UK Pianos Reviews
When I decided that a digital piano would be a nice thing to have I was not ready for the confusion that awaited me – so many pianos and so many mostly incomprehensible features.
Fortunately I discovered Graham Howard’s guide early on and this narrowed my choice with its balanced approach focusing me on the things that really mattered; the most refreshing aspects of the guide are that (despite Mr Howard having a shop that sells pianos) there is no attempt to either persuade the reader that spending lots of money is the only way to go or that you should only buy from UK Pianos. I also emailed him with my questions and got very clear and helpful replies – again with no fluff or sales patter.
Having decided on either a Classenti CDP1 or 2 I visited the UK Pianos showroom where Mr Howard asked a couple of questions and established that for our purposes the CDP1 would be the best choice unless we actually preferred the different sound of the CDP2 – again no attempt to sell us a more expensive piano with characteristics beyond our needs (and uk pianos).
The other staff there were very helpful in sorting out the rest of the transaction and it was encouraging to see how enthusiastic they are about the products.
Review by Michael Levy, Ealing, London (20/09/2012)
Thank you so much for your fantastic advice and for responding so quickly.
I will put through my newly formed committee to see what they say. If I need more advice I will give you a call.
This is to thank you for all the help I have received to enable me to choose a suitable digital piano. I have been grateful for the knowledge of Mr Graham Howard at UK Pianos, but not just knowledge but the work involved in writing a manual discussing the various points to consider before spending hundreds of pounds. When I considered buying a digital piano I had no idea where to turn for information about what a digital piano is or what it does or what to expect for the price I was willing to pay, small or large. So I was delighted to come across UK Pianos and to find so much help and guidance. I could have spent so much money on something which was not suitable for my needs. I have been spared that. The Howard scores are really something, particularly when alongside prices asked for models, and it is obvious from the reviews of so many, that Mr Howard has given confidence to buy and satisfaction in use, from very many grateful clients. We would not have had a clue where to start but for Mr Howard's help, and his patience when we are sometimes very dull (I still don't know really what polyphony is all about, my fault not his). I am so glad that I discovered UK Pianos some time ago now and to find that customer service is second to none. I have not found any other site that compares.
So, gratefully yours, Audrey.
Thanks for all the information. Your web site is certainly the best and most informative source for piano information that I have found. I would love to buy a piano from you at UK Pianos, but, although we come to the UK often, we live in Oregon, USA, so it's not really feasible.
I read you entire Digital Piano Bible and found it tremendously valuable. I started out knowing essentially nothing about digital pianos and now feel that I can at least understand the specs and carry on a decent conversation with piano salespeople.
Your Howard Score and other ratings were indispensable in helping us pick a piano. We narrowed the choices down to the Yamaha CLP430, the Roland HP503 or going up a level to the CLP440 or the HP505. After playing these pianos and a few others we bought a Yamaha CLP430 for our daughter and a CLP440 for us. We are all extremely happy with our choices. Thanks again for all your help in picking a piano.
Mike Gemperle, Oregon, USA (10/10/2013)
"I was lucky to discover "ukpianos" webpage where Graham is sharing at professional level, a lot of useful information about digital and acoustic pianos. But I was more delighted to meet Graham in his shop from London where he answered to our questions, playing on acoustic an digital pianos, comparing and examining options, shortly providing all needed data for the best choice".
A comprehensive service in an area where it is difficult to access clear information about a specific type of piano and purchase schemes
The internet offers so much information both positive and negative about different dealers and providers of pianos with so may different prices your head may begin to spin!.
I chose UK pianos, regardless of some negative reviews on the internet – the positive far outweighed the negative. The rent to buy scheme suited me very well and seemed a
good deal and gave me instant access to a piano. When phoning UK pianos they were very helpful.
All in all up to this point in time my experience of UK pianos has been excellent.
Rated 4 stars
Review by Ian Johnstone (25/10/2013)
UK Pianos were absolutely terrific. I bought a Yamaha P105 and I particularly appreciated the phone calls that kept me up to date with the progress of my order. I would like to say that I would always use them – but I can't imagine buying another piano for quite a long time! I would most certainly recommend them most highly.
Review by Chris Baugh, Driffield (13/11/2013)
I'd highly recommend purchasing a piano from ukpianos. The information and advice I received was great. I am extremely happy with my broadway piano.
Shonagh Woodward, Dumfries, Scotland (30/10/2013)
I now know that I am to have a glorious present chosen on the basis of your great knowledge
Thank you so much, for bringing so much pleasure to so many people.
A Very Merry Christmas to you,
Steve & Claire from New Zealand
Most certainly the information that you have provided has made the task of choosing so very
much easier. I will let you know how the whole process pans out. If my order was within the
UK I would not have hesitated in order the Keyboard from you and will let those around me
know how unselfishly helpful you really have been.
My thanks to you and all the best to both you and UK pianos.
