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Yamaha Clavinova CLP-745 vs CLP-775: What’s The Difference?

The Yamaha CLP-745 and CLP-775 Clavinovas represent the two middle models in the new 700 series. Both boast a raft of new features introduced across the range, including the newly sampled CFX and Bosendorfer grand piano sounds. These are two of the most desirable concert grand pianos in the world, fetching incredibly hefty price tags, and they’ve been painstakingly sampled using brand new technology to ensure that the sound you get from your 700 series Clavinova is expressive and truly authentic. Whilst these two models share many similarities, there are... Read More


Yamaha Clavinova CLP-735 vs CLP-745: What’s The Difference?

The Yamaha CLP735 and CLP745 are the first two models in the latest series of Clavinova digital pianos. They’re both very similar, if not identical, visually, and on paper they look pretty evenly matched spec-wise. As you’d expect though, there are a few important differences between them that justify the price gap. Both pianos include the big improvements Yamaha have made across the 700 series, such as resampled CFX and Bosendorfer concert grand piano sounds that utilise new sampling technology. The samples are also voiced specifically for the speaker system... Read More


Taylor Days Sale – Free Baby Taylor & 36 Months 0% Finance Available!

DEAL EXTENDED UNTIL 31st MAY 2020! For a limited time only, every purchase of a USA-made Taylor guitar (300 Series and higher), will get a FREE Baby Taylor acoustic guitar! No strings, no catch – just a free guitar. Plus, to add to the deal, we’re also offering a massive 36 Months 0% Finance* on ALL Taylor guitars on top! Yes, that means you can spread the cost, interest-free, over 36 months AND get a free Baby Taylor. To get your free Baby Taylor… Find your chosen USA Taylor guitar... Read More


Taylor Guitars: Made In Mexico vs USA – What Are The Differences?

All Taylor guitars are made in one of two factories; either the El Cajon factory in California, or the Tecate factory in Mexico. They’re roughly 40 miles from one another. Anything that’s a 200 series or lower (so that’s the 100 series, GS Minis, Baby range and Academies) are made in the Mexican factory. The 300 range and upwards are all made in America.

Casio GP300 vs GP400 vs GP500 Grand Hybrid Bechstein Comparison

Casio and Bechstein – two of the most well known names in music, have collaborated to create a product that looks set to revolutionise the world of digital pianos. The Casio Grand Hybrid Celviano series, made in very close collaboration with Bechstein comprises of three models; the GP300, the new GP400, and the flagship GP500. Casio have been at the forefront of music technology for the last 35 years and even developed the first ever electronic keyboard. Bechstein on the other hand, have a rich history, steeped in tradition spanning... Read More

5 Of The Best Guitars For Blues

Blues music never quite goes away. It’s been around for more than 100 years and you’ll actually hear many of its elements in all kinds of different music, from jazz and pop to heavy metal and rock. If you’ve learnt how to play the electric guitar, chances are you’ve learnt some blues scales and chord progressions in your time! There’s much more to blues than I, IV, V chord sequences and the pentatonic scale; blues is a feeling that you can convey on whatever instrument you play. Since people started... Read More

Yamaha CLP vs YDP: What Are The Differences Between The Clavinova And Arius Ranges?

Clavinova and Arius are two different ranges of digital pianos made by Yamaha. Anything starting with CLP is a Clavinova and any model starting YDP is an Arius. The two ranges look fairly similar and essentially, do the same thing – that is, they look, sound and feel like an acoustic piano. However – to put it simply – it’s the extent to which they are like an acoustic piano is what sets the series apart, and justifies the price difference. Let’s go into a bit more detail and look... Read More

Martin VS Taylor: Which One Is Better And What Are The Differences Between Them?

Martin and Taylor are two of the biggest manufacturers of acoustic guitars in the world. Martin are steeped in history, having been established in 1833 whereas Taylor are a more modern company, starting out in 1974. We sell a lot of guitars from both camps and many customers ask us which brand is better between Martin and Taylor, and what the differences between them are. As with such things as this, the answer is not so simple – neither brand is ‘better’ per se; they offer players different things. Also,... Read More

Yamaha CLP vs CVP Comparison. The Differences Between the Clavinova Ranges

Over the last decade or so, the rise in popularity of digital pianos has been staggering and the Yamaha Clavinova series has helped lead this. Digital pianos allow players to enjoy the instrument whilst having complete control over the volume, the option to use headphones for silent practice, the ability to get a variety of different sounds, plus they never need tuning and they’re a lot easier to move! Advances in technology mean that digital pianos are getting nearer to acoustic pianos in terms of playability and sound. It’s hardly... Read More