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another thread about something thats keeps my mind busy. Contrary to many other people here, I was rather delighted when trying the Casio GP models. Here in Germany (and also in Austria) I was only able to find the GP300, at no place did I see a 400 or 500. The 400 seems to be even rarer (if there is a possibility of being rarer than rare).
The only place I found them was during a trip in York (UK), but back then I did not really consider them and thought I would find them somewhere else again. Did anyone have the same experience? I think its a shame since they are cool pianos, but no buying wihout trying
Manufacturers sometimes make stuff like those GP models in very small numbers (sometimes even at a loss) to generate exposure at trade shows. That's why they have gimmicks like visible hammers. The revenue is then made by selling mass market models (Privia, Celviano) to dealerships.
So the main purpose of such models has always been impressing dealers, not pianists. As a result getting hands on such a model has never been easy.