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in there day yes; however, without seeing the piano its hard to say. Fully restored can mean anything from just a few tapes to a rebuildjilly wrote:Thanks for that. Is this a good model do you think?
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Secondly, what do you hope to prove by taking your flute along to the showroom? Even if the piano is in tune, and at the right pitch, all that will prove is that it's in tune RIGHT NOW. You need to have it looked at by someone who can give you some idea of whether it is likely still to be in tune the day after you get it home (or rather, the day after it is next tuned). I'm sure that just about any piano can be made to sound OK temporarily, but this will give you no indication that it can actually hold its tune.
The pitch of the note is proportional to the square root of [ the tension divided by both the length and the mass (weight)].
This is correct by observation. For example if you double the length of a string, which will also double the mass (weight) then the pitch will decrease by the square root of twice x twice - which is two - i.e. down an octave.
Using this formula you can see that shifting the pitch up a semitone will exert an extra 12.2% load on the frame. I should have thought that that is well within the manufacturing tolerances of a frame (which would be required to take a 200% increase before failure if it were an aircraft, or 600% if it were an English bridge [American ones are different ]).
Whilst it may take a bit of nerve to crank everything up a semitone, I should have thought that it would be perfectly safe - assuming that the pins don't start to slip.
There is a guanantee with it and a tuner will come and retune it again after it has been moved. I can adjust the flute tuning if it slips a bit. It will only be played in my house- not the Bridgwater Hall..............
The thing is - I've now fallen in love with it having played it again last night. It has a wonderful tone and the action is a dream to play. So there you go.......thanks again for your advice.
I've fallen in love with the piano and it's definitely a heart over head matter. Can anyone advise me ... are they difficult to maintain? Is it really a problem or is the technician just expressing a personal opinion?
He suggest something newer like a Yamaha U3 but I just don't have the same romantic affection for them as I do for Bechsteins.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone's interest in my baby grand ... it's a lovely instrument, been very well looked after, in a beautiful mahogony case.
Thanks for your reply though.
I own a lovely 1907 Bechstein upright that has been fully restored by a well known and reputable company. Scores of pianos were tried before finding this one and I just fell in love with the sound and have been delighted with it ever since. I should add that I don't like all Bechsteins.
I would have the piano checked out by an independent tuner and if given a clean bill of health, then go for it. But only if you really have fallen in love with it, as there are many more pianos out there that you have yet to try.
On the subject of tuning, my tuner says they are more difficult , but not a problem for someone who knows what he is doing.