June 15, 2020
*** NEW OPENING TIMES from Tuesday 16 June 2020: TUESDAY – SATURDAY, 10am – 5.30pm *** (Closed Sunday & Monday)
To help us all stay safe, we kindly ask everyone to observe these precautions:
Please wait at the new front desk for a member of staff to call you forward
Please use the sanitiser provided on arrival
You must wear the mask provided or your own
Please shop alone if possible and supervise children at all times
Please stay 2 metres apart to maintain social distance
Please pay by card or contactless methods if possible
Piano & Instrument Departments
Appointment bookings now available: 0161 834 3281 or in person at the front desk
You may shop without an appointment but it may be necessary to wait to enter
*** PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANY ITEM IN THE PIANO AND INSTRUMENT DEPARTMENTS WITHOUT PERMISSION ***
If you would like to try an instrument or handle any other item please ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist you.
This will help us to keep track of which items need to be cleaned or quarantined after handling.
Printed Music, Recorded Music & Musical Gifts Department
All customers must use the gloves provided while browsing throughout the ground floor
No appointment necessary but it may be necessary to wait to enter
In addition to the above precautions, we have introduced further procedures to protect customers and staff:
More frequent cleaning of high-contact areas
Staff enabled to work from home where possible
Staff temperature checks every morning
Staff provided with personal protective equipment
June 3, 2020
New opening hours - Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm (from 16th June 2020)
In line with the Government directives, we are planning to reopen to the public on Tuesday 16th June. We will continue to operate on a 5 day week initially but will change to Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm. In the meantime you can still reach us by phone, email and our website to seek advice and buy items Monday to Friday 10am-5.30pm.
We are currently drawing up our detailed risk assessment and protocol for how we will operate and will publish a guide for our customers on our website shortly. We’re also undertaking a thorough deep clean readying the instruments and showrooms for customers.
In the piano and Instrument department, we will be operating an appointment system to come and view and select instruments. We are already beginning to book up appointments so please do get in contact if you are interested in visiting us when we reopen.
Acoustic pianos:- 0161 834 3281 ext 3
Digital pianos:- 0161 834 3281 ext 4
Guitars, folk and orchestral instruments:- 0161 834 3281 ext 4
Customers will also be able to come to the shop on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis but may have to wait depending on how many customers are already in the showroom or are prebooked for an appointment.
For the sheet music and recorded music department on the ground floor, we will not be operating an appointment system, however, we may ask customers to wait before entering depending on the current numbers of customers in the department.
For instrument accessories (e.g. strings, reeds, mouthpieces, mutes etc) you will be able to call in on spec, however, there may be a short wait depending on the current number of customers in the department in the Instrument department on the 2nd floor.
Those familiar with Forsyths will know that luckily we have a recessed area in front of our shop window so customer’s queuing (at 2m intervals!) will be sheltered from any inclement weather or indeed a searing hot sun!
Instrument repair and piano tuning services
Our Piano Tuning, Servicing and Repair Service has resumed again as of 22nd May 2020 but with a reduced capacity. We have a backlog of customers who we have not been able to visit during lockdown that we are working our way through, but we would be delighted to try and help everyone we can and as soon as we can. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie, our piano department administrator on 0161 834 3281 ext 5 to discuss your needs and book an appointment. We will be able to send you our detailed protocol for working in customers homes which we will need you to agree to prior to a visit.
Our Guitar Tech Glenn will be resuming working on customer and stock instruments from next week. He will be working on instruments at home and we will, therefore, have a system/protocol for safe drop-off and collection of instruments from us in-store. Guitars can be dropped off during our working week up to and including Friday. To ensure a minimum of 72hrs for the instrument to have remained untouched, they will then be then collected by Glenn on the following Tuesday. We will use cleaning products on the cases to ensure safe handling, but to ensure the instrument is not damaged by cleaning we will not use any harsh cleaning products on the instrument itself.
For basic set-up jobs such as a restring we will endeavor to do this in-store for you. We will, however, need to leave the instrument for 72 hours to ensure surfaces are safe for us to handle. After the work is completed we would also recommend you leave the instrument in it’s case for 72 hours before touching.
At the moment we do not have a date for our woodwind and brass repairer restarting work. For string instrument repairs and set-up we will have limited capacity in-house and hope to be able to offer a more extensive service shortly.
