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by MarkGoodwinPianos
17 Nov 2010, 12:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please help me with a fraught purchasing decision
Replies: 10
Views: 11028

Re: Please help me with a fraught purchasing decision

The U3 is through a well-known piano shop here in Cambridge [...] I think it had a price tag of £2300 Make sure you ask for the serial number and age of that one to check that the 2 marry up. Some buyers are kept in the dark about the age of used Yamaha uprights. That price of £2300 would suggest a...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
17 Nov 2010, 12:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please help me with a fraught purchasing decision
Replies: 10
Views: 11028

Re: Please help me with a fraught purchasing decision

Hi Schwejk, Apparently it has had new strings, dampers, hammers If it's had a fully set of new strings, they would look blindingly shiny. Did you look underneath the lid? Again, with hammers and dampers, they'd look brilliant white. I don't think you're being told the whole truth here. The dealer ha...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
12 Nov 2010, 09:18
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Celebrate me home
Replies: 5
Views: 7143

Re: Celebrate me home

I'm told that you can search YouTube for "beginner piano lesson video" you can find lots of good tips.

Everyone loves humble, gracious newbies yes! Welcome ;)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
11 Nov 2010, 11:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: mascagni pianos.
Replies: 3
Views: 5193

Re: mascagni pianos.

Is it overdamped and straight-strung?
Does it have 85 or 88 keys.
Upload some photos of the outside and inside and we will be much more able to help you.

How does it sound?
Is it clean inside?
Do all the notes work?
Do any notes ring on after you've let go of the key?
Did you get it for free?

:)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Nov 2010, 23:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: A poem about piano moving
Replies: 16
Views: 17676

Re: A poem about piano moving

Erm... hmmm.... I'm sorry but I don't think I'm allowed to post prices on here.
I'll send you a PM now with that info but feel free to reply back in here without mentioning the price. Forum etiquette you know ;)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
03 Nov 2010, 19:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: A poem about piano moving
Replies: 16
Views: 17676

Re: A poem about piano moving

I wrote this about a particular company and I've just phoned them to ask if they mind if I mention who they are. It's these chaps: www.pianospeed.com Jon is the friendliest piano mover on the planet. Not only that but he's the most hardest working piano mover too. The effort he puts into his trade i...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Nov 2010, 14:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Shipping Piano from Sweden to UK
Replies: 3
Views: 5145

Re: Shipping Piano from Sweden to UK

this website popped up in the Google Ads just now too
http://www.channelmoving.com/?gclid=CJK ... 2Aodbn_GQA
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Nov 2010, 11:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Shipping Piano from Sweden to UK
Replies: 3
Views: 5145

Re: Shipping Piano from Sweden to UK

I've used Nortex for international piano shipments. This was when I used to export Bechstein grand pianos to North America & Japan. I would only be sending one at a time but it went very well and Nortex were good. This was export not import so they may not be able to help, I'm not sure. They are...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Nov 2010, 08:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: A poem about piano moving
Replies: 16
Views: 17676

A poem about piano moving

It's a little bit GCSE standard (at best) but I wanted to write a poem to highlight the excellent work that piano movers do. The chaps that move mine every now and again are unbelievable. I could write about 20 paragraphs worth of admiration but instead here's a little poem. Why would they choose su...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Nov 2010, 08:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 115
Views: 151116

My ugly mug

I was looking for an "introductions" forum or maybe an "off topic" forum but couldn't find one so I'll stick it in here. I'm suddenly feeling like getting addicted to this forum again so I thought it only polite to stick my ugly mug over there on the right. HELLO!! http://www.for...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
02 Nov 2010, 08:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U3
Replies: 8
Views: 11424

Re: Yamaha U3

8. Dont forget with internet sales distance selling regs apply so if you dont like it in the first (not sure how many weeks ) just ring the dealer up and tell him to collect ( your cost I think) and you want your money back, you dont even have to give a reason, rational or otherwise. Excellent poin...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
01 Nov 2010, 16:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: USED YAMAHA U1E OR U10A
Replies: 6
Views: 11912

Re: YAMAHA U1E OR U10A

Nobody has commented on the U10A just yet so I'll pipe up and say that I've had a few U10A uprights in stock and have found them to be mellower in tone compared with the U1. The U10A is too mellow for my tastes but many people like that slightly restrained tone, especially if noise is an issue in th...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
01 Nov 2010, 16:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U3
Replies: 8
Views: 11424

Re: Yamaha U3

1. VISIT Always try to visit in person. Tone does vary from one piano to the next. 2. TAKE YOUR TECH Take a technician with you. They are worth every piano and they likely won't charge you the earth. They'll know exactly what questions to ask the dealer and exactly which bits of the piano to inspec...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
01 Nov 2010, 15:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano next year :)
Replies: 4
Views: 5836

Re: New piano next year :)

Hi Danny I'm certainly not as well known as Harry so it probably isn't me but I can provide the Yamaha U3 pianos with a brand new silent system installed. Feel free to drop me a line at markgoodwinpianos@gmail.com or reply below with any questions about that. I've got one in stock at the moment whic...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
01 Nov 2010, 15:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Keys slow to return. Eureka!
Replies: 6
Views: 8794

Re: Keys slow to return. Eureka!

