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#2301911 - Yesterday at 05:00 PM How far to go?
ChopinFan66 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/12
Posts: 17
Hi all:

Thank you for answering my previous questions. I understand that I will not find a "perfect" instrument and that I must just take the plunge after careful thought and time spent trying out different models. Please allow me another question though.

What if there is a model I want to try but my local dealer does not carry it? The next authorized dealer is 1 1/2 hours away. I have contacted them to see if they carry the model. If they do, I am willing to travel to try it out. But, if they do not...are there any other options..or do i just keep expanding my geographic search region?



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#2301925 - Yesterday at 05:39 PM Re: How far to go? [Re: ChopinFan66]
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I combined my search with a road trip I was taking anyways and stopped there on the way. It all depends what you'e willing to do. Or take a chance an by something untested, but that's not ideal/recommended if you can avoid it.
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#2301931 - Yesterday at 05:51 PM Re: How far to go? [Re: ChopinFan66]
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Registered: 06/17/13
Posts: 145
Loc: AZ, USA
The only DP I could find at a local shop was a Yamaha P105 that I didn't like the mid high notes on. The next was the big city of Phoenix, an hour or more away. I was able to pick days that we were going into the big city any way. I made up a list of all dozen or more music stores and still never saw any Kurzweils or any serious stage pianos setup to play.

My other comment is that many of the stores were so noisy, I could hardly hear the sound from the DP's speakers, but on a recent trip back to Sam Ash to hear another Roland FP-50 to determine if the odd sounds mine was making were a flaw in my unit or normal for the Roland, I went at opening time on a week day, before others had filled the store and added to the bedlam sounds. The odd sounds on my FP-50 were normal, which brings up another note for you. You will want to play every note and at different levels, as I found some really undesirable sounds on some keys. I also noted on a couple of Casios, at 2 different stores, that a key stood out form the others, a different key on each of the 2 boards, and I suspect that floor models get a lot of wear. But a bit disturbing if you are considering a Casio.

On the second trip I had nothing planned in the big city to go to, so I made a day of it and went to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. You might want to find something to make the trip worth while.

Roland FP-50
Conover Upright, 1888/9, but a very low mileage piano. http://www.pbase.com/schnitz/conover_upright_piano__1888_or_9 .
Tuneless = Don't play piano(yet) and couldn't tune a guitar, much less a piano.
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#2302017 - Yesterday at 10:43 PM Re: How far to go? [Re: Tuneless]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Originally Posted By: Tuneless
. . .
My other comment is that many of the stores were so noisy, I could hardly hear the sound from the DP's speakers, but on a recent trip back to Sam Ash to hear another Roland FP-50 to determine if the odd sounds mine was making were a flaw in my unit or normal for the Roland, I went at opening time on a week day, before others had filled the store and added to the bedlam sounds.
. . . .

That experience matches my own.

That's a good reason to buy a set of _closed-back_ headphones (Sennheiser HD280 / Sony MDR-7506 / Shure SRH440)(or in-ear monitors like the Shure SE215) before you go shopping. They really help keep out the bedlam.

. Charles

PS -- implicit assumption: no DP (especially slab DP's) has loudspeakers that are adequate to fully appreciate what its sound generator is doing You should judge tone and playability using headphones. This is, of course, my _opinion_, and other may disagree.

#2302174 - 11 minutes 20 seconds ago Re: How far to go? [Re: ChopinFan66]
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Registered: 03/03/14
Posts: 16
For an investment like this, I think it's worth it to make the drive. I went three times to a dealer about 50 minutes away before closing the deal. I would have traveled up to 2 or 3 hours if necessary.

My advice would be: if you are within 2 hours of a city where you can demo each of the brands you're considering, plan on two trips. On the first trip, try them all. Spend as much time as you need to decide which action and sound suits you best, and to explore other features that might interest you. Be open to the possibility of falling in love with a model you hadn't previously considered. Take notes. You should come away from this day with a pretty firm idea of your first and second choices.

Now go home and let your impressions marinate for a couple days. Read some online brochures. Research market prices on your top two models and decide what you're willing to pay. Your second trip should be short and focused on making the purchase. (of course, you could this all in one trip, but that would require knowing market prices in advance on every model you see). Now treat yourself to a nice lunch and celebrate your wise purchase smile


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