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any experience with Galileo digital pianos? #1276536
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Hello, total novice here about to take the plunge on a digital piano and could use some advice.

A local dealer in my city is really big on a small company in Italy that called Galileo. I played a VP-120 model in his store and they seem nice for what I need, but I wanted to see if anyone here any experience with the company.

Their website is www.galileomusic.com, but it's down at the moment (not a good sign). The spec sheet for the model I'm looking at is here: http://www.galileomusic.com/_images/products/manuals/product_53_brochure.pdf.

He's offering a price of $2,500 delivered for a VP-120 in a polished ebony finish.

The electronics and design are done in Italy but I believe the cabinet and final construction are done in China. There is a 4-year warranty and he says he personally accompanies the tech if it ever needs a repair. He seems like an honest guy though and is up front that he clearly favors this small company.

Has anyone ever had any exposure to Galileo pianos, and how might the VP-120 rate against a $2,500 Yamaha digital? $2,500 is my max budget.

Thanks a ton for any thoughts!
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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: dbpass] #1276543
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Hi,
I never played one of those pianos but I know a guy who bought one and told me that, at the time of his purchase, that was the digital piano nearest to an actual piano in terms of keyboard "likelihood" he could find.
The company producing those pianos is called Viscount, while Galileo is only the brand of its digital pianos (it produces also organs and other musical stuff).
You can find details about the pianos here:
http://www.viscount.it/products.asp?idcat3=433955774&idcat1=1873201528

Hope it helps.
Bye
Paolo


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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: dbpass] #1276545
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The Galileo/Adagio/Viscount/Princeton
brand has been around for many
years now. I've never played
a Galileo, but I tried an Adagio
(same company apparently) and I
was impressed. The cabinetry
work was superior to any digital
I've ever seen, and the performance
was very good. This felt like
a piano, not like a computer with
keys, like some of the big-name
brands. The Galileo and Adagio brands
used to be sold online only, but
their product is so impressive
that they are now sold in piano
dealers.

As for the website being down, that
seems to be a characteristic of
Italian companies. They never
seem to get into the 9 to 5 American
way of doing things.

This should be a fine piano. You
could not get such an impressive-
looking digital from the big-name
companies at any price.





Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: Gyro] #1276676
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Hi dbpass,

A bit of fact correction is in order:

Galileo is a brand of DP produced by Viscount. Their Italian web site seems to be working just fine. Galileo Music has been the US distributor for the brand. Adagio is a brand of Kaysound, a Canadian based distributor, and has no connection with Viscount.


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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: dbpass] #1276986
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My parents ended up exchanging their Galileo in favor of a Roland upright (not sure which model) due to dissatisfaction with the piano sound quality.

Here's my previous thread on this topic: Galileo Digital Grand

Last edited by PlatonicSolid; 09/28/09 10:39 PM.

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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: PlatonicSolid] #1277491
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Please play and listen to the Yamaha CLP330 and compare the touch and tone before you take the plunge on the Galileo. Yamaha invented the digital piano 25 years ago and still is at the top of the field (if not the leader). Other contenders would be Kawai and Roland.


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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: Marty Flinn] #1277542
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Dave,

I generally try to remain as objective as possible when posting on this forum, however even as a KAWAI employee, I would sooner recommend purchasing a Yamaha over a Galileo, Williams, Viscount or similar product.

Kind regards,
James
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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: Kawai James] #1305357
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Hi all,

I hope the information below will help clarify the status of Viscount and Galileo:

Galileo is in no way affiliated with or have any connection with "Adagio". Adagio is made by "Ringway" - a chinese company, and distributed by Kaysound in Canada.

The Galileo digital piano lineup is manufactured by Viscount - an Italian company based in San Marino (Italy) founded in 1890. The "Galileo" name is used on digital pianos produced after 2006. Prior to that, the "Viscount" name was used. The "Viscount" name is still used for the company's institutional church organs (one of the largest institutional organ manufacturers in the world). The company also continues to make several Viscount 'vintage' (B-3 wannabe) organs.

It's important to note that Viscount is a "Global 200" instrument manufacturer with a strong keyboard reputation. In the past, Viscount has manufactured products for name-brand companies including: "Oberheim" (pro keyboard synths & controllers), "Baldwin" (church organs), "Technics" (PR-1000 digital grand), "Roland" (cabinet for KR-111 digital grand), and "Yamaha" (cabinets for older CLP polished ebony verticals).

Currently, other brands made by Viscount include "Voice Systems" (consumer audio) and "Verse" (Pro audio). These audio brands are not currently offered/sold in the US.

Regarding "Galileo", today Galileo digital grand pianos are completely designed and produced in Italy. Much of this process is considered "hand-crafting" as it does not employ automated machinery and requires the skills of a trained craftsman. The "VP" series of vertical pianos are designed in Italy, and include Italian component boards and Fatar (Italy) key actions. However, the cabinets and many of the components are manufactured (by machine) and assembled in China.

If you may have other questions about the company and the products, I'm happy to provide honest, fact-based answers.

Respectfully,

Gary Girouard
employee of Galileo Music (affiliated with Viscount Italy since 1991)
garyg@galileomusic.com


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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: pianoxcape] #1305485
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Hello Gary, welcome to the forum.

Thank you for providing a background of this company.

May I ask if you would be willing to confirm which Viscount/Galileo instruments use Fatar actions or those of another company.
I am also curious as to the main sound controller components - are these developed by Viscount/Galileo also, or are they provided by an OEM?

