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Yamaha P-121 Portable Piano -73 note!

Yamaha have added a more compact 73 note portable piano to the P-series range. Even more light weight and easier to handle out and about, this model gives you much of the specification of the P-125 (the 88 note version), with desirably smaller dimensions.

Check it out on the website of markirelandpianos in Bristol : https://www.markirelandpianos.co.uk/yamaha-p-121

Released on August 1st, this model is available to order and you can audition the P-125 in-store today.

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Yamaha Clavinova Digital Pianos- CLP-600 series – Smart Pianist App update

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-600 series pianos just got a whole lot more flexible! A firmware upgrade to version 2.0 will enable an iphone or ipad to command functions on your piano. The shop display models have been updated with the new firmware to demonstrate the app. Although some of the features are not available on the CLP range , (such as the rhythm function), The CLP-6 series Yamaha Clavinovas can be navigated for sound and functions.

Also impressive is the new audio facility, which can have your music library files on your portable device transmitted down the usb-host cable, (using the camera connector from Apple), along with the tone and note commands for midi and audio based apps like Yamaha Note Star.

While this is all really great, the more complete functionality of the app, for song content, rhythms and wider orchestral sounds can only be achieved by investing in one of the CSP series of pianos such as the Yamaha Clavinova CSP-150 or CSP-170 Digital Pianos. The CSP series can connect in a number of ways to your portable device, multiple cables and wifi dongles all give great results.

Previous playing using Bluetooth for the audio along with Note Star for example did leave open some timing issues between the two sources, so it’s great to be able to have the audio and midi transmitted together thanks to this firmware upgrade.
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Casio Privia PX-870 and PX-770 Digital Pianos

The new Privia PX-870 and PX-770 slimline Casio Digital Pianos are available now from stock at Mark Ireland Pianos in Bristol. Click on the images for more information on these pianos.
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New Yamaha Piano and Keyboard instruments arrive

Yamaha CSP-150 Clavinova Digital Piano is arriving in store! It uses the Smart Pianist App from Yamaha and you can create music from audio, follow and play songs with rhythms and recordings.  The CSP-170 is also in the range with  better speakers and NWX Keyboard.
This CSP Piano has many routes to learning and performance and Yamaha have created a great user interface for ipad navigation of the piano. Find out more in store at Mark Ireland Pianos.
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Yamaha P-125 | Portable Digital Piano | Mark Ireland Pianos

Yamaha are launching the new P-125 portable piano to replace the P-115 in the Yamaha P-series Portable Pianos. As you can see from the P-125 Piano images the instrument is compact and stylish with the new pedal arrangement. The stand and pedals are optional and finish off the look! The piano is compatible with the SmartPianist App by Yamaha. This greatly extends the range of tone and rhythm available all controlled by the touch of your ipad or iphone.

The Yamaha P-125 is expected to arrive in store towards the end of April.

The white version and pedal options are available to order.

For more details visit https://www.markirelandpianos.co.uk/yamaha-p-125
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Mark Ireland Pianos Website

The up-dated website has been launched this Easter Weekend. There are a number of new features:

  1. New navigation layout
  2. Home screen now features products.
  3. Product pages now feature accessory prices (Customers can select accessories and see prices)
  4. The layout is now more mobile friendly
  5. There is a search feature  on the home page.

I hope this will make the site easier to use and more attractive. There may be some tidying up to do behind the scenes and further improvements will continue to be made.

Kawai CA-78 Digital Piano arrives in store at Mark Ireland Pianos

The brand new Kawai CA78 Rosewood Digital Piano has joined the others on display at Mark Ireland Pianos in Bristol. Along with the CA98, thes two models are designed with a touch screen interface for navigation of the many different sounds and editing functions on these two powerful pianos. You can also stream bluetooth audio from a music player. More information on the main website : CA78, CA98

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DIGITAL PIANO BRAND CHALLENGE – Can you match clip & brand?

Listen to the audio in this you tube video- Which digital Piano should I buy?

So- you think you might know which digital piano brand you are looking to buy? It’s fair to say that there are many different parameters by which we can assess a digital piano. Here is a little exercise to illustrate just the one parameter: the tone of the default piano sound. Each of the audio clips in the video is a recording of one of the four digital piano brands I sell. The recordings were made directly as a line capture with near enough the same passage of notes.

A good pair of headphones or monitor speakers is more ideal to hear some of the nuances in the recordings.

Even if you can decide which you like best, there are many reasons why you should visit the store and discuss further the possibilities- each digital piano has it’s own speaker system, keyboard quality and other functions. Having illustrated and intrigued you all with this conundrum – perhaps you need to assess the options in person, rather than relying on digital piano reviews.

The quiz just shows how vast the variety of options there are of digital pianos- I can help you decide!

Casio PX-870 Privia Digital Piano – Mark Ireland Pianos’ Shop -Bristol

Casio PX870 info

The Casio Privia range just got updated and two new models have arrived in store. The Casio Privia PX-870 and PX-770.

Both compact and affordable- usually in stock ready to go can be supplied by Mark Ireland Pianos with free local delivery and assembly. A range of accessories can be chosen – stool- headphones -music light .

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Roland Piano Partner2 App – upgraded – 29.Sept.2017

Roland have released an upgraded version of the Piano Partner2 App available now for much of the Roland range of pianos.

Your piano will need the latest operating system.

Install from www.Roland.comPiano partner 2
(Just search your model and click on downloads).

The contents are as follows:

1              Songs—browse and select music from your Roland                  digital piano’s built in song library
2              DigiScore Lite—displays music notation for the built                  in songs
3              Rhythm—develop your sense of rhythm with                              accompaniment that follows the chords you play
4              Flash Card game—fun challenges to develop ear-training and note-reading skills
5              Remote Controller—control Roland digital piano functions from your mobile device
6              Recorder—capture daily performances and listen back instantly
7              Diary—track your daily activities and share progress statistics on social media such as                  Twitter
8              Profiles—multiple users can track individual Diary data on one device

 

iPhone users – please download here:

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/piano-partner-2/id1092347134?mt=8

 

Andriod users – please download here:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.roland.PianoPartner2&hl=en_GB