NEWS ARCHIVE 2009
28th November 2009
Another great month for us at Ben Wheeler Pianos. This has been our busiest month of the year and busier than any November since we started in business!
Over 30 of the impressive Schreiner & Sohne pianos arrived with us in October and the last grand is due for delivery to a local family just before Christmas! We have just two uprights left, a 110 in polished black and a 123 in polished walnut. The popularity of the pianos has once again delighted us and confirmed what a great value for money piano they are. As I write this I look forward to seeing a Schreiner & Sohne grand piano on the set of the live X factor television programme. More of these popular pianos are on order and we expect them to be with us in February.
Our Kawai range of pianos continue to be very popular too. We are expecting our next GE 20 in on Tuesday, this time in polished walnut which looks fabulous. This week a customer chose a K5 which was a beautiful piano. As with all of our pianos I had spent time voicing and regulating the K5 and it was a particularly fine example of this impressive piano. Next one is on order and due in soon.
We are still awaiting our first Grotrian Steinweg but they are on order and will be with us soon. The best things are worth waiting for!
We have also just ordered a Wendl & Lung 178 grand piano. We have supplied the uprights in the past and have been incredibly impressed with the build quality and individual warm tone that they produce. Our favourite model, the 122 universal, has a fabulous bass and we have stocked these consistently for a few years since they first took the UK by storm! The 178 will be our first grand from the Austrian firm and should herald the start of our renewed commitment to stock various models from this young and innovative team of piano builders.
Our used upright stock has been severely diminished during the last month with the £1000-£1500 pianos in great demand. We are always on the look out to replenish our supply! We have taken in two beautiful reconditioned uprights, the Squire & Longson and Bechstein featured on our used upright page. Both are extensively reconditioned in every sense of the word and are wonderful examples of fine quality pianos restored to the highest level. We have also taken in a few restored grand pianos that haven't made it to the web page! A small Challen came in on Thursday and was sold by Friday! We do have a 4'11" Yamaha A1 grand piano due in this week which has been privately owned and is only about 5 years old, a great buy for someone looking for a secondhand 'baby grand' in absolute immaculate condition.
The new showroom has made way for a fantastic few months and we are greatly encouraged by the initial success. We continue to thoroughly enjoy the business, take great pride in the standard of our pianos and look forward to meeting new customers. As we approach the Festive Season it is worth noting that we will be closing on 23rd December and opening again on 4th January 2010!
28th October 2009
We are delighted by the response to the opening of the new showroom. We are pleased to have sold more grand pianos than uprights during the last month! The Kawai GM10, GE20 and GE30 have all proved to be very popular and consistently offer exceptional performance at a very competitive price against similar quality pianos
We have just taken delivery of the Schreiner & Sohne pianos and have already sold one of the grands. Once again the build quality is extremely good and we are delighted to be agents for this brand. The latest 123cm upright in polished walnut is wonderful!
News that we are incredibly excited about is that we have just been appointed official agents for the fabulous Grotrian Steinweg pianos! I had a meeting in Reading, at very short notice, with Konrad from Grotrian and discussed our businesses in detail and discovered our views to be very similar. We were recommended to Grotrian as a suitable dealer and Konrad confirmed, after our meeting, that we fufill the criteria required to stock the pianos and offer the kind of sales and technical service associated with this prestigious brand. I have long been an admirer of the Grotrian piano, putting it as one of the best pianos made in the world today. We have ordered the first of these exceptional instruments and eagerly await their arrival.
It has been, and continues to be, a very exciting time for our business. As always, we welcome any visitors to our showrooms.
21st September 2009
The big news is that we have expanded. We have been delighted by the success of our upright piano showroom over the years and felt the time was right to expand the business. We have recently taken on an additional showroom to offer a larger choice of uprights and stock a selection of grand pianos! The new showroom has just been fitted, and pianos are now rolling in! We will have every model from the Kawai and Schreiner & Sohne upright ranges and at least two grands from each of these fine manufacturers as well as pianos from other manufacturers. There will be a launch day planned for local music professionals to show off our new, impressive stock levels, more details to follow. There will also be special offers on many pianos to celebrate our opening. Our original showroom has been retained to be used to house used uprights and a workshop area.
The web site is still under construction with more images to be added and additional information on all Schreiner & Sohne pianos
The next delivery of Schreiner & Sohne pianos are due with us at the beginning of October after we quickly sold out of every single piano in the range! We are working towards more regular deliveries of these fine pianos with our increased floor space enabling us to stock a larger amount of pianos.
This is an incredibly exciting time for the business and both Neil and myself are relishing the challenges ahead. The first pianos have been sold from the new premises and we look forward to meeting new faces to our showroom in the future.