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MSRP/SMP: What to expect in reality?
#2795001 12/24/18 10:08 PM
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I've been grand shopping for years, lol, and have never been able to get a dealer's price anywhere near what should be relatively reasonable, taking Fine's general guidelines into consideration. How common is it for dealers to refuse to go below about 15% of the SMP? Just a month ago, one gave me a price barely 5% below MSRP, and was fine when I walked away. What gives?


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I paid 37% less than MSRP last summer for my GL-10, for whatever that's worth. I have no idea how much prices vary by area. You live near some pretty built up areas, maybe you can drive a bit and check with another dealer.


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Thanks for your input! Dealers are few and far between here and usually involves going out of state. Then major delivery charges come into play. No wonder I'm frustrated!


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Originally Posted by MarkL
I paid 37% less than MSRP last summer for my GL-10, for whatever that's worth. I have no idea how much prices vary by area. You live near some pretty built up areas, maybe you can drive a bit and check with another dealer.
Fine explains why it's only the discount from SMP that's meaningful. The MSRP is completely arbitrary and makers sometimes use inflated MSRPs so buyers think they are getting a big discount/better deal.

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Get one a couple years old. They really depreciate fast. About like a car.

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I paid 37% less than MSRP last summer for my GL-10, for whatever that's worth. I have no idea how much prices vary by area. You live near some pretty built up areas, maybe you can drive a bit and check with another dealer.
Fine explains why it's only the discount from SMP that's meaningful. The MSRP is completely arbitrary and makers sometimes use inflated MSRPs so buyers think they are getting a big discount/better deal.

I paid 36% less than the SMP.


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Originally Posted by oldMH
Get one a couple years old. They really depreciate fast. About like a car.


That's basically my only concern about buying new. The depreciation is brutal.

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Get one a couple years old. They really depreciate fast. About like a car.


That's basically my only concern about buying new. The depreciation is brutal.



Plus you have to deal with the extra tuning and break-in period. I guess a factory warranty is worth something, but I wonder how many ever use it, and most reputable dealers offer a warranty on used pianos. I started out shopping for a new grand, but in the end, I bought a used, like new, tier 1 piano for a fraction of the cost of new.

Back to the original question; I paid 26% less than SMP for a new Hailun that I didn't end up keeping.

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Get one a couple years old. They really depreciate fast. About like a car.


That's basically my only concern about buying new. The depreciation is brutal.



The depreciation hit seems to be worst in the first 10 years, however it’s not accurate to say it’s as bad as a car. With average maintenance, a 5 year old car is worth roughly half its new value. At 10 years, most have lost 75% of their value. The vast majority of pianos, especially good quality ones take a LOT longer to get to that point.

Selection, having a manufacturer’s warranty, and a wider array of financing options are some of the advantages of buying new. Of course, you can save a good chunk on a recently made used piano.


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Re: MSRP/SMP: What to expect in reality?
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Actually around fifty percent in five years has been my observation for high end pianos. Not sure about the cheaper ones but probably less.

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While I was grand shopping, I made a spreadsheet of SMP and prices I observed. Between 70-80% of SMP seemed pretty common, with Steinways (and Bostons) being an exception (They have periodic sales that ended up being 90% of SMP). Some non-Steinway dealers would quote me the SMP or 90%+ of SMP. They did not get my business.

My favorite Yamaha and Kawai dealers had non-negotiable displayed prices that were 55-60% of SMP. Maybe the business was slow that time of year (Feb-Apr)?

Based on these numbers, I guessed that Piano Buyer SMP is 2X dealer price.

Your mileage, of course, will vary.

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Originally Posted by oldMH
Actually around fifty percent in five years has been my observation for high end pianos. Not sure about the cheaper ones but probably less.


I guess we’ll just agree to disagree, then. Perhaps compared to SMP/MSRP, but 50% depreciation in 5 years when considering actual selling prices is not something I tend to see, as someone who buys nicer pianos fairly frequently, tracking ads, and talking to lots of dealers and owners with what I do for the Piano Buyer.

