Hiring A Piano
For many people, hiring a piano is an excellent way of getting a good working piano at a very economic rate; in fact, I think we can honestly say ours are the cheapest rates anywhere in the UK.
There are two types of hire:
1. Short Term Hire.
This is for people who want a piano for a special event such as a wedding, birthday party, concert, etc. Prices vary according to what is needed: e.g: Grand, upright, quality of piano required, etc. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. We can then discuss everything from transport, access to site, dates, etc.
2. Long Term Hire.
We have a number of pianos out on hire, some for many years; others for people who are in the area for a fixed term like USAF personnel. Our customers range from a child just starting lessons to adults who are revisiting their piano playing after a few years away with university, work, family, etc.
It's a fact of life that many people buy a really cheap piano, off somewhere like Ebay which then has to be moved, tuned and then possibly moved again and dumped with land fill charges, etc. Even if they don't prove to be an immediate "write off", you often find the piano is really difficult to play. No wonder little Jimmy gives up after a few weeks. Hiring is also a good way to see if someone has the "sticking power" to learn and doesn't then want to have a pony six weeks later, karate lessons, dancing, flute, saxophone, etc, etc.
How does long time hire work?
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a contract?
Yes, just a very simple one which can be viewed and downloaded here
Is there VAT?
There is no VAT.
Do these prices apply anywhere?
No, these are local charges. There are obviously additional charges the further away you are.
Can I hire a grand piano as well?
Yes – prices start from £60 a month.
What happens if you don’t have the piano you want?
I have contacts in the trade and I can often source, the unsourceful! (Have I just made up a new word)?
Our current stock of pianos is down at the moment as we are waiting for some building work to be done.
In the mean time Peter suggests potential buyers get him to accompany them to the London Piano Auctions, where there is a wide variety of uprights and grands at trade prices. Or Peter can source particular pianos in the trade for you.
Piano's For Hire
1- Kemble Upright.
Modern Kemble upright piano in a mahogany case. Very soft, gentle tone. Further details and photo to follow.
2 - Barratt and Robinson Piano.
Very small and compact.
Modern design upright piano in excellent condition.
Overstrung and underdamped with a gentle singing tone.
With a light responsive action.
Fully guaranteed and a free tuning when delivered.
English maker: Barratt and Robinson.
Light wood case with non-ivory keys.
Early viewing advised
£950 or hire at £50 per month. (Min 12 Months).
3 - Bechstein Upright Piano.
Very good, clean, black Bechstein Upright piano.
Serial Number: 102999 Built 1911. Berlin.
Hold tuning well – concert Pitch.
Unchipped ivory and ebony keys. Ivory certificate supplied.
Good tone with a moderate, pleasing tone.
Light action, fully regulated. Fast, responsive touch,
Model 9 – the best upright made by Bechstein
£1,800. (No VAT)
Price excludes transportation.
4 - Kemble - Small Modern Upright
Very small upright piano.
Very Good Condition
£850 + Moving
All pianos in this section are at a bargain price of £400 to clear as we need the space.
All pianos have been regulated, tuned and repaired.
5 - Monington And Weston
Small Upright Piano.
6 - Howard Small Upright Piano.
Contact me for more details.
Upright Piano By Albert Fahr Zeits.
Traditional German upright piano by Albert Fahr Zeits in black.
Piano has been fully re-strung recently and holds tune very well.
Now in process of being repolished
Straight strung, but underdamper action.
Good even touch.
Hopkinson Upright Piano.
Traditional Overstrung/Underdamper Hopkinson upright piano.
Original Mahogany case in generally very good order.
Action has been regulated and piano tuned.
Good ivory keys.
Has been in the same family since new.
Hopkinson were regarded as one of the best English piano makers:
so-much-so, that they made pianos for Bechstein.
Zender - Compact Small Modern Upright
Julius Feurich (5ft 6") Grand Piano.
Made by Feurich of Germany mid 20’s.
Case is a rosewood and quite superb: Re-polished and re-furbished.
The lightest of touches and a wonderful singing tone,
It’s a boudoir grand measuring 5ft 6in. It has a wonderful tone especially in the bass. The action is totally controlled and light.
I’m selling it for £7,500 + moving. Storage can be arranged.
You will not get better.
Different s/h stools available: antique, singles, duet, rise and fall, cheapies.
Short Term Hire
Hire a piano for a special occasion, like a wedding or a production in a village hall. Prices work out cheaper over a longer period because of transport costs.
Peter Tryon FMCM., FASC., ARCM., ALCM., AVCM., Cert Ed.
40+ years experience. Regular visits across the county plus parts of Norfolk, Essex, Warwickshire and Scotland (Dumfries area). Tuner for the National Trust, Cambridge University, Forestry Commission outdoor concerts, Suffolk County Council schools, many private schools, piano teachers, etc.
Fully enhanced CRB check and fully insured with £5,000,000 public liability.