For all instrument repair and set-up enquiries please contact the Instrument Department on 0161 834 3281 ext 4
(last updated 04/06/2020)
May 22, 2020
Whilst our showrooms are closed due to the Covid-19 crisis lockdown, we’re offering our display digital pianos for sale to people in the Greater Manchester area.[email protected]) if you are interested and double check availability.
Casio GP310 black - RRP £2749 Our Price £2300
Casio GP510 black - RRP £3895 Our Price £3299
Casio PX870 black - RRP £925 Our Price £630 SOLD
Casio AP270 black - RRP £779 Our Price £530
Kawai CN29 white - RRP £1288 Our Price £1165
Kawai CN39 black - RRP £1577 Our Price £1285 SOLD
Kawai CA48 black - RRP £1811 Our Price £1466 SOLD
Kawai CA79 black - RRP £2877 Our Price £2590
Kawai CA99 rosewood - RRP £3766 Our Price £3390
Yamaha YDP-S34 black - RRP £941 Our Price £645 SOLD
Yamaha YDP-S54 white - RRP £1121 Our Price £869
Yamaha YDP144 rosewood - RRP £941 Our Price £699
Yamaha CLP625 black - RRP £1517 Our Price £1029 SOLD
Yamaha CLP635 black - RRP £1967 Our Price £1399 SOLD
Yamaha CLP645 polished ebony - RRP £3164 Our Price £2199
Yamaha CLP665 polished ebony baby grand RRP £4802 Our Price £3199 SOLD
Yamaha CLP675 polished ebony - RRP £3749 Our Price £2600
Yamaha CSP150 - RRP £2643 Our Price £1999 SOLD
Yamaha CSP 170 - RRP £3279 Our Price £2599
These are assembled instruments that we can drop off to your home (we’ll discuss social distancing practices for the drop off when we take the order), and several of these instruments seem to be out of stock everywhere so it’s an opportunity to get your hands on a rare one!
The special deal on these ex display instruments will be free assembly, straightforward local delivery (within approx. 20 miles) and no bulky packaging to dispose of! The condition of most is as new but we’ll check each one before it goes out for any minor marks and let you know. The best way to order is to phone us on 0161 834 3281 ext 221 but you can also order online if you’d rather, just drop us a line to say you want the assembled one dropping off to you. If you’re outside of the Greater Manchester area drop us a line first and we’ll see what we can do.
May 22, 2020
During the enforced clousure to customers in-store we can be reached by phone Monday to Friday where our helpful staff will be able to assist you in finding everything from the right book of music, guitar, ukulele, digital piano or indeed a grand piano. We are very much looking forward to being able to reopen to customers in-store, but in the meantime a much reduced staff are working Monday to Friday. We are also closed on bank holidays but of course our shop is always available on-line.
As a reminder here are the contact details for each department
0161 834 3281
– option 1 for sheet music and recordings
– option 3 for acoustic pianos
– option 4 for guitars, all other instruments, including digital pianos, and accessories
and if you can’t get hold of us immeditaely on the phone you can leave a mesage and we will rinig you back.
But of course we are always open at www.forsyths.co.uk!
>>> Pianos and Instruments
Our skeleton staff at the moment includes several members of our Pianos and Instruments Departments who are largely working from home to advise customers by phone but who are making brief occasional visits to our store to set up and pack instruments for deliveries – some of which we carry out ourselves by bike!
>>> Printed and Recorded Music
Since our Printed and Recorded Music Departments cannot be run from home due to the sheer quantities we stock, two of us who can safely make the journey are still coming into the shop every weekday to assist customers by phone and keep up with our online orders.
We’ll be taking a break over the long weekend, so you won’t be able to reach us by phone but you can drop us an email at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail on 0161 834 3281, option 1, and we’ll be back in touch with you on Tuesday!
Right then, you people sat at home all day need a challenge! The ukulele is a perfect first musical instrument: they’re cheap, they’re easy to make progress on and they’re bags of fun – look how happy James is in this video!
We recommend Baton Rouge ukuleles as a first instrument and we have the UR11 featured in the video in stock, so have a look on our website or better still phone us up (we’re missing seeing our customers something rotten with the front door closed!) and we’ll be delighted to help: 0161 834 3281, option 4.
We also have lots of fantastic tutor books to go along with them. For adults, we would recommend the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method: Book 1 and for children Alfred’s Kid’s Ukulele Course 1. For more, browse our ukulele music online, or give us a call: 0161 834 3281, option 1.
