Umbrella Music

Shopping, Musical instruments Leyton
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The long-established Umbrella Music school has now relocated to the Eastgate Business Park just off Leyton’s Lea Bridge Road. It still stocks a very reasonable collection of new electronic keyboards, acoustic and digital pianos, guitars (classical, bass, electric and electro-acoustic), plus plenty of beginners-level brass, woodwind, strings, drums (including the SpongeBob three-piece junior set) and percussion, amplifiers, recorders, ukes and banjos. It also holds studio equipment (mics, stands, PAs and mixing desks, computer soft- and hardware), plenty of sheet music, runs a ‘hire and try’ scheme, hosts education courses and has an on-site workshop for basic repairs.


Venue name: Umbrella Music
Address: Unit 6, Eastgate Business Park
E10 7PG
Cross street: 10 Argall Way
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Leyton tube then 58 or 158 bus or Stratford tube/rail/DLR then 158 bus
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Richard C

Hello. There seems to be some confusion here. Umbrella Music Ltd was closed in June 2014. Therefore the review from Feb and May 2015 are incorrect and must be meant for a different company. The music school trading as 'Umbrella Music Academy' is a totally separate company, (Umbrella Teaching Ltd) a Music School located in Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow. I am the manager of the Music School, so want to make sure the two are not mixed up as we do not sell any musical equipment!

To clarify we are

Paul H

Disgraceful.  Waited in all day on a Saturday for my piano to be delivered.  Called towards the end of the day to see if they knew where it was.  Said they'd call back but didn't. Realising the shop was closing soon I called again to ask.  Was told there was a mix up and it will be next Saturday now. I am a person who values my free time and weekends.  I was offered no apology and they acted like it was my fault. The next Saturday it was delivered with the wrong stool. I called to discuss and was told I'd be called back.  I wasn't. I called again and was told they'd call be back.  They never did. I gave up.  I pray I never have to use the warranty. They cannot grasp the first and basic rules of sales...which is worrying when they are a shop!  Very poor.  I hope they go out of business.


Nearly two years later and exactly the same experience as Paul in 2013. Such awful customer service (despite their repeated claims). Trying to get my son's cello repaired and three calls and two emails later, no one has contacted me. Perhaps cancelling my DD will get their attention...


Astonishingly poor customer service. The sales phone line (0845) often goes to answerphone, the sales team doesn’t call back, and they also ignore emails/web form enquiries (three attempts). ‘Live chat’ is also permanently off. The promised delivery didn’t turn up and it’s simply impossible to find out why. I can’t imagine how a warranty problem would be handled. Avoid at all costs.


Total conmen, They say they have stock in, promise delivery date and then let you down, the phone number takes a million tried to get through, requested a refund that was promised back to my card, after 3 days nothing so I had to ring again only to be promised once again we have processed your refund, a week later still nothing. Emailed the manager, he has now stoped responding after I have reported them to the Police. They didnt provide goods I paid for, Nor did they give me a refund and have now stopped responding to me, AVOID THESE AT ALL COST !!!


everything Richard, below, says is spot on! they have the worst customer service i have ever seen. do NOT shop here, if you want your items delivered within a sensible period, or you will be waiting, literally months!!!


This store has now moved back to Walthamstow, just off Hoe Street. I have bought a few bits and pieces and the guys seem friendly enough.


Probably the worst customer service I've ever experienced. I purchased a pair of Yamaha HS80's and a pair of 6m TRS cables on the 19th April. Paid in full via Paypal. I went down to the store that afternoon to pick my purchases up, rather than having them delivered. It's a good job it did, because the sales guy tried to hand me a pair of speakon cables, rather than the TRS ones I'd ordered. When I pointed out that they were the wrong cables, he then went off to have a look around for the correct ones --- he returned after a while with (unbalanced) TS cables, saying "yeah, these'll work fine". I then had to point out to him the difference between TS and TRS cables........ It turned out that they had none in stock, and would have to order them in --- telling me I'd have them around the end of the next week --around the 29th(there were a couple of bank holidays in between, so this was fair enough). The 29th came and went, no sign of the cables, and no email/phonecall from them --- quite annoying. I had no idea just how annoying things would get though...... Basically, to cut a long story short, I've had to call this store 6 times now, and have sent numerous emails to them. I have been giving 2 subsequent delivery dates, and asked to sit in all day, waiting for a courier who never arrives. After finally speaking with a manger last Saturday (14th May) --- he informed me that the cables had in fact not even arrived at their store yet, as they had an accounting problem with their suppliers, so god knows why two other members of staff arranged delivery dates for me -- perhaps they were hoping that the cables would just materialize out of thin air? The manager of the store then emailed me to confirm that the cables would be delivered to me by Thursday (19th May). I emailed him an hour ago, asking him to confirm for me whether or not they will indeed be arriving tomorrow, and have now been told that it's going to be Friday the 20th instead! Like I said, I have never before experienced such levels of incompetency and disregard for customer service --- who knows if my cables will turn up on Friday -- after all, this is now the fourth alleged delivery date I've been given! --- The cables finally did arrive, BUT --- to add another comedic twist, one of tehm failed within 3 weeks. I phoned the store up again,, they agreed to send me out a replacement. I waited a further 2 weeks, and this never materialized. After phoning them yet again, Richard (a member of their alleged management) told me that he was no longer prepared to replace the cable, and in so many words told me to take my money back and piss off (he actually set the phone down on me). I ended up ordering a replacement from Andertons, which arrived the next day.