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Reputable Japanese Yamaha Exporters? #320226
11/11/03 10:02 AM
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Hello.

I was hoping some US dealers of "gray market" yamahas could throw me a bone here.

I'm looking to buy a container load of Yamaha/Kawai uprights for sale in the UK market. As I'm not in direct competition with the US market I was hoping someone might be willing to advise me on which export firms are good/bad.

So far I've found these:

http://www.sankoind.co.jp/piano/
http://members.tripod.com/~shouten/index-1.html
http://www.secondhandpiano.com/index.htm

Does anyone have any experience with these firms? Can you recommend a reliable firm for such a venture?

You might not want to post your comments publicly so please send me a private message by clicking on my username and the clicking on "send private message"

Or drop me a line at mark@smart-pianos.com

Thanks for any advice
regards,
Mark

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Re: Reputable Japanese Yamaha Exporters? #320227
11/12/03 02:10 PM
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Re: Reputable Japanese Yamaha Exporters? #320228
11/13/03 11:04 AM
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Mark, sorry to take a while to respond. Just had a flurry of customers to attend to.

Takemoto Shoten has a big reputation on the West Coast, but isn't well established here in the east as far as I know. I communicated quite a bit with Tony Tenaka last year, and he seems very personable and willing to go out of his way to get our business, but ultimately we decided to continue using our current Japanese buyer (who shall remain anonymous for good reason...I'll explain in an email to you).

As for Kuroyangi, I don't know if I'd trust an exporter who dangles a sexy blonde Caucasian gal (kneeling, no less) on his homepage. Maybe he thinks all Americans are Brittney Spears fans.

Sanko looks reputable, and I'd consider giving them a try if their prices were lower. They bring their pianos up to par before shipping (unlike our current supplier), but we've been doing the work ourselves and it saves us money. I like Sanko's photo representations of all the different vertical styles...the Kawai KL704 is about the nicest vertical we've ever sold, by the way, and apparently Sanko's got them.

One word of advice: generally, shipping costs are normally not much different whether you get the 20' or 40' containers, so avoid the 20' container if you can.

-Jimbo


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Re: Reputable Japanese Yamaha Exporters? #320229
11/13/03 02:37 PM
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Hi Jimbo

That's great info. Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. And thanks for the private msg too!!

I'll keep digging for more info. Incidentally, I would want the pianos to arrive "ready to go" rather than work on them over here, so perhaps I wouldn't work with your exporters anyway.

Thanks again
Mark

Re: Reputable Japanese Yamaha Exporters? #320230
11/15/03 04:42 PM
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Found a couple more firms:

http://www138.sannet.ne.jp/idex/
http://www.yasumaru.com/piano.html

Anyone have any experience with these?
Thanks for any comments
Mark

Re: Reputable Japanese Yamaha Exporters? #320231
11/16/03 07:39 PM
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Re: Reputable Japanese Yamaha Exporters? #320232
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Thanks Thomas. Useful to know!!


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