When I removed the rubber gang mute that had obviously been there for years, the response improved immeasurably Oops!! My U3s often need the practise pedal adjusting from time to time. Customers can panic and think that there is a problem with the action but a quick turn and a half of the thumbscre...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
20 Oct 2010, 14:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please Help!
Replies: 16
Views: 14882

Re: Please Help!

Nice post Barrie. Good advice :) It's a tough balance between not wanting to feel like you've butchered a piano by fitting the silent system and not wanting to have to play quietly, or play less frequently or make your piano sound muffled to keep the neighbours happy. I don't even have room for a U1...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Oct 2010, 17:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please Help!
Replies: 16
Views: 14882

Re: Please Help!

Jolly good
See you on the email

Thanks,
Mark
p.s. thanks for the kind words. You flatter me!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Oct 2010, 15:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Please Help!
Replies: 16
Views: 14882

Re: Please Help!

Hi Sam I'm glad to hear that you are still enjoying the U1 that you bought from me a while back (I hope I've got the right Sam!!?). I could send my technician out to your home to install the GT-2 system for a very sensible price. I'm not sure if it is OK to post the price on here but let's just say ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
09 Jul 2010, 17:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New
Replies: 37
Views: 45121

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New

For what it's worth, I've tuned two supplied by Mr Goodwin
...and I STILL don't know who you are haha!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
09 Jul 2010, 17:20
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New
Replies: 37
Views: 45121

Re: Secondhand Yamaha U3 versus New

Hello everyone :D A friend of mine pointed out this topic to me so I thought I'd log on and say hello I don't really have a great deal to say here other than I do tend to get a very high percentage of thrilled customers and so I'm reassured by that whenever anyone in the trade makes negative comment...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Dec 2008, 10:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha B3 Advice
Replies: 82
Views: 75958

mdw wrote:they are phasing it out over a few years. Which is why my rates went up 20% this year
:(
That's no good!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Dec 2008, 14:08
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help - Bluthner or Yamaha
Replies: 10
Views: 12609

Congrats on your purchase BabyJoola.
Sounds like you got a good one :)

:)
Mark
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Dec 2008, 10:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 or U3 for smallish room?
Replies: 15
Views: 15423

Hmm, PM sent just now.
Failing that, you can reach me on markgoodwinpianos@gmail.com
Failing THAT, send a pigeon to Oldham, I'm sure it'll find me :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Dec 2008, 10:05
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 or U3 for smallish room?
Replies: 15
Views: 15423

Hi Mark, I had the pleasure of playing my first U1 today Good to take that first step isn't it? :) the "middle" (I'm sure there's a fancy Italian name for it!) pedal gave such a mellow tone that it was like two pianos in one. Yep, those middle pedals are certainly very useful. As far as I...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Dec 2008, 13:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 or U3 for smallish room?
Replies: 15
Views: 15423

Thanks for your comments :D
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Dec 2008, 12:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The best enquiry I've had all year
Replies: 5
Views: 6729

The best enquiry I've had all year

This came through via email just now from someone in Washington, USA.
... looking for some close-up piano keys to print for my son to practice on.
The recession really is starting to bite! :D :D :D
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Dec 2008, 12:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Essex grand
Replies: 11
Views: 12589

Congratulations on a successful purchase. I'm sure it will serve you very well for many years to come. Time to enjoy it now :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Dec 2008, 11:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 or U3 for smallish room?
Replies: 15
Views: 15423

Marvellous.
Me too (I just bought one privately). Drop me an email if you want to know who I'm using. :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Dec 2008, 10:22
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 or U3 for smallish room?
Replies: 15
Views: 15423

Hi Jwillans,
Thanks for your post and suggestions.
Good luck with whatever instrument you end up buying, I'm sure you'll make a good choice :)

Cheers
Mark
by MarkGoodwinPianos
18 Dec 2008, 09:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: U1 or U3 for smallish room?
Replies: 15
Views: 15423

I found this topic whilst searching Google for "Music Brokers" as I'm trying to find their website. Not sure if they have one. I then spotted my shop name on here so thought I'd chime in with a wee reply. I'm constantly striving to make sure my information is accurate and with that in mind...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Dec 2008, 18:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What a complete and utter twallock
Replies: 49
Views: 38216

