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Good deal on Kawai CA-78?
#2940529 01/30/20 09:34 AM
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First time here, I am resuming lessons after 12 years of not being involved with music. My daughter is also taking lessons and we were shopping for a digital piano.

My local Kawai dealer told me he will sell me his last CA-78 for $2700 tax included and offering 0% financing for 24 months. Is the difference in price/features worth waiting for the 79s to arrive? My gut tells me this is an amazing deal, I just wanted to check and see if this was typical for a discontinued model. Also, do you think I can do better for the money?

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Yes, dealers have to get rid of the old model, so deals are common. That seems like a good deal, comparable with blow-out prices on the CA78 in Belgium. I don't see how you could do better for $2700.

Whether it is worth waiting for a ca79 I can't tell you. I ordered a CA79, but as I haven't played one it remains a gamble of sorts.

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Originally Posted by USAF Andrew
Also, do you think I can do better for the money?

For that price? No, probably not.

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USAF Andrew #2940697 01/30/20 03:25 PM
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Prices here are $4000 to $4700 (KawaiUS)

Twelve years? With blindfold, I doubt you could tell a difference with the CA79. Sound. Feel. Anything. Once the selections using the Menu are finished.


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$2700 including tax is a very good price for a CA 78 Rosewood, even better price for the CA78 Polished Ebony. This is for the floor model, I assumed? Ask them to throw in a nice bench and a pair of headphones and you're in great shape!!! smile

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I ended up getting it. It was rosewood, not a floor model, included a bench and delivery instead of headphones since I already have plenty to choose from at home.

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I think you did very well Andrew. Enjoy your new dp!!!

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You think that's a good price? That's an outrageously good price!
Originally Posted by djvu10
$2700 including tax is a very good price for a CA 78 Rosewood, even better price for the CA78 Polished Ebony. This is for the floor model, I assumed? Ask them to throw in a nice bench and a pair of headphones and you're in great shape!!! smile
Past sales of the CA78 (excluding the more expensive PE finish) averaged $3415, with standard deviation of $515.

Running some stats ... If selling prices are normally distributed we'd expect that 84% of sales will be at or above $2900. Yes, $2700 is a REALLY good price.

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Congrats indeed, that's a great price!

Enjoy your new piano!

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James
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ps. Don't forget to check the instrument's system software version, and if necessary update to the latest version (downloads available from https://www.kawai-global.com/support/updates/ .


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