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Welcome to Music Direct

One of the UK's largest music shops selling pianos to Manchester.

Peter Braid | Music Shop ManchesterPeter 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 Bathhrooms. He brings with him the skills and expertise to provide customers with the very best service.

Peter has been supplying pianos to Manchester for over thirty years now. With our online store based in Chadderton, Oldham we can dispatch your piano within a few days.

Our repair service for pianos is second to none, as is our repair service for keyboards, guitars (including restringing and setups), piano tuning, violin, brass and woodwind instruments.

Our huge retail area offers more choice and competitive pricing. Our huge range of instruments are available in store or online. We are the largest music shop in Oldham with hundreds of instruments to choose from.

We can offer part exchange on most musical instruments, and we also purchase used musical instruments including pianos (subject to condition).

We also have used guitars, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, violins, trumpets and trombones available from stock (check our website for availability).

With names such as Yamaha, Kemble, Knight, Challen, Chappell, Danemann, Casio and Eavestaff to choose from, you will not be disappointed.

Tips on buying a piano

Q. What is 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 instrument will become a "passing phase", your decision may be spend as little as possible.
Sometimes, as space is at a premium , you may be thinking that a keyboard may do. Whilst agreeing this may initially cause sufficient stimulation for you 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 manufacturers warranty, a 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 of the price)
  • We offer a trade up policy that will give you 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 not required.
  • The disadvantage of an electric piano is they do not play with as good a touch, or have as good a sound as 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 of a good electric piano if you want to buy a piece of furniture which will last you a lifetime. They won't generally last a lifetime . generally speaking , if a fault develops on an electric piano which 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, its not uncommon to find an acoustic piano which 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 over strung 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 "over strung" 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".

As one of the UK's largest suppliers of new and used music instruments you can buy your piano with confidence from Music Direct. Our delivery service covers the whole of the UK so your delivery to Manchester is considered local to us.Telephone 0161 627 0614 today!

Recommended places to visit around Manchester

If you are looking for professional tuition, we highly recommend Riff's Music Academy

They specialise in tuition for piano, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, music technology and vocals.

The Halle Orchestra

Crumpsall Concert Band

Venues for music locally are
Band On The Wall, Phones4U Arena, O2 Apollo, The Ritz, Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester Academy, The Bridgewater Hall, Peel Hall, Gorilla, Manchester Cathedral

Private teachers in the area

  • Rory Dowse: Piano
  • Adam Szabo: Cello
  • Tamara Lepp: Vocals, Piano, Keyboard, Musical Theatre, Music Theory
  • Andrew Bennison: Drum Kit, Percussion
  • Helen Tudor: Piano, Flute, Music Theory
  • Diane Paul: Piano
  • John Pursaill: Violin, Viola, Small Groups
  • Adam Walker: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums
  • Rupert Browne: French Horn
  • Ken Heggie: Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar
  • Katherine Browning: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder, Penny Whistle
  • Christine Swain: Oboe, Beginner Piano/Keyboard
  • Mathew Walklate: Harmonica, Irish Trad. Flute, Tin Whistle
  • Frederick Naftel: Orchestral Percussion, Audition Preparations
  • Craig Bradley: Accordion(Any Type), Bayan
  • Nick Birch: Brass
  • Angelina Warburton: Harp

What Clients Say
"Having been introduced to Peter as a absolute novice, he has guided me in the choice of a suitable keyboard as I progressed.I now use a Yamaha S950, part exchanged via ..."
Joan, 5/30/2017
"Very happy with the service and advice given. I will definitely be visiting them again"
Henry, 5/22/2017
"Love this shop. Loads of choice. Great prices, and friendly staff."
Jack, 5/15/2017
"Great selection to try before you buy.Helpful staff with time to help you choose what you want! Here you can browse as long as you need while trying various instruments. So ..."
Graham Lowe, 4/20/2017
"Fantastic and friendly serviceWent to buy a guitar for my son. The owner took his time to help me choose the right instrument. Fantastic service with no pressure to buy. "
Mr Paul Ducklin, 3/11/2017
Our Average Score
100 /100
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