April 2, 2020
We are OPEN for ONLINE and TELEPHONE orders and deliveries! Monday – Friday, 10am – 5.30pm: 0161 834 3281
With the Government announcing the closure of all ‘non-essential shops’ we will be closed to customers coming into our premises, however we are still very much open and will be able to help, advise and sell you things over the phone and on-line.
Our mailorder and delivery service will continue for everything from sheet music to pianos.
If you have any queries about any music, instruments or accessories please do not hesitate to ring or email us and we will be pleased to help.
We are continuing to despatch items by Royal Mail, DPD, specialist piano carriers nationally and our own delivery service locally.
During the COVID-19 shut down time our opening times may vary. Our core hours when you should be able to reach us by phone will be 10am-5.30pm Monday to Friday.
If you have booked an exam at Forsyth for yourself or for another candidate, ABRSM will process refunds for all exams cancelled by them from 18 March to 4 April. For more information, please see ABRSM’s COVID-19 Update page.
A new date for Learn to Play Day will be announced in due course by Music for All, the charity which oversees the event at a national level. If you had booked a taster lesson, we will guarantee you another at the rescheduled event and will be in touch with you as soon as the new date is set.
Meanwhile, Forsyth remains open so, even if you can’t get in to Manchester, we can still send you all the instruments, music and accessories you need to keep your spirits up! If there is anything we can help you with, please give us a call on 0161 834 3281.
April 2, 2020
Like the majority of the UK right now, members of our team are working from home. We are still working to help to support our lovely customers from home and I happen to be one of them. Where I would normally be working full time in the acoustic piano department at Forsyth, I am now making the most of this terrible situation staying at home, sitting in the sun whilst doing what I love most. Talking acoustic pianos!
Although the weather was lovely last week and gave the UK a much needed moral boost, it can also come with some bad news for your treasured acoustic pianos. Glancing over at my pride and joy, as I often do and which usually brings a smile to my face, kicked off a mini panic. Here you can see a picture of the hygrometer currently sat on my piano at home.
A hygrometer is a device that measures both the temperature and relative humidity in your home. Most piano manufacturers recommend keeping pianos between a relative humidity of 40 - 60% and as you can see, mine is currently reading an almost Saharan 35%. It even reached as low as 29% yesterday, which is well into the red zone!!!
Considering that the primary material of a piano is wood, then it is not surprising that humidity plays such a huge part in the proper care and maintenance of your instrument.
Now for the “sciencey” bit.
We have many of our customers who aren’t sure what relative humidity is and why it can badly affect pianos. I will explain:
Relative humidity is the ratio of how much moisture is in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air can hold. The absolute amount of water that the air can hold varies depending on its temperature - the warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. This means that with this beautiful weather, the sun is blasting down and heating up the air enabling it to hold more moisture than before. This change actively decreases the ratio of how much water is currently in the air to what it can actually hold, therefore creating a much drier environment for your piano.
When the air has a lower relative humidity, this in effect draws moisture out of the wood in your piano causing it to shrink/contract. When the humidity increases again, this will then allow the wood to absorb moisture causing the wood to expand. It is this constant change in relative humidity that affects the tuning of the piano as well as the regulation of the action. When the humidity is extreme - too high or too low for extended periods or wildly oscillating it can cause irreversible structural damage to your piano. This can cause the wood to crack, split and even warp, regardless of whether the piano is a budget piano or a handmade concert grand piano made in Austria!
The weapon of choice to combat an excessively dry environment is a humidifier. For those who suffer from the opposite with excess humidity instead, you will need a dehumidifier. There are plenty of humidifiers, dehumidifiers and combinations of them both in one available on the market. Some of the top end models have a built in humidistats that will automatically control the environment, while the others are much more basic. These devices are generally used to treat the room as whole, which is definitely advisable for grand pianos and has the added benefit of helping other wooden items in the room like furniture! As we don’t sell them at Forsyth, we unfortunately do not have recommendations on particular models, however there are plenty of reviews out there and devices to suit your budget.
The humidity in our showroom is on the low side, most of the time, so to combat this we have some industrial humidifiers, which would be overkill in your own home. We also have some smaller models which we picked up from Maplins, before they shut down. A customer of ours recently contacted us about what we would recommend. We sent him the specifications of Maplin’s own humidifiers, which he used to source his own. He wrote back to us to say “I have ordered the ‘PureMate PM-906 Digital Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist Humidifier with Ioniser’. The company Pure Mate has been very helpful. When it arrives, I will let you know what I think of it. It costs £79.99, with free delivery (a bit extra for delivery to Ulster, Northern Ireland)” We will report back ourselves when we hear from him!
