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Postby John Stafford » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:15 am

My 1911 Bechstein had some kind of "restoration" inflicted on it at some time in the past. Luckily there's no major damage.
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Re: Piano dilemma, repair or not to repair, that is the question.

Postby Arpangel » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:11 am

John Stafford wrote:My 1911 Bechstein had some kind of "restoration" inflicted on it at some time in the past. Luckily there's no major damage.

We have no choice but to trust our local piano man, he’s been in business since before I was born, a family run outfit, with a very good reputation, he does work for a lot of professional institutions, deep knowledge of top pianos, very down to earth guy.
We had a quote from a leading Bluthner specialist, it started at £15,000, for a basic overhaul.
The value of this piano in perfect condition? it wouldn’t be worth it, even if we did have the money, we’d probably end up spending nearer ££20/25,000
I’d rather put that money towards another piano of my choice, but that’s not the point, this is a family piano with deep history, a lot of well known people in the music business have used this piano, and my partner is in love with it, it has to be kept in the family.
This business certainly puts the cost of buying a synth into perspective.
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Re: Piano dilemma, repair or not to repair, that is the question.

Postby Arpangel » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:04 pm

Piano update!
Just called him, he’s in the middle of putting the dampers in, all keyboard support irons turned out to be fine.....phew!
Hammers have been fitted with new felts, action completely overhauled, among other things, should be back here in a couple of weeks.

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Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:11 pm

Better not spend the turntable and synth funds just yet then... :lol:
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Postby Arpangel » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:29 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Better not spend the turntable and synth funds just yet then... :lol:

I did say to him "so how much have we got to remortgage the house for then?!"
No, it’s fine, no extra charges, all on budget, and timescale.
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Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:15 pm

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Re: Piano dilemma, repair or not to repair, that is the question.

Postby RichardT » Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:36 pm

Arpangel wrote:Piano update!
Just called him, he’s in the middle of putting the dampers in, all keyboard support irons turned out to be fine.....phew!
Hammers have been fitted with new felts, action completely overhauled, among other things, should be back here in a couple of weeks.

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Great news! Will it take a while to settle in? Or will it be on top form when it arrives? Is your piano guy doing the tuning and voicing?
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Postby Martin Walker » Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:05 pm

RichardT wrote:Great news! Will it take a while to settle in? Or will it be on top form when it arrives? Is your piano guy doing the tuning and voicing?

I suspect having it tuned on site by the piano guy that's done all this work would be by far the most sensible solution.

How exciting though!


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Re: Piano dilemma, repair or not to repair, that is the question.

Postby Arpangel » Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:20 am

RichardT wrote:
Arpangel wrote:Piano update!
Just called him, he’s in the middle of putting the dampers in, all keyboard support irons turned out to be fine.....phew!
Hammers have been fitted with new felts, action completely overhauled, among other things, should be back here in a couple of weeks.

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Great news! Will it take a while to settle in? Or will it be on top form when it arrives? Is your piano guy doing the tuning and voicing?

From our conversation yesterday, it’ll be ready to play, he said the action is lighter, and feels excellent, his words were "it’s a really lovely piano now, plays beautifully"
More importantly, he’s invited us to the workshop next week, to try it out, and to make any further adjustments, if necessary, a really good idea.
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Postby Martin Walker » Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:56 pm

Arpangel wrote:More importantly, he’s invited us to the workshop next week, to try it out, and to make any further adjustments, if necessary, a really good idea.

Wow, that's proper service for you! 8-)

How exciting.


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Postby Folderol » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:14 pm

He does sound like a thoroughly nice person... as well as someone who knows what he's doing.
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Re: Piano dilemma, repair or not to repair, that is the question.

Postby blinddrew » Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:22 pm

Next post: Arpangel complaining that it sounds too perfect and he prefers the rattles and clanks from how it was before!
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Re: Piano dilemma, repair or not to repair, that is the question.

Postby Arpangel » Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:47 am

blinddrew wrote:Next post: Arpangel complaining that it sounds too perfect and he prefers the rattles and clanks from how it was before!
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Yeah! :D
No, the action was "bad" getting to the point where it really was difficult to deal with, as long as the tone is fine, that’s the main thing, my partner remembers this piano many years ago, she knows what it should sound like, so he should have a good idea if it’s sounding right.
She’s had a lot of friends play it over the years, professional pianists, so it’s had a good hammering, plus it was used for choral society rehearsals.
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Re: Piano dilemma, repair or not to repair, that is the question.

Postby Arpangel » Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:05 pm

STOP PRESS!
Latest piano update, it’s arriving back at Arpangel Towers on the14th May, plus, we are just off to the workshop now, to try it out!

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Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:43 pm

"Piano? What piano? A Bluthner you say? Well we sold one of those just last week!"

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