• Piano Department

    July 28, 2016

    New arrival - White modern upright piano by Schimmel

    We are extremely pleased and excited to show off this stunning rarity by Schimmel in our showroom in Manchester. It was originally designed and made for the musikmesse annual piano festival in Frankfurt this year. This particular Schimmel International I115M is the only one of its kind in the UK finished in white polyester with special chrome fittings!

    It is currently on offer for £8,550 to include a matching single adjustable stool by Schimmel which is finished in white polish with a grey leather top (price on its own £600).

    This piano would make a very beautiful and smart addition to any modern home.

    Find out more here.

    White upright Piano by Schimmel model International I115M

    White upright Piano by Schimmel model International I115M


  • Instrument Department

    November 9, 2015

    Digital Piano Special Offer

    During November we are giving a free LED piano lamp and a free piano stool with Kawai CA & CS model digital pianos.The total cost of these items is nearly £180. offer ends 30/11/15

    We are also able to offer 0% finance on most Kawai & Roland digital pianos. (subject to status).

    All our digital pianos are priced at online matching prices both on our website and inside our superstore hear in central Manchester. So you can be sure you get the very best advice and the best deal.


  • Piano Department

    October 16, 2014

    New Arrivals In The Piano Department

    The hard-to-find Yamaha DGC1 self-playing grand

    The hard-to-find Yamaha DGC1 self-playing grand

    We’ve had a busy week with new arrivals in our Piano Department, with some exciting additions to our stock.

    Piano manufacturers are becoming increasingly clever at combining the traditional qualities and design of real acoustic instruments, with 21st century technology, and two of our new arrivals are excellent examples of this.

    Yamaha have been making their Disklavier range of self-playing pianos for several years but the more recent developments have really transformed its capabilities.  The DGC1 is in very short supply, but we have taken delivery of one this week.  It is a very nice acoustic piano, made in Japan, with the added benefits of full Silent Piano functionality and the ability to play a wide range of Yamaha MusicSoft songs.  You can also record your own playing and then have it played back by the piano - a great way of checking your progress with a new piece!  Furthermore, the DGC1 is included in Yamaha’s Silence Is Golden campaign which could give you up to £950 extra for your part-exchange.

    Kawais K200 upright with the new ATX II Anytime system

    Kawai's K200 upright with the new ATX II 'Anytime' system

    Meanwhile, Yamaha’s fellow Japanese competitors Kawai have also been busy.  They have developed a new version of their ‘Anytime X’ silent piano system, and we’ve just taken delivery of a K200 upright piano fitted with it.  ATX II builds on the talents of the previous version but adds the flexibility of a better piano sample with 256-note polyphony (the same as used on the company’s CA65 and CA95 digitals), and the ability to record your playing to a USB memory device in either WAV or MP3 format.  The MP3 recording is particularly nice as it makes sharing your music so much easier.

    The ATX II system can also be ordered on most other Kawai upright piano models.

    In addition to these exciting new arrivals we also have Yamaha’s new TransAcoustic version of the ubiquitous U1 upright piano for you to try.  This currently has very limited availability and we are one of the few shops where you can try the technology for yourself.  The TransAcoustic takes Yamaha’s excellent SH silent system and adds a soundboard speaker system so that as well as being able to play in normal acoustic or digital silent modes, you can also play the digital side of the instrument out loud and benefit from the natural resonance of the solid spruce tone wood.   You can even play the acoustic piano with the digital samples at the same time, so there are no limits to your creativity.  Like the DGC1 this instrument is included in the Silence Is Golden upgrade bonus scheme.


  • Piano Department

    September 9, 2014

    In Search of the Lost Chord?

    Well, maybe not the lost chord but perhaps you are in search of the right piano so that you can play the right chord!

    We’re here to make your search easier. Visit us to view our extensive range of new and second hand acoustic and digital pianos. We select the best the piano world has to offer including new pianos from Schimmel, Bechstein, Bosendorfer, Kawai, Yamaha, Kemble, Hoffmann, Wilhelm Schimmel, and Roland. You’ll find it so helpful to be able to directly compare a wide range of options, and our specialist staff will help you to see beyond the black and white specs so that you understand how the unique features of each piano can benefit you and your music making.

    Furthermore, we’re open when you need us - 7 days a week! Come and see us 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, or 11am-5pm on a Sunday. Spend us much time as you need in our relaxed surroundings, and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you like. A piano is an important purchase and it is important to us that we help you to make the right choice.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Forsyth.


  • Piano Department

    August 31, 2014

    TransAcoustic now in stock

    Yamaha are never a company to sit still and their latest launch is the SH TransAcoustic version of their ubiquitous U1 upright piano. The U1SHTA combines the famed qualities of the U1 acoustic with Yamaha’s excellent SH silent system and the additional flexibility of being able to play the digital sounds (including the CFX grand sample) through a speaker system which utilises the piano’s soundboard. We now have the U1SHTA on our showroom floor ready for you to try, so do come in and experience it for yourself. Photographs are available to view on our product page


  • Piano Department

    July 23, 2014

    Buying a piano at Forsyths

    Forsyths is an authorised main dealer for every new piano we advertise and sell. In the same way that we are very careful in selecting the makers we wish to represent, so those makers are selective in who they wish to be represented by. The whole reason for piano makers to have authorised dealers is to ensure that their instruments are displayed, demonstrated, sold, prepared and delivered to the very highest standards and backed up by proper customer service. Only authorised dealers have access to manufacturer’s warranties and support.

