• The Forsyths Blog

    December 6, 2017

    Join the Forsyth Piano team

    An exciting opportunity has become available to join the Forsyth acoustic piano sales team in a part time 3-4 day role. Closing date 20th December. Interviews 9th and 10th January 2018. Click here for further details.

    1st floor piano showroom at Forsyth Brothers of Deansgate Manchester.

    1st floor piano showroom at Forsyth Brothers of Deansgate Manchester.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 3, 2017

    5 million and counting! Check out the new viral video featuring #forsythspiano

    On Friday 1st December, Christopher Scamp had a go on Forsyth’s street piano… Just five days later, a video of his performance has already been viewed on Facebook over 5 million times!

    Check out the video here! – or at the Manchester Evening News.

    Christopher is entirely self taught and doesn’t even have a piano at home. We therefore have teamed up with Kawai pianos and have given him a digital piano to say thank you for a publicity he has brought to the shop. He’s been back several times since. You can keep up with this viral phenomena by following our Facebook and Twitter.

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates or to post your own videos from #forsythspiano…

    Christopher Scamp receiving a new Kawai digital piano from Forsyths

    Christopher Scamp receiving a new Kawai digital piano from Forsyths

  • The Forsyths Blog

    November 30, 2017

    2017’s Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Musicians – Recommended by Forsyth

    Forsyth’s 160th Merry Musical Christmas in Manchester!

    As Manchester’s oldest independent retailer, we are celebrating our 160th Christmas this December. With so much experience serving the local musical community, there is no better authority on what the city’s musicians would like to find under the tree come Christmas Day! Our top ten list of musical gifts for Christmas 2017 has something for everyone, from a super-cute Beethoven Bear to a super-rare, silver-framed Kawai GL10 Grand Piano.

    1 – Manchester Bee Leather Guitar Strap (£45)

    A beautifully embossed, classic leather strap with £5 from each sale going to Musicians Against Homelessness.

    Kawai GL10 Grand Piano featuring chrome fittings and silver painted frame (£8,777)

    This new design from Kawai gives the traditional black grand piano a contemporary twist. There are only two in the UK currently and Forsyth has had them both! But hurry – we only have one left…

    3 – Little Martin LXM Acoustic Guitar (£385)

    The model made famous by Ed Sheeran, this is the perfect instrument for fans looking to follow in his footsteps. In addition, its small size and heavy duty gig bag make this an ideal travel companion.

    Beethoven Bear (£11.90)

    11.5cm of highly-cultured cuteness. A Mozart Duck is also available for bath time.

    5 – The Bumper Ukulele Playlist: Gold Edition (£12.99)

    The ukulele’s massive popularity continues! Give the uke-ist in your life something new to play with this brilliant collection featuring everything from folk and jazz standards to recent pop and rock hits.

    Gordon Smith Morris Minor GS2 Guitar (£850)

    A guitar with serious Mancunian musical heritage. Gordon Smith was founded in Partington and their instruments famously played by John Squire of the Stone Roses among many other indie and punk icons. A range of custom finishes are available to make your GS2 unique.

    La La Land – Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack (Piano | Vocal | Guitar – £14.99)

    Winner of 6 Oscars including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, the ubiquitous film of 2017 is equally well served in print with versions available for piano, voice and guitar, ukulele, keyboard, violin, harp, string orchestra, easy guitar, easy piano, piano duet

    8 – Casio CDP-130 Digital Piano Package (£359)

    This is the place to start for beginner or returning pianists wanting quality on budget. The fully weighted keyboard is like playing a real piano, and it comes with a stand, stool and headphones.

    Korg Volca Keys Mini Synth (£139)

    This incredibly popular analogue synthesiser is a brilliant first synth for anyone wanting to dabble in electronica or re-create the glory days of 80s dance. Add the Volca Bass and Volca Beats for full analogue synth joy.

    10 – The Best Christmas Songbook Ever (£14.95)

    A good old Christmas sing-along will lift the mood even among the frostiest gathering of relations. Make sure you’ve got the dots on-hand to make it happen.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    November 25, 2017

    Christmas Shopping Weekend & Small Business Saturday: 2-3 December 2017

    It’s our 160th Christmas in Manchester! That makes Forsyth the oldest independent business in the city. So, as part of our anniversary celebrations, we are combining our annual Christmas Shopping Weekend with Small Business Saturday, the nationwide campaign to encourage all of us to get out on the high street and support the small businesses in our communities.

