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Schimmel pianos are becoming more popular today in the UK than ever. Their Konzert series & International series receive the best reviews, Schimmel’s grand and upright piano range are an example of quality modern piano production. This Model 112 in our September 2016 auction in Manchester is no exception. A modern Schimmel upright piano estimated £2,000 – £3,000. Can you afford to let someone else buy this ?

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Auction Date: Thursday 15th September 2016

(Doors open 9am auctions commences 12:00 noon)

Make: Schimmel

Model: 112

Year: C.1990

Est: £2,000 – £3,000

 

Description:

A Model 112 upright piano in a mahogany case, this piano is in showroom condition and is sold with a matching John Austin single stool in a fawn upholstery.

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As you can see this piano is in showroom condition and is a stunning example of the Model 112 upright piano produced by Schimmel. This piano would suite any modern or traditional style home. Come along to our viewing days and test the piano out.

Where else could you buy this type of quality grand piano at this price?

There are always bargains to be found in our auction room!

It is time to be thinking about the piano for you at the right price

If you have any questions about this auction insight or any other please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

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Email. info@britanniapianoauctions.com

Auction Room Address:

Unit 12 & 13, Willan Industrial estate, West Ashton Road,Salford, Manchester,M50 2GR

There are four different ways you can bid at the auction:

Bid in person – The most popular way to bid at auction. Simply where you turn up on the auction day and physically take part in the auction.

Telephone bidding – Is organised through us. We will provide telephone bidders at the auction who will call you when your specified lot is about to go to auction, then they will bid on your behalf as instructed by yourself in the live auction.

Internet bidding – Is popular with overseas bidders and is run parallel with the live auction in real time.

Absente bidding- Is a method of bidding for those who cannot or do not wish to attend an auction but want to register a solitary ‘maximum bid’ on a specific lot. Absentee bids are also called ‘written’, ‘commission’ or ‘order’ bids and may be placed by filling out and submitting an Absentee Bid Form, in writing or by email.

 If you would like  further details or would just like to discuss the  different methods of  bidding then please call or email us.

Our fully illustrated catalogue for the 15th September 2016 auction is available from us 1 week prior to the auction date  and is delivered to your email account at no cost. You can even request a yearly subscription so you don’t miss an auction.

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Catalogue amendments for Tuesdays auction

There are some amendments in the catalogue for Tuesdays auction. All changes have been amended in the online catalogue so you can download the fresh and updated version now.

 

These changes include the following:

Lot 1. ( Description edit)

Grotrian Steinweg C.1973
A Model 120M upright piano in a mahogany polyester case together with a single stool in a red leather upholstery, a metronome & a sheet music cabinet.

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of  the piano

Lot 15. (description edit)

Broadwood C.1922
A 6ft 7 barless grand piano in a rosewood case raised on duel tapered legs.

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of the piano

Lot 16. (description edit)

Bluthner C.1907

A 6ft 3 Model 8 grand piano in a rosewood polished case raised on turned & fluted legs. This piano has been rebuilt. This instrument is sold with a matching stool in beige upholstery and a 5-draw sheet music cabinet in a mahogany finish.

Lot 20. (description edit)

Broadwood C.1922

A 5ft grand piano in a mahogany case raised on duel square tapered legs.

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of the piano

Lot 30. (description edit)

Music Cabinet

A traditional style sheet music cabinet consisting of four drop leaf drawers in an oak finish raised on barley twist legs.

£100 – £150

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of the piano.

Auction Tuesday 21st June 

Doors open for viewing 09:00

Auction opens 12:00 noon

There is no VAT on instruments in this auction !

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June Catalogue is now live

Our June sale is now live on the catalogue page of our website, please click on the icon to download your free copy of our auction catalogue.

A full range of grand and upright pianos are in this sale

If you have any questions about the lots listed or you would like to discuss any pianos listed please do not hesitate to contact us.

Condition reports and further pictures are available for all lots.

There is no VAT on any Instruments in this sale!

Britannia Piano Auctions June 2016 Catalogue

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April 5th 2014 Auction Insight No. 4

We are just over a week away from the April piano auction in Manchester. Throughout this week and next we will be showing you some of the pianos that will be on offer in the auction room. And remember if you have never been to one of our auctions then a short & very helpful video guide is available on our website home pageThe video guide explains what you can expect from start to finish when buying a piano in the auction room.

 

Steinway Grand Piano

Model: B

SN: 91245

 

Description: An ebonised model B grand piano by Steinway & Sons. The pedal lyre is finished with two

turned columns and raised on elephant legs.

