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I'm not sure if Mac really wants this advertised more widely, but in case folks aren't watching the Black Friday thread, it sounds like he's finally retired and moved into his new place!

Congratulations Mac, on wrapping up a huge chapter of your life, and more importantly, starting on the next. It may be a few weeks too early to say this, but it seems you made it through the full guantlet 2020 tried to throw at you.

And of course, most importantly, we know that you're eyeing a new DP (an N1X?) for your new home. Hopefully you get to make the move on that soon! Don't keep us in the dark smile


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Congrats, Mac.

What digital should he get?

As Mac would say, try before you buy and purchase the one you like best. Also, negotiate on the price. smile

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I want to hear that the outcome of his purchase experience and shrewd negotiation skills resulted in the store paying him to buy a piano. laugh


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
I want to hear that the outcome of his purchase experience and shrewd negotiation skills resulted in the store paying him to buy a piano. laugh

He better post his price paid including shipping and tax in USA $ in the prices paid thread wink


Seriously MacMacMac go try out the Novus10 too. Even if you have to take a few hour drive.

Also we will miss you once you get your new piano. You will be practicing so much you won't have time to post anymore smile


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I want to join in on wishing Mac the best of times in his new home with his soon-to-arrive N1X. smile

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The unfortunate thing is that, while I'm nearly 100% on board with everything Mac says about negotiation, COVID has constrained supplies enough where it may not matter how good of a negotiator you are, demand is just far outstripping supply and with many models you're lucky if a shop even has what you want in stock, let along at a price you'd prefer to pay. In that case, you either bite the bullet and pay a higher price, or you hold off and wait a few months (or a year?) in hopes that things go back to normal. Maybe there's another option?


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I'm sorry to be the one to announce this to the group, but, Mac has succumbed. cry Despite his brave battle against the evil menace, he finally capitulated to his innermost yearning, and has become an ardent devotee of Pianoteq. He's just a little unsure about how to break the news to you.

I'm sure he'll be back in his own time.


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You're probably right Gombessa. MacMacMac already said he would wait if necessary. But is he really going to wait a year + to get a great price.


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Originally Posted by Pete14
I want to join in on wishing Mac the best of times in his new home with his soon-to-arrive N1X. smile
I know what is a soon-to-be-happy-owner-of -an-N1X... mine arrives december 15th. I wish MacMacMac the best pleasure with this soon-to-arrive N1X.

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Originally Posted by Ralphiano
I'm sorry to be the one to announce this to the group, but, Mac has succumbed. cry Despite his brave battle against the evil menace, he finally capitulated to his innermost yearning, and has become an ardent devotee of Pianoteq. He's just a little unsure about how to break the news to you.

I'm sure he'll be back in his own time.

There is also a rumor that he's using a Williams Keyboard as the controller. smile

Did that go too far? shocked

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Congrats Mac!

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Yes David you went to far. For your penance you must say 1000 Hail Mary's smile


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Have you guys ever retired ? Macmacmac is lining up Bourbon, Blackjack, and Hookers.

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Originally Posted by jeffcat
Have you guys ever retired ? Macmacmac is lining up Bourbon, Blackjack, and Hookers.
Only one Hook to hold his headphones wink


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You guys are too much!

First: Thanks to everyone for the well wishes.

Second: Retirement was seven-day weekends! But that was short-lived. It ended when we moved to Pennsylvania.
Moving is an ordeal. I did it at age 39 with no troubles ... all set up in a week.
And again at age 58 with some temporary aches and pains ... all set up in a month.
But this time it's been tough. Bad back, bad knee, tough times. The easy living of retirement won't resume until we've finished setting up house. That might take several months. frown
Seven-day weekends won't be back for a while.

But contrary to the proposition above, there's no more wifey-boss in my life now than before retirement.
I was working from home during the covid jail sentence. So wifey was at hand throughout. It's no different now.

@terminaldegree: I guess I've set a high bar of expectation around here.
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I want to hear that the outcome of his purchase experience and shrewd negotiation skills resulted in the store paying him to buy a piano.
This had me rolling. And now I really have my work cut out for me!

This is the real problem ...
Originally Posted by Gombessa
Covid has constrained supplies enough where it may not matter how good of a negotiator you are, demand is just far outstripping supply and with many models you're lucky if a shop even has what you want in stock, let along at a price you'd prefer to pay. In that case, you either bite the bullet and pay a higher price, or you hold off and wait a few months (or a year?) in hopes that things go back to normal. Maybe there's another option?
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Originally Posted by EPW
You're probably right Gombessa. already said he would wait if necessary. But is he really going to wait a year + to get a great price?
I believe I will have to wait.
The purchase will likely be delayed for some time. Sad but true. But I will report my results when the time comes.

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One more thing ... While out for dinner last weekend I spied the Fort Pitt Piano store. I promised myself I'd check them out soon.
But I discovered that they're a Steinway dealer.
Translation:
1. Acoustics only.
2. High-priced hoidy toidy.
So I'll be skipping that shop. But there's another shop in my area, so no worries.

Also ... it was suggested that I try the NV10.
Well, I have. Twice. Because there's a very well-stocked Kawai-mostly shop in Raleigh not far from my old home.
For anyone in the Raleigh area (or anywhere near central NC), check out Maus Piano in Raleigh.

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And finally ... as for the suggestion that I might succumb to the lure of Pianoteq ... that would be NO!

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