coldplays's pianos (I've 3 dodgy - groovy - ones at the moment) which aren't real, but have done some good service for a few years - I've seen them before - and happen to be Yamaha GT20s, are in fairly good shape (they seem to own loads of them). Only the oldest of t...
by athomik
19 Jun 2012, 14:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 9438

Re: Piano apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry etc.

If you have the right version of software on your Disklavier Mk4 or E3, you can get an app to use your iPhone as a remote control for the piano.
by athomik
06 Jun 2012, 22:50
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Englebert and Eurovision
Replies: 6
Views: 7833

Re: Englebert and Eurovision

I sometimes think that how the song is song has very little to do with the overall scores. There is undoubtedly a political agenda there still but I also think that having an enjoyable song is a big part of the final decision too. Look at the six Russian grannies - I didn't get that one and sure lo...
by athomik
01 Jun 2012, 14:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Olympic Torch
Replies: 14
Views: 13452

Re: The Olympic Torch

I'm not bothered by the Olympics (never was interested even when they were organised properly), but it's the IOM TT and EURO 2012 next.
by athomik
25 Mar 2012, 19:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: SIMPLE ..... Wash & Go !
Replies: 5
Views: 5900

Re: SIMPLE ..... Wash & Go !

Colin Nicholson wrote:Life getting complicated?
FEEL REFRESHED WITH {you know what!}... SIMPLE
According to Mrs T., it's spelt "simlpleS"(she likes her meercats) :lol:
by athomik
20 Feb 2012, 11:35
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: AVANT GRAND N3 / WITH IVORY II ?
Replies: 1
Views: 6460

Re: AVANT GRAND N3 / WITH IVORY II ?

You would need to connect the MIDI out from the N3 to your computer. Then you need to connect the audio out from the computer to the AUX IN connectors on the N3. On the N3, you need to turn "LOCAL" off to stop the internal tone generator (see manual)
by athomik
09 Feb 2012, 10:34
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Roland Dual Voltage working in UK and US
Replies: 2
Views: 7351

Re: Roland Dual Voltage working in UK and US

Most digital keyboards tend to fall into one of 3 categories: 1. General export model. These usually have a voltage selector allowing you to change to different setting for different countries (voltages)- not very common in Europe nowadays. 2. Specific voltage. The power supply can only handle one s...
by athomik
08 Feb 2012, 11:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: POLL: Future of the Piano Lounge
Replies: 11
Views: 10598

Re: POLL: Future of the Piano Lounge

I don't really use the Piano Lounge much, but if it was changed to just "Lounge" it would still be useful for people to post subjects which have either nothing to do with pianos or which don't fit in anywhere else without being OT.
by athomik
02 Feb 2012, 10:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Rubinstein serial number?
Replies: 7
Views: 7637

Re: Yamaha Rubinstein serial number?

The logo doesn't look like any logo Yamaha ever used.
See: http://www.yamaha.com/about_yamaha/corp ... index.html
by athomik
02 Feb 2012, 10:29
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Buying a new silent upright
Replies: 22
Views: 14918

Re: Buying a new silent upright

Colin, got sorted on piano. Could you send me some info on those life saver things please and costs? Will need to talk to you about it before I ask you to come to tune it. Bought it from Forsyth at Manchester. Really really happy with their help and advice. Thanks to everybody on here too. I really...
by athomik
14 Nov 2011, 13:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kemble
Replies: 6
Views: 6834

Re: Kemble

Yamaha have always had piano technicians at their headquarters in Milton Keynes who, among other things, are responsible for prepping Yamaha pianos before delivery to the dealers. They now also handle Kemble and Bösendorfer pianos. Kemble pianos are produced in Indonesia. The production facility was...
by athomik
14 Nov 2011, 11:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha S6BB
Replies: 8
Views: 9453

Re: Yamaha S6BB

Are you trying to tell us something? :lol: 7' Concert Grand Made from the Finest Materials An instrument of rare perfection and quality. Yamaha has used the very finest materials on this 7' grand piano. The S-Series was redesigned in 2002, the year that marked Yamaha's centennial. Refinements in spe...
by athomik
14 Nov 2011, 11:44
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Stage piano repair question
Replies: 2
Views: 5862

