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Bluebilly, I don't usually agree with random jibes at other members here but Gyro has rather painted a target on his arse, thanks to such (paraphrased) gems as:
* The logo on my Williams Overture looks classy. The Steinway & Sons logo is tacky.
* (Advice to a new learner) - If you're moving your piano around a lot, it's best to stick to a 61-key unweighted as all 88 note digital pianos are bulky and heavy and difficult to move around.
* I can play any concerto on my cheap Chinese digital piano.
* Another cheap bit of rubbish (Hemingway DP-501) sounds fine and will be OK to play anything on.
(Here's a video of how fine that would be, btw)
Now do you begin to get the idea about this guy? I've never been able to make out whether he gets paid to mention and praise Williams' products in forums or whether he's just a deluded troll, frankly.
As for the "Smallbrooks", I live close enough that I could, if inclined, pop down the M6 and try one out but a) I'm not in the market for such a product and b) I don't have the spare time or sufficient curiosity.
I would, however, be HUGELY surprised if they were truly superior to the top end Kawai, Roland and Yamaha cabinet models. There's an old saying of "you get what you pay for" and I've found that to be broadly true in this life.
Thankyou for your excellent plug for these marvellous pianos. I will sell my Roland baby grand right away and blindly buy a smallbrook on your recommendation. I look forward to viewing the superior cabinetry, action, acoustics and build quality.
For the great piano warming party, Gyro is invited to perform his wonderful big concertos on my new smallbrook, and you are welcome to make a recording and plug smallbrook pianos on youtube with my account. There will be millions of viewers gladly listening to Gyros chopsticks concerto. Who needs kawai, roland and yamaha when we've got superior smallbrooks to enjoy.
Ha ha ha. You've got to laugh. I was lucky enough to check out those Sulinda bad boys on YouTube a while back. Epic, aren't they?! I remember owning one of those funny little Casio things that were all the rage for five minutes in the early 80s (buttons, not keys, and you could only press one at a time) - they had a more compelling piano sound than the Sulindas.
What really makes my mind boggle is that they would put up videos with the real sound of the things - if you were selling [censored] like this you would make sure no one could ever hear it before buying. They have found one way to ensure they will sell zero units I suppose.
Sulinda, Chase, Hemingway, Smallbrook, Classenti, Diginova and countless others....doesn't matter what they're called - they're all massively inferior to the average Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, Korg, Casio, Kurzweil etc etc. Their low price does not justify their existence in my opinion.