“The Broadway B1 digital piano has exceeded my expectations and the touch is really close to a real piano”
Really impressed with all the advice given by Graham Howard. The Howard score seems well researched. Certainly the piano I purchased (broadway b1) has exceeded my expectations of a budget instrument.
Excellent delivery too. Really knows his stuff!
Well I have done something I never thought I would do. I have purchased an instrument blind!
I am head of music in a large school and very much a third instrument pianist.
However I have taken much care and done much research before settling on the Broadway.
Initial impressions are most favourable. The touch is really close to a real piano and most of the sounds are excellent. My preference to date being grand piano 3 which sounds most realistic and pleasant. Using the record feature I have already played some piano duets on my own – how sad is that?
All very intuitive and, although described and priced as a beginners instrument I look forward to starting work on my grade 8 in the new year. As Graham explained to me the apparent lack of wattage is not reflected in the sound quality or quantity at all.
Fantastic product and I admit I was expecting to be disappointed but I am not. I am actually very impressed indeed and am glad I had faith in the reviews and advice. Thanks!
Review by Paul Godman, Coventry, England
“My daughter loves it – it sounds and feels just like her teacher’s Yamaha”
After looking around and reading lots of information on digital pianos we have a new piano.
We got the broadway b1. It arrived today and my daughter loves it.
We wanted just a digital piano not an all singing all dancing piano, so we’re pleased with the broadway b1 , it does
more than i was looking for and the sound is very good.
My daughter says its sounds and feels just like her teachers digital piano, although hers is 5 years old and was a
lot more expensive – its a Yamaha. So we are very pleased with the broadway and with what we paid.
Review by Christine Hinchley, Lincoln
“The Broadway compared very favourably with other more expensive brands”
As the accompanist to a church-related choir, I have been struggling with a piano that was long past its best, and suggested to the conductor that we should have a replacement, and preferably a digital piano, if funds would allow.
I started researching and came across the UK Pianos website and Graham Howard’s fantastically detailed reviews and advice. The choir had a very limited budget but it would reach to the Broadway B1, the second most popular and his recommendation as the best piano under £800, if we could get an ex-demo model, which would still have a 3 year warranty. An online chat with Graham convinced me and I made the 60 minute trip to Enfield to try out the rosewood ex-demo in stock. I was immediately impressed by the sound, the weighted hammer action, the different tones and the variety of voices and features. While waiting for Graham I did briefly try some of the other pianos in stock, and felt that the Broadway compared very favourably with other more expensive brands, and so I purchased the piano.
Before the next choir rehearsal I had a chance to get to know the piano better and really test out the various voices and features. I love the grand piano sounds, electric piano 2 , the ability to split and have either a double bass or electric bass sound in the bass and a piano or organ sound in the right hand, the layering feature to add strings or chorus and the tone control. The only slight downsides are- I would have liked an electronic counter for the metronome, and other then the layer or split functions, you can’t change voice in the middle of a piece, as you need both hands to press the button and appropriate key. The page in the manual which shows the 14 additional voices could be rather clearer and larger. But overall a very impressive instrument for the money, and on its maiden outing on Monday, the choir were very impressed with the instrument, its sounds, the tone, the light and shade and the volume available. So thanks Graham and the team for making it easy for us to get such a good piano for the money.
Review by Andrew Duthie, Bedford
“Piano teacher says it’s exceptionally good for the price!”
Thanks for the recommendation, Ted is really pleased with the Broadway and his piano teacher also says it’s exceptionally good for the price!
Review by Jo Lucas, Westdene, Brighton, UK
“Compared to the Yamaha the difference in sound quality was striking”
Today I went into my local shop with the intention of looking at a Yamaha Arius 141 for final confirmation of my decision to invest in one for the family.
I was then given a demonstration of the Broadway B1. The difference in sound quality was striking – the Broadway was vastly superior with a richer, expressive, more resonant, warm and room filling quality.
They seem to be a British company with a strong customer service ethos.
Review by Debbie
“Looks good and sounds great”
We purchased a Broadway B1 in the autumn of 2012 and we are very pleased with that choice, and the help we received in making it.
We had thought about getting something far more expensive but Graham was on hand to advise that this would be perfectly suitable for the stage we’re at (complete beginners!) So full credit to UK Pianos that they were happy to advise a customer to spend far less than they were originally anticipating and to have a doubly-happy customer at the end.
When we do eventually grow out of this one (in a few years time) we’re sure to return to UK Pianos for a different model, but for now the Broadway B1 is an excellent choice for beginners.
It fits nicely in our lounge, looks good and sounds great. The weighted keys and velocity-sensitivity feel very accurate and our 6-yr-old loves putting it into percussion mode and freestyling wildly like Animal from the Muppets! Brilliant.
Review by Andy Howden, Leytonstone, E11
“Absolutely delighted with it”
Thank you Graham. Bought your recommended Broadway B1 piano weeks ago and are absolutely delighted with it. Many thanks for your help.
Review by Shelia Goodman, Little Hampton, Sussex, UK
“We’re really happy with our piano”
We drove up to UK Pianos and bought a Broadway digital piano on Saturday…hoping it will last a good while!!
Great service and we’re really happy with our piano.
Review by Jane Harfleet, Ealing, London, UK
“Thanks to the team at UK pianos for your good customer service as even when things go wrong, you sort it out.”
I found the search for a piano close enough to the feel of an acoustic piano a nightmare due to the numerous choices available. I was about settling for the Yamaha CVP-501 due to a deal on it in a particular shop, as well its great bells and whistles.
I also considered the Yamaha Arius YDP 135 and 141, however, after reading Graham’s very helpful book of buying pianos and extracting the information I required, I spoke to Graham and some of his colleagues at UK pianos for more advice. Graham suggested the Broadway B1 which I don’t I had even heard of by then. I got the impression that they are not just after the money and that if they thought a cheaper piano will serve your needs, they will advise you against spending a fortune, unless you really need to spend on a piano.
With the Broadway B1 not available in piano shops in my area, I had to do a lot of research on it and buy it without trying it out first. The 30-day (or 60?) money back guarantee was appealing as well as the 3-year guarantee, not to mention its features.
I must say I am very happy with the feel and sound of the piano and even its colour and matching stool. About the speaker volume, they are loud enough for me and I usually only use about half of the volume. Graham was right, very good sound for 2x7w speakers. The piano fits beautifully in my lounge and for what I paid for it and what I am experiencing with it, I am glad I didn’t go for the far more expensive Yamaha CVP-501.
It is easy enough to assemble (5 pieces – 2 legs, pedal box, back board and keyboard box); however, some of the screws are made of rather soft metal so they wear off with tightening.
I found the cardboard padding in the box difficult to reuse in the event of repacking the piano for return as was the case due to mine arriving with a couple of dodgy keys and the wrong stool. Something like a Styrofoam would have been ideal as opposed to the numerous pieces of cardboard stuck together to provide padding. The replacement piano arrived as arranged and I am very happy with it.