Re: Stage piano repair question

Contact Yamaha Service on 01908 369213 for details of an engineer close to you. Hello, I have a Yamaha P120 stage piano at my school. It got dropped (long story) and one of the keys is now stuck down. It gets a lot of use so I would like to have it repaired but I don't know who to approach. I'm in t...
by athomik
04 Nov 2011, 10:42
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Rhythm tones for Yamaha CP300
Replies: 7
Views: 13603

Re: Rhythm tones for Yamaha CP300

Try calling the Yamaha Customer helpline on 0844 811 1116. They should be able to help. Or you can email them at https://yamahaeurope.secure.force.com/w ... =en&qxz=uk
by athomik
06 Oct 2011, 11:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New v's Second hand?
Replies: 4
Views: 5435

Re: New v's Second hand?

never heard of a Steinhoven so cant comment on them. Steinhoven seem to be an Irish brand, produced in China, with some German and British input: http://www.steinhoven.ie/about.html I came across some of them yesterday when I was doing a job at a dealer in Wales. Didn't really get a chance to have ...
by athomik
14 Sep 2011, 15:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Advice for Silent Pianos
Replies: 13
Views: 23373

Re: Advice for Silent Pianos

If going for a second hand piano with a factory fitted system, such as Yamaha, look for a recent model (fitted with the "SG" series silent system), as there have been several incarnations of the Yamaha Silent Series, with the SG being the latest. You can recognize this series by the fact that they h...
by athomik
05 Sep 2011, 09:37
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: USB and the Yamaha P155
Replies: 2
Views: 9311

Re: USB and the Yamaha P155

Try Yamaha Tech support on 0844 811 1116. Steve Marsden is probably your man.
by athomik
26 Aug 2011, 10:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Not usre where to start..?
Replies: 12
Views: 11671

Re: Not usre where to start..?

Further to my earlier comment, this is an example of what I was talking about:

http://youtu.be/UqFz2Gxa9_w
by athomik
24 Aug 2011, 16:47
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha P155 Specs ???
Replies: 2
Views: 6129

Re: Yamaha P155 Specs ???

The colour of the finish is the only difference between the P155, P155B and P155S.
by athomik
24 Aug 2011, 09:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Not usre where to start..?
Replies: 12
Views: 11671

Re: Not usre where to start..?

re: Pianos in conservatories Something just occurred to me: Has anyone ever tried to keep a seemingly hopeless basket case in the right conditions to see if it ever re-hydrates, etc. and recovers to a reasonably useful condition or are they always beyond any hope? :? I remember a thread on Piano Wor...
by athomik
15 Aug 2011, 10:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The Mrs had a baby on Friday
Replies: 11
Views: 10460

Re: The Mrs had a baby on Friday

Congratulations. I suppose Sally will make the alarm clock obsolete for while now. Just think of all the late night TV you'll get to watch now. :wink:
by athomik
04 Aug 2011, 09:53
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano for a university
Replies: 6
Views: 9474

Re: Digital piano for a university

If the DP is supposed to be a substitute for an acoustic only for reasons of space, it might be worth looking at the Yamaha Avant Grand range. They should match your requirements and have the advantage of having an acoustic grand piano action, so the feel and touch is exactly the same as an acoustic...
by athomik
19 Jul 2011, 10:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: A better music desk (one with grippers) for Yamaha U3
Replies: 20
Views: 14135

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

Fletcher-Newman do aftermarket book holders. Go to their parts catalog at http://www.fletcher-newman.co.uk/ and look under Sundries.
by athomik
28 Jun 2011, 11:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: University pianos
Replies: 30
Views: 19288

Re: University pianos

Disklavier Tons of fun but tricky to service and tricky to find someone who can service it. What purpose would the Disklavier system be for? Would a silent system suffice? They are easier to fit and easier to maintain and they have MIDI in/out/thru. Either way you'll be taken over budget if you go ...
by athomik
12 May 2011, 11:54
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Summer holiday plans?
Replies: 20
Views: 15078

Re: Summer holiday plans?

dave brum wrote:We expected fresh hearty meat and vegetables from one of the UK's best food producing regions, we got bloody Brake Brothers and hardly any of it.
I'm taking Mrs T on a cruise in June (never tried one before), so I expect to come back a few pounds heavier :wink:
by athomik
12 May 2011, 11:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Clavinova - faulty E & A sharp
Replies: 5
Views: 8686

Re: Clavinova - faulty E & A sharp

Contact adrian.thomas@gmx.yamaha.com for details of freelance engineers in your area. You can also order a service manual from the Yamaha Spares department on 01908 369261.
by athomik
12 May 2011, 11:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Summer holiday plans?
Replies: 20
Views: 15078

Re: Summer holiday plans?

