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#2082055 - 05/13/13 07:08 PM Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano
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Has anyone bought one of these?

Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" - eBay seller

I almost did myself although I am glad I didn't since there may also be a potential issue with a power adapter which has to be used with it to convert the input to the correct voltage for usage in the USA. You will see that the eBay seller goes into great detail regarding the extra plugs/adapters that he includes for "free" along with your purchase, however, if you buy the same piano for less money at the amazon.com link below do you get the same plugs/adapters with your purchase?

Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" - amazon.com seller

I would be very careful before deciding to buy one of these since they are quite expensive to begin with and what would you do if it arrives damaged since you are dealing with a long distance purchase from Japan?

Also, here are several videos demonstrating the piano in action:

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQhyE9am35E

2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-5rii9LrjA

3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9qQW6QU7jQ

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#2082063 - 05/13/13 07:19 PM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: pv88]
ando Online   content
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I have only one question: WHY??!!

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#2082066 - 05/13/13 07:33 PM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: ando]
pv88 Offline
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Originally Posted By: ando
I have only one question: WHY??!!


The keys do work but you would have to be a Barbie doll to play it!

Here's an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt5oW44ug1k

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#2082071 - 05/13/13 07:40 PM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: pv88

The keys do work but you would have to be a Barbie doll to play it!


No - Barbie lays on it and sings.. Ken plays it.

And yes, I can't wait not to get one!
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#2082075 - 05/13/13 07:52 PM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: pv88]
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Does it have a graded sustain pedal?
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#2082198 - 05/14/13 12:27 AM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: pv88]
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Definitely one for dewster to add the DPBSD request list. wink
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#2082299 - 05/14/13 07:21 AM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: pv88]
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only if it was atleast 1/2 scale model

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#2082324 - 05/14/13 08:48 AM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: pv88]
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Sega? Meh... Now how 'bout this? laugh
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#2082510 - 05/14/13 03:38 PM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: pv88]
Hideki Matsui Offline
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I think a Korg Micropiano in a custom mini grand piano casing would be cool for kids. Those Shoenhut pianos are horrible.
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#2082637 - 05/14/13 07:36 PM Re: Sega Toys "Grand Pianist" 88-key miniature piano [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Definitely one for dewster to add the DPBSD request list. wink

Ha ha! Need to convert the DPBSD MIDI file to FEM format...

In one of the videos it seems the key movement isn't able to keep up with really fast repeats. And I could be wrong, but I'm not hearing any velocity sensitivity.
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