Let’s take a fairly familiar piano— there are a good handful of listings for <10 year old NY Steinway B’s on Pianomart. They tend to be listed right around $60k. None of them paid $120k for a B, 5-10 years ago.


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Hihi -

My new piano just arrived this week. It hasn't been tuned yet and I understand it'll take awhile to settle, I'm super excited about hearing it evolve.

It's a Kawai K-300 and I bought it from a "store closing" sale for 56% of SMP. I'd looked at used pianos for a year or so and found the whole process difficult - driving long distances (I live out in the woods), going into people's homes, and then getting a technician out to evaluate and finding a mover (the estimates for moving were crazy high). In the end it was more expensive to buy new, but I got exactly the instrument I wanted and without a lot of driving around and logistics. This forum was really key in helping me find the right piano - one that'll be reliable as well as pleasing my ears.

Best to you for finding your keys!

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I've been googling and I still can figure out what SMP is. Skim Milk Powder? Statutory Maternity Pay? Shanghai Municipal Police? confused


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I've been googling and I still can figure out what SMP is. Skim Milk Powder? Statutory Maternity Pay? Shanghai Municipal Police? confused

It stands for Suggested Maximum Price (SMP). Here is a good article.. If you have time/interest, you can read more in Larry Fine's Piano book.

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Wow, thanks for all the input, everyone! I've been offline due to Christmas and only had some time to sign in now. Great to see all this!

I agree, buying used is often the best way to go, but my area sees very little decent used grands. They are literally either $30,000 Steinways or $500 Wurlitzers, lol. I saw a 1968 Kawai 350 at a local dealer and I didn't even bother asking the price. This is the same place whose best price was 5% below MSRP, lol. They probably are asking $7000+ for it, no exaggeration!

The Kawai upright I bought new I figure to be a forever piano. And I love it, and got a great price for it, so not one complaint there. It's the grands that are killing me, lol.


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Originally Posted by K300
Hihi -

My new piano just arrived this week. It hasn't been tuned yet and I understand it'll take awhile to settle, I'm super excited about hearing it evolve.

It's a Kawai K-300 and I bought it from a "store closing" sale for 56% of SMP. I'd looked at used pianos for a year or so and found the whole process difficult - driving long distances (I live out in the woods), going into people's homes, and then getting a technician out to evaluate and finding a mover (the estimates for moving were crazy high). In the end it was more expensive to buy new, but I got exactly the instrument I wanted and without a lot of driving around and logistics. This forum was really key in helping me find the right piano - one that'll be reliable as well as pleasing my ears.

Best to you for finding your keys!


Congrats on your new baby! I got my Kawai UST9 in April, and I'm thrilled with it! I'm still suffering through the settling period, but it's getting better. It was indeed exactly what I wanted and I love it! It's such a nice piano, my longing for a grand has decreased a LOT. I guess it's more of a hobby now, finding one that I both love and could afford. Who knows if I'll ever win that game! Enjoy your 300! ❤️


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Re: MSRP/SMP: What to expect in reality?
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So just for a good laugh, I called the Yamaha dealer with the Kawai 350 and asked the price. This is a 1968, mind you, LOL. Drumroll please.............


$8400


I kid you not. It's supposedly like "brand new". 😂😂😂😂😂😂

See what I'm up against here?? I need to move.


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Oh that's just ridiculous! Can you perhaps show the dealer some closed Ebay listings with comparable models? sheesh.

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Oh that's just ridiculous! Can you perhaps show the dealer some closed Ebay listings with comparable models? sheesh.


She literally doesn't care. This is the lady who shooed my hands away from a grand when I moved the music desk a few inches back so I could see the serial number. Different piano, that one was a Yamaha GM10. They pretty much quote MSRP for new pianos and that's about it. When I tried to negotiate with their HQ, they came back at barely 5% less, as of it was a great deal.

This shop used to be great, I bought my Clavinova there 3 years ago, but it's been terrible since the last salesperson left last year. I used to love going there. It's a real shame.


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