I did contact the local dealer, they unfortunately told me that both a deposit (a large percentage too) and a charge (hundreds of dollars, for the admittance into selection room) are required. Should I not able to find one that I like, the admittance charge is not refundable.
This does not sound like any usual business practice, regardless of the value of the product. We are not sure what to do.
Humm, this sounds really strange to me. They want you to pay, big bucks, just to enter the store and look at the piano; then, they want to extort thousands of dollars from you as a so-called deposit.
This kind of expensive piano is so far out of my league that I probably shouldn't be posting here; but based on what you have reported, I'd tell them to keep their S&S D and admire it the remainder of their lives, and when they pass on, to make room in the grave for the piano. If something is really that valuable and rare, they should be able to take it with them with they pass on...
Secondly, I'll bet there are some reputable dealers and rebuilders who would be much more accommodating to your needs, and treat you with much more respect, and you would likely end up with a S&S D just as nice or nicer than the new one that the dealer will take to the grave with them.
Arrogance is a human trait that is easy to recognize
It starts with a lack of respect and big bulging eyes
There is no compassion or mercy that is closely related
Nothing but greed and contempt as others are berated
But one thing is for sure, and there is no doubt
Arrogance is a temporary thing and will soon burn out
So let them be brash, and let them be bold
And, in the end, maybe they can take home their gold
Where they go, in the end, it's hard to tell
It may well be heaven, or it may well be h...
But rest assured they'll be leaving this world
And perhaps sooner than later, as things are unfurled
Who knows, perhaps in the end, they'll wish they'd been smarter
But to be so bold, and brash and arrogant, is a non-starter
It's not too late to change and make amends
Perhaps be more courteous and try to make friends
For if you make a friend, perhaps you make a sale
Or, maybe not, who knows, it's hard to tell...
Just my .02.