If you know you suffer from low-humidity, you can purchase a piano humidifier tube. As it explains on our website, the piano humidifier tube is a simple but effective way of adding humidity to the environment within a piano. In many homes with central heating the relative humidity can drop to levels that can cause structural problems with pianos (i.e. below 40%RH). By using this tube, which is manually soaked in water then placed in the piano, you can effectively create a micro-climate in an upright piano. These are priced at £46 and are very easy to install inside the bottom of your upright piano. Please follow the link above to order on our website now.
At the other end of the spectrum with high relative humidity, there are low energy heater bars that you can again fit into the bottom of your piano, which will help to keep the relative humidity levels down. Like the humidifier bar, the enclosed nature of an upright piano helps to create a microclimate that will protect all the internal guts of the instrument. In their simplest form the heater bars can be plugged in and you have to decide when to turn it on and off. These are easy to self install and are £52. Alternatively there is a ‘humidistat’ controlled system which does this for you for £156. These will shortly be added to our website, however if you would like to order one of these please email [email protected] Keep an eye out on our website here for when they are listed.
A grand piano works a little differently as you can’t create the same microclimate effect that you can in an upright so we would always recommend treating the room as a whole if possible. If not, you can use a Dampp Chaser Complete climate control system (i.e heater bar and humidifier within the climate control system).
For an upright - This will protect the piano for those whose environments are constantly changing. When the humidity reads above 45% the low emission heater bars will kick in to eliminate excess humidity. If the relative humidity reads below 45% this will turn on the humidifier system which introduces moisture into the air to protect the piano. These are available for both upright and grand pianos, starting at £388 for an upright and £422 for grand pianos up to 5ft and £494 for grand up to 6ft. For larger grands you may need an additional heater bar at the back of the piano. Again these are provided with some very easy instructions for self installation, however we are able to come and fit these if required at an extra cost and depending on location. You can see these on our website.
If you have concerns about the humidity in your home, you can easily measure it with the same hygrometer device that I have. These digital hygrometers, which record the maximum and minimum temperatures and relative humidity, are much more accurate and give you a better understanding of how the conditions change over time rather than one off readings. We have plenty of these in stock and you can purchase these on our website
I hope this information is helpful and easy to understand. Let us know how else we can help!
For further details, enquiries or if you would like to place an order, please email [email protected].co.uk or call on 0161 834 3281 extension 5 for more details.
If you have any further questions regarding purchasing or renting acoustic pianos, please contact the piano department on 0161 519 1996.
In the meantime, stay at home, stay safe and keep playing!
Senior Piano Sales Consultant
March 7, 2020
16/3/20 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all events have been postponed until further notice.
If you or your children are considering taking up a new instrument, or returning to one you used to play, you can now book free taster lessons here at Forsyth!
As in previous years, we are taking part in Learn to Play Day, a nationwide charitable event organised by Music for All to encourage active music-making. We will be offering free taster lessons on a wide range of instruments throughout the weekend of 28-29 March, as well as a free group ukulele class from 3pm until 4pm on the Sunday. Please click here for more information on Learn to Play Day!
But you don’t have to wait until Learn to Play Day: we have a roster of brilliant teachers available to provide lessons at Forsyth on most major instruments, and we are pleased to offer free taster lessons all year round to help you decide whether you wish to sign up for regular lessons. Please click here for more information on Music Lessons at Forsyth!
January 19, 2020
When booking your ABRSM instrumental and singing exams, it is now possible to specify Forsyth as your exam venue so you can take advantage of our excellent pianos and familiar surroundings!
This month, ABRSM launched its new online exam booking service, which for the first time allows candidates, parents and teachers to choose their exam date and venue.
We are next hosting ABRSM exams on Saturdays 14, 21 & 28 March, and 4 April 2020. For more information on exam bookings, see ABRSM’s website.
Here at Forsyth, you can also book practice sessions in the exam room (right) so that, when you take your exam, you feel comfortable in the room and with the superb Schimmel International I212 Recital Grand Piano!
The exam room is available during our normal opening hours for £18 per hour, or £16 per hour when booking four hours or more (not necessarily in a single session). To make a booking, please contact our Piano department on 0161 834 3281, ext. 604, or via [email protected].
For more information on ABRSM exams at Forsyth, please see our Events page!