The Roland Planet at PMT Manchester is the best place in North West England to check out the latest gear from Roland and BOSS and get expert, one-on-one advice from a trained Roland Specialist.
We also have tonnes of great Roland and BOSS events happening at PMT Manchester all year round, too. Previous events have included brand takeover days, a visit from the Roland/BOSS truck, a guitar masterclass with the incredibly talented Alex Hutchins and a V-Drum clinic with the fantastic Craig Blundell.
What Is a Roland Planet?
A Roland Planet isn't just an area of a music store that is completely dedicated to the latest Roland and BOSS instruments and equipment. Every Roland Planet has a Roland-trained product expert, who can advise you on what gear is best for your needs. A Roland Expert can also offer you advice on how to produce, write and record your music, no matter what style or genre. Plus, each Roland Expert is also a multi-instrumentalist and a self-confessed gear nut, too! Click here to book a session with the Manchester Roland Planet Expert.
PMT Manchester's Roland Planet Expert
Will is the current Roland Planet Expert at PMT Manchester and we caught up with him to find out what he loves about the brand and his favourite Roland and BOSS gear.
When did you become a Roland Specialist?
I became a Roland Planet Product Specialist in August 2017, starting in the Leeds store and then moving to Manchester in March 2018.
What has been your favourite pieces of Roland/ BOSS gear that has been released over the years?
My favourite current Roland products are the JD-XA & JD-Xi, both are incredibly powerful and versatile synthesizers and great value for money. Vintage-wise, I love the Juno-6 most of all. My favourite current BOSS products are the RV-6 Reverb and the DC-2W Waza Craft Dimension-C, both are incredible pedals which can be used for mono and stereo instruments.
What's your go-to Roland gear that you always use?
I use my Boutique SH-01A synth a lot for coming up with ideas, creating sounds, sequencing simple patterns and just generally having fun with. It’s cute and portable and sounds every bit as good as the original SH-101 upon which it’s based.
What's the top seller in your store?
The TD-17KVX V-Drums kit is currently our biggest-selling product (not including BOSS compact pedals and accessories)! It’s 12” snare pad, improved hi-hat & cymbal pads, Bluetooth Audio-in & MIDI capability, plus the option to add your own samples make it an absolute no-brainer at that price point.
Do you specialise in any particular products/ instrument categories?
I am an accomplished piano & synth player, and I write, record and produce music both on my own and in collaboration with other musicians and artists. The Roland Planet role boosts my enthusiasm for creating music by keeping me up to date with the latest technology and gear.
What's your favourite thing about the brand?
I’ve always loved Roland’s forward-thinking attitude – always looking for and experimenting with interesting new ideas, plus implementing fresh incarnations of already existing ideas and products. It keeps us relevant in today’s market and helps to keep music creation fresh and exciting.
Roland and BOSS Products at PMT Manchester
BOSS Pedals at PMT Manchester
There's an entire stand dedicated to the iconic BOSS pedals and stompboxes at PMT Manchester! Whether you're looking for a modulation, distortion, loop, delay, reverb or overdrive pedal, we'll be able to help you create your perfect pedalboard for your electric or bass guitar at the Roland Planet at PMT Manchester.
Roland Electric Drum Kits
The Roland V-Drum section can be found upstairs in PMT Manchester in the House of Drums department, where an entire floor is dedicated to electric and acoustic drum kits. In PMT House of Drums in Manchester, you can try the latest electric drum kits from Roland, including the brand-new flagship model, the TD-50KV.
Roland Guitar Amps
The famous Blues Cube series and Roland CUBE amplifiers, which are perfect for busking and street performances, are all available for you to plug in to and try out at PMT Manchester. And don't forget, Roland doesn't just cater for electric guitar players - there's a full range of KC Amplifiers for keyboards and stunning amplifiers for acoustic guitars too. Check out all the Roland Amplifiers available at PMT.
Roland Keyboards & Pianos
Whether you're looking for your first keyboard or a gorgeous upright piano for your home, the Roland Planet at PMT Manchester has you covered. The Roland keyboards and digital pianos available in-store have all been built to last, with up to 10 years warranty on selected Roland Pianos. All pianos, keyboards and stage pianos in the store are set up and ready for you to play, so you can take your time to find the perfect keys for you.
Roland Synthesizers & Music Production Gear
PMT Manchester's Roland Planet always stocks the latest synthesizers (both digital and analog synth), midi keyboards, drum machines, and the entire Roland AIRA range, which Andy can demonstrate for you and show you how to incorporate into your own studio or set to help you make awesome music. We also have tons of great DJ gear including mixers, midi controllers and turntables available to try too so you can get hands-on with the latest equipment. Find out more about the Roland AIRA Creative Hub here.