Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Latest upright piano for sale

NEWSFLASH: The Bechstein grand advertised previously on this blog is now sold.

Elegant and compact, this upright piano would grace any interior

Neat banding detail adds interest without interrupting the neat styling

A neat 1930s English upright

The latest restored piano from W Young Pianos

The latest upright piano for sale from W Young Piano Restoration is this pretty and compact Monington & Weston.

Overstrung and underdamped with double iron frame in a mahogany case with banding detail, this is an ideal student piano, suitable for up to Grade 8 and beyond. Made in Britain originally for export to the tropics, the double iron frame ensures optimum tuning stability which is still highly desirable in the changeable English climate.

With its clean styling, this charming reconditioned 1930s English piano is perfect for both traditional and contemporary interiors.


Monday, 8 September 2014

Latest piano for sale: Young Chang upright, immaculate condition

Young Chang U131 upright, mahogany, beautiful condition 


This superb Japanese piano was made in the 1990s in traditional style
We are delighted to present the latest piano for sale. This Young Chang upright is a superb quality instrument in a dark mahogany case which has been refinished by W Young Pianos. The unusual styling of this modern (early 1990s) piano makes it eminently suitable for traditional interiors. The ornate columns and panelled top door along with other touches such as a two part hinged lid complete the traditional appearance, which is combined with a modern touch and tone.

This piano is ideal for pianists of all abilities and will easily take students to Grade 8 and beyond.

The U131 is a top quality piano and ideal for students of all levels
The hammers on this piano show almost no signs of wear. Its most recent use was as a choir piano but the musical director found it rather too tall to be able to see his singers over the top! This height is in fact a great advantage in most settings, as the string length is sufficient to produce a big sound with a deep, rich tone.

This Young Chang mahogany upright has very little wear on the hammers. It's now ready for a new home
Anyone interested in this beautiful piano is welcome to view and play it by appointment.

Call 01823 681605 now for an appointment to try.

This piano is currently in the music room in our home; Bill will shortly have two more restored upright pianos for sale alongside it. Watch this space for updates on the next pianos to leave the workshop. Most of Bill's work goes straight into high end showrooms but his TRADE prices remain the same for dealers and private clients alike. Buy with confidence from a highly experienced and sought after restorer - low overheads mean great prices go hand in hand with the service Bill has always prided himself upon.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Honiton Show success plus bargain Bechstein grand for sale

The summer holidays seem to have flown by as always, but the main event for us was the Honiton Show on 7 August. We've always enjoyed visiting and have often considered taking a pitch in the Blackdown Hills Business Association's tent so this year we took the plunge!

The logistics of getting everything into the marquee - two grand pianos, one upright, several stools and tool cases, posters etc and a plywood floor so that the pianos didn't get stuck in the field - were a challenge, but we were delighted with the stand! We were especially thrilled to receive a rosette for first place as the best stand in the Blackdown Hill marquee - particularly as we'd had no idea there was even a competition!

It was great to meet so many clients, past, present and future at the Show. Bill had a long but enjoyable day talking pianos to numerous visitors and filled his order book with requests for tunings, repairs and restoration work, from pianos to dining tables. Daisy and Willow were among the many admirers of the stand (see below)!

The upright piano and almost all of the stools we took with us were sold at the Show - we even managed to deliver the piano to the customers in Luppitt on the way back from the showground! Numerous people expressed an interest in the period grand pianos on the stand, with one lady in particular enquiring as to the chances of getting the beautiful rosewood Schiedmayer grand to her house in France!

The W Young Pianos stand with first prize rosette proudly displayed
Overall we were thrilled with how successful the show was and will certainly be exhibiting next year.

In other news, Bill has been trying to get ahead with the many piano repairs on his books through the summer while still spending the odd day with the girls while they're off school. We also took part in a show for the BBC which entailed four long days filming both here and in Kent. Can't disclose too much at this stage but when we have a date for Bill's TV debut playing the beautiful Bechstein grand currently in our music room, (see below) we'll let you know!


Bechstein grand - superb quality and a rich tone for only £1950
This stunning Edwardian (c 1900) Bechstein 6' grand is currently in our music room. Having been restrung roughly 10 years ago, before it came to Bill, it's not really a candidate for his usual comprehensive restoration, so is able to be sold extremely cheaply. Bill has given it a thorough check over, clean, tune and polish. There are a few knocks on the case which he's disguised to some degree but are visible on the right of the photo; he's also undertaken some regulation work to improve what used to be a rather rattly action. This piano now plays beautifully, with its deep rich bass tone proving a great draw for every musician who has visited us in recent weeks. This fabulous instrument is just £1950 delivered (locally - further afield by arrangement at additional cost) and tuned. If you or a church, school, friend or neighbour you know is looking for an excellent piano by one of the foremost German manufacturers, call Bill now on 01823 681605 to arrange to view and play this stunning instrument.

More pianos for sale will follow but as always please feel free to call with any queries. Thanks.

A superb instrument and striking piece of furniture, this Bechstein boudoir grand is just £1950

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Summer update - travelling piano tunings, advice and more

Can't quite believe it's summer and has been so long since my last update! Apologies - the running of the businesses here tend to take precedent over communications sometimes!

We're enjoying the light evenings and Bill has lots of tuning appointments - lately he's found there's a high demand from areas as far afield as Wiltshire, Hampshire and Surrey, so he's beginning to arrange visits to these areas in blocks of 1 or 2 days at a time. If you're not local but would like to be added to his 'long distance' tuning list, then please feel free to get in touch:

As well as several piano repairs for private and trade clients, Bill has been undertaking quite a bit of French polishing and restoration on other pieces. Most recently, a large mahogany dining table and a beautiful antique sideboard.

We've also noticed that a considerable number of enquiries are coming in relating to the purchase of second hand pianos privately - often from an online auction or networking site. While there are bargains to be had, this can be a minefield for the unwary; plenty of these pianos are barely in working order and may require extensive and costly work to render them suitable for continued use.

This kind of small modern upright piano is frequently found for sale and can be perfect for many modern homes
Most of us wouldn't dream of buying a secondhand car privately without having an expert, whether a local mechanic or a motoring body, to check it over for us first. Pianos are no different! If you're thinking of buying an instrument from any private source, however reputable, why not ask Bill to take a look and report back to you first? Private sellers are rarely aware of any internal issues with pianos as long as all the notes play, so very often problems can arise from lack of specialist knowledge once the piano has been purchased and transported to its new home. Even a basic student piano can be a big investment, so it's well worth having someone with Bill's encyclopaedic knowledge of pianos and their parts on your side.

Prices start at £50 for local visits - further afield, he may well be able to tie in with other appointments in the area to keep additional costs to a minimum.

Another service Bill offers is the sourcing of appropriate pianos for private clients. There is a regular specialist piano auction in London and he is always happy to attend on behalf of, or alongside, clients to provide an expert eye in what can be a challenging environment. Equally, with contacts throughout the UK in the piano industry, if you can't find what you're looking for, get in touch - Bill may well be aware of your perfect piano for sale through one of his contacts.

Finally, anyone considering a holiday in the West Country, please do have a look at our website for Luggs Barn - We have some great offers on last minute breaks in June and still some availability later in the summer.

Luggs Barn sleeps 8 (+cots) in comfort, with glorious views, stylish accommodation and a huge private garden.
The ideal base for a get together with friends or family and from which to explore the numerous coastal
and countryside attractions Devon has to offer