Music Shop Spotlight: PMT Manchester



PMT Manchester is a 12,000 square foot music shop in Manchester that’s packed with guitars, guitar tech, drums, keyboards, PA equipment, keyboards and all the musical equipment, instruments and top brands you can dream of!

PMT Manchester music shop has two particularly amazing features: Roland Planet and Yamaha Pulse, which houses in-store experts who can give you professional and in-depth advice on everything from what music production software is best for you to what guitar pedal you’d need to sound like Jimi Hendrix. No wonder the likes of Ian Brown, Doves, Billy Sheehan, White Snake, Guy Pratt, Mike Harding, White Lies, The Courteeners and Trivium go to PMT Manchester for their musical needs!

Manchester’s music scene has seen the turn of 70’s rock ‘n’ roll, borne the definitive band of the 80’s (whose famous album sleeve photo from The Queen is Dead was taken outside Salford Lads’ club - a 6 minute walk from PMT Manchester!), has partied hard with Madchester and claims right to the most successful Britpop band ever, Oasis; so it’s not hard to see why PMT Manchester is all about the music and holds loads of in-store music events! Events from 2014 include the Gibson Experience with Ryan Roxie, Taylor Guitar Days and an intimate acoustic performance from Blackberry Smoke.

Plus, PMT supports Manchester’s local music scene. With so many venues to gig at in Manchester, the music store has created a café area where not only you can take a break from being overwhelmed by all the amazing gear, but where local bands from Manchester, Salford and pretty much anywhere in the Greater Manchester region can post their requests for musicians and advertise their gigs! So if you’re playing in Night & Day, Ruby Longue, Band on the Wall, The Kings Arms, Deaf Institute, Islington Mill or even the Warehouse Project, you can let everyone in Manchester know!

The Best Guitar Shop in Manchester

The place where guitarists’ heartstrings are plucked and picked! The acoustic room is covered in Martin, Taylor, Faith and Washburn acoustic guitars, and you won’t know where to look with our guitar wall filled with Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, PRS, Squier, Yamaha and Ibanez electric guitars and basses!

Not forgetting about the guitar tech to go with your axe, from our favourite amplifier brands Orange, Marshall, VOX, Line 6 and Blackstar, and the abundance of TC Electronic, Boss, Electro-Harmonix, MXR, DigiTech, and Dunlop pedals and accessories!

PMT Manchester is also home to The Guitar Repair Workshop, which is an in-house repair; upgrade and restoration facility. It’s also is one of four Gibson Authorised Warranty Service Centres in the UK, so if your Gibson is in a fix bring it to us!

The Manchester House of Drums

The House of Drums in Manchester is one of our four drum centre specialists in the Professional Music Technology chain. The first floor of Manchester’s drum shop is always filled with kits from Tama, Yamaha, Pearl, Crush, Remo and Drum Workshop Inc (DW). Electric drum kits from Alesis and Roland can be found there too, along with every Zildjian and Sabian cymbal you could think of - so it’s time to get your crash on!

You can talk to the drum boyz directly via PMT House of Drum’s Facebook and Twitter channels that are dedicated completely to drummers and spy on the new kits arriving into the drum store! Those guys have more drum accessories than you can shake a drumstick at...

Manchester Drum Shop at PMT

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Live PA & Audio Equipment

PMT Manchester’s store manager Andy Hartwell (AKA Beef) was a backline technician for years, and he alone understands the frustrations that bands face when trying to make the best of their current systems – so you literally won’t be able to find a better guy in Manchester to ask about sounding better on stage! The Manchester music shop also houses a live stage set up where you can test PA speakers, a soundproof hi-tech studio for monitoring and it has all your favourite top brands like KRK, RCF, Audix, Genelec and Mackie.

Ryan Roxie on the PA Stage at PMT Manchester


Keyboard, Piano & Synth Shop

Staying true to its Madchester roots, PMT Manchester is all about the digital pianos and synths, with top products available to demo in store by Moog, KORG and Novation and specialists from Roland and Yamaha that are always on hand to give you invaluable advice.

The Yamaha Pulse zone in the store is the flagship destination for music producers in Manchester. Yamaha Pulse in PMT Manchester is a state of the art music technology department that is stacked with cutting edge keyboards, software and DJ equipment from Yamaha.

Plus PMT Manchester’s Roland Planet has LOADS of Roland and BOSS gear that’s wired up and ready to be played! From the latest digital home pianos to your favourite re-issued FX pedals to the massively hyped Aira series, your very own Roland-trained product Specialist will be there to advise you on the products that are best suited to your music production.

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Recording & DJ Gear

PMT Manchester is always stocked with the latest software from Ableton, Native Instruments, Propellerhead, Presonus, IK Multimedia and Cakewalk to help you develop your tracks. Not forgetting the shed load of mixing desks, turntables, microphones, MIDI controllers, digital recorders and headphones too that’ll you’ll need to create your music on.

Shure Headphones and Beef at PMT Manchester


Second-Hand Instruments

We also have a large selection of 2nd hand gear that consists of pre-loved bargains! Used Fenders and Gibsons can usually be found amongst the rare B-stock and pre-loved gems that include FX pedals, synths, recording equipment, snare drums and more. And don’t forget part-exchange is available in-store too, just ask to see Beef the store manager and he’ll give you a quote for your item.

Second-hand gear includes acoustic guitars at PMT Manchester


Musicians Helping Musicians

And last but certainly not least, PMT Manchester’s friendly staff are always happy to help! All the boyz in the store are (or were) gigging musicians and have vast product knowledge on all types of musical instruments and equipment, so whether you know exactly what you need or don’t have a clue, PMT Manchester will be there for you, in-store and online via social media channels.

Manchester Musicians at PMT

So what are you waiting for? Start getting to know PMT Manchester better! And if you’ve been to the store already, leave a review about your experience on Google Plus.

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By Sophie Moss