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#684155 - 08/27/04 06:20 AM Technics???
Michigan Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 14
What is everyone's experience with Technics? I know it's a subcategory of Panasonic and they are no longer making digital pianos but that doesn't concern me too much. Panasonic isn't going anywhere.

Have you ever owned a technics? How did it stand up? What were your experiences?

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#684156 - 08/27/04 08:12 AM Re: Technics???
lesecret Offline
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Registered: 08/18/04
Posts: 39
I've tried a Technics in a store a couple of weeks ago. Can't remember the exact model I tried, but it was neither a stage piano nor an expensive one with lots of bells and whistles. A basic one that came in a cabinet.
The touch was surprisingly good. Not too light like most other digital pianos that I've seen.

#684157 - 08/28/04 10:58 PM Re: Technics???
MAK Offline
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Registered: 08/14/04
Posts: 153
Loc: New York Metropolitan Area
I have had a Technics digital for many years...I can't recall the model number, I think SX-PR903C
Digital Ensemble with 1011 PCM Sounds, Cherry
MSRP $7,999.00
and I enjoy owning it. I actually learned how to play on it. It has a lot of features that I never use, like complex track recording for composers. I use the thing, usually with headphones, when people are in the house sleeping.

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#684158 - 08/29/04 08:54 PM Re: Technics???
Michigan Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 14
MAK, have you ever had any repair problems with your Technics? I hear that they have a very good track record in that department. The guy I bought mine from has been in the piano business (or his family) since 1905 and he said he has never had a Technics returned for repair (though of course, they have not been around that long I know...)

#684159 - 09/06/04 03:43 AM Re: Technics???
roland_uk Offline
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Registered: 08/24/04
Posts: 3
Loc: South Wales
I have a Technics KN3000 and I must say that I have had no problems with it although Technics now stopped trading keyboads, but as far as reliability and operation of the keyboard goes, I find it a really useful and reliable, good sounding instrument.

PS - Had the board for around 3-4 years and not a single problem with it ... even had 2 pints spilled on it and it has not errored!

#684160 - 09/22/04 04:58 AM Re: Technics???
MAK Offline
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Registered: 08/14/04
Posts: 153
Loc: New York Metropolitan Area
Originally posted by Michigan:
MAK, have you ever had any repair problems with your Technics? I hear that they have a very good track record in that department. The guy I bought mine from has been in the piano business (or his family) since 1905 and he said he has never had a Technics returned for repair (though of course, they have not been around that long I know...) [/b]
I have never had any problems whatsoever with the Technics digital piano, which I now know is the PR305 model. I use it a lot, usually with headphone, when other people are sleeping. I still enjoy it...I also have a nice acoustic piano...it is a great combination of instruments.

Bosendorfer 175

#684161 - 10/04/04 07:23 AM Re: Technics???
Robert J Offline
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Registered: 03/17/04
Posts: 88
Loc: west of Toronto, Ontario
I used to work at a large piano store/school. They used Technics exclusively in the studios and as midi-devices for the teacher's ensemble keyboards. I'd say anywhere between 60-70 of the instruments were in use at the school, maybe more. They'd sell them off to the students at the end of the year and replace them with new ones.

The touch was the primary plus as 4-year olds were using them in their group classes. The Technics sound was not bad for piano, but I've heard better. They were also pretty reliable. I've seen the digitals dropped on the floor by students or faculty, and they still held up. Parts and service are easy to obtain. There was a decent 3 or 4 year warranty, but I rarely saw a repair or claim that was a defect of the manufacturer.

Now, though, the school is going Kawai, for more "political" reasons.

#684162 - 10/17/04 01:53 PM Re: Technics???
annifirst Offline
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Registered: 10/17/04
Posts: 54
Loc: Texas
I have had a Technics PR307 for the past nine years. I have never had any trouble with it whatsoever. I bought inexpensive headphones for it, and they've developed a buzz (and one has died completely), but I'm confident new, better quality headphones will solve this problem.

My only complaint is that the touch is too soft. I can make the touch a little harder, but that seems to dull the tone a little bit. And I cannot save that touch setting so that every time I turn the piano on, I have to reset the touch. Other than that, it's been a lot of fun and very reliable.

#684163 - 11/11/04 12:42 PM Re: Technics???
Rick Offline
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Registered: 08/01/01
Posts: 559
Loc: Chicago
I bought a "Digital Ensemble" SX-PR51 five and 1/2 years ago, and used to rave about it on this very site. However, my attitudes are changing quickly. First, about a year ago, the sustain pedal quit working. Fortunately, I've learned a lot about electronics (including soldering) lately, so I went in and discovered the problem. To summarize, the cheap little "lever switch" lost its "spring back", so I removed the identical switch on the soft pedal and soldered it where the bad switch was. All was great (except now I don't have a soft pedal).

Much more aggregious is what happened a couple weeks ago while turning my piano on. Suddenly, the graphics did't show up (although the display is lit up) and more importantly, there is no sound production whatsoever. Today I learned the final piece of bad news from the dealer-recommended service company: the "main board" will cost me $400 and an additional $165 for labor!! It nearly floored me, especially the outrageous part cost - for a stupid 7" X 7" electronics board. Now I find out that the warranty Technics/Panasonic provides is only 90 days! So I'm risking (with tax) well over $600 to get a working product that may break again in 91 days.

It seems to me that a $2400 purchase (retail much higher) should last a person longer than 5 years. Needless to say, if anyone has any ideas as to how I can obtain the part directly (i.e., for much less than the $400 marked-up price[/b] ), I'm all ears! My piano skills that I've worked so hard to acquire for almost 6 years are deteriorating each day. I hope this helps answer the poster's question, and of course, I'm looking for some ideas too!

One more thing. How much money might a properly-functioning SX-PR51 Ensemble (5.5 years old) bring on the open market?



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