Our family business was opened in 1967 by Bill McIntosh. Bill’s bond with the music industry started at a War Hospital in the far east. Recovering from wounds he picked up in Burma, Bill had the pleasure of his bed being placed next to a patient who had a gramophone with a selection of organ records. This fortuitous meeting started a love for the organ and music in general.
After the war Bill worked with his brother in law Jimmy of Clinkscales Music , a general music store in Melrose. Within a few months Bill had introduced organs to the shop. After a few years working with Clinkscales Bill decided it was time to start on his own and in 1967 took the plunge by opening up the Hammond Organ Studio at the bottom of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.
He later changed the name to Edinburgh Organ Studio as he began to expand by stocking other makes of organs such as Yamaha, Wurlitzer, and Eminent. The business has evolved considerably throughout the years, changing with the times and customer tastes. We still have customers who want home entertainment organs however this trend has been mostly replaced by customers who want keyboards, digital pianos and pianos.
Scotland’s number one Organs specialist
For Classical organists and churches, we are still Scotland’s number one specialist in Classical Church Organs. In 2010 we felt we needed to take our next big step and rebrand to a name that would easily identify us as specialists not only in organs but in alll keyboard instruments (pianos, digital pianos, keyboards, organs, etc) . In November 2010 our trading name changed to Key Player and in October 2012 we relocated our business to Elm Row in Edinburgh, which offered improved space plus better parking and access for our customers.
Trends may have changed over time but Key Player’s number one philosophy has remained the same since the early years: to provide a complete personal service to all its customers. The business is now run by Bill’s son Kerr, Bill sadly passed away in 2012.
Top Keyboard, Piano and Digital Piano specialist
Here at Key Player, we pride ourselves in being Scotland’s top Keyboard, Piano and Digital Piano specialist. We have a huge range of keyboards, pianos, digital pianos, organs and other musical instruments in store to try out and choose from including the fantastic range of Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos & the Yamaha Silent Pianos. Please do drop by and visit us.