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#1625456 - 02/21/11 06:56 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: Kawai James]
rickshapiro Offline
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Registered: 12/15/08
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
larry c., I would recommend using the Dealer Locator link on the KawaiUS website at the following URL:

http://www.kawaius.com/nav_links/dealer_locator2010.html

If this does not provide any local dealers, it's probably best to contact Kawai US directly either by telephone or email:

http://www.kawaius.com/nav_links/contacts2010.html

Kind regards,
James
x


It is really not about finding a dealer but finding one who actually has the product in stock. I've called 5 of the dealers off your link only to find none of them have the MP6 in stock but they were all happy to order it for me. I live in New Jersey, a pretty densely populated state, you would figure someone would have it.

I've tried and visited 3 Sam Ash's including Cherry Hill, Edison and NYC and there was no representation of Kawai SP nor did Freehold Music (other then a older MP8 II).

I assumed these were not "hot" sellers and most folks did not want to take the risk of these sitting on the showroom for an extended period of time.


Edited by rickshapiro (02/21/11 07:05 PM)
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#1625471 - 02/21/11 07:12 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: activistaccord]
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rickshapiro,

Originally Posted By: rickshapiro
I assumed these were not "hot" sellers and most folks did not want to take the risk of these sitting on the showroom for an extended period of time.


It's perhaps true that the MP6/MP10 are a harder sale for traditional acoustic piano dealers due to their appearance, and the fact that these models do not feature built-in speakers. Generally speaking, the MP6/MP10 appeals to a different kind of consumer than a acoustic piano or console-type (CA/CN series) digital piano.

Given the extensive efforts you have already gone to to play-test these instruments, my recommendation would be to call/email KawaiUS directly.

Kind regards,
James
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#1625478 - 02/21/11 07:24 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: Kawai James]
rickshapiro Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
rickshapiro,

Originally Posted By: rickshapiro
I assumed these were not "hot" sellers and most folks did not want to take the risk of these sitting on the showroom for an extended period of time.


It's perhaps true that the MP6/MP10 are a harder sale for traditional acoustic piano dealers due to their appearance, and the fact that these models do not feature built-in speakers. Generally speaking, the MP6/MP10 appeals to a different kind of consumer than a acoustic piano or console-type (CA/CN series) digital piano.

Given the extensive efforts you have already gone to to play-test these instruments, my recommendation would be to call/email KawaiUS directly.

Kind regards,
James
x


James,

Thank you for the reply. I have sent an email, let me see what they come back with.
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#1625481 - 02/21/11 07:29 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: activistaccord]
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Perhaps this is another topic but the large retailers such as Sam Ash and Guitar Center appear to be carrying less and less professional level equipment and moving to large volume of consumer level equipment. A long time employee at GC even confirmed this. I guess we will be left with Sweetwater and the phethera of Ebay stores.


Edited by rickshapiro (02/21/11 09:57 PM)
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#1625509 - 02/21/11 08:13 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: activistaccord]
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I'm curious what did you ask them in your email to Kawai US? The nearest dealer for me is a 3 hour drive away and they only carry the older cn22 and none of the upgraded models with RH action and PHI sound. I asked them if they had the MP6 or the CN23, so I could atleast try the new RH action, but they didn't even know any new models were released.

It's really hard for me to try these instruments because I have to essentially take an entire day off and make a drive to Seattle to demo anything. I guess I could purchase something without even demoing it yet, but that sounds dangerous.

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#1625552 - 02/21/11 09:14 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: activistaccord]
larry c. Offline
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Registered: 01/29/10
Posts: 2
Hello,

Thank you all for your help in finding a dealer who has the MP6 available to try/buy.

I contacted Kawai US with the following question:

"Hello,
Can you tell me where I can try and perhaps purchase a Kawai Mp-6 in the greater NYC area?
I could go to any of the 5 boroughs of New York, or New Jersey, or Connecticut if necessary.
I'm interested in this instrument but don't know where to go to test it out.
Thank you"

and received this response.

"Thanks for your interest in the new MP6. We are putting the MP6 into several Sam Ash stores in the area."

I contacted the Sam Ash store in Brooklyn, but they do not stock it, but said they could order one for me. They would not have one in the store to try out.

I will continue to search for dealers in the nyc area. Any other suggestions are much appreciated.

with best,

larry c.
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#1625570 - 02/21/11 09:35 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: larry c.]
Zman Offline
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Registered: 02/20/11
Posts: 1
Loc: Connecticut
Larry,
Sam Ash got an MP6 in the NYC store (48th St.) last Friday. They had the box on the floor and unfortunately I couldn't wait for the "unboxing", although really wanted to try it out. I think they were planning on putting it on the floor as a demo. It's probably worth a call before you go though, as there was only one and they may have sold it over the weekend.

Regards,

Z

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#1625582 - 02/21/11 09:52 PM Re: Kawai MP6 vs Roland 300NX vs Roland FP-F7 [Re: Zman]
rickshapiro Offline
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Originally Posted By: Zman
Larry,
Sam Ash got an MP6 in the NYC store (48th St.) last Friday. They had the box on the floor and unfortunately I couldn't wait for the "unboxing", although really wanted to try it out. I think they were planning on putting it on the floor as a demo. It's probably worth a call before you go though, as there was only one and they may have sold it over the weekend.

Regards,

Z


Funny, I was there around 11:30AM this Friday and they did not have one in. They said they would call me if one came in. It is actually where I tried the Nord. It was a nice day though in NYC, 65 degrees.


Edited by rickshapiro (02/21/11 09:55 PM)
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