Welcome to J Reid Pianos

Please Note !….Our Piano Factory & Showroom will be closed during Easter Weekend :
Thursday 17th April….8.30am – 5.00pm
Easter Friday…………Closed
Easter Saturday……..Closed
Easter Sunday……….Closed
Easter Monday………Closed
Tuesday 22nd April….Resume Normal Trading

Tel: 0208 800 6907

J Reid have a huge selection of Upright Pianos and Grand Pianos available for viewing, at our London factory / showrooms.

Just one of our Tottenham showrooms has more than 30 Grand Pianos on display !

If you are browsing then why not fully explore our website, you could start by looking at our featured sale items – click here to view.

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The Historic Piano Factory Building in North London

There is some interesting history about the famous J Reid Pianos’ building located on St Ann’s Road in Tottenham, North London (Tel 020 8800 6907). Check our opening times.

The historic J Reid Pianos factory building

The building is an impressive and rather unusual ediface for a thriving piano factory and outlet. It’s where you will discover J Reid Pianos, in this Georgian building, built c. 1830.

St Ann's Road - The J Reid Pianos Building - very old image

St Ann's Road - Part of the J Reid Pianos Building - believed to be photographed around 1890

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Pianos in the snow

As you would expect from J Reid Pianos, we deliver whatever the weather. To cheer us all up in this rather chilly weather – we’ve decided to use the picture below for this week’s caption competition. Please suggest a caption for the picture below and we’ll pick the best ones to hopefully amuse our website visitors.

J Reids Deliver in all Weathers

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Buying a piano – general advice

Whatever reason you have for wanting to buy a piano, sound advice can be a bit difficult to find on the internet. However, since you have managed to find this posting you are well on your way to finding what you are looking for.

You should first decide if you want a traditional acoustic piano or a digital. You also need to decide whether your piano should be an upright or a grand. Digital pianos need no tuning and usually take up less space, but their sound quality will degrade after about five years to seven years. Digital pianos are known to be particularly prone to mechanical failure and do not tend to be considered as serious competition to the acoustic traditional instrument digital pianos seek to emulate.

When buying a grand or upright piano it is crucial that you get expert professional advice – this can often be found from a piano tuner or piano teacher. If you aren’t able to get a piano tuner or piano teacher to come with you to the piano store – you will particularly need to choose a piano store that has been established for many years and is a well known piano retailer with plenty of recommendations and testimonials from their satisfied customers.

Should you invest in a new or second-hand piano?
A good piano outlet will generally offer pianos from the following categories; New, Fully Restored or Pre-owned (second-hand). A very good fully restored piano from a good maker can cost more than a modern new piano. At the other end of the price scale you will generally find the old second-hand or modern second hand pianos. New upright pianos can also cost less than the fully reconditioned pianos. Ultimately your decision will depend on whether you like the tone, feel and the look of the instrument. If you want a piano to be an impressive piece of furniture that will go well with the decor in its intending setting you will most likely be happier with an older piano. If you are buying for a child to practice a mid-range new piano will suit you best.

What should you buy for a beginner?
A poor, cheap piano will almost definitely be bad for a beginner and can actually put them off wanting to play piano. Mid-range new pianos are smaller than old pianos and will generally go well within the modern setting of most people’s homes. An old fully restored piano certainly has the character to make a dramatic change to the look and feel any room but they can require a little more maintenance and care than a new model would need. Centrally heated houses tend to be a little too dry for antique pianos – if you are considering an antique piano you should be more careful about knowing the history of the restored instrument, whether the original tuning pins have been appropriately replaced for example, since these factors are important in order to establish whether a humidifier should be put into the room with the piano to keep it in pristine condition.

How often should I tune my piano?
It is generally advised that an acoustic piano should be tuned twice a year, although once a year can sometimes be sufficient. The cost of tuning varies according to the piano and the time needed.

How much space does a piano need and how much do they weigh?
The size of an upright piano ranges between 85cm and 150cm tall. As a general rule the larger the piano the richer the tone due to the longer strings and larger soundboard. However, consideration should also be given to the room and acoustics of the room in which the piano will be housed because a large piano may overwhelm a small room. The piano’s width is generally about 150cm and there are normally seven and a quarter octaves on the keyboard (88 keys), there are smaller pianos available with fewer keys. Before you venture out to find your piano you should measure not only the space you wish to utilise for your piano, you should allow for the space it needs to get it in. It may also be useful to take pictures to bring with you of any passageways, doorways or staircases or small spaces which the piano removal men will need to negotiate.

The average upright piano can weigh anything from about 170kg to 270kg. This normally depends on how large and how old it is.

We welcome all general enquiries, please complete this form at any time or you can call Susan or John on 020 8800 6907 during our opening hours.
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Recording Session at J Reid Pianos

Lover-Lover-recording-session

Pianists were invited to take part in a recording session on Monday 8th November 2010 at J Reid Pianos. The piano-fest culminated in over 20 grand pianos being played together to create a new recording for Lover-Lover. Jarvis Cocker was just one of the notable recording artists that supported the unique recording session at the J Reid Piano Factory and Outlet in Tottenham.

