Welcome to Music Direct | Violin Sales Uppermill

One of the North's largest music shops.

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 violins to Uppermill for over 40 years now. Our store can dispatch your new violin to Uppermill within a few days. We can offer part exchange on most musical instruments, and we also purchase used musical instruments including violins in Uppermill (subject to condition). Telephone 01457 761243 or mobile 07889 488 4017

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 / Drum / Organ / Drum 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 Uppermill

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, Flutes, 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 01457 761243 or, if you prefer text us on 07889488407

some of the violins available on display

Tips on buying a violin

Q. What is the criteria determining your desire to play violin?

A. Purchasing a violin for yourself will give you hours of fun, whilst at the same time acquiring much musical knowledge.You will have been inspired by the beautiful solos rendered in all genres of music. Alternatively, you may fallen in love with the incredible power of an orchestra, where many players join together to form a string section. Learning the violin may be a stepping stone to learning a viola, cello or double bass. The techniques employed to create the notes are very similar

Q.Who inspires me to play violin"?

A. There are so many possibilities. We will list a few.

Q.How do I choose an instrument?

A.It's a question frequently asked, and rightly so, especially by beginners. When searching for an instrument, everybody is searching for an instrument with easy playability, high quality and is affordable...but with a myriad of websites, and overwhelming cries of a "Good deal!" How can you ensure your instrument possesses these qualities? Well, here at Music Direct, we have the answers.

A good quality instrument should have

  • Inlaid purfling (ornamental border)
  • Quality strings
  • Correct height and bridge shape
  • A correctly positioned sound post
  • Easy to use fine-tuning adjusters
  • Bow and case of corresponding quality
  • Arched top and back
  • Ebony fingerboard, not black painted wood
  • Correct string height at third position
  • Correct string spacing at the nut
  • Ebony pegs correctly fitted and turning smoothly

It is of extreme importance that your instrument possesses these. Cheap internet-auction violin outfits are virtually unplayable due to irreparable structural problems, a horrific or non-existent setup, and, to top it off, a pathetic excuse for strings. An instrument may look visually pleasing with a shockingly cheap price, but remember, the cost of repairing said instrument will far exceed the original instrument price. In some cases, the repair costs exceed the price of a properly made and well set up instrument without any problems of a 'violin shaped object'.

Q.What are the general causes of string breakage?

Steel Strings:

  • Over tuning
  • Bridge too high for steel strings (increased tension)

Synthetic or Gut Strings:

  • Upper nut or bridge contact cutting synthetic material
  • String tension too high

Tips on minimising string breakage:

  • All parts in direct contact with string have to be well rounded.
  • Coat all parts where contact is made with a soft pencil to allow string to slide.
  • Don't 'cross over' the string on the peg shaft.
  • On violin loop E strings use a loop end protector.
  • Ensure string adjuster is the correct size. If too small it can cut the string.
  • Gut strings are 'living' strings. Lower the tension when not playing or on tour. The gut will recreate and be fresh again when bought up to pitch.
  • Use oil on gut strings to avoid drying out and breaking due to increased tension.

Q. What is the Right Bow for your needs?

A. A good rule of thumb commonly advised by teachers is that you should choose a bow that is approximately one quarter the value of the instrument (some say one-third). This guide for a match in quality remains surprisingly accurate at all levels, serving to ensure that the bow is capable of getting the very best from your instrument. New Brazilwood sticks are often suitable for beginners, but after two or three years they start to wear out, and as luck would have it, just when students are forging ahead. This means stronger Pernambuco wood sticks become necessary. Therefore, it is important to review the situation each year and to improve upon the bow whenever appropriate. *Part-exchanges ARE possible however* The Big Debate: Bow...Synthetic or Wood? The material your bow is made of can have a noticeable effect on the sound and response you receive from your instrument. Hence, it is of utmost importance to pick a bow that is right for you and your instrument.

  • Fibreglass

    Preferred by schools and students because of the strength and durability.
  • Carbon Composite

    This is a blend of synthetic materials and carbon fibre. They are strong and offer more musical sound and feel than fibreglass.
  • Carbon Fibre

    Synthetic bows which, due to great advancements in recent times offer great agility and strength, are very responsive and seek to duplicate the superior tone of Pernambuco wood bows.
  • Wood Bows

  • Brazilwood

    Brazilwood bows are ideal for students looking for a better sound than fibreglass as well as good response and better control.
  • Pernambuco

    The traditional bow material used for advancing students and professionals offering excellent tone, response, and sound projection. These bows vary greatly in price and quality.

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

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

  • You can spend as long as you like in our store, trying various types of violin. If for any reason you buy a violin and feel it is the wrong choice, we will give you the full purchase price of the violin against another model within one month of purchase (subject to condition).
  • We trade in your old instrument in as you get better at playing and want to upgrade to a better or different style of violin.
  • We may buy back your violin if you give up!
  • We may trade your old violin( subject to condition ) in against a different musical instrument, if say you find guitar hard to play and want to try say "keyboard".

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