Kind regards,
James
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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: Kawai James] #1408521
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Hi James -- here is a rundown of the Viscount/Galileo models that use Fatar key actions - I have included older 'Viscount' models, but all of the current 'Viscount' models have been converted to "galileo". If there is a specific action type I've tried to include that as well.

Older Viscount Models:
Viscount CL Series - Fatar
Viscount SV Series - Fatar
Viscount GSV Series - Fatar
Viscount Concerto Series - Fatar
Viscount Allegro - Fatar
Viscount Opera - Fatar
Viscount Maestro - Fatar
Viscount Grande - Fatar

Current Galileo models:
Galileo VP-91 - Fatar
Galileo VP-111 - Fatar (Grand Touch, Graded-Hammer)
Galileo VP-121 - Fatar (Grand Touch, Graded-Hammer)
Galileo Aria - Fatar Wood Action - Graded Hammer w/Escapement
Galileo Concerto - Fatar Wood Action - Graded Hammer w/Escapement
Galileo Maestro II - Fatar Graded Hammer w/Escapement
Galileo Grande II - Fatar Graded Hammer w/Escapement

The only 'current' (as of 2010) models that do NOT use Fatar actions are:
Galileo Milano II
Galileo Milano IIG

Regarding the sound production, we use a chip called "iMotion" - this is developed completely and exclusively by the R&D laboratory of Viscount in Italy (located in Ancona, Italy). It's a real neat chip if you haven't tried it before - in some ways similar to the Drake (Real Piano) chip of General Music. On top of the sampled sound, it adds four components: sympathetic resonance, dynamics of the dampers, hammer noise and key leverage - they call this "additive synthesis" which is a series of calculations that happen in real time on top of the sampled sound. All of the Galileo pianos use this chip except the Galileo Milano II and Milano IIG which use a PCM-based OEM sound chip.

Please feel free to respond if you need additional information regarding Viscount/Galileo pianos.

Hope this helps!

- Gary

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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: pianoxcape] #1408543
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Good evening Gary,

Gosh, many thanks for your detailed explanation.

Do you know if Galileo have a distribution network in Japan (or elsewhere in Asia)? If not, it's perhaps unlikely that I will be able to play-test any Galileo instruments in the near future. That's a real shame because the 'iMotion' tone generator chip sounds rather powerful.

If all current Galileo instruments use the same sound chip, how to the various models differentiate eachother? Just cabinet appearance, action quality, and perhaps speaker/amplifier performance?

Once again, many thanks for sharing this information.

Kind regards,
James
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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: Kawai James] #1408563
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Hi James - I know that Yamaha (Japan) is the distributor for Viscount organs, but I'm not sure who the distributor is for digital pianos. I'm quite sure they are available and would recommend an email to Viscount's international sales department (sales@viscount.it) to find the contact information of the Japanese importer/distributor for these models.

Regarding your question about how the models are different from one another, a lot of it is in aesthetics & technology. In many cases, the style of the cabinet is different, there are different layout of buttons and differing key actions - but also there are some technology differences too - some have more speakers, more amplification and additional features. For example, the Galileo Maestro II and Grande II add "RealMotion" rhythm styles and an extra set of sounds, as well as advanced recording capability, digital card storage, larger display, etc... The piano sound is still produced by the same chip and underlying technology, but there are lots of variables used to create different models for specific customer types.

I hope this helps!

- Gary


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Re: any experience with Galileo digital pianos? [Re: dbpass] #1676225
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hi,

I live in Italy
I play viscount VP 91 in a shop.

if you want a stage piano with the same price but with made in italy quality, try FARFISA DP 300

http://www.farfisamusic.it/index.ph...icle&id=91&Itemid=71&lang=it

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He seems like an honest guy though and is up front that he clearly favors this small company.

As a long time cynic I am reminded of what my father would say, You never hear a fisherman selling rotten fish.

I have never heard nor played that brand. I prefer to buy from companies that have been in business for many, many years ... but that's just me.


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I'm pretty sure that Farfisa has been around at least since the 1960's...


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Originally Posted by pianoxcape

Galileo VP-91 - Fatar
Galileo VP-111 - Fatar (Grand Touch, Graded-Hammer)
Galileo VP-121 - Fatar (Grand Touch, Graded-Hammer)


Does anybody know exactly, which of the Fatar actions:
http://www.fatar.com/Pages/TP_MDF_MDS.htm
the above-mentioned models use?

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Originally Posted by dbpass
Hello, total novice here about to take the plunge on a digital piano and could use some advice.

A local dealer in my city is really big on a small company in Italy that called Galileo. I played a VP-120 model in his store and they seem nice for what I need, but I wanted to see if anyone here any experience with the company.

Their website is www.galileomusic.com, but it's down at the moment (not a good sign). The spec sheet for the model I'm looking at is here: http://www.galileomusic.com/_images/products/manuals/product_53_brochure.pdf.

He's offering a price of $2,500 delivered for a VP-120 in a polished ebony finish.

The electronics and design are done in Italy but I believe the cabinet and final construction are done in China. There is a 4-year warranty and he says he personally accompanies the tech if it ever needs a repair. He seems like an honest guy though and is up front that he clearly favors this small company.

Has anyone ever had any exposure to Galileo pianos, and how might the VP-120 rate against a $2,500 Yamaha digital? $2,500 is my max budget.

Thanks a ton for any thoughts!
Dave

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