. But why do you want to keep this old cheap instrument going - is it wonderful in some way?
There is a famous quote of Chopin:
One observer remembered the composer saying that if he was not feeling on top form, he preferred to play on an Erard, for its bright and ready-made tone. ‘But if I feel alert, ready to make my fingers work without fatigue, then I prefer a Pleyel… My fingers feel in more immediate contact with the hammers, which then translate precisely and faithfully the feeling I want to produce, the effect I want to obtain.’
I understand exactly what he is saying here. Can you understand what it's like to feel what Chopin felt? The sound is not given to you on a plate, you've got to carve it out. I've played a Fasioli - wonderful sound but it's not me creating it and so it bores after a while. I'll be nipping up to pianoauctions in April to see if they've got anything better as I must admit getting it tuned every few months is a bore! Still, I'm very grateful for my tuner whose happy to take it on. Sitting next to it is my Geyer. It has a Renner action and only needs tuning once a year but it doesn't melt my heart (or float my boat if you prefer!).
Thanks for all the advice, I really apreciate it.
Oh, the tuner made it a two-string unison last time but I lose so much sound it's unacceptable. In fact, moving the bridge pins up is something I've considered. Do I drill first or hammer them in? Any suitably shapped nail do?