Chris Hammond
Sales & Marketing Manager

A message from Chris

A personal message from ePianos manager Chris Hammond (#1)

Hello everyone – I hope you’re getting plenty of practice on your piano or keyboard? Blimey, it’s been quite a year so far hasn’t it? – I wanted to send this personal message to say thank you, to you our customers, and to everyone who has supported our company during this awful year. I’ve spoken with so many of you over the phone/email during this time and the conversation often goes beyond simply pianos and keyboards into your personal lives. This wonderful kinship which stems from our shared love of music is the best part of this job, and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your goodwill and your support.

As fellow players, you’ll know how wonderfully therapeutic playing your piano or keyboard can be during difficult times and I hope you’ve found as much solace in your own instruments recently as I have in mine. (By the way, if you’re wondering what I play at home it’s a rather lovely Yamaha Clavinova CLP575 in polished ebony. Only spoiled slightly by my wife having spilled nail varnish on it and my daughter’s toys seemingly being permanently stacked on top!)

Trying to produce our videos while being locked down at home wasn’t easy, particularly with my 4-year-old daughter insisting on helping (‘helping’ in the very loosest sense of the term!), but now that we’re able to return to our office here in Banbury we should be able to bring you interesting and useful videos more frequently. Speaking of children: I’m glad to report that our new baby arrived safely on June 24th (We’ve named him Toby) and he and mum are doing very well. Thank you to those of you that sent congratulations and gifts!

You may have noticed more newsletter emails coming from us lately, this is one way of keeping in touch that we’re trying to get better at. We’re so lucky here getting to play on all the latest pianos and keyboards every day and we’re keenly aware that because of Coronavirus restrictions it’s currently difficult or impossible for you to come and try them yourselves (note, we are now offering covid-safe visits by appointment), so we’re making a real effort up our game when it comes to producing demonstration videos and written articles. By the way (if you haven’t already), click here to visit our website blog which is where we post our very latest activities. If you’re not receiving our regular emails then sign up at the bottom of this page.

What am I really, really, really enjoying playing here at the shop currently? – That’s easy: The Yamaha Clavinova CVP809 (I’ve tried to convince David to let me have one on permanent loan at home but he’s not falling for it). For those of you that don’t know, this model is Yamaha’s current flagship digital piano, or in simpler terms: The best all-round digital piano created by humans to date! When I sat down and played this piano after returning to the store from lockdown, it actually sent a shiver down my spine. The fidelity of sound has reached such a high level that, particularly when wearing headphones, you can become totally engrossed in playing and don’t want to stop! – By the way, the wonderful team at Yamaha Music have arranged a special demonstration day (places are limited) here in our store which you can read about here.

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Well, I must sign off now and get back to work (or play, depending on how you look at it). Please don’t be a stranger and remember that myself, David, and the whole team are here to help you with your instrument. Get in touch, even if it’s a small question you have. It’s always good to hear from you.

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5 responses to “A message from Chris”

  1. Andrew Allan says:

    Hi Chris,
    Just a note to offer my Congratulations to you and the family on the arrival of Baby Toby. Best Wishes to you all.

  2. Alan Mittins says:

    Congrats. on your new baby I must say I do enjoy the personal touch that your company provides. Looking forward to getting my used Korg Pa4x when it’s in stock.

  3. albert j hartka says:

    Congratulations from across the water on your new arrival. I know how easy it is to get engrossed in your playing, but be careful if you get too deep into it little Toby will grow right up under your nose. Both of your little helpers are beautiful.

  4. Hello Chris it was a pleasant surprise to read in the news letter of the arrival of your new baby boy.All the best to you and your familypp

    • says:

      Thank you so much Tony. I hope you’re keeping well and are getting plenty of use from your Clavinova! – Hopefully see you before too long. – Chris

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