J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

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J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

Post by millie1 » 16 Jun 2011, 21:30

Hi I am not sure where to post this so apologies if I have used the wrong forum. I am interested in buying a piano, it is an upright J Herbet Marshall and the no is 3518. There are aprox 10 slightly chipped keys, would that affect the playing quality? The piano is £115 and I am not sure if this is a good price for it or not.

Any help greatly appreciated

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Re: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

Post by MarkGoodwinPianos » 17 Jun 2011, 17:02

It's PROBABLY a pile of junk but if you could upload some photos showing the inside and outside of the piano then some of us will be willing to offer our opinion on this. Don't spend a penny before doing this as pianos for sale at £100 are usually considerably over-priced.
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Re: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

Post by rgreig » 17 Jun 2011, 19:36

When you ask if the chipped keys will affect the playing quality, what level of playing quality are you expecting?

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Re: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

Post by Colin Nicholson » 17 Jun 2011, 21:17

The numbers dont mean anything.... but could be your next lottery numbers!

A piano will play with chipped keys, and even if the key tops are missing or badly chipped. They can be repaired (and as we speak, I am repairing some chipped celluloid key tops now)...... a quick & free solution is to just get your piano tuner to file the key lip flat.. or have the chipped section cut away (may cost).... or have the entire white key tops replaced. They wont affect the way the piano plays, but might affect your technique as a pianist as you sheer the end of your finger off!!

Listen to Mark!! £100 will probably be a torture cabinet disguised as a piano!! They do look nice, but may not be a musical instrument any more.... have it checked out first.
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Re: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

Post by Model V » 19 Jun 2011, 07:47

It must be old. I learned to play on a nice Sir Herbert Marshall, Sons and Rose which was I guess 1920s. The piano under discussion seems to be pre knighthood or sons (and Rose).

TBH the chances of it being any good at all are very slim.

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