    We have been at the heart of piano sales, preparation, servicing and distribution in the UK since the Forsyth Brothers first established the company in Manchester in 1857. Back then we were distributors for instruments made by the famous firm of London piano builders John Broadwood & Son. Over the 157 years since then we have enjoyed close and trusted relationships with a wide array of piano makers. As the piano industry has changed, so the range of makers we represent has changed with it, but the premise remains the same: our on-site workshops, experienced piano tuners and technicians, passionate and expert piano specialists, extensive stock and total commitment to long-term customer service and relationships enable us to secure and maintain ‘authorised’ status with the makers we want to deal with.

    We often come across older pianos by the fine English makers such as Broadwood, Collard & Collard, Knight, and Danemann with badges inside showing that they were originally supplied by Forsyths, and it is always rewarding to think of the pleasure these instruments will have given since leaving our premises. Today, these makers have sadly disappeared, but we continue to bring the best of the piano industry as main dealers for several of the key players in 21st century piano building.

    C. Bechstein: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Bechstein pianos enjoyed huge popularity in this country due to their clear, noble sound and refined actions. We sold many of their pianos during this golden period, and are delighted that their upright and grand pianos in the 21st century very much live up to the Bechstein reputation. We stock a strong range of C.Bechstein and Bechstein ‘B’ range pianos and are pleased to be able to continue our long relationship with these fine German instruments. We are also pleased to offer the highly competitive W.Hoffmann Tradition range of upright pianos, designed and made by Bechstein in Europe.

    Boesendorfer: Exquisite, beautifully crafted pianos from Vienna, marrying an instantly recognisable tone with precise, responsive mechanics. Boesendorfer has a very small group of dealers in the UK and we are proud to be their sole agents in Manchester. We currently have their Model 200 grand and 120CL upright in our showroom, and are able to supply any Boesendorfer model. We can even arrange factory selection visits in appropriate circumstances.

    Schimmmel: Our relationship with the Schimmel family and their restless pursuit of the very highest standards in piano making has been long and rewarding and it is very exciting that in 2014 we are able to present the finest pianos the company has ever made. We are one of only a very small number of carefully selected dealers in the UK and the only authorised Schimmel piano dealers North of the Midlands. We stock a full complement of models from the Konzert, Classic, International and Wilhelm Schimmel ranges, including the only examples of the very latest Konzert grands in the UK - a K175T and a K195T.

    Kawai: We were one of the first UK dealers to represent Kawai pianos, back in the early days of the ‘KG’ range of grands. Since then we’ve seen them go from strength to strength and in 2011 we were Kawai Piano Dealers of the Year. Only last year we sold the first GX-series grand piano in Europe - a GX2 - and we always have a wide selection of their uprights and grands available for you to try, all benefitting from the company’s industry-leading 10 year warranty.

    Yamaha: Yamaha have one of the largest public profiles of any piano maker and produce a vast range of instruments, from their affordable B-series uprights through the ubiquitous U series, to the superb SE and SU series uprights and CX range grands. These instruments are characterised by excellent mechanical reliability and a clean contemporary sound. Yamaha are leaders in bringing technological innovation including their superb silent technology and Disklavier self-playing systems. We have been dealers for Yamaha pianos for a long time, and stock a wide selection of their instruments.

    Kemble: Our relationship with Kemble goes back a long way and we have sold many of their instruments. We are a Kemble ‘Centre of Excellence’ and offer a 10 year warranty on their pianos. Although these pianos have been made by Yamaha since the Milton Keynes factory closed in 2009, the Kemble models are still specially prepared to give a more traditional sound and models such as the Conservatoire upright offer superb value for money.

    Remember, we are authorised main dealers for all of these piano makers and, as standard, we offer:

    * A traditional piano salon style showroom with a wide range of pianos to try, side by side. You should ALWAYS try a piano before buying it;
    * Carefully prepared, maintained and regularly tuned stock;
    * Piano Specialists with passion and experience to assist and advise;
    * As much time as you need to try the pianos and feel that you have made the right choice;
    * A wide choice of factory made piano stools, crafted in solid beech - no flat-packs with bolt-on legs!;
    * Thorough preparation of your piano before delivery;
    * Professional delivery by experienced piano delivery experts, with a 2-hour time window given the day before;
    * Full manufacturer’s warranty;
    * Long-term customer support and advice;
    * Piano tuning, voicing, regulation, servicing, and moving services at competitive prices to ensure your piano stays in top shape;
    * Part-exchange available.


  • Piano Department

    June 5, 2014

    Jewels of June

    Summer is beginning to make an appearance and, to celebrate, we’re delighted to announce a range of sale offers on pianos from our outstanding range of uprights and grands.

