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Throwback Thursday: 5th June

As it is ‘Throwback Thursday’ we look at our last auction that was on 5th April 2014 and take a glance at Lot 19.

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Lot19: Yamaha S400B,

 

This model by Yamaha is a 6ft 3 grand piano, this particular lot was in a black polyester case & raised on square tapered legs. The catalogue estimate was:

 

£7,000 – £9,000

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and the hammer fell at

 

£7,800.00

 

This piano was in pristine condition and the instrument was still in showroom condition.

 

It just goes to prove that there are bargains to be found at our auctions.

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Will you be with us at the end of the month for the June auction on Saturday 28th ? The auction includes Steinway, Yamaha, Kawai, Bechstein, Schimmel, Bluthner and many more leading makes…

 

www.britanniapianoauctions.com

info@britanniapianoauctions.com

0161 977 0075

 

Never been to a piano auction before?

 

Watch the video on our website homepage to give you an overall insight to what happens at our auctions & how to bid with confidence.

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June Piano Auction: Auction Insight No. 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auction Insight No.1: Saturday June 28th 2014

Make:Yamaha

Type: Grand

Model:  A1

Finish: Black polyester

SN: 5399421

Est: £3,000.00 – £5,000.00

 

A 4ft 11 grand piano finished in a black polyester case and raised on square tapered legs. This model A1 piano is listed at a fantastic opening estimate.

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With a month until the UK piano auction in Manchester it is time to be thinking about the piano for you.

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. 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 of £5.00

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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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Britannia Piano Auctions April 2014 Auction Steinway Model B Ebonised

Britannia Piano Auctions: Steinway Model B

Britannia Piano Auctions Steinway Model B April Auction Manchester London Crawford Conway Ebonised house Hall

Britannia Piano Auctions: Steinway Model B

ImageBritannia Piano Auctions Steinway Model B April Auction Manchester London Crawford Conway Ebonised house Hall

Britannia Piano Auctions: Steinway Model B

Britannia Piano Auctions Steinway Model B April Auction Manchester London Crawford Conway Ebonised house Hall

Britannia Piano Auctions: Steinway Model B

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:

Britannia Piano Auctions Steinway Yamaha April Auction Manchester London Crawford Conway catalogue house Hall

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

 

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The Piano Makers Most Suited To You!

It can be hard to move away from the makes of piano you became comfortable with in school or college. Most people’s ready available advice is habitually based on what they have used when studying, or second hand advice from another party.

That is not to say that such advice should be disregarded, quite the opposite in fact. However if someone’s advice is based upon there knowledge of playing 4 – 5 different makes of piano then it could be suggested that it is a fairly limited guidance!

Did you play a certain make when you were studying, and still feel like you are drawn back to that make because it is what you know?

Practically every concert venue, school, sixth form, college and recording studio purchase either a Steinway & Sons, Yamaha or Kawai piano. All superb instruments but not necessarily the makes most suited to you….

Don’t feel pressured into living with one of the popular makes you see everywhere. Popular does not always mean they are they best for your needs or the best generally!

Remember:

The reasons behind establishments choosing to use certain brands of piano has little to do with your individual needs, financial plan, likes or dislikes.  More often that not a institution will be awash with one or two particular makers,this is because they signed on the dotted line to take part in some type of ‘free loan piano education’ package.  What that means is the institution can use many new pianos that it would not otherwise of been able to afford in a single purchase.

Such contracts are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to the manufacturers, and in turn gives the brand great exposure. Its well understood by the manufactures that such exposure through very appealing contracts develops a natural amount of loyalty from the people playing the pianos.

When institutions & concert venues make such purchases it is usually the ‘best deal’ at the time that wins.

It would be interesting to work out how many makes of piano you know, and what makes in that list you have actually played?  Also what makes of piano do you have an opinion about but have never played?

In most peoples opinion Steinway & Sons are the Rolls Royce of the piano world, however why did one of the greatest acclaimed jazz pianist of all time choose to play Bosendorfer pianos?

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Oscar Peterson was a Bosendorfer artist

Elton John since the early 1970’s has been one of the most influential pop pianists of our time. An accomplished pianist who studied at the Royal College of Music, he plays Yamaha pianos.

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Elton John plays Yamaha

Richard Wagner was a gifted pianist and composer, he was obsessed with the service his Erard piano constantly gave to him throughout his life. I’m surprised he didn’t write an opera named after the maker!

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Richard Wagners Erard grand piano

The above is an example of individual taste, and individual requirements, not all of us feel comfortable playing what others consider the ‘Rolls Royce’ or ‘BMW Sport’ of their piano world

With some practical research and opportunity’s we can discover what our perfect instrument is, and what suits and compliments our playing style the best.

In our last auction we had over 80% of the respected makers of piano in the auction room. Our next auction is on April 5th 2014  in Manchester and we hope to have the same & more! It is a great opportunity for you to come and play many different makes of piano and create your own opinions and enhance your knowledge of the leading makers in the piano world. You never know what you might find!

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A Grand Sight
A picture taken before viewing hours at the December 2013 auction

Don’t forget there are always bargains to be had at our auctions!

So remember that the institutions have very different needs than you do, so become well acquainted with the other makers of piano!

Ferrari & Bentley to name but a few would never of stood the test of time if with blinkers we all bought Rolls Royce cars. Not only would this of been a great shame but it would of  deprived many a good motorist of a most agreeable ride!

www.britanniapianoauctions.com

info@britanniapianoauctions.com

Next auction: Saturday 5th April 2014 in Manchester

0161 977 0075

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