‘Rent To Own Programme’ – we deliver anywhere in the UK.
Choose type of piano:
If you’ve always wanted a piano or you’d like your children to learn but you’re worried about making an investment until you’re sure that piano lessons are the right choice, then take advantage of UK Piano’s ‘Rent-To-Own’ programme. You can rent to buy a good quality digital piano, upright piano, baby grand piano or keyboard that meets your needs.
“The ‘Rent-To-Own’ programme gives more children an opportunity to learn the piano… Before ‘Rent-To-Own’ was available, the initial cost of buying the instrument seemed to be the determining factor as to whether they would have a chance or not. Every child should experience the joy of learning the piano” – Graham Howard.
Graham Howard – Author and Piano Advisor.
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Questions and Comments
“I am looking to hire a Piano”
I am an adult beginner but can not really decide between the digital or acoustic. I would appreciate any advice you give in regard to this. There is much online regarding touch and feel of an acoustic. However is it the case that as I am a beginner these subtleties would largely be lost on me? Or do I begin initially with an acoustic? It should also be mentioned that my intention is to buy after one year of rental.
Thank you in advance for your kind assistance, Peter
Reply/ Hi Peter
It’s usually best to learn on an acoustic piano because
of the natural sound and feel.
Digital pianos try to emulate this, but most don’t do
it very well.
There are exceptions, of course.
Yamaha Clavinova, Roland, Gewa and Kurzweil are all
decent digital pianos (from £1,000 and up) that feel
and sound close to the real thing.
Or in the lower price range (under £1,000) there are
the Broadway digital pianos that are really good for
We always have a good range of second hand upright
acoustic pianos all available on the Rent to Buy programme.
Prices range from £40 – £75 per month.
Let me know which colour (dark, medium, or light)
so I can email you some photos and recommendations.
If you would prefer a digital piano then I recommend for
you the Gewa UP380G.
This is the closest digital piano to an acoustic (under £2,000)
that I’ve played.
It has a really sensitive key feel that allows you to play a
wide range of dynamics. You can put so much expression
into your music… and the sound quality is full, warm and
Gewa are the only brand that’s been allowed by Steinway
(some German collaboration thing) to put the Steinway
sound in digital pianos – Vorsprung durch technik!
You can see the Gewa here
They also do a wooden key version here
The Gewa is available on Rent to Buy for £75 per month.
It has been more than a month since I got the piano from UKpianos. I should say, it is in general a pleasant experience. I like it. Now the thing is, as I intended to buy it over several months (rent to buy as I recall)
I’ve been renting a Broadway B1 piano from you since mid December. I will
leave the UK on April 15th, and I have decided to use the option of buying
the piano and the piano stool. Even though I will have some Customs headache
in Brazil, I think it will be worth it.
Thank you for your email.
I have been reading through your ebook which I am delighted with and has given me some excellent advice and things to think about with choosing a piano.
I have been looking at the rent to buy scheme as I think this is a wonderful idea and in the current financial climate a great service for your customers.
The piano is for two of us. My friend who is completely new to piano and has just started taking some lessons, and myself. I had lessons as a child but gave up about 30 years ago when I was 12 and have regretted it ever since. I have forgotten most of what I learned and am pretty much starting from scratch.
I am drawn to the Kurzweil M110. I love the sound of the CUP320 on the demonstration video, but I don’t think I can really justify the extra expense at this point until I see how much use it’s going to get.
What would your advice be on this?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Reply/ Hi Andy
The Kurzweil M110 is a good choice. It’s a nice
piano to play on, and would be ideal for you
to get back into playing again.
The CUP320 does have the advantage of a clearer,
slightly richer, more resonant piano sound.
This is due mainly to its larger, forward facing
speakers. Also, in a lesser way its bigger cabinet.
The M110 would probably be the more practical
choice for you.
I teach piano and would like some help in advising parents purchasing a digital piano for their child. It is something I get asked about quite often but don’t really feel qualified to answer. I tend to favour Yamaha- my acoustic piano is a Yamaha and before that I owned a Clavinova. I also recognise that many parents don’t have much to spend and are wary if spending too much before they know if their child will enjoy it, practice etc etc.
Scenario 1: new pupil without a piano. Parent wants to buy something very cheap to see how they get on, but wants this to last a couple of years, as even the cheapest digital piano is a big spend for some. I want the child to have something realistic and at the very least touch sensitive. Is a yamaha NP-11 up to the job? (parent is suggesting a yamaha keyboard at around £100 so this is already over their budget)
Scenario 2: child has been learning a year and managing on a very old keyboard. Parents want something better and slightly higher cost is now justified as the child works hard and enjoys it – and does very well considering what he practices on! What’s the minimum to get a child, say to Grade 5?
I find this very tricky! I have some pupils practising on very basic keyboards and they do just as well as those with acoustic pianos and seem able to convert to playing on my piano each week. But others who obviously suffer from a poor instrument to practice on. I want my lessons to be affordable, including buying an instrument so any child who is interested can have a go but not to end up with pupils having poor technique either!
Any help appreciated!
Reply/ Hi Kate
The answer is ‘Rent-to-Buy’.
This is very popular amongst parents with young children wanting to play piano.