I emailed the seller of the piano in the opening post of this topic. I can't remember exactly what I said as it was a couple of months ago now but I was polite and said I enjoyed the auction description and wish him/her well in the sale. I got a very enthusiastically written reply and remember think...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Dec 2008, 18:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: buying off internet? A word of warning.
Replies: 3
Views: 4529

Good topic!!
I'm sometimes surprised that people will buy a piano without visiting. I always advise the customer to get a technician to inspect the piano, but I have to say, I can only remember the customer taking my advice on that on one occasion, about 3 years ago.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Dec 2008, 18:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What DOES one do about a rogue trader?
Replies: 23
Views: 21143

I once saw an effective protest. There was a car dealership on a main road and I saw a person stood on their own with a large sign in their hands saying "I have a dispute with this company" or something very similar. I have no idea how it ended but if someone did that outside your shop wou...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Dec 2008, 18:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Castor cups
Replies: 6
Views: 8542

This is not TOTALLY relevant but I find B&Q do some good basic castor cups. Some plastic ones and some rubber ones. Better for wood surfaces rather than carpet thought I suppose. But still worth a look. Only about £2 too.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Aug 2008, 12:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Soft-Fall lid on used Yamaha U3 or U1 upright pianos?
Replies: 11
Views: 11978

Cool, thanks for the info chaps
Especially sussexpianos

I'll looking to pricing with F&N
cheers
mark
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Aug 2008, 14:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Soft-Fall lid on used Yamaha U3 or U1 upright pianos?
Replies: 11
Views: 11978

Soft-Fall lid on used Yamaha U3 or U1 upright pianos?

Hello there
I was just hoping someone could let me know if anyone is selling a 3rd party hinge (or similar system) that can be fitted to 2nd hand pianos (Yamaha U3 and U1 in particular) to convert it into a soft-fall fallboard.

Thanks for any info
Regards,
Mark
by MarkGoodwinPianos
11 Aug 2008, 11:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano - convert from floppy to CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 9892

Thanks Athomik
Yep, it's the MPX70 as shown in my photo here:

Image

Thanks for the input chaps!
Regards,
Mark
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Aug 2008, 17:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano - convert from floppy to CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 9892

Barrie, I looked on the back of the unit and on the back of the piano but I couldn't find any reference to MKII etc. Athomik, Please see the photos below showing the front of the unit. I can't see any codes or references as you mention: http://www.markgoodwinpianos.co.uk/img/0807-yamaha-disklavier/ ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Aug 2008, 19:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano - convert from floppy to CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 9892

Thanks Barrie
Is that what I have then?
Do I have a MKIII unit on there?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Aug 2008, 17:55
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano - convert from floppy to CD?
Replies: 7
Views: 9892

Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano - convert from floppy to CD?

I have the following Yamaha Disklavier Upright Piano in my shop: http://www.markgoodwinpianos.co.uk/piano/yamaha-disklavier-silent-upright-piano-for-sale-0807 It has the floppy disc system, not integrated, but it sits on top of the piano and connects via a data cable. So I was hoping someone could a...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Jul 2008, 16:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Eavestaff Mini-piano: How good are they?
Replies: 24
Views: 29874

I'm quite a big fan of the Eavestaff Minipiano Pianette as pictured below http://www.markgoodwinpianos.co.uk/img/0807-eavestaff-minipiano/images/overview.jpg You can here a sound sample of the above piano being played (badly) by me at the below page: Eavestaff Minipiano / Pianette However, I suspect...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Nov 2006, 15:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double-Flood leaves my piano shop underwater (photos)
Replies: 6
Views: 7970

If that's 3ft of floodwater he's standing in, he must be around 9ft tall. Nice try Jeff :) but the ground near the gates where I'm stood is about 1ft higher than my front door AND THEN the floor of my showroom is a further 2ft below the front door level. So actually, given enough time, the water le...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Nov 2006, 13:17
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double-Flood leaves my piano shop underwater (photos)
Replies: 6
Views: 7970

Hi Barrie, At the moment the loss of income is being covered by the united utilities insurance people. I've met with their loss adjustor a couple of times already and he is talking about swift payments for the loss of stock and then we need to calculate a loss of earnings based on my previous years'...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Nov 2006, 05:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Double-Flood leaves my piano shop underwater (photos)
Replies: 6
Views: 7970

Double-Flood leaves my piano shop underwater (photos)

This past 14 days has been a testing time. United Utilities burst their main water pipe right outside my door not once, but twice in the space of 1 week. The photos speak for themselves really so please see the below page for photos and the full story Flooded Pianos - Photos and full story http://ww...