If you have decided to purchase a piano but are confused as to which brand, type or size then this information is here to help, if you have any questions not answered here or would just like to go over a few points, please feel welcome to contact us.

Lets begin with looking at NEW PIANOS.

As a starting point, begin looking at brand names that are familiar to you, such as Yamaha . A proven reliable piano , well respected among professionals, Yamaha have been making instruments for over 100 years. Assurance indeed, that the quality and brand have stood the test of time.At the heart of Yamaha is an unwavering commitment to piano production,using cutting edge technology and craftsmanship.

Yamaha pianos include a whole range of models to suit all taste and price ranges.

As well as Yamaha, there are several other well known brands, such as Kemble, now made by Yamaha but finished and toned in the UK which gives the piano a very different sound to the Yamaha, the Kemble has a smoother more European tone.

Reid Sohn pianos offer excellent quality and produce pianos in a range of stunning case works with rich warm woods and a choices of colour, styles and price ranges. These are just a few piano makers as an introduction to new pianos.As with most things you really do get what you pay for when choosing an instrument. They may all at first glance, look the same,  but this is rarely true.  The quality of components used will be reflected in the overall price, lower cost models will often have been made by using lower cost materials all of which will be reflected in both looks and most importantly the performance and sound of the piano. This is not to say that lesser known brands should be dismissed, in some cases a lesser known brand can sometimes be a good alternative to buying an older used piano. It all comes down to choice and cost.


SECOND HAND PIANOS The ultimate in buying Green!

Second hand pianos are  a great choice for many reasons not least because it is the ultimate in re cycling

We are often asked which is the best piano to buy, should you buy new or is second hand better,maybe even digital and for this, there is no single answer except it should be choice .. YOUR choice.

Second hand pianos are not just for beginners or chosen because of cost , many people prefer the look of a more traditional,  classical look. Whilst you may be told, older pianos cannot cope with central heating,  older pianos need more frequent tuning,  look at the facts, then decide.

piano-familyFirstly, why buy second hand?  Price £££££££

Usually, second hand pianos cost less than buying new.

A well maintained older piano still has a lot to offer and years of good playing service and yes it just may need the odd additional tuning. Traditional classical styles often in beautiful woods. Low start up costs mean that you can buy without higher financial outlay which for a beginner, often makes buying second hand the Number 1  choice. Buying second hand can be viewed as a 'stepping stone' before making the bigger financial outlay when committing buying a brand new high quality piano. There are so many reasons for choosing second hand, yet there can be drawbacks too, so be aware.

Buying a second hand piano costing from around £600 will not perform the same as a new piano costing £6,000 neither will the secondhand piano sound the same or last as long and yet

                                            Both pianos will need tuning at least twice per year

                                            Both pianos will need care during the period when central

                                            heating is being used.

                                           Both pianos will give lots of pleasuresmile

It comes down to cost and your own expectations, we could of course go on to explain about different woods, glues, the technical advances ,soundboards and pinblocks but the bottom line remains the same, an older piano will not perform the same as a new piano, an older piano will not cost as much as a new piano, but the fact remains, hundreds of older second hand pianos are sold every year and hundreds of people are very happy with their pianos.

Second hand Yamaha U1 & secondhand Yamaha U3 pianos

These deserve a special mention because many people look to buy a used Yamaha piano and why?Because the brand is so highly respected . At Countrywide Pianos, we are proud to be main Yamaha piano retailers and sell both New Yamaha pianos and of course, used Yamaha pianos too. Some people feel that the new Yamaha pianos are far superior to older Yamaha pianos and whilst this is true, the second hand Yamaha pianos are still excellent value and often cost almost 50% less than a new Yamaha. Of course the new Yamaha pianos, will have newer designs, the quality of the parts will be a higher specification and there will be added extras, but this does not distract from the fact that Yamaha themselves offer certified Used Yamaha pianos because they are proud that Yamaha pianos,remain excellent value even when sold some  30 years on.


Digital pianos( Electric)

The advances made over the last few years has meant that digital pianos really are a serious option, no longer considered a poor choice, the good digital pianos are now often the choice of many professionals and piano teachers because

Smaller in size than a real piano     easy to move around    volume control  choice of sounds

 headphones                 no worries about central heating              never need tuning

Prices start from as low as £500 for a basic model.

With digital pianos it really does come down to personal choice but they will not last anywhere near the same as a new brand new real piano.  In the event that the digital piano goes wrong, it can be more difficult to find someone able to carry out repairs at reasonable costs.There is very little re-sale value for second hand electrical goods no matter how good a condition it may appear to be in.


child-headphonesThis really offers the player the very best of both worlds a real piano with a digital piano inside.

At last , you are able to have a real piano which allows for silent playing via headphones.This is a relative new concept and very few 'silent pianos' are available on the second hand market. For anyone who wishes to play outside what would be considered normal hours, or who wishes to play when young children are asleep or for people living in apartments,for everyone, the joy of a silent piano, is that there is no compromise on your performance, the feel and touch of a real piano which can be played as a standard piano or switched over to play via headphones..... Brilliant !


Sit back and  r e l a x,  with the self play system the piano can do the hard work for you,creating just the right mood, leaving you free to entertain,dance,sing-along or just sit back and enjoy, the sound of a live instrument playing in your own room. There is a huge library of ready made disks and some systems allow for direct access to to a host of music from the Internet, and with an app on your smart phone, or your ipad the piano just became even better than ever, of course, the self play pianos can also be played in the same way as any other piano.

Yamaha offer the biggest choice of self play from their Disklavia range, but we also offer a self play system that can be fitted to almost any piano, just ask for details or visit the showroom for a demonstration.


New, used, second hand upright pianos, grand pianos,silent pianos, disklavia pianos,digital clavinovas, whichever you choose, choose Countrywide Pianos, we have the choice, YOU make the selection.