• The Forsyths Blog

    January 12, 2022

    Bösendorfer Manchester Salon Recital Series at Forsyths

    New for 2022, we are pleased to announce a series of 8 recitals sponsored by Bösendorfer. This is a continuation of our successful series of recitals that started after the last Covid-19 Lockdown and continued throughout the rest of 2021 by popular demand! During the lockdown period we took advantage of being closed to the public and transformed our spectacular piano showroom by installing new flooring and balustrading. We also rearranged the showroom enabling us to transform into a wonderful venue after hours and seat an audience of up to around 90 people. Through these difficult pandemic times audiences have felt safe and comfortable as the informal seating layout enables everyone to stay spaced out. You can read more and see some pictures of past events here.

    With Bösendorfer’s help we are able to continue offering free evening recitals and are pleased to present a range of artists both established and up and coming. All fantastic musicians offering a unique opportunity to experience live music in the glorious acoustics of Forsyth’s historic piano showroom.

    Further details can be found on our website here https://www.forsyths.co.uk/content/category/8-Forsyth-Events

    To book your seat for any of the forthcoming recitals please email [email protected] or phone 0161 834 3281 ext 100

  • Guitar Department

    January 12, 2022

    Grow your talent (and a tree!) with Faith Guitars

    Faith Guitars produce some of the best value-for-money solid body acoustics available. The Faith Naked Venus is probably our bestselling electro-acoustic. Testimony to these wonderful instruments.

    But Faith Guitars are commited to more than great construction and sound. They have pledged to plant at least one tree for every guitar sold globaly from the start of 2022.

    Resulting from a partnership with not-for-profit, JUST ONE Tree, this action recognises the importance of an ethical and sustainable approach to instrument manufacturing.

    Alex Mew, Brand Director of Faith Guitars, stated “Working in conjunction with JUST ONE Tree will allow us to make a more positive environmental impact and we’re particularly pleased that they work closely with local communities in parts of Indonessia, not only replanting forests and mangroves, but also creating sustainable incomes too”.

    We strongly support this move and are delighted to provide the following Faith Guitars at a discounted price:

    Venus Blue Moon Burst Electro-Acoustic

    The Blood Moon is a fine sounding and immaculately built compact body guitar with a great pickup system, so it’s ideal as a stage guitar whether you’re playing open mics or big venues. The Venus body size, which is a little more compact than a 000 but relatively deep, is big enought to be nicely resonant unplugged but small enough to feel very comfortable on a strap. It’s a strong statement but about as cool as a guitar can get (so long as you like the colour blue).

    £1,112.00 £899.00. Learn more.

    FKV - Naked Venus Cutaway Electro-Acoustic

    When you buy a Naked you’re getting the same high quality solid woods that come on the Standard series, but by using a simple satin finish , no binding and a gig bag instead of a hard case the price is considerably lower. Unplugged it sounds marvellous, a bright and lively sounding guitarthat responds quickly and with lots of dynamic range. It’s also a lovely size, very compact for an orchestral style body so whever you’re curled up on the couch with it or slinginging it on a strap at a gig it feels very manageable. If you’re in the market for an affordable electro we really don’t think it gets much better than this!

    £609.00 £459.00. Learn more.

    FKV - Naked Venus 12 String Electro-Acoustic

    Looking for a 12 string? The combination of a 15″ lower bout and a slimmer depth of body looks to classic OM or Auditorium body-shapes for inspiration, and makes the Venus the perfect compromise. What remains unusual however, is finding a smaller bodied guitar in a 12 string guise. The Venus 12 remains remarkably easy to play, and will deliver that special 12 string sound with gusto.

    £705.00 £126.00. Learn more.

    Blue Moon Neptune Cutaway Acoustic

    The Neptune Blue Moon is a truly individual instrument. One of the beauties of genuinely solid, natural tonewoods is that each piece of solid timber used will vary in its natural colouration and its particular grain patterns, making your instrument unique. Tonally, the java mango top has an interesting character. It is not as loud and punchy as rosewood, nor as straightforwardly mellow as mahogany, yet it bears its own distinctive warmth. The overall tone could be described as dark and moody. The reduced level of resonant overtones makes the Blue Moon a perfect stage guitar: Eminently controllable, balanced and resistant to feedback.

    £979.00 £846.00. Learn more.

    Neptune Baritone Hi Gloss Acoustic

    The Neptune Baritone Hi Gloss is the very first Baritone model Faith have produced. The baby-jumbo shape pocesses a long neck and scale length, fitted with higher gauge strings, enabling lower register tuning. The Baritone sounds low enough to stand out from a standard acoustic yet still cut above the bass. It features an all-over high-gloss finish that is particularly effective in aiding the natural resonance of the Neptune body shape, while ensuring a fantastic level of clarity, string articulation, and volume.