With the rent-to-own programme they can get a very nice digital piano whilst keeping the payments to a minimum.
If their child shows interest in the piano – then they can purchase the piano and deduct all rental payments from the price.
If the child doesn’t want to continue then they can simply return the piano to us.
The rent-to-own programme allows them to get a good piano that will take their child up to the high piano grades. And it’s a low risk way of getting started.
You can read more about it here.
I’m looking to rent a piano to use for teaching, as currently I am teaching on a bad electric one. I have been looking at the Boyd upright you have in stock, and think that something like this would be suitable. I’m teaching all grades currently, and I play as well, so I would want something with a decent sound, but where the action isn’t too heavy, and is responsive for younger fingers. I’d be grateful for any advice you can give me on which pianos you think would be suitable.
I would need it delivering to Chester, would this be the same delivery cost?
Reply/ Hi Wendy
I don’t recommend the Boyd piano…
Although an attractive looking piano, it has a
heavy touch, and wouldn’t be suitable for
teaching anyone much above grade 4.
The pianos I recommend are:
You can see these pianos rental:
Any one of these would be suitable. They
have a nice, medium-weighted responsive
key touch and a good sound.
Having received your free lessons by email (much appreciated) my interest has
peaked to a point where I want to rent a piano. Your website shows some
pianos but most are rented/sold. Do you have others not shown?
Both my daughter and I (opposite ends of the age scale!) will be learning so
can you make any recommendations or things I should look out for?
We are a bit short on acoustic pianos at the
moment. We had an unexpected surge of interest
at Christmas time … and we’re still trying
to get more stock in.
We do have a Bentley piano available though.
This piano has a medium weight touch, and
a very nice, mellow sound.
It is in a light mahogany colour. It’s also
Alternatively you could go for a brand new
We are lucky enough to be a main dealer for
the Broadway range of uprights. They are
truly outstanding pianos at reasonable prices.
You can get one of these for £75 per month.
The Broadway would be the ideal piano for
your daughter to learn and progress on. It
will take her right up to grade 8 and beyond…
I am considering buying or renting a digital piano for my nearly 7 year
old who has just started piano lessons. I have seen your reviews and
see that the Yamaha models score best but that you comment that the
Broadway B1 is a good piano for a beginner with realistic feel and sound.
Could you give me a little guidance on whether the Yamaha YDP models
are any better for a child beginner than this Broadway one and, if so, why?
Are there any other models you would recommend?
I also would be interested in renting a piano initially and see that the
Broadway is available for rental. Would the Yamaha also be available?
If so, what would the rental fee be?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Reply/ Hi Suzannah
The good Yamaha pianos start from £1,200 upwards.
These are called the ‘Clavinova’ range.
The models below this are called ‘Arius’. These
consist of the YDP143 and YDP163.
But the Yamaha Arius range is very basic. You’d
be far better off with a Broadway in this price range.
The heavier, more realistic key weight is the main
reason I recommend the Broadway over basic Yamahas.
The Broadway B1 is the piano I recommend for
your 7 year old.
You can read more about the B1 here.
And here’s details of the Rent-to-Own:
I hope you can help! I have been looking at you site and am interested in purchasing the
Broadway EZ-102 digital piano in Black Satin. However I note that this model is also available
as part of your rent to own programme?
Do you also include 2 year warranty on the rent to own programme?
Reply/ Hi Janita
All Colours of the Broadway EZ-102 are available
on the Rent-to-Own programme.
You also get a 2 year warranty starting the
day you receive your Broadway piano.
Hi, Good morning,
I just moved to London and I found you through the internet and I would like to ask for some advice.
My daughter has been learning piano lessons for two years and she has got Grade II piano playing certificate. I am now planning to rent a piano for her, would you let me know what kind of piano fits her and how much is the monthly rental, roughly? She’s 7 years old.
Many thanks in advance. by the way, I live in North Finchley, pls also let me know the delivering cost.
Reply/ Hi Wu
Grade II piano is quite an achievement for a 7 year old!
The piano I recommend for your daughter, whilst keeping the
cost down, is the Hadley D10.
The Hadley is a great sounding digital piano with a realistic touch…
It has 88 fully weighted, touch sensitive keys (like a real piano),
is compact and easy to move around, has a headphone connection
and comes in a beautiful dark rosewood cabinet.
The rental price is £45 per month. Delivery is £45 each way.
Hello – I was recently in Skipton and saw a digital piano in a shopping mall. The price was £599 and the hire charge was £17 pcm. I didn’t take a note of the make, unfortunately, but it triggered my interest in possibly hiring a digital piano.
I have discussed this with my daughter and her partner. He is a very good piano player and my daughter is grade 4. They have an 8 year old who is learning to play the violin and will probably have piano lessons in the future.
What do you recommend? We would like the weighting to be similar to an acoustic piano, but think that the availability of headphones would be advantageous. They live in London, by the way.
I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Satya
Reply/ Hi Satya
Hiring before committing to buying is a great way to test the water.
The £17 per month seems a little cheap? This was probably a keyboard not a digital piano.
The pianos I recommend (if you can get them on a hire to buy option) are either the Yamaha YDP143 or the Yamaha CLP635. You should expect to pay anywhere between £45 to £60 per month for a decent digital piano.