ES920 – Review by Harry the Piano


-by Harry the Piano

I’ve been playing the ES920 as my primary keyboard for six months now and I’m absolutely blown away with its capabilities. A wonderful piano sample with adjustable EQ to suit all live sound requirements, a beautiful action which is also fully adjustable and really excellent on-board speakers enabling a decent percentage of smaller acoustic indoor gigs without further amplification.

ES920 with HM-5 stand and F-302 pedal bar

As somebody who is a professional pianist by trade I always feel that musicians such as myself judge weighted 88 note keyboards by a slightly harsher standard but the ES920 really does come up trumps in all respects. The clarity, warmth and depth of sound is truly remarkable and all demands placed on the action including lightning hammer repetitions are dealt with effortlessly.

I’ve used the instrument in a variety of settings from outdoor gigs with a large audience to more intimate inside events, studio recording for film scores and as a home keyboard in all genres from virtuoso classical to my daily lockdown blues jazz series. It is an absolute joy in every respect. 

ES920 in black and ES520 in white

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About the author

Lauded by Jonathan Ross as ‘The best damn pianist in the civilised world’, Harry’s extraordinary talent has taken him worldwide with solo cabaret shows in the Albert Hall, Moulin Rouge and festival appearances from Barbados to Adelaide as well as headlining on the maiden voyage of QM2 alongside Dame Shirley Bassey and The Opera Babes. Resident pianist for five years on the Big Breakfast (Channel 4), he then musically directed BBC tv shows for several years and is now a regular on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC Radio 2) and the go-to improvisor for In Tune (BBC Radio 3) amongst other things where presenter Iain Burnside noted ‘You can’t be a pianist and not be a fan’. His ability to play any tune in any style on request has led to over 3 million hits on YouTube and appearances with everyone from Simply Red to David Bowie and Andrea Bocelli to Charlotte Church. ‘His phenomenal talent, charm and wit are a delight’ – Stephen Fry.

‘Spellbinding. Uncanny. Genius.’

(Times. Independent. Guardian.)

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