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Buying pianos on ebay

Here is one experience, from the many, which some piano buyers have let us know about after they have bought pianos on ebay.

Hi John,

I wondered if you had an upright piano for a beginner. We have an 8 year old girl who has just started to play the piano. We bought her a piano for Christmas from Ebay.

Unfortunately we tried to tune it and after about two weeks it went out of tune again. The piano tuner did say if it went out of tune quickly then he doubted that it would be any good. Do you have anything in stock at the moment that would be good for a beginner. We live just outside Guildford in Surrey.

Many thanks,

M B
(Surrey)

We were very sorry to learn of Mr B’s bad experience from buying a piano online via ebay at Christmas for his daughter. This does seem to be an all too common experience.

We would always strongly recommend that anyone contemplating buying a piano on ebay should first have it thoroughly checked by a fully trained and qualified piano technician.

It is also important that the main person that will be learning or playing the piano should try the piano first in order to get a sense of the piano’s touch, responsiveness and general sound quality before buying.

Fortunately, all the second hand pianos at J Reid Pianos have been fully checked by our qualified technicians and always meet our strict standards before being offered for sale.

We have written directly to Mr B inviting him to bring his daughter to our North London showrooms so that he can select a piano for his daughter with the full confidence that the piano he buys will be of the appropriate standard and offer many years of playability.

- J Reid Pianos

Read some of J Reid Pianos positive customer feedback.

We welcome all general enquiries, please complete this form at any time or you can call Susan or John on 020 8800 6907 during our opening hours.
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Piano Restoration

Piano restoration by true craftsmen.

Some of the best pianos ever made are well over 100 years old. During their time they have ‘lived’ through two World Wars, natural disasters and all manner of testing events that have caused damage. J Reid Pianos have a team of highly skilled craftsmen capable of repairing and restoring any piano back to full vibrant health. The specialist skills required take a lifetime to learn and J Reid Pianos’ craftsmen are some of the very few left that can do this work. Whatever ‘disaster’ has struck, or however unlikely it seems that the piano can be ‘resuscitated’, please get in touch with J Reid Pianos. Like many others, you will be very glad you did. J Reid Pianos also welcome trade enquiries. As a J Reid Pianos polisher says; “Polishing fine surfaces to a high standard takes time and lots of patience. Whether the material used is old or new, the results we achieve must always be of the highest calibre.”

J Reid Pianos - Piano Restoration

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Piano Hire

Uprights or grands for hire – J Reid Pianos can supply your piano for hire on a long or short-term basis.

Hiring is a great way to ‘try before you buy.’ J Reid Pianos also offer a partial refund of the hiring fees; if you decide to purchase a piano from J Reid Pianos. Many of J Reid Pianos clients have decided to hire rather than to buy, either way, J Reid Pianos provide the highest standards of service and care. Full terms and conditions for these services are available upon request.

J Reid Pianos - Piano Hire

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Traditional Pianos versus Digital Pianos

Because J Reid Pianos can supply both traditional and digital pianos, they are very well placed to offer good sound advice.

Generally, the traditional piano offers benefits which digital pianos simply cannot. However, J Reid Pianos believe that both kinds of piano do have their place. You may have very limited space for a piano and a smaller, lighter, digital piano may be the only kind you can feasibly house. Or, perhaps you need to interface digitally with some other equipment and you need to use a digital. Whatever the situation, you can rely on J Reid Pianos to explain all the various pros and cons – without confusing technical jargon – helping you make the right choice.

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Finest Tuning

Why fine piano adjustments are so very important.

Experienced or aspiring players often prefer a particular kind of ‘weight’ to their piano’s keys. A player should always be happy with these settings on their piano. When a piano has been properly adjusted, it ensures that the player is able to produce the full range of repetition, ‘tone colour’ and dynamics. Badly adjusted pianos can actually hinder an aspiring player’s progress. J Reid Pianos have the specialist skills to adjust pianos, new or old, so that they can be played to their full potential. Each piano supplied by J Reid Pianos is adjusted by J Reid Pianos’ specialists, to an optimum level. If you require any further final adjustments, these can be carried out as required.

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Piano Choice

J Reid Pianos have an unrivalled range of pianos available.

You will probably find at least five hundred pianos to choose from on any occasion you visit. In the uniquely welcoming and relaxed showrooms, you can compare the impressive depth of musical tone with the rich beautiful natural wood finishes. J Reid Pianos huge piano range features the very highest standards of piano design and craftsmanship – made by piano manufacturers from all over the world. This ensures that whatever your budget, you’ll enjoy a very wide choice of pianos – making it far easier to find the right one. Whether new, young or mature, upright or grand. The real benefit you get from J Reid Pianos is choice.

J Reid Pianos - Choice

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