Croydon where a well-known pianist was born

As a piano tuner when I travel around the city I enjoy looking at places and link them to music history. When I worked in Croydon I got interested and soon discovered that one of today’s most successful pianist, Freddy Kempf was born here.

He took up piano at the age of four and just a few years later he made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight. In 2001 Kemp was voted Best Young British Classical Performer in the Classical BRIT Awards.

Although Kempf is a British pianist, he comes from a cosmopolitan background as he was born to a German father and a Japanese mother and his grandfather was the great German pianist Wilhelm Kempf. Now he lives in Berlin and continues performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. In 2006 and 2011 he made solo engagements at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you like to talk to me personally or have any specific piano related queries please make contact using the details on the website.

What customers say about AMH Pianos

As a qualified piano tuner I look after pianos for pianists at all levels, from beginners to seasoned musicians on a daily bases. I also tune for recording studios and theatrical music companies, music teachers, professional artists and basically going anywhere the music takes me.

During my work I ensure that I provide professional and excellent customer service so that my clients receive the utmost satisfaction for any individually tailored job. Nevertheless I am always proud when receiving positive feedback from happy and satisfied customers.

Below you will find what our customers say about AMH Pianos:

“Andy is a very friendly guy and is Very Prompt. Excellent service at competitive rates.” Gerry Flynn


“Punctual & Professional service. I was very happy with the work carried out on my old piano at what I would consider at a very reasonable price. Andy was such a pleasure to do business with and comes highly recommended. 5 stars.” George Ramos


Great, Very friendly service. Has breathed new life into my old piano, wish I hadn’t waited so long. Recommend highly!” Derrick Baker


“On behalf of my wife Joan and myself I wish to thank you for carrying out today’s piano tuning at our home in such a friendly and professional manner. It was a real pleasure to meet you and we shall certainly forward your details to our friends.” Malcolm


“Many thanks Andy. Much appreciate you doing this at short notice. It was used this afternoon and the pianist remarked on how well it had been tuned. As you kindly helped us at the eleventh hour, we will continue to use your services.” Gary


“Friendly and professional, very good job done at short notice. The piano sounds wonderful, many thanks Andy, will certainly call on you again.” Jonathan Wheatley


Please browse the website to see the full range of services AMH Pianos can provide.As a company we additionally cover all aspects of piano services ranging from piano tuning to piano repairs and removals. Additional helpful advice is also available on our FAQs page. If you have any specific piano related queries and would like to talk to me personally please make contact using the details found on the website.

Camden Town – the center of piano building

As a piano tuner whilst travelling around London doing my work, I really like looking into the history of music so let me share with you what I know about Camden and its past. Did you know for example that it was once the heart of piano building?

The piano was first demonstrated not anywhere else but here in London by Charles Dibden, who lived in Camden Town and is buried in the churchyard between Bayham Street and Camden Street. Strangely enough the piano industry should later have grown up in his own back yard.

At that time Camden Town was a very suitable centre for piano manufacture and the Regent’s Canal could be used for transporting heavy and bulky goods like pianos cheaply. Camden Town was also near the rail-heads of King’s Cross, Euston and St Pancras, so transport conditions by water and rail were ideal. Soon the area became a centre of the piano industry.

In the golden days besides manufacturers there were small-part makers, such as french polishers, makers of piano castors, piano stool makers, piano movers, piano tuners and of course salesmen. All of them earned their living in and around Camden Town and long the Canal.

Sadly in the 1900s German competition became very tough and by 1912, German exports of pianos and piano parts were sixty-five times as large as Great Britain’s. Germany dominated the piano industry rather as Japan was to dominate the electronics industry after the Second World War.

In the 1960s, the Koreans had begun to make pianos and started using modern machining accuracy. They were machining parts to 3 microns, so that every part fitted first time and the skill and time of the fitter were no longer required as pianos could be assembled, not fitted. The drop in production costs was enormous. Soon even the Royal Academy of Music began buying Korean pianos.

Should You Buy a New or Second Hand Piano?

If you’re thinking of buying a piano, the main question is whether to buy a brand new one or a used one. This is a very personal decision after all.  However purchasing the right piano for yourself or for your family can create a lifetime of enjoyment

In this blog post I would like to mention a few points to consider when buying a new, used, or restored piano. First of all purchase a piano you can afford and is appropriate for your needs. You want an instrument that will play properly and compliment your home’s décor.

Buying a second-hand piano
Buying a second-hand piano

Most used pianos are less expensive than most new ones. However a new piano has a full warranty and all the benefits of a new item (glossy, shiny case etc.). A pre owned piano usually doesn’t have a warranty, although some dealers will give a limited and short-time warranty. When buying an instrument you need to select a piano that has the key touch and musical tone that you like and then it will have to be tuned when it arrives at your home.

The most important thing however is to contact a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) to look at a piano before you buy it and make sure that it is worth the cost and it is playable.

Areas covered across London

Please visit our gallery page to see the areas we serve. Here you will find out more about areas covered by our services and please do not hesitate to get in touch with AMH Pianos to find out for yourself the magic of great sound and excellent customer service. As a blind piano tuner I am more than happy to travel anywhere and I tune pianos throughout London.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Andy

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