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Bargains To Be Had At Our Christmas Piano Auction tomorrow at 12 noon!

Tomorrow morning our Christmas piano auction opens for viewing at 9am and the auction opens 12 noon.  Everywhere you look you will see bargains!


Yamaha SU118 upright Est. £2,550 – £3,500

Bechstein model A grand Est. £2,000 – £3,000

Boston GP156 grand Est. £4,000 – £5,000

Yamaha U3 upright Est. £1,500 – £2,000

Ibach Grand est. £2,000 – £3,000

And the list goes on and on and on….

Tomorrow selected pianos range from opening estimates of £200!

So its time to put a piano in your home at a bargain price and enjoy it for many years to come.

With so many to choose from there is an opportunity for everyone to go home with the best Christmas present yet!

Unsure about the auction process? Watch our video guide that explains what happens and how you go about registering & bidding in the auction room:

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Learning piano can develop our brains 12% beyond the average

At the last auction in September we seen many young families coming to look at pianos as the children had started lessons and they wanted to buy a piano at a price that was cheaper than the RRP.

One of the families who we spoke with talked about the ‘Mozart effect’ and explained that she was looking forward to the day when their daughter could play the Mozart repertoire.

We read an article this morning that backs up How the brain develops when learning music:

It was found that a bundle of nerve fibers called the corpus callosum, which functions in carrying signals between the two brain hemispheres, is about 12 percent thicker among keyboard players who started training before the age of 7, compared to keyboard players trained later, or to non-musicians.


The corpus callosum is the part of the brain that connects the left and right hemispheres. It needs to be firing on all cylinders if you want to develop the finger and hand coordination required to become a musician.

So learn the piano and become an A* student !


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How Steinway pianos were made in the 1920’s !

We came across this truly brilliant video by Steinway, an early promotional video that was never actually released for It’s intended purpose.

In the 1920’s Steinway was producing pianos at a rate of knots that could challenge any other quality manufacturer, a period when cost cutting on materials and man power would not of been entertained. This golden age of piano making shows the craftsmanship and hard work that went into producing the finest instruments available.

It’s interesting to think that some of us may of played one of the Steinways produced by the craftsman seen in this 1929 video.

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Fancy an excellent Yamaha piano for Christmas at a very good price?

**We just want to keep you updated via the blog about the auction insights we run elsewhere !**

In the Christmas auction on December 7th we have a whole range of grand pianos and upright’s that have estimates assigned to them to make even the most shrewd buyer flock to the auction room.

Here is an auction insight for December:

 Yamaha Su.118 Upright Piano

This Yamaha is in a bright mahogany polyester casing and is a fantastic example of the SU.118 model… that’s why we picked it.


Est. £2,500 – £3,500

A full comprehensive catalogue will be available on the day at the auction room.

Any further questions ?

0161 977 0075

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Christmas piano auction ‘Insight’

The Christmas piano auction is on 7th of December in central Manchester (see the contact page on our website for auction house details) here is an insight into that auction:

Fazer (c1980’s)

A modern style upright 3 pedal piano in a mahogany case


Auction guide estimate: £300.00 – £500.00


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Our Christmas Piano auction! Saturday 7th December 2013

We are currently consigning pianos from all over the UK for our next piano auction that takes place on the 7th December, that is… guessed it just in time for christmas!

With the finest names in pianos present for auction on the 7th December at far less than the standard RRP’s it promises to be an auction not to be missed.

Time to take off those piano tree baubles and put the real thing under the tree this year! with Steinways estimated from £700.00  and other top makers offered at festive prices its time to start saving in order to get yourself a piano!



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Is the thought of bidding at auction daunting?


Bidding At auction is simple and easy

Well, if you have never attended and/or bided at an auction then it most definitely will do. It is that simple fear of the unknown, the hesitation of a situation you don’t know the outcome of.  But don’t worry; you won’t mistakenly place a bid by itching your nose, winking or scratching your head!

There is still a school of thought that auctions are a black art and a complicated process. Some people believe that it can be almost an ‘old boys club’ and ‘outsiders are not welcome’. Such views are very dated and untrue. There are many regular auction goers who will get to know other regular faces, people who are interested in the same pianos will talk about instruments at the auction and share there opinions with each other. It can be almost a social event for some people. However, when it comes to the actual auction the auctioneer treats every bid in the room equally.

If on the day you find the process of bidding yourself too daunting then Britannia Piano Auctions will have bidders available who will talk with you; understand what piano(s) you are interested in and the maximum you are willing to bid up to. At in the auction they will stand with you and do the physical bidding.

For any detailed information of how to purchase a piano at action then remember to check out the ‘selling’ section of the website.

If you have any questions then please drop us an email at:

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