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Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Hello,

Would you have any suggestions on where I could find the best price for a digital piano type Yamaha Clavinova CLP, whether in Southern Germany, France, or around Zürich / Lachen (SZ) / Zug ?

Thanks for any advice !
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

there is a music shop in zug (in the old town) that sells them.......pricey though

hang on a min and i will get you the address if i can find a receipt from them....
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

did you try the big store in Zurich opposite the Rathaus ?

They seemed to have a big range...and could possibly negotiate on price...
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Sorry could not find the receipt......

Only had a sticker with the address on the back of a book i bought from there:

RÖLLIN MUSIC
6300 Zug



I tried a google search to perhaps get a phone number, but alas i failed.


If memory serves correct the road name is: Zeughaus-Gasse.


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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

www.roellinmusic.ch

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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Hello,
I would also suggest having a look at the following music store in Zurich :
http://promusig.ch
I was looking for a Yahama P-140, and the prices there were significantly lower than all other stores I checked in Zurich (Musik Hug etc.)
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

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Hello,

Would you have any suggestions on where I could find the best price for a digital piano type Yamaha Clavinova CLP, whether in Southern Germany, France, or around Zürich / Lachen (SZ) / Zug ?

Thanks for any advice !
You might want to take a look at this:

http://www.toppreise.ch/grp3_2111_45-YAMAHA.html

Hope this helps.
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Musikhug currently has online prices for 45 Yamaha Pianos:

http://www.musikhug.ch/deutsch/0230_...?suchen=Yamaha

They have a handful of shops around the country.

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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

I would suggest to go to a store with a showroom, check out the piano make sure you're comfortable with it (unless you really know the exact model you want to buy) and then ask for the cash price, which is usually 10-20% less than the list price you get when shopping online.

I've had really good experience with Soundhouse in Luzern:
http://www.soundhouse.ch/

There is also this one I came across whilst searching, but have no personal experience. It seems to have a bigger showroom and is between Luzern and Zug:
http://www.musikluethold.ch/
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Don't waste your time and money. Digital pianos, although technologically advanced, don't come close to a real piano in terms of touch, feel and expression. They are toys that have no soul, and worse, do not allow you to make a connection with the instrument.

Get a real piano with hammers and strings.

Anything else is a cheap substitute that will end up gathering dust.

There are uprights now that have the best of both worlds: hammers, strings, but with a damper and electronic pickups for practicing when it is impracticable (i.e. disturbing the neighbors).

I have had piano lessons for over 15 years, and have been playing regurlarily for over 30.

I am telling you the truth based on experience.
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Hi

I bought a digital piano about 5 months ago and have been really pleased with it.

I spent 10 years playing a 'real' piano, and, after missing being able to play the piano as I don't have the space/muscles to lug a real one around, I plumped for a digital piano and have been really pleased with it.

Maybe the sound/feel from my digital piano isn't spot on to a traditional piano, but to be honest, I'd rather play than not.

Best advice I got was to spend as much as you can afford, get one with pedals, go for a Yamaha, and when you finally settle down, get a mortgage and become a grownup - ditch the digital and buy a real one. Until that time, make do with a digital....

(realise the above is a bit off track....sorry....back on topic, I was lucky and bought my digital second hand via english forum - my other route was to buy via amazon or www.digitalpianos.co.uk, after I'd spent my time in the expensive shops picking which model I wanted)
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

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Don't waste your time and money. Digital pianos, although technologically advanced, don't come close to a real piano in terms of touch, feel and expression. They are toys that have no soul, and worse, do not allow you to make a connection with the instrument.

Get a real piano with hammers and strings.

Anything else is a cheap substitute that will end up gathering dust.

There are uprights now that have the best of both worlds: hammers, strings, but with a damper and electronic pickups for practicing when it is impracticable (i.e. disturbing the neighbors).

I have had piano lessons for over 15 years, and have been playing regurlarily for over 30.

I am telling you the truth based on experience.
Also ca. 30 years experience here, including playing professionally for a while, and whilst I know where you're coming from I can't fully agree.

Firstly, nothing beats the real thing, end of story. But if you simply can't get a real one for any reason then there are decent substitutes out there.

For about 15 years I took the view that I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole, until circumstances forced me to look into it in more detail, and I was surprised with what I found. For a time I had a Technics with a pleasant tone (Steinway samples) and passable feel. It far exceeded what I expected, and was certainly a hell of a lot better than not having one at all.

Was it as good as the real thing? Of course not. But to say "anything else is a cheap substitute that will end up gathering dust" is hyperbole, not truth.

What I don't like - at all - about digital pianos, is that often beginners will learn on them. If you start to learn on an electronic piano, in my view you will never be as good a player as if you had learnt on the real thing. To transfer to a real piano later will not work, as your technique, feel, and relationship with the instrument will never have fully developed.

However, for an experienced or "hobby" player, a digital version may will fill a gap.
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Thanks for all your answers and advice !

Quick question related to this and based on what I have read in other threads : if I buy the piano in a store in Germany and import it in Switzerland, I understand I can get the German VAT back and pay the Swiss VAT instead, hence saving around 10% of the cost, right ?

Is the following process what I should do :
1. Pay in the German store with VAT.
2. Go to the Swiss customs and pay the Swiss VAT.
3. Send back the Swiss VAT form to the German store.
4. Who pays back the German VAT ?

Thanks again !
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renting a hammer action keyboard

Hi there,

It seems you are all the know on keyboards etc...would anyone know where I can rent a hammer action keyboard for a small church for a wedding? the pianist insists it is hammer action!

Thanks,

Woodsy
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Old 12.08.2009, 14:43
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Re: Best stores for buying a digital piano ?

Here's a music shop in Uster that offers digital piano rentals at 150 Fr.

In Zurich I'd try Musik Hug - they don't have digital pianos on the rental website but maybe they can tell you where to look.
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