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December 13th 2014 Auction Insight

December 13th 2014 Auction Insight

Make: Welmar Model: 41 upright Piano Year: c.1988 Est: £600.00 – £900.00 A very clean example of a Model 41 piano finished in a mahogany satin case together with a red mahogany satin stool in green upholstery.

Britannia Piano Auctions December Auction Insight Welmar Model 41 Piano Manchester Crawford London Conway

Britannia Piano Auctions December Auction Insight Welmar Model 41 Piano

The UK central piano auction in Manchester has changed venue and is now held at:

Britannia Piano Auctions The Auction Room The Peoples History Museum Left Bank Spinningfields Manchester M3 3ER

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: Tel. 0161 977 0075 Email.

An online listing will be on the website a week prior to the auction. We also have each auction live online where you can register to bid, if you would like details on live internet bidding then please call or email us.

Our fully illustrated catalogue for the December auction is available to purchase from us and is delivered to your door at a cost of £5.00, or, you can request a yearly subscription for £20.00 so you don’t miss an auction.

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Change of Venue & Date For Our December Auction

The December Auction is now on Saturday 13th December 2014

As BPA has grown the auction room was becoming to small at Crawford house to fit all the instruments comfortably, in addition to this the refurbishment that is currently being undertaken at Crawford house means that there will be less space than we required, so, we have changed venue.

The auction room for Decembers auction will be in the now converted Victorian ‘Engine Room’ that is part of the Peoples History Museum in Central Manchester.

Engine Hall

Engine Hall

The Address is:

Britannia Piano Auctions

The Peoples History Museum

Left Bank



M3 3ER


On foot – the museum is on the corner of Left Bank and Bridge Street in the Spinningfields area of Manchester City Centre, 5 minutes’ walk from Kendals / House of Fraser on Deansgate
By bike – bike racks are located outside The Left Bank cafe bar entrance on Bridge Street. Visit Transport for Greater Manchester cycling pages for more information on cycling in Manchester
Rail station – Salford Central (2 mins’ walk), exit the station and turn right as you cross the bridge the auction room is on the right.
Metrolink station – St Peter’s Square (10 mins’ walk) exit the metro and walk to princes street, turn left and follow the road down onto Bridge Street. Keep following the road the museum is on your left before the bridge.
Bus stop (1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 31, 32, 36, 37, 50, X34) – Bridge Street (2 mins’ walk)
Metroshuttle stop – Bridge Street (no 1) and Gartside Street (no 3) (2 mins’ walk)
Car park – New Quay Street, Spinningfields/Bridge Street/New Bailey Street (2-5 mins’ walk)
Special Discount Parking Voucher – valid at the New Quay Street, Spinningfields NCP Car Park. Pay only £5.00 for a whole day’s parking and you could save up to £13.00 in parking charges. Pick up a discount voucher from the museum’s reception desk.
Free parking for disabled drivers – when a valid Blue Badge is displayed in the vehicle
(as of May 2013):
– Bridge Street NCP car park (opposite the museum)
– On-street parking meters, without time limit (nearest meters: New Bailey Street)
– Pay-and-display machine parking bays, without time limit (nearest bays: Stanley Street by the Mark Addy pub)
– Designated on-street accessible parking bays, without time limit (nearest 5 bays: St Mary’s Street, off Deansgate, side of Kendals / House of Fraser)
Coaches – Drop off only outside the museum, opposite the main entrance on Left Bank

If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Contact us:

0161 977 0075


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One in tune, one slightly flat & one slightly sharp…

One in tune, one slightly flat & one slightly sharp….

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Sleep Is The New Piano Technique!

According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies’ movements and, critically, they interact more effectively after a night of sleep. While researchers knew that sleep helped us the learn sequences of movements (motor learning), it was not known why.

“The subcortical regions are important in information consolidation, especially information linked to a motor memory trace. When consolidation level is measured after a period of sleep, the brain network of these areas functions with greater synchrony, that is, we observe that communication between the various regions of this network is better optimized. The opposite is true when there has been no period of sleep,” said Karen Debas, neuropsychologist at the University of Montreal and leader author of the study. A network refers to multiple brain areas that are activated simultaneously.
To achieve these results, the researchers, led by Dr. Julien Doyon, Scientific Director of the Functional Neuroimaging Unit of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal Research Centre, taught a group of subjects a new sequence of piano-type finger movements on a box. The brains of the subjects were observed using functional magnetic resonance imaging during their performance of the task before and after a period of sleep. Meanwhile, the same test was performed by a control group at the beginning and end of the day, without a period of sleep.

Britannia Piano Auctions: The Sleep Piano Technique

Britannia Piano Auctions: The Sleep Piano Technique

The researchers had already shown that the putamen, a central part of the brain, was more active in subjects who had slept. Furthermore, they had observed improved performance of the task after a night of sleep and not the simple passage of daytime. Using a brain connectivity analysis technique, which identifies brain networks and measures their integration levels, they found that one network emerged from the others — the cortico-striatal network — composed of cortical and subcortical areas, including the putaman and associated cortical regions. “After a night of sleep, we found that this network was more integrated than the others, that is, interaction among these regions was greater when consolidation had occurred. A night of sleep seems to provide active protection of this network, which the passage of daytime does not provide. Moreover, only a night of sleep results in better performance of the task,” Debas said.
These results provide insight into the role of sleep in learning motor skills requiring new movement sequences and reveal, for the first time, greater interaction within the cortico-striatal system after a consolidation phase following sleep. “Our findings open the door to other research opportunities, which could lead us to better understand the mechanisms that take place during sleep and ensure better interaction between key regions of the brain. Indeed, several other studies in my laboratory are examining the role of sleep spindles — brief physiological events during non-rapid eye movement sleep — in the process of motor memory trace consolidation,” Doyon said. “Ultimately, we believe that we will better be able to explain and act on memory difficulties presented by certain clinical populations who have sleeping problems and help patients who are relearning motor sequences in rehabilitation centres,” Debas said

Now where is that pillow………….

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