Welcome to Music Direct | Piano Sales Altrincham

One of the North's largest music shops.

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With over 40 years experience in the music industry, we can give help and advice on most musical instruments.

We are musicians and can assist you with our expertise. Peter Braid who owned Keys Musical Instruments, 71 Henshaw Street, near the market in Oldham manages this new store in Chadderton situated in Stockfield Mill near Dale Bathrooms.

Peter brings with him the skills and expertise to provide customers with the very best service. This store opened 7 years ago and is larger than any previous store in Oldham, Manchester.

The store offers much more scope, with tuition of most musical instruments including Acoustic Pianos, Acoustic Guitars, Violins, Saxophones, Brass, Woodwind and Drums. We have been supplying pianos to Altrincham for over 40 years now. Our store dispatch your new piano to Altrincham within a few days. We can offer part exchange on most musical instruments, and we also purchase used musical instruments including pianos in Altrincham (subject to condition). Telephone 0161 627 0614 or mobile 07889 488 407

Meet the team

Jack Taylor : Sales Manager

Jack TaylorJack has been with the store since he started as a work experience assistant around 10 years ago.
He has been playing guitar for around 14 years and has played in multiple bands, as well as session work throughout this time. He brings his knowledge and skills to enable our customers choose their perfect guitar. In addition to this, he has also achieved a BSC degree in Music Production and has been a sound engineer in both live and studio settings.
Having worked along with Peter for many years, his extensive knowledge is not restricted to guitars. He can assist with all aspects of sales in the store and our online sales. He has enabled his time during "lockdown" to redesign and decorate the store.

Lol Harris : Keyboard / Piano / Organ / Drums Sales

LolLol started playing piano at age seven
He was classically trained through the grades by Max Richie at the Chetham's School of Music
He opened his recording studio in 1986 to present called Lolipop studios
He has produced music for Russell Watson in the early years and is the current MD for Catherine Tyldesley ( Coronation Street)
Performing as MD at the Willows Variety Show from 1990 for 14 years and resident pianist at the Midland Hotel Manchester from 2006 for 11 years, Lol now brings his expertise to the professional demonstration of our pianos and organs

John Stewart : Guitar Sales / Repairs

JohnSelf -taught guitarist from the 60's era spent many years in bands in the pubs and clubs around the North West mainly with Idol Fret in the 70's and 80's.
Then mid-'80s moved into recording with Reeltime Studio, an eight-track facility in Uppermill. He learned such a lot about tastes and techniques of different genres of music trying to be "George Martin" for customers.
Went back into acoustic jam sessions with local muso's which was great fun. He is now our guitar technician .

Repair Service

repairOur repair service is second to none offering service for keyboards, guitars (including restringing and setups), piano tuning, violin, brass and woodwind instruments. Our service is unrivalled throughout the Manchester area.
Our huge retail area offers more choice and competitive pricing. Our large range of instruments are available in store or online. We are the largest music shop in Oldham with hundreds of instruments to choose from.

Quality Musical Instruments

We Buy Musical Instruments from Altrincham

yamahaWe can offer part exchange on most musical instruments, and we also purchase used musical instruments (subject to condition).
We are experienced in removals of large instruments such piano and organs, so no need to worry if you order a piano or organ, it is in good hands. We have many new and used keyboards in stock, such as Yamaha Tyros, Korg, Roland, or Technics keyboards, pianos, and organs.
Our product specialist, Lol Harris is here to help you choose your perfect instrument As a main dealer for Tanglewood, Chord, Tokai, and Vintage guitars you can browse our catalogue with confidence that the guitar of your dreams is available from stock.
We also have used guitars, Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes, Drums, Violins, Trumpets, and trombones available from time to time. With names such as Epiphone, Fender, Music Man, and Marshall to choose from, you will not be disappointed. With over 18,000 products available please use our search facility to look for the instrument you require, or better still, call us on 0161 627 0614 or, if you prefer text us on 07889488407

Some of the pianos available in-store

Tips on buying a piano

Q. What are the criteria determining the need for a piano?

A.  Purchasing a piano for your family will enable hours of fun, whilst at the same time creating much knowledge and educational stimulation.

There are many factors which will come together to enable your final choice. Price and size and normally the first criteria. Initially, as you are not certain that the instrument will become a "passing phase", your decision may be to spend as little as possible.
Sometimes, as space is at a premium, you may be thinking that a keyboard may do. Whilst agreeing on this may initially cause sufficient stimulation for you to start to play, it is not the same as a piano. If this is the route you go down, tuition is an absolute must, as you may be guided by your teacher. They will know a what point you need to upgrade to either a real piano or an electric piano.

Q. What are the differences between buying an acoustic piano and an electric piano?

A. When purchasing a new or used piano or electric piano, you'll find:

  • New pianos usually come with a manufacturer's warranty, complimentary tuning, moving, and more cabinetry and finish choices.
  • Used pianos are generally reconditioned, and they usually come with a dealer warranty, moving, and complimentary tuning (depending on the price)
  • We offer a trade-up policy that will give you the ability to trade in your old keyboard, piano, or organ against your choice of piano.
  • Electric pianos generally appear smaller in your house as most of the time they are lower, however, if you check most of their dimensions their width is often the same as a real piano. Their big advantage is the ability to play with headphones, so as not to disturb the rest of the house during practice, and facilitate late-night practice. Tuning is not required.
  • The disadvantage of an electric piano is they do not play with as good touch or have as good a sound like a "real piano" unless you go for a higher-end model. However these can come at a good price if you choose a used one. However, you can buy real pianos these days for a fraction of the price of a good electric piano if you want to buy a piece of furniture that will last you a lifetime. They won't generally last a lifetime . generally speaking, if a fault develops on an electric piano that is no longer manufactured or is approximately 20 years old, parts will no longer be readily available so the instrument is scrap. Whereas a real piano can have parts replaced for many years, it's not uncommon to find an acoustic piano that is 100 years old and still sounds great.

Q.What are the criteria required to help me choose my "acoustic piano"?

A. The most important criteria are one, does it stay in tune, and does it have a good touch.

  • I always recommend "over strung" and "under damper". This can easily be determined by removal of the front cover, or simply lifting up the lid. To see if it is overstrung the strings on the left of the piano ( the bass strings ) are at an angle and point towards the right-hand side of the piano. The treble strings ( most often grouped in threes) point towards the left of the piano. Hence the name "overstrung" as they cross over each other. A straight strung piano has no crossover and is generally that old that other factors will be making it no so desirable.
  • Under damper is possibly a little harder to spot if you do not understand the mechanics of a piano. However, the way to spot it is when a note is struck an released the damper which cuts off the sound is underneath the hammer. The action which has been regulated will stop the string from ringing on when the key has been released. On an overdamper piano, the damping is done by wires and is above the hammer. This is not as reliable as you will not get a clean sound when playing the piano, as one note runs into another.

Q. Why should I choose my piano from Music Direct?

A. You are buying from reputable music shop with a guarantee of satisfaction.

  • You buy with confidence that we have an excellent team of engineers who can keeps your piano in first class shape. We have an engineer who has been repairing keyboards, organs, and electric pianos for the last 40 years. We also have a piano tuner who travels all over Lancashire to tune pianos and recondition them as necessary
  • We trade in your old instrument in as you get better at playing and want to upgrade to a better instrument.
  • We buy back your instrument if you give up!
  • We trade your piano in against a different musical instrument, if say you find piano hard and want to try say "guitar".

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