Several recent threads mention the shortage of pianos available in the market right now. People are saying the shortage is due to increased demand and long restocking times. I stopped by Guitar Center the other day, and was surprised to see the shelves pretty bare, as you can see from the photos below.
I asked one of the sales guys about it, and he offered up the same rationales: most instruments are coming from overseas, and there’s a supply chain backlog. Factories had shut down due to Covid.
FWIW, GC just went through a chapter 11 reorg, and related reports say that it was the first part of the “Covid year” that sort of crushed them. Stores closed and they were unable to service a huge debt. But apparently there was an upturn later, as stores reopened and were able to service pent up demand. (At least that’s my one paragraph summary).
You can see the the shelves are pretty bare. The acoustic guitar room usually has upper, middle and lower rows full of guitars hanging on the walls, and also along the beams on the ceiling, but on this day it was probably not even at 1/4 capacity. The electric guitar wall also usually has three full rows, and was probably 2/3 empty.
Anyway, to keep this on a piano track, the keyboard room looked pretty normal, but I didn’t go in because I didn’t want to mess with all the sanitizing stuff, and I didn’t want anyone to have to clean up after me (I was there just to grab some guitar strings and a guitar stand). But I suspect they keep floor models out, and boxed keyboards in a store room (which, if it’s anything like the guitar displays, is probably nearly empty).