    £1,239.00 £950.00. Learn more.

    Mercury Electro ‘Scoop’ Eclipse FECM-BNC Acoustic

    A little beauty, this Mercury is a traditional short-scale parlour model. With the neck joining the body at the 12th fret - rather than the 14th - the strings are held at a slightly lower tension than on regular models and the bridge is shifted further from the soundhole. These features result in a guitar that is physically easier to play, sounds much bigger than you would imagine and is also simple to handle and transport.

    £779.00 £636.00. Learn more.

    Naked Saturn Acoustic

    One of the original Faith shapes that launched the brand at the beginning of this century, this Saturn is a square-shouldered dreadnought design. The Spruce top and Mahogany body is 100% solid tonewood, in keeping with all other Faith series. However, the cosmetics and non-essential dressing have been stripped away, leaving the guitars in their natural, Naked state. Satin finished all over, the tonewood is almost entirely unrestricted in its resonant movement, so the tone delivered is far beyond what is normally expected at this price level.

    £562.00 £420.00. Learn more.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 24, 2021

    Merry Christmas!! (+ seasonal opening times)

    Wishing you a very Merry Chirstmas from all of us here at Forsyth!

    For those of you on the hunt for last minute, music-themed presents, we’re open today from 10am - 3pm and ready to help.

    Our Seasonal Opening Times are:

    Friday 24 December: 10am – 3pm

    Saturday 25 December: CLOSED
    Sunday  26 December: CLOSED
    Monday 27 December: CLOSED
    Tuesday 28 December: 11am – 5pm
    Wednesday 29 December: 10m – 5:30pm
    Thursday 30 December: 10am – 5.30pm
    Friday 31 December: 10am – 4pm
    Saturday 1 January: CLOSED
    Sunday 2 January: CLOSED

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 19, 2021

    Our Letter to Santa Claus

    With only a week until Christmas, the final hunt for presents truly commences. We’ve compiled our list for Santa Claus of brilliant gifts for musicians, covering everything from guitar themed cutlery to digital & grand pianos. Whether you’re looking for last minute musical stocking fillers or searching for that showstopper gift, this round-up of our festive treats could be just what you need!

    Bottle Axe

    Guitar shaped bottle opener

    The ideal gift for any guitarist, this bottle opener comes in its own gig bag, which features a plectrum pocket.



    Buy here.








    Nanoblock models

    Nanoblock Instruments

    From grand pianos and violins to electric guitars and synthesizers - build your very own instrument!


    Buy here.








    Glasses case

    A white or black glasses case, reproducing a manuscript of Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041


    Buy here.








    Quartet – The Composer Card Game

    Quartet compose card game

    This easy to play, quick to learn game is great for 2-6 players. Ideal for Christmas gatherings!


    Learn more here.









    Hogner Silver Star C Harmonica


    A great beginner’s harmonica in the key of C and a good harmonica for a number of genres, spanning rock, pop and folk.


    Check it out here.








    Mozart & Beethoven bears

    Beethoven bear

    It’s pawsible that this is the gift that you’ve been waiting for… our little Mozart and Bearthoven look great hanging from the tree at Christmas or sat on top of the piano all year round!


    For Mozart, click here.

    For Beethoven, click here.







    Mahalo Coloured Ukulele

    Mahalo Ukuleles

    This affordable and lightweight instrument is perfect for beginners of any age, and great for school ukulele bands!


    Pick your colour now!









    KatzKlip Portable Music Holders for Upright Pianos

    KatzKlip music holders

    A pair of high-quality, portable book holders for your upright piano designed by KatzKlip. Easy to fit and detach, requires no extra fixings, and leaves no scratches or marks.


    Buy here.










    A beautiful gift for any musician. You can guarantee that this present will be regularly used!

    £52.70 - £67.10

    Browse all our metronomes here.









    Stagg Cardioid USB Microphone Set

    Stagg mic set

    Ideal for podcasts, this cardioid set features a spring desk stand, pop filter, USB cable and shock mount.


    See more details here.









    Cort G250

    Cort G250 Champagne Gold

    This double-cutaway collection includes a wide variety of options and features to best meet a player’s specific needs and requirements. G250 features humbucker, single, single pickup configuration providing a wide variety of sounds to cover virtually any musical style.


    For our Champagne Gold, click here.

    For our Silver, click here.







    Primavera 200 – Antique Violin Outfit & Cello Outfit

    Primavera 200 Antique Violin

    The Primavera 200 series are great value either as first instruments or even as a step up from basic entry level instruments. Both instruments go through our technical department where we check the fit of the pegs, the bridge, and make adjustments as necessary, assuring that the instrument you buy will play perfectly.

