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The Micro Shop
#2139738 08/27/13 04:46 PM
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Ran across a website for a small Canadian piano shop...the owner's primary business was working as a piano tech, but he actually had a few new pianos for sale, along with a couple of used ones.

The pianos weren't in his shop, they were in his living room.

That's what I call a small sales floor!

I know manufacturers don't like to sell just a few pianos at a time, but I thought this was pretty durn neat. Maybe every tech wouldn't be successful at selling pianos out of his living room, but what's wrong with letting the guy have a few new ones to sell? Maybe in a small room adjacent to his shop, say a 16'x20'?

Would you buy a new piano from a micro-shop?


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Why not . . . you said he's a tech, so the piano should be well prepped. You can't get much lower in overhead than working out of his living room, so he MIGHT offer great deals.


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Yes I would. Probably every piano is super well prepped. Furthermore it is likely he selected each piano model very carefully. Some large dealers are also very selective about the models they carry, but others...


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I pretty much did buy from a "micro shop". The time and effort that went into preparing my BB went way beyond the norm. It had been prepared with heartfelt attention.


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I just made a deal on a new Mason & Hamlin A that is currently in the piano tech/dealer's living room. In my limited knowledge as a piano "layperson," it seems to have been painstakingly prepped, with lots of work put into it. As they put it, "it's now the way we think a piano should sound." I agree, and it should be in my living room sometime this weekend. I feel confident that it is in the best shape it could be in, and that the dealer/tech will stand by his work after the sale. All in all, it was a pretty cool way to buy a piano, compared to my showroom experiences.

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