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10/01/2019

The Best Piano for Studying

When studying music at university, it is very helpful to have a piano of your own. Whether this is for practising for exams or for other courses such as composition or keyboard skills, it can be of huge benefit. I would say that the most common type of piano for students to buy is a portable digital piano such as a Yamaha P-45. This is because it features a full 88 key weighted keyboard, while still being reasonably lightweight and easy to carry. This is especially helpful if you are... Read More

07/01/2019

Yamaha P515 Replaces P225

The Yamaha P515 represents true portable luxury, suitable for both serious practice and live performance, a portable digital piano for all musicians. The P515 is the successor to the very popular P255. Let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the P515 and the P255. Firstly, the P255 comes with a Graded Hammer Keyboard which is normal for a keyboard at this level on the market. Whereas the P515 comes with NWX Keyboard with synthetic ebony and ivory tops, which is something you would expect to... Read More

04/01/2019

What is Lemon Oil?

Lemon oil… What is it? Answer: a fretboard conditioner? Cleaner. Fretboard oils contain very little real lemon oil. The last thing any guitar product manufacturer wants is to damage their customer’s guitars. So, many of the popular guitar lemon oils sold by well-known guitar companies are comprised primarily of other oils–usually, mineral oil, which is a pretty good (and cheap) fretboard conditioner by itself. They contain only a small amount of real lemon oil, and the yellow colour comes from artificial colouring. In fact, some contain no real lemon oil at all. Instead, they’re just mineral oil... Read More

02/01/2019

Sigma Guitars

Sigma guitars are great guitars; they are affordable and very well made. They are copies of Martin guitars for the most part however they also do very good copies of Taylors and Gibson acoustics as well. They have a wide variety of different models ranging from travel guitars, parlour guitars, cutaway semi-acoustics and dreadnought. The newest addition to the sigma range is the modern range series and they sound absolutely beautiful and feel great to play. They all have a cutaway body and feature a fish man flex plus pickup... Read More

28/12/2018

Which Yamaha Digital Piano Is For Me?

Yamaha have a wide variety of digital piano’s, ranging from beginner digital pianos to professional digital piano’s that are even grand piano models. Now there are so many Yamaha digital piano models but they start off at the YDP Arius range, these consist of popular models such as the YDP143 and YDP 163. They both have 88 weighted keys and are4 great for beginners and learners. Then you have the Clavinova range which consists of 3 tiers. CLP, CVP and CSP. They are all very different but to put in... Read More

21/12/2018

Digital Rhythm Pianos, What Do They Do?

When customers come along to our stores to find out about digital pianos, we always explain the different models and features, but also there are 2 very different kinds of digital piano! There is what I would call a straight digital piano, which has a number of different sounds (pianos. organs, strings etc.) which through different models could number up to around 32-54. They also may record and on the current range of Yamaha CLP range from the CLP 635 upwards do have a small selection of rhythm styles for... Read More

19/12/2018

Why Do We Need Piano Pedals?

One question that people often ask when looking to buy a piano is; “What are the pedals for?” All Yamaha acoustic pianos have three pedals, as do their Clavinovas and Arius range and their portable pianos all come with a sustain pedal. The sustain or damper pedal is by far the most frequently used among pianists of all levels and is typically the rightmost of two or three pedals. When pressed down, the sustain pedal pulls the dampers away from the strings, allowing any notes played to be sustained until... Read More

17/12/2018

Which Digital Piano Should I Buy? I Want One That Feels Like A Real Piano?

Which Digital Piano Should I Buy? I Want One That Feels Like A Real Piano? This phrase “I want one that feels like a real piano” is virtually spoken by all customers looking at purchasing a digital piano! Well, I am sorry to burst the bubble, but all acoustic real pianos have a different feel to the action! Every single one is different. I know that doesn’t help much, so let me try to give you some points to think about and things to look out for. As with I... Read More

14/12/2018

Yamaha’s Avant Grand Hybrid Piano

The Avant Grand range consists of Yamaha’s very top of the range and most prestigious digital pianos. These models include; N1, N1X, N2, and N3. These unbelievable instruments are designed to give you the flexibility and control of a digital piano while playing and feeling exactly the same as a Concert Grand Piano! Yes, the Avant Grand series are equipped with a real piano action… in fact over 5000 parts of Yamaha genuine piano action! Avant Grand, also known as Yamaha Hybrid Pianos, are packed full of great features including... Read More

12/12/2018

Choosing The Right Reed For You and Your Clarinet

Quite an important choice for any wind player that uses reeds and one I hope to make easier, it should always be considered what level of skill the player has when Choosing the right clarinet reed, marry this with the correct mouthpiece and you have the basics for ensuring the student can progress and develop the skills needed for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Here at Rimmers, we get lots of questions about reeds, often from parents of children who want to know 3 things – what type, what brand... Read More