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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 page. The video guide explains what you can expect from start to finish when buying a piano in the auction room.
Steinway Grand Piano
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
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
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:
April 5th 2014 Catalogue is £5.00 delivered to your door (1st class)
Britannia Piano Auctions
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!
Next auction: Saturday 5th April 2014 in Manchester
0161 977 0075
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 !
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.
We are currently consigning pianos from all over the UK for our next piano auction that takes place on the 7th December, that is…..you 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!
Our viewing period started today at 12 noon, we had a steady flow of people coming through the doors but before we opened to the public one of the team took a few photos so you can see the layout.
Please remember when you arrive n thursday that viewing is from 09:00am and the auction starts at 12:00 noon. Please remember that if you want to register to bid you need to bring with you two forms of identification:
- PASSPORT / DRIVING LICENCE
- TWO UTILITY BILLS THAT STATE YOUR ADDRESS ( WITHIN DATE OF THE LAST 3 MONTHS)
Then sign up and bid with confidence!