Petrof and the 150th Piano Party!

Petrof and the 150th Piano Party!

I’ve just returned from a very interesting trip to visit the Petrof piano factory in the Czech Republic. The factory is situated in the historic city of Hradec Králóve, around 70 miles east of Prague. The occasion was Petrof’s 150th anniversary of manufacturing...
A Kawai world exclusive for Makin

A Kawai world exclusive for Makin

Before heading to Frankfurt, we’d heard good things about Kawai’s new flagship upright piano, the K-800 AS. So much so, we decided to take the plunge and place the first UK order for this model before even trying it out. It’s being launched here at Frankfurt, and now...
Up, up and away to the Frankfurt World Music Fair!

Up, up and away to the Frankfurt World Music Fair!

It’s March, and I’m on a Lufthansa Airbus at 31,000 feet out of Edinburgh. Is it really twelve months since I last visited the Frankfurt world fair for musical instruments – the Musikmesse? Apparently so… I love to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of...
The irresistible Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano

The irresistible Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano

We’ve just taken a new Grotrian-Steinweg grand into stock and it is awesome! It’s the Model “Cabinet” which is 192cm (6’3”) in length. I saw examples of this instrument when I was over visiting the factory in Braunschweig, Germany. It’s the most popular of the range...
A good bedside manner with Upright Pianos

A good bedside manner with Upright Pianos

Mention upright pianos, and for many people thoughts turn to that old wooden box situated in a corner of their grandparent’s home. Often little used, but always much loved, pianos are frequently handed down from one generation to the next. It’s not surprising then...
A grand old Blüthner receives an Edinburgh rebuild

A grand old Blüthner receives an Edinburgh rebuild

Last week, I received a telephone call from a charming lady looking to sell an old Blüthner grand piano in Edinburgh. A suitable viewing time was arranged and I thought no more of it. On the day, I felt foolish when I realised I had been speaking to Andrea Hess,...