    Come and join us this weekend for complimentary mulled wine, mince pies and live music, plus discounts and offers throughout the store, including:

    – 10% off everything in our Sheet Music & Musical Gifts Departments*

    – a free Sunday meal at Katsouris Deli (worth £5) if you spend over £100 on an instrument in-store (offer available Sundays only, from 3 to 19 December 2017)

    – discount to the value of your tram or bus fare (up to £5) on the in-store purchase of an instrument worth over £100 (offer available weekends only, on production of one valid tram or bus ticket per transaction, from 2 December 2017 to 7 January 2018)


    * In-store only. There are a small number of exceptions such as hymn books. Unfortunately this offer can not be used online or in conjunction with any other offer.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    November 20, 2017

    Black Friday starts now – loads of instruments up to 50% off!



    With literally £1,000s off instruments, it’s going to be a pretty crazy week!

    We’ve got guitars and amplifiers available with silly discounts. Add to that:

    - various top quality ukuleles at half price;

    - £1,000s off digital pianos; and

    - huge percentages off pedals, basses and mandolins.

    All offers are available now until 23:59 on Friday 24 November 2017 both online and in-store.

    Check out our full range of offers here:


    Plus we’ll be throwing in a few special surprises throughout the week on our social channels so keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for those!

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    SAVE £2,295!

    54% OFF!

    Rickenbacker 370-12 Midnight Blue

    RRP – £4,250

    Black Friday deal – £1,955

    Offer available until 23:59 Friday 24 November 2017 online and in-store

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    SAVE £700!

    58% OFF!

    Sanchez 3350 Electro Classical Guitar

    RRP – £1,199

    Black Friday deal – £499

    Offer available until 23:59 Friday 24 November 2017 online and in-store

    >>> READ MORE

  • Sheet Music

    November 1, 2017

    New LCM Piano Handbooks out now!

    The new London College of Music Piano Handbooks are available now!

    Each handbook is a complete resource for a graded exam, providing not only a selection of pieces but also:

    - notes on performance of the pieces;
    - all the technical work written out in full (scales, arpeggios and studies); and
    - explanations and samples of the supporting tests (viva voce, sight-reading and aural).

    LCM exams continue to grow in popularity with teachers and learners thanks to several innovative features, such as the opportunity for candidates to discuss their pieces with the examiner (during the viva voce), and the additional support offered in the earliest stages of pianists’ development with three levels provided prior to Grade 1: Pre-Preparatory, Step 1 and Step 2.

    These new Handbooks will give you everything you need to prepare yourself or your students for exams from January 2018.


  • Instrument Department

    August 30, 2017

    Atkin 000-21 Custom Red Jasper Demo with James!

    Although we tend to think of the 000 as a 14 fret design, it actually started out life as a 12 fret, slotted headstock instrument - a parlour on steroids - and it’s that version that is the inspiration for this custom 000. This version has the classic Style 21 appointments of Spruce and Rosewood although it has a rather lovely and non-standard red jasper rosette and headstock logo. Red jasper is, as Wikipedia puts it, an aggregate of microgranular quartz and/or chalcedony and other mineral phases - or, as I would put it, a pretty red rock. It’s actually rather understated in appearance and a nice custom touch on an otherwise simple design.

    The nut is a roomy and vintage-correct 1 3/4″, with a C profile that is wide but not overly deep. We love the carve that blends the shaft of the neck into the thicker than standard slotted headstock. The 12 fret 000 design is slightly larger than the more familiar 14 fret version, so despite the parlour asthetic this is quite a big instrument. Tonally, it’s a sound that reflects its roomy dimensions - not quite the thumping bass of a dreadnought but it’s certainly a fairly strident guitar when strummed, with lots of ring and shimmer to the harmonics. The fairly small bodies of more typically proportioned 12 fretters tends to give them a boxy tone when pushed hard with a pick: there’s certainy none of that present in this guitar. For fingerstyle it’s a refined sound with lots of shimmer and fullness with a relatively slow attack that makes it better suited Joan Baez style folk than ragged Delta blues. It’s a sophisticated sounding guitar that’s perfect for poised, elegant picking and sweet, chimey strumming.

    For more information, click here.

  • Instrument Department

    August 2, 2017

    Eastman El Rey ER4 Demo with Lloyd!

    The next-generation electric archtop is here! Solid Spruce Top, Solid Mahogany back and sides with classic “Big Box” jazz and blues tones. Superior feedback suppression at high volumes.

    An all solid, hand carved, contemporary jazz guitar, the ER4 was designed by master US luthier Otto D’Ambrosio and put together by Eastman’s expert team.

    This is one of the best sounding arch tops we’ve ever had in the shop, and we’re delighted to have Lloyd playing it.

    He’s using the Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed Amp and we’re mic’d up with a lavalier mic clipped on to the body and the Blue Encore Condenser 300 on the amp. All available (except the lavalier mic) to purchase from the shop (and online!).

    Lloyd says: “A short demo of me playing the Eastman El Rey ER4. Lovely chord melody arrangement from Barry Greene’s chord melody ebook of the tune ‘peace’ with a slightly improvised ending. Great work with the filming recording and editing Tom and Joe.”

    For more information, click here.