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He specifically said CAD$1000 and under, or USD$600-700 range. The “affordable yet decent” piano range. He’s probably not speaking of acoustics.
Yeah, I know he was talking about digitals, but it made me wonder if the same phenomenon was affecting acoustic grand sales. Maybe people who already had a digital, now with more time on their hands, might want to step up to a grand.
[quote=WeakLeftHand] Yeah, I know he was talking about digitals, but it made me wonder if the same phenomenon was affecting acoustic grand sales. Maybe people who already had a digital, now with more time on their hands, might want to step up to a grand.
I went form a Vertical Acoustic to a Concert Grand
COVID had a lot to do with My decision to do so
My Dealer, as well as the Piano Delivery Company, both said business had been Booming, during the shutdown, particularly May & June. I assume it’s carried on through July
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In another recent thread I used the stats mentioned to calculate the ratio on non acoustics sold to acoustics sold in 2019. I can't recall the exact number but it was at least 25 to 1.
That makes sense. Much lower price point, space saving, less intimidating for someone just starting and not necessarily into classical music. Of the few that take it seriously, some will step up to an acoustic piano.
Over the next couple of years, a few new owners of digital pianos will want to get a real one as they progress in musicianship. That is healthy for my business if I stay alive.
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He said it was the pandemic that had led many to learn to play the piano for the first time. “We’re in a cadenza fermata,” he said, referring to the moment in a classical concerto when the orchestra drops away and the soloist takes off on a flight of fancy. “People are improvising.”
The video talked about keyboards with a piano sound. Anybody who wants even a good upright needs to play a few tunes. The last time I was at a music store a month ago I was not allowed to touch even a DP. You walk in, buy what you need, pay for the item and walk out. The staff didn't want to "disinfect" the keys after each customer. It's no better than buying online and getting a home delivery.
People who have acoustic pianos can they get a piano tuner to come to the house? The first few months of the pandemic music stores were closed in my city and then reopened for pickup only. You need to order online. And the ones that finally opened, the staff would remind you at the door to ask for permission before touching an instrument.
A lot of things people are doing more during the pandemic including playing music, photography, bike riding. The local bike shops are full of customers. As usual they have a limit of the customers inside so a lineup is expected.