UK Pianos is a good site with lots of good advice and a personal working man's approach to music.
Best of luck in your continued endeavors.
It is because of the contribution of people like you that the web is the wonderful source of information that it is today
Hope you are doing very well!
I was looking for a digital piano within my budget.
I have read the artical how to chosse a digital piano> written by Graham, and it helped me greatly. Everybody should read it before choosing a digital pinao!
I have written Gradham several email regarding my choice, asked him several questions and sugguestions. at last, he helped me to choose Korg, which turns out very good sounds, feel, and quality!
really very satified with his service.
everybody should take serious of choosing adigital piano, because it is an important start or practice for serious pianist or anybody who wants to play a beautiful misic!
I'm so lucky to have Graham to be my advisor!!
Take care and keep in touch!
I found the information provided by UK Pianos to be very helpful in picking a new piano. It was up to date, logical and put the piano features in context.
This was important to me as I had limited knowledge of music/pianos.
I am happy with the Piano I did buy based on information from UK Pianos and have since found that genuine experienced Piano "people" consider that particular
model to be excellent.
Joe Devane, Ireland (14/11/2012)
I have found your guide and the advice given on the website, Q&As etc absolutely invaluable.
When I first decided to go for a digital piano I didn't have any idea what to look for and your guide was excellent in helping to figure out what would be best for me.
In the end I decided to go a for a second hand somewhat old Yamaha Clavinova which was very cheap as came via a friend of a friend, but the key thing for me was knowing exactly
all the pros and cons of doing that and having the confidence that it would feel like and behave very much a real piano.
Like many people I learned to play as a child and have alway missed having one around as an adult .
If I find I am able to put the time and effort into playing rather than just having a tinkle every so often I can always upgrade to a better one. But I really can't thank you
enough for your genuinely helpful and impartial advice. Had I lived in London I would most certainly have bought one from UK Pianos as it is rare to find such a helpful person
as yourself and I can see how passionate you are about helping people to make the right choice for their particular needs.
"G. Howard – skilled and committed !"
The playing Dutchman,
Your information was interesting, useful and helpful for me and my music loving friends. But…..I have no experience with your store, because – until now – I bought my pianos in Holland.
I continue to follow you gratefully.
I found your website on the Internet in July, just as we were about to move house. I was afraid that my large upright would not go up the stairs, so I began to think about a smaller digital piano as a possible alternative.
I found the advice on your website helpful and informative; but in the end I didn't need to take it because the movers managed to get my old piano into the flat.
If ever I need a digital piano, I shall certainly consult your website again.
Thank you for your help: much appreciated!
"Really useful website for getting information about digital pianos"
I bought my digital piano almost 3 years ago. I started to search information about it on the web, as I was totally amateur in it. The most useful information was found on UKPIANOS website. There was gathered the information clearly about the important and useless knowledge of the digital pianos. Additionally brands and types were scored from different points of view, that helps me to reduce the amount of brands and types without hearing any of them. Only after it I started to check phisically the pianos.
In a few words, this website is really useful for the people, who would like to buy digital piano. I can offer it to anyone who has knowledge or does not have knowledge about them.
Having had little experience of digital pianos – and what I had had left me with the impression that digital cannot compete with 'proper pianos' -
I discovered the Graham Howard web-site via a Google search and found his advice and comments most useful. I was thus armed with the right
vocabulary when I went to a local store to find a a suitable instrument to use with a choir I accompany when we give concerts in venues
with no piano; I am spoiled by a good grand piano in our rehearsal room.
The result was that I knew what to say and was directed and given free rein in the store to try appropriate digital pianos without the 'gizmos'
I did not want and succeeded in finding a Yamaha that fitted my requirements. – it even has a sostenuto pedal like most grand pianos.
Because I knew what technical terms to use, I was accorded the relevant respect in the store and the outcome was more than could have been
anticipated – I was offered a decent discount and a stool and travel-case was thrown in with the deal.
So thank you Graham Howard – your web-site was so helpful and even though I did not eventually buy from you, your advice was freely available".
Philip L. Speirs
I found your advice extremely helpful and would recommend anyone seeking to purchase a piano to contact you.
Regards Elspeth McGregor.
5 stars to UK piano and the advices !
thx for your help.
the piano has become a new member of our family. It feels like another presence amongst us.
It's settled in quite nicely and my daughter now plays the piano regularly. It has helped her grades get higher, providing sweet and beautiful music.
The information on the piano website has fascinated me. I've always wanted to know more about pianos and now my wish has come true. Thanks for everything.
We had sold our digital piano overseas at a loss and wanted to replace it here in America with a good quality piano that all four of our kids could play.
Grahams reviews helped us considerably as we waded through the options…wanting a reasonably priced digital piano that had a great reputation but not
all of the "bells and whistles" . We wanted the quality to go into the basic piano sound. Thanks, Graham…for doing the work for us.