    Click here for the Primavera 200 Antique Violin Outfit (£220.00)

    Click here for the Primavera 200 Cello Outfit (£699.00)








    Trevor James 5XE Flute Outfit

    Trevor 5XE Flute

    An affordable and well designed instrument, ideal for a beginner or someone picking up the flute again after an extended break!


    Find out more about the 5XE flute outfit here.









    Casio CDP-S100

    Compact Digital Piano S100

    The world’s smallest, full-sized digital stage piano, with a scaled hammer action - pefect for beginners and travelling musicians.


    Buy here.








    Ortega Hydra Double Neck Ukulele

    Double head ukulele

    What do you get a ukelele player who thinks they’ve got every ukelele?? Get the uke that does so much more. With a tenor 4 string and a tenor 8 string, this behemoth of a double necked stringed thing will have all the heads turning!


    Buy now.









    Sigma DM-SG5 Acoustic Guitar

    Sigma DM-SG5 Acoustic Guitar

    A really lovely looking and sounding dreadnaught from Sigma, which also features a Fishman Sonitone pickup. The solid sitka spruce top gives a fantastic bright tone, whilst the body is big enough to get a decent amount of low end out of it. All in all, very good value for a very good guitar.


    Explore this instrument further.







    Ibach Grand Piano

    Ibach Grand Piano

    Ibach is the perfect choice for a musician who appreciates the work of well-established piano makers. With its beautifully figured walnut casework, this compact grand would make a beautiful feature in any home.


    Learn more about this beautiful instrument here.








    Gift Vouchers

    Gift voucher

    If you really can’t decide on a gift (we’ve all been there!) then our gift vouchers are a great choice, letting you give a musician the opportunity to pick out a special something that they really need.

    £5-£100 if bought online and any amount if bought in store or over the phone.

    Purchase online here.

  • Piano Department

    December 18, 2021

    Yamaha new U1 and U3S back in stock!

    The pandemic has caused real problems with supply for many of the makes and models we like to keep in stock. All models of Yamaha upright and grand pianos have suffered decreases in production due to illness and supply chain issues. This coupled with a worldwide increase in demand due to more people spending time at home has caused a perfect storm. It is therefore with a big smile we want to let our customers know we have newly arrived stock of the well respected Yamaha U1 in black polyester and the U3S in mahogany polish. Please do come in to try them alongside a wide selection of other models and makes - or indeed before someone else purchases them!

    You can find out more on their respective pages

    Yamaha U1 in black polyester

    Yamaha U1 in black polyester

    Yamaha U3S mahogany polish at Forsyths

    Yamaha U3S mahogany polish at Forsyths

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 15, 2021

    Digital & Physical Forsyth Gift Vouchers

    Stuck for gift ideas? Choosing a great present for a musican can be difficult, but we’ve got the perfect solution. Our gift vouchers let you give a musician the opportunity to pick out a special something that they really need.

    Digital gift vouchers are redeemable in-store, by phone and online and can be purchased in the following denomiations: £5, £10, £15, £20, £25, £50, £75, and £100. We can email the vouchers to you, or directly to the recipients. You can see all our gift vouchers here.

    Our physical gift vouchers can be redeemed in the same manner, and can be purchased in-store and by phone in any denomination. Just call 0161 834 3281, ext. 1 to purchase a physical voucher. They are presented in a card featuring a reproduction of a brilliant oil painting of our shop window, created by Stephen Campbell.

  • Sheet Music Department

    December 13, 2021

    Deansgate open again!

    UPDATE 13:00 - We’re pleased to report Deansgate has been reopened and you can now use our front entrance as usual

    Due to a police incident on Deansgate in the early hours this morning, there is no access to our front door. You can gain access to our premises via our backdoor/goods entrance on Southgate - you are still welcome to come in and browse!

    We are told the police cordon is likely to be in place until 13:00 today Monday 13th December.

    Thank you for your understanding

    Forsyth front entrance not accessible due to police cordon

    Forsyth front entrance not accessible due to police cordon

  • Events

    December 5, 2021

    Events at Forsyth December

    We have some exciting dates for your diary. See below for an overview of all the events to happen here at Forsyths in November and December.

    Click the link for more information about each event, including how to book etc.

    Beethoven and Youth - A lecture-recital hosted by Murray McLachlan (Fri 26th Nov)

    Let’s Play the Piano! - mini meetups (Fri 4 Dec)

    Lochlan McBride and Cameron Liu (Fri 10 Dec)

    Free Piano Workshop with Susan Bettaney (Sun 12 Dec)

    Manchester Piano Hub Christmas Concert (Fri 17 Dec)


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