Not to go into too much detail about the holiday it was just a four day break at an adults only holiday centre in the South West. We were the youngest people there by a good 40 years, all bloody bingo, ballroom dancing and washed up 'comedians' with northern accents spouting racism and homophobia, ...
by athomik
06 May 2011, 10:12
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Are digital pianos good for a beginner to learn on?
Replies: 6
Views: 11376

Re: Are digital pianos good for a beginner to learn on?

Now there is a spammer who's never touched a piano, if I've ever seen one. :lol:
by athomik
29 Mar 2011, 14:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright
Replies: 83
Views: 39253

Re: Bansall and Sons v Bremar upright

Update : The piano was collected just now by APK piano movers. It only just fit in the van but is now safely loaded and ready for delivery. http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/200049_10150115298785583_145975090582_6806355_6031359_n.jpg Is that a washing machine taking up most of the back...
by athomik
07 Feb 2011, 11:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 36530

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

One big dealer with a range of different pianos, and not too far from you would be: Countrywide Piano Centre Ltd 194 Penn Road, Hazlemere High Wycombe, Bucks, HP15 7NU Tel: 01494 813388 Email: info@countrywidepianos.co.uk Have a look at their website, they do carry a range of different makes and the...
by athomik
04 Feb 2011, 11:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Gerhard Adam Piano
Replies: 15
Views: 23562

Re: Gerhard Adam Piano AGE??

Hello! I´m from Argentina. I would like to know a bit about my piano. It´s a Gerhard Adma No. 7262. There is an inscripcion in bronce letters that says " Gerhard Adam - Wesel - Golden Medaille Antwerpen 1885" Inside the piano there is another inscription that says " Fabricado espresamente para Dran...
by athomik
04 Feb 2011, 10:59
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Piano ownership in Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 16606

Re: Piano ownership in Britain

I've never seen a piano in any pub I have been in. There was one in a cafe my mother and I used to go to- the Victorian Tea Rooms. Sadly the cafe closed down last year. I repaired an old upright Disklavier in a country pub near Christchurch a few years ago. The Living Room chain of bar/restaurants ...
by athomik
03 Feb 2011, 18:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 36530

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

No offence to ATHOMIK as i find your threads both helpful and informative are you not a Yamaha employee whose remit is to keep an eye on what said here. As it says on the bottom of my posts, anything I do or say on here (or anywhere else on the internet) is purely a personal comment and has nothing...
by athomik
03 Feb 2011, 17:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 36530

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

I had hoped that this forum would provide professional and objective advice. Please, someone put my mind at rest that this is so. Meanwhile back to the subject matter: Joe you are very enthusiastic about the Boston pianos. Are these more expensive than the Yamahas and if yes then: 1. How much more ...
by athomik
03 Feb 2011, 14:58
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 36530

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

Hi Barrie,your are spot on regards Yamaha,this is due no prep work being done in Milton Keynes before been delivered to dealers a few years ago they where offering money off if you where able to prep pianos yourself which to me was something we always did anyway,and the dealers who needed to wait f...
by athomik
01 Feb 2011, 10:13
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Distortion when using keyboard with speakers
Replies: 3
Views: 6309

Re: Distortion when using keyboard with speakers

..Guess they are not the best for the keyboard... Looking at their spec, they seem to designed more as add-on speakers for computers (the 'Cakewalk' label might be a hint). Anyway, 15 watts isn't really that much when it comes to keyboard monitors, even in a domestic environment. It's usually best ...
by athomik
31 Jan 2011, 15:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mid range grands - price and advice
Replies: 58
Views: 36530

Re: Mid range grands - price and advice

Welcome to the forum Lucia - I too, would like to learn about anything that would indicate that Yamaha pianos are now not as well built these days! Everything that the Japanese manufacture, as far as engineering goes, is hard to beat. They may not be innovators, but when it comes to copying and imp...