News | 26.04.2021

Premises update May 21

After a rollercoaster few months, we have finally exchanged contracts on our new premises in Kentisbeare! We will be moving the business to its new home during the week beginning 17th May. Watch this space for more photos...

The current building is a blank canvas; there's a huge amount to do over time to bring it up to the standard we need. First on the list is of course insulation (pianos are fussy about their temperature), and that'll be booked as soon as we have a definite moving date. We have electricians lined up, and plumbing is already in place which is handy, although we will need to install a heating system before Autumn. The floor is polished concrete which is ideal for pianos, but might need painting to smarten it up - it's heavily stained from years as a classic car workshop.

There's plenty of height to install a mezzanine level eventually, and the boys are already coming up with numerous creative ideas to make a balustrade from old piano frames or strings. It'll certainly look the part once finished!

We're excited to finally have more space in which to have all the pianos currently undergoing restoration on their feet. The boys spend a lot of time at present moving them around, which is as inefficient as it is exhausting! Supply chain issues for materials caused by Covid-19, not to mention punitive import taxes thanks to Brexit, have meant that more pianos than ever before are undergoing restoration at the same time as the team juggle timings and try to stay ahead of any delays. It's never been so important for William Young Pianos to have more space for the business to continue to flourish.

The larger floor space should also enable us to showcase our many pianos currently awaiting restoration. For years these have had to be stored and have only seen the light of day when a client expresses an interest in commissioning a full restoration, at which point they can only see one or two at a time. We will soon be able to show prospective purchasers our many pre-restoration options next to each other, which will make the decision much easier when choosing which piano to opt for. We will also of course still be able to source pianos to order for restoration, so if we don't have what your mind's eye is picturing, just ask! Our nationwide network of contacts mean that we're perfectly placed to find what you're looking for and tailor the subsequent restoration to your requirements as far as possible.

Finally, we're very excited to being able to offer our clients a genuine choice between new and second-hand instruments once more. To complement our pre-loved pianos, we will be stocking a hand-selected choice of new pianos, both upright and grand. All of these have been personally selected by our team to represent the best possible quality and value for money to our clients from the numerous options available.

We hope very soon to be able to show you more and better photographs of our new premises, but in the meantime please continue to bear with us. We are all extremely grateful for your continued support and patience!

Our new premises in Kentisbeare, Devon

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