Category Archives: Piano Shop

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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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!

ROLAND RELEASES RP102 DIGITAL PIANO

ROLAND RELEASES RP102 DIGITAL PIANO

Available November!

Authentic Piano Performance and Bluetooth Connectivity for Playing and Practicing with Mobile Apps

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Hamamatsu, Japan, September 14, 2017 — Roland releases the RP102, the latest addition to the award-winning RP series of affordable digital pianos. Featuring advanced technologies derived from Roland’s premium pianos, the RP102 offers best-in-class sound and touch in a compact, space-saving design. And with modern Bluetooth® connectivity built in, users can wirelessly connect with a smartphone or tablet to enhance learning and enjoyment with Roland’s Piano Partner 2 and other useful music apps. The RP102 is ideal as a first piano for the home, and also a great fit for lesson studios, practice rooms, and other music education settings.

 

Roland’s free Piano Partner 2 app for iOS and Android mobile devices is a perfect companion for the RP102. Via a wireless Bluetooth connection, the app shows digital notation for the piano’s internal songs, and pages even turn automatically as a song plays. Users can practice each hand individually by muting the left- or right-hand part, and freely adjust the tempo as needed. The app also provides access to backing rhythms and flash card games that help build skills with intelligent accompaniment and engaging music exercises.

 

With its simple, direct interface, the RP102 allows users to enjoy great piano sound with zero hassle. And when using Piano Partner 2, they can access the piano’s deeper features from their mobile device. A variety of piano and non-piano sounds are available to play, and it’s possible to layer any two sounds together. The app also lets users browse the piano’s onboard song library, select songs, and more.

 

The RP102 is equipped to inspire music making with over 200 ready-to-play songs, including traditional music, classical masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven, and famous piano etudes from Hanon and Czerny. There’s also an onboard metronome with variable time signatures, an essential practice tool for players of all levels. Twin Piano mode splits the keyboard into two 44-note pianos, allowing two people to play together side by side.

 

Offering piano sound and touch inherited from Roland’s premium home instruments, the RP102 will continue to inspire as the user’s playing grows and evolves. SuperNATURAL Piano technology delivers the rich, expressive tone of an acoustic grand piano, while the responsive PHA-4 Standard keyboard accurately translates every playing nuance. A dynamic onboard speaker system provides rich, satisfying sound that fills the room. It’s also possible to plug in headphones and mute the speakers, allowing for late night practice without disturbing others.

 

The RP102 features three integrated pedals made of metal for an authentic feel. They also support half-pedal control for playing more advanced piano pieces, a feature not found on typical entry-level instruments.

 

To learn more about the Roland RP102 Digital Piano, visit Roland.com.

 

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About Roland Corporation

Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit http://www.roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.

 

 

Reduced – Digital Piano Display models for sale- Hot & Sunny Bargain time!

There are a number of display models for sale at Mark Ireland Pianos, a chance to get a bargain price new piano. The White CN25 and Black Kawai CN35 are two examples. The CN25 is further reduced today to £929. The CN35 is now reduced to £1149.  Follow the link to the CN25:  http://www.markirelandpianos.co.uk/digital-pianos-kawai-cn25.

There are also deals to be had on CLP-545 Yamaha Clavinova Pianos. One rosewood model is available at £1499. It may be possible to purchase other CLP-500 series pianos- once they are gone though! Be quick to inquire if you are interested.

In other news: there are reductions in price on the Casio PX160- now only £449 and the PX360- now only £739. (These are good portable pianos !)

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New digital piano- full of inovations- bursting with music!

There are many good reasons to add a digital piano to your equipment. You may be looking for a practice instrument, a portable accompanying piano for a band or choir, a space saving rehearsal instrument, or perhaps you may not yet have imagined that there are many other elements and options available.

Among the facilities now on modern digital instruments there are many tones , or voices , but now also complex rhythms with accompaniments are often part of the specification.

Recording, or using an ipad with various apps for learning and playing along to are also great for beginners and accomplished players alike.

Investing in a modern piano would open possibilities of realism of tone and feel to start with, but beyond that- there is real value in the learning aids and the chance to learn the skills needed to play with a band, in time!

There are pianos to suit all budgets and age ranges! It may be time to revive a skill you have not used for a while!  Pay the shop a visit and see the options.

Casio Celviano Digital Hybrid Pianos win MIA award!

The GP-500PE and GP-300 are both on display at Mark Ireland Pianos in Bristol- now recognized by the Music Industries Association award. Come and have a play on one at the shop BS4 5BN. Click on the picture for more information. Produced in collaboration with Bechstein featuring a wooden keyboard and authentic samples.mia_winner_300x250px_screen

Roland launch New RP501 Digital Piano- Mark Ireland Pianos

Out soon- probably as I write is the new Roland RP-501 in contemporary black or Rosewood finish. As a replacement for the now discontinued RP-401, this model is capable of Bluetooth connectivity and the improved specification brings this price point in line with the other models already capable of ipad connectivity via Bluetooth.

Link to more information on the RP-501

Visit the webpage via the link above for more information.
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