My experience of UK Pianos has been positive in helping to choose a digital piano. Customer service is second to none thanks to a certain gentleman by name of Graham who is very knowledgeable about these instruments and advising customers the pros and cons of a large variety which I believe he must have tested to be able to be so specific on their good points as well as their weak points. All this is of very great help to anyone who knows nothing about them but their face value. His comprehensive printed information, for those who want it, ensures that customers know just what they can expect from a particular model within the limits of their budget. So customer service from UK pianos is second to none.
Audrey A Mold
I started to look for a piano for my 7 year old who wanted to learn to play.
I thought I would check out ebay but began to see that I had no way of having
any idea about what I should be looking for that would meet my needs.
All the piano terms where very confusing. Fortunately I found Graham’s website.
His concise explanations of each term and what exactly was important and what
was not was invaluable. Finally he recommended particular pianos that were
the best in each price range.
It narrowed the field and I confidently bought a digital piano on the basis o
f Graham’s recommendations.
Very informative and helpful website. Would recommend.
I was looking to upgrade from good keyboard to a digital piano. Tried some at Banks Music (York) but not enough proper
advice info so logged into Graham's pianos. Got great information on what to look for when buying a piano.
His download helped enormously. His advice as well as comparative prices from his shop helped. In the end bought
elsewhere because of better deal (at the time it was too good to beat – i was lucky).
Graham's newsletter is informative and not "marketing blurb".
I recommend his website and his advice.
"Good advice, excellent post purchase service and support"
"Turning down the sale of an upper mid range piano was a shock, but impressive…"
We have kept in touch ever since, I commend Graham and UK pianos to anyone wishing to purchase a digital piano, be it for themselves or their children, you will find he will listen, consider and provide an honest assessment of your requirements, whether you like what you hear, is down to you, he is a true professional"
I first came across Graham Howard and UK Pianos in 2010 when looking to purchase an "electronic piano". I knew very little about digital pianos and spotted a small advert on the web offering to tell me "what I needed to know about purchasing a digital piano". The web sites I had visited, before offering any advice, other than sales spiel, such as the varnish used on the cabinet or the wonderful "all round sound" from speakers the size of Dust carts, wanted to know your age, sex, grannies maiden name and so, and still nothing about what to look for when buying. I rang the number and spoke to Graham about the ad. Almost before I could say yes, the booklet was on my computer. I read, absorbed and then questioned some of the finer points made in the booklet by the author (Graham). The advice made sense to the "novice buyer" by which time I had made my mind up to purchase a piano through Graham. I rang again and my opening line was I wish to purchase a….. "No, I can't do that" and He proceeded to explain why not. I interjected, "but you recently shipped a piano to Bulgaria", the answer was still NO.
For my sins, I live in Tenerife, and whereas in UK most large towns have a music shop we don't have many large towns, nor do we have many musical instrument shops. OK we have Cortes Ingles with a musical department, but they also sell ladies underwear and bone china. After searching the web, yellow pages and the Telephone directory I came across a small instrument shop in La Laguna. On arrival at their door I was welcomed to try the range of pianos in their crowded showroom. For two hours I "tinkled the ivories", putting into practise the tips from the booklet with my wife providing a commentary on the quality of tone and general sound. In the past I had played Roland and Yamaha digital pianos without really exploring the option I had under my fingers. I played the Kawai CA18 for perhaps a total of one out of the two hours and decided this was the piano for me. The bright yet mellow tone, sensitive Touch (three levels), (reminded me of the Baby Grand I had left with my daughter in England) and a range of other instruments which sounded like the real thing not electronic imitations. Before buying, I again rang Graham for his opinion on the Kawai, "good pianos, rising reputation, perhaps not the very top of the manufacturers, but reliable electronics" were points included in his reply. I have not been disappointed by my choice.
Having played piano and organ for more than 60 years, the thing that struck be about Graham Howard was his passion about pianos, his knowledge about the construction and qualities of the instruments and his honesty. Turning down the sale of an upper mid range piano was a shock, but impressive. We have kept in touch ever since, I commend Graham and UK pianos to anyone wishing to purchase a digital piano, be it for themselves or their children, you will find he will listen, consider and provide an honest assessment of your requirements, whether you like what you hear, is down to you, he is a true professional.
Would you go to an underware sales man/woman to buy a piano? apologies to Cortes Ingles.
Graham Laverock – Tenerife
"UK Pianos made my brain fatter"
UK Pianos gave me a wealth of information on buying a digital piano, they are the best !
With Graham's help and loaded with an armful of information provided by UK Pianos I was able to investigate and review the few selected pianos that i was interested in buying.
With a myriad of information based on tone, feel, features and warranties the folks at UK Pianos were very, very helpful and they made my brain fatter with all of that piano info !………..now I just have to keep saving my pennies, nickels, dimes, loonies and toonies so that I can one day afford to buy my new piano.
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