Hi fanatik, I think the main reason I chose to get a Privia was that it seemed to offer the most value for the money. Just to clarify, most, if not all, my info I got from this forum, which is a great forum. However, these are my opinions, and for my situation.
the 130 seemed to offer the best combination of quality, value and price. I really am a beginner and didn't want to spend too much money right now, because
a) the fear that I might not like playing the piano that much, or more accurately, not be willing to put in the hours of practice, and,
b) if I did like it, then based on what I've read I'd want to upgrade at some point anyway, so might as well save my money for now!
c) I get easily intimidated or put off by electronics that are not easily explained in the user manual and hence never get around to using the extra features, unless I stumble upon it whilst using it. imo, Japanese mfrs are famous for putting out manuals that I find hard to read/understand, so why pay for something that I may never use?
To summarize: there's so much available at so many price points, that as a beginner it's hard to decide because I have no reference point, so let's make a 'conservative', value-oriented decision (which is not like me at all!!)
I paid 579.00 from costco.com which includes a stand which I've seen for about 100.00. I didn't see any retailer that has a friendly return policy (that I have personally experienced; I've never shopped at GC, for ex) for much less for both combined. I've read very good things about sweetwater.com and would seriously consider them and other music oriented sites in the future, but nobody can beat Costco's return policy, and I didn't mind paying a small premium for the peace of mind.
hope that helps!
Just another beginner looking into the casio 130/330 models and got a couple questions if you don't mind me asking.
I was steering towards the 330 model and the more I look on the forums and the opinions of others, they recommend the 130 due to the fact that the 330's extra features are not worth the extra cash. So what made you choose the 130?
Also, I would have to order online and didn't even think of costco owning such models for sale. Doubt you were able to haggle with a chain like costco so how much did you pay for what you got?
And lastly, was this purchase worth your moolah? Of course this goes purely on opinion and nothing but that.
Thanks and hope to hear back from you! Maybe Casio will get one more sale added to their list this month. lol