 

Auction Est: £10,000.00 – £15,000.00

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With just over a week until the UK April piano auction in Manchester it is time to be thinking about the piano for you.

If you have any questions about this insight or any other please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

Tel. 0161 977 0075
Email. info@britanniapianoauctions.com

An online listing will be on the website later this week. However, our fully illustrated catalogue for the April auction is available to purchase from us by telephone or email and is delivered 1st class to your door at a cost of £5.00

April Auction Catalogue:

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April 5th 2014 Catalogue is £5.00 delivered to your door (1st class)

 

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April 5th 2014 Auction Insight No. 2

Bechstein Grand Piano

Model: A

SN: 23211

Auction Est. £2,000.00 – £3,000.00

This Bechstein 6ft model A grand piano is in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. This instrument is complete with an upholstered  stool.

 

A clear front view of the piano:

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Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

A view from the rear of the instrument showing the strings and frame:

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Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

The Piano stands on very elegant duel tapered legs:

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Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

The mahogany stool that accompanies this piano is upholstered in a red and gold diamond pattern. It can house sheet music and is on ball and claw feet:

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Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

Here you can clearly see the keyboard and the ‘spiders web’ music desk:

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Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

With under three weeks until the UK April piano auction in Manchester its time to be thinking about the piano for you.

If you have any questions about this insight or any other please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

Tel. 0161 977 0075
Email. info@britanniapianoauctions.com

An online listing will be on the website two weeks prior to the auction. However, our fully illustrated catalogue for the April auction is available to purchase from us by telephone or email and is delivered to your door at a cost is £5.00

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April 5th 2014 Auction Insight

Yamaha 6ft 3” Grand Piano

Model: S400

SN: 4320863

Auction Est: £7,000.00 – £9,000.00

This Yamaha S400 grand piano is in a black polyester casing on square tapered legs:

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

With under a month until the UK April piano auction in Manchester its time to be thinking about the piano for you.

If you have any questions about this insight or any other please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

Tel. 0161 977 0075
Email. info@britanniapianoauctions.com

An online listing will be on the website two weeks prior to the auction. However, our fully illustrated catalogue for the April auction is available to purchase from us by telephone or email and is delivered to your door at a cost is £5.00

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When It Comes To Hammer Felts We Follow The Sheep

Felt is one element of the mechanics in a piano, but is it a small element or a big one…

The finest hammer felts produced for pianos are made from virgin wool. It is classed as virgin wool when it comes from the very first shearing of a sheep.

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Here a sheep is being sheered for its Virgin wool

Virgin wool contains the longest fibre and greatest lanolin content, it can be removed from each sheep only once. This is the reason that it is very rare and very expensive.

Each shearing that takes place post the ‘virgin shearing’ produces a wool that is drier and more brittle, this is due to the Lanolin content being lower.

What Is Lanolin

Lanolin also called wool wax or wool grease is a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. Most lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep breeds that are raised specifically for their wool. Lanolin is a wax. Historically, many pharmacopoeias have referred to lanolin as wool fat; however, as lanolin lacks glycerides, it is not a true fat.

Certain breeds of sheep produce large amounts of lanolin, the extraction can be performed by squeezing the sheep’s harvested wool between rollers. Most or all of the lanolin is removed from wool when it is processed into textiles, such as yarn or felt.

Hammer felt is categorised by weight in pounds; this is measured by weighing a square yard of the primed felt. So when you read about 18 pound hammers you will know that it refers to the weight of the square yard it was cut from rather than the weight of each individual hammer.

In the construction of a hammer there is a wooden base, the felt is mounted onto the wooden hammer under great pressure. Tension must exist in the hammer felt to offer a resilient bounce off the string after it has been struck. Too much tension or not enough is a negative and can stifle the tone production.

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A piano hammer in motion striking the string

Frequently manufactures use a thin layer of colored felt that they attach to the wooden hammerhead before attaching the final white/cream coloured felt that touches the string. This felt is called the ‘under felt’

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The blue and green felt that can be seen is called the under-felt

The theory behind ‘under felting’ is one that piano makers, sellers and players  are still divided on. Some believe that it adds to the overall experience whilst others believe it is a gimmick and the process of under felting is not necessary.

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You can see how the felt is added to the hammer in this picture. The felt is glued down and often stapled.

All hammer felts have to be glued to stabilise the felt to the hammer, in most cases they are glued and stapled

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Here you can see a row of staples towards the base of the felts

So now at your next ‘piano party’ you can spread your knowledge about piano hammers!

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