How to shift a grand piano
To shift a grand piano, there is a strict procedure that I recommend following. If it's possible to get someone that knows what they're doing - take that choice. If you have a removalist that says they can do it, just check if they have a proper piano moving trolley in good condition. Wheels with steel rims, preferably with solid rubber wheels. Pumped up tyres can burst under the weight of a piano. See below an image of my piano shifting trolley specifically for grand pianos and uprights. &nb...Find out more
Why does your piano need regular tuning?
There has never been any acoustic piano made by any company, at any price, that does not require a schedule of regular tunings. It is also a fact that a piano will go out of tune whether it is played or not. By far, the main reason why pianos go out of tune is due to changes in humidity from season to season, affecting pianos, new and old, played and unplayed. In Perth, Western Australia the pitch of pianos drops flat in the summer months when dry heat draws moisture out of the piano’s soundboard. In the sprin...Find out more
How often should you tune your piano?
Have your piano tuned as often as you feel necessary, but a minimum of twice a year is the rule of thumb should you be an advanced pianist. If you have a new piano, we recommend tuning the piano twice a year for two years. Just remember: when you turn on the heat in the winter, and when you turn it off in spring, you’re about 2 weeks away from needing a tuning. These are the times of year when the humidity change starts to shrink or swell the wooden soundboard of the piano, and it starts to drift out of tune. So ...Find out more
The New Schimmel Fridolin Piano Series
The New Schimmel Fridolin Piano Series: Exclusively Sold at Piano Magic In 2016 the Pearl River piano factory, the world’s biggest, purchased a large number of shares in Schimmel Pianoforte Fabrik, Germany’s largest and most awarded piano manufacturer. Together they have developed a new range of pianos produced in Guangzhou with total German design and top quality Chinese manufacture. The Schimmel name prevails on the fully German manufactured pianos. The models assembled in the Schimmel owned fact...Find out more
Guide to buying a second hand piano
An acoustic piano is a very complex item. A piano action has 5,000 to 10,000 thousand moving parts depending on the style of piano. If you decide to go it alone and buy privately, there is only one piece of advice we can give you, it is this: Take some photos inside of the action and where the strings end on the top of the piano. It’s also worth getting pictures of the outside, showing the name of the piano and the keys. If you’d like Gary to inspect it prior, then he is available for your convenience at a m...Find out more
What to consider when purchasing a piano
Buying a piano can be a challenging undertaking if you don't know where to start, or what to consider. Luckily, we've compiled a few handy tips to provoke thought when you're thinking of buying! Gary can also help you along the way, so feel free to get in contact. Determine where the piano is to be positioned in the home. It needs to be away from sunlight and weather influences. Preferably on an inside wall in a room with moderated temperature. If this can’t be done, the piano may deteriorate at a fas...Find out more