    ‘Jewels of June’ is a range of carefully selected pianos with stunning ‘fixed price’ reductions, that make this a great opportunity to bring a whole new level of musical enjoyment to your life. There are savings of up to £7,000 to be had on selected instruments by Yamaha, Kawai, Schimmel, Bechstein, Kemble, May, Vogel and also on some of our second hand piano stock.

    Don’t delay, though. The specially selected nature of our sale range means that stocks are limited, and we’ve already sold two of the included pianos!

    Follow @ForsythMusic on twitter and search for #JewelsofJune for some of the highlights, including this special instrument:


  • Piano Department

    May 24, 2014

    Gimmick Free Piano Advice

    We pride ourselves on giving our customers balanced and informed piano buying advice, and on demonstrating the reasons behind it with proper reference to your musical, domestic and financial requirements. We believe in being straight forward as it makes it easier to help you navigate the range of pianos on offer - and when you come to Forsyths, it is quite some range!

    If you are reading this, you’ve already found our website. We’ve tried (and are still working) to make it as informative and detailed as possible - to give you a flavour of the possibilities on offer. However, you will notice that we don’t offer you downloadable piano buying guides in a trade-off for your email and contact details, like some piano shops do. We’d much prefer you to pick up the phone and speak to our piano specialists, Paul, Matthew or Sian. Between them they have racked up some 26 years at Forsyths!

    Even better, we’d like you to visit us in our Manchester city-centre shop on Deansgate where the first floor is given over entirely to pianos and the top floor houses our expertly staffed piano workshops. We want to get to know you and your music-making, and we want you to get to know us. That way, you’ll end up buying from people rather than off the back of an impersonal digital communication or internet forum posting. To us, every single prospective piano customer is an individual with their own needs, preferences, and requirements and we take the process of helping you find the right piano for you very seriously.

    Spend time in our shop, with our pianos and with our people. A piano is an important purchase, and gimmicks just don’t cut it.


  • Piano Department

    May 6, 2014

    Piano Happenings!

    There is so much going on in the piano world locally that it seems a nice idea to find a way to draw it all together so that you can keep up-to-date with North West ‘Piano Happenings’ in one place!

    One of the big sources of excitement here in Manchester this week is Alfred Brendel’s visit to the Royal Northern College of Music on 7th May. Mr Brendel will be giving a lecture at 7.30pm based around his latest book, ‘A Pianist’s A-Z’. The subtitle of the book is ‘A Piano Lover’s Reader’, and I’m quite sure local piano lovers won’t want to miss hearing this erudite and fascinating musician talk in person.

    As the weekend approaches on Friday evening it is time for the Keyboard Final of the BBC’s 2014 Young Musician of the Year competition, broadcast on BBC4 at 7.30pm. So far this year, the finals have made for scintillating viewing with a particularly high standard in last week’s woodwind category. I’m hoping the Keyboard Final will bring some really communicative piano playing and a diverse range of repertoire which really explores what the instrument can do!

    On Saturday, our friends at the Halle are performing are splendid programme of Slavic music at St. George’s Hall in Bradford. The orchestra will play Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1 and Rachmaninov’s intense and searing Symphony No.2, and will be joined by pianist Sofya Gulyak in Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto. The piano will be our very own Schimmel Konzert K280T 9 foot 2 grand which most recently appeared at the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

    Looking further ahead, many of the concert seasons for the next year have been announced recently. Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of the highlights starting this week with events to watch out for in Blackburn and Manchester.

    The Bridgewater Hall’s International Concert Season usually includes a couple of good piano recitals and the 2014-15 season is no different. In particular, October sees a recital by Daniil Trifonov - a wonderfully expressive player who is definitely one of the younger pianists to watch. Before that, however, the end of the 2013-2014 season still has appearances by John Lill in store, bringing to an end his traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas. More details at http://www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

    Last Thursday night Martin Roscoe gave a launch recital for this year’s Ribble Valley International Piano Week, also announcing the programme of events for this year’s festival which takes place on 16th - 19th July. Highlights include Mr Roscoe’s opening recital, including works by Beethoven, Schubert, Faure and Chopin, as well as his closing recital accompanying violinist Tasmin Little. In-between these concerts, there is what promises to be a thought provoking evening of Wilfred Owen’s poetry read by Andrew Motion and interwoven with piano music by Ravel, Elgar, Bridge and Ireland played by Ian Buckle. Chethams School of Music jazz piano specialist Les Chisnall will also be appearing with his Les Chisnall Trio. For the full programme of events, including recitals by Erdim Mirsiliogu, Alexander Panfilov, and Alessandro Taverna visit http://www.rvipw.co.uk.


  • Piano Department

    April 3, 2014

    Wilhelm Schimmel Upright Pianos

    We now have very limited stock of most of the Wilhelm Schimmel upright piano models.  These affordable but high quality pianos, designed and made by Schimmel in Europe (at their own factory) and starting at £5,990, have created quite a stir since their launch late last year and we have constantly struggled to meet demand.  We still have forward orders from customers for some models!

    If you are looking for an affordable European piano do not delay.  Pop into our showroom on Deansgate to try these pianos for yourself and secure yours to avoid having to wait for the next availability!


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