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I am looking to buy C3x piano but I am not able to discover good price from local dealers in DC/Baltimore area. Does anyone know what the going price is for C3X in today's market? I tried to apply MSRP/SMP discount formula but dealer's price seems way off from that. May be pandemic has something to do with it or dealer is taking advantage of the buyer's mind that with pandemic nothing is available and prices are higher. Can anyone share their recent purchase experience?

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What are you being quoted?
Is the quoted price over the phone/via email, or based on in person negotiation?
Does that price include tax, moving, and other extras?


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$44K + 6% tax + delivery. Negotiation was done in person.

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I'll send you a PM with my recent experience.


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Hmm…that does seem on the stingy end of the discount range by a bit.

Are you stuck on the C3x? $40k should buy you a range of nice, new 6 foot grands from other makers (see the Piano Buyer pricing database tool).

Alternatively, shop some out of market dealers. Or call back your salesperson at the local market dealer and make one more offer (now that you’ve made contact and are therefore “not kicking tires”).

Finally there’s the used piano market, which is admittedly a little odd right now, and the C3x is new enough as a model that you’re unlikely to find one easily…but lots of older C3 models.


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Pardon my ignorance, but what does "out of market dealers" mean? Non-local?


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I checked few other brands and models but C3x is what I liked the most. In the used market, I did come across some G2s from late 70s to early 80s but no C3s. I dont want to buy something thats older than me but would surely consider used from local market if there is one available.

I called up some dealers out of my local area but they would not give me price over the phone. I guess they dont want to be shopped on phone. If I make a trip over to their location 150-200 miles away they might consider me serious. Once I know what to expect, I can make that trip

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Yes, ShiroKuro.

Distributors/manufacturers typically, but not always, grant dealers a specific market or territory in which they are the exclusive seller for a brand in that area. It is generally frowned upon (or worse) for a dealer to actively try to sell pianos outside their territory-- and especially in the territory of another dealer for their brand-- unless the customer has physically come into the out-of-market dealer's store (since the customer is free to buy wherever they wish, since they're obviously not bound by a dealer agreement).

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I recently tried a C3X at the Yamaha Piano Center in Copenhagen/Denmark.
If I was going for a grand, this would be my choice. It was almost prefect for my taste.

I can see there is a huge price difference between Europe and US.
Over here the retail price including 25% tax is $34.6K. That means price before tax is $27.7K
That is less than half of MSRP in US.

( https://www.yamahapianocenter.dk/flygel/akustisk-flygel/cx-serien/c3x/ )


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TD, thanks for that explanation! So it's not just "local" but also brand-specific. Got it.

Leo79, as much as it's a pain in the rear to have to drive all over the place, nothing beats an in-person visit. Make a day of it, find somewhere interesting for lunch etc.

That's what we did when I was piano shopping. It mostly worked out ok except for the times when we had lunch before going to the dealers, and then sometimes my husband would fall asleep in the dealers while I tested out their pianos.... That was kind of embarrassing!! whome


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Typical price for C7X in Australia is 30% off rrp, which is about AU$59k. This converts to about US$44k, without the 6% tax. Of course, the currency conversion is not entirely relevant as they are different markets. But usually US prices are significantly lower than AU prices for most things. It seems to me you are being charged a C7X price for only a C3X?

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Looking at polyfon(Denmark) and Sonepica's (Australia) reposnse and from other old messages on this forum, I am getting impression that the right price for new C3X should be ~27-28K + tax. I confirmed the $26K USD/ $35K in singapore dollars price on singapore piano wesite (https://www.singaporepianohub.com/yamaha-c3x) as well and one of UK website 31K USD/22K pounds (https://www.broughtonpianos.co.uk/yamaha-c3x-grand-piano) as well.

Only problem that remains is to find a US dealer preferably in the that is willing to trade at that price. If I cant find one, may be I should consider becoming a dealer myself as making 15K per piano appears to be a lucrative business :-).

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I don't know what's the current inventory situation right now but that quote is HIGH.

Last time I heard there is shortage and this will drive the price up just like cars but recently I also heard that the ports have opened up and Yamaha piano parts and supplies are getting stocked now.

Negotiate harder and yeah look for neighboring dealership around you. I got mine quite a distance away from my location and saved literally thousands.


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I recently tried a new c3X at Downtown Piano Works in Frederick MD and I believe the price was much lower than what you have seen elsewhere. I highly recommend you contact them. It is a very nice piano and a great shop.

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Thanks MusterMark, I will check them out. Its not too far from where I am.

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Originally Posted by Leo79
I am looking to buy C3x piano but I am not able to discover good price from local dealers in DC/Baltimore area. Does anyone know what the going price is for C3X in today's market? I tried to apply MSRP/SMP discount formula but dealer's price seems way off from that. May be pandemic has something to do with it or dealer is taking advantage of the buyer's mind that with pandemic nothing is available and prices are higher. Can anyone share their recent purchase experience?

I just sold my 3-year old C3X-TA for $25k to a local buyer. He said the similar item at a local dealer was priced at $35k.


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Teleri, do you know which dealer this person was referring to? Also, was he referring to old or new C3X at dealer? C3X-TA is more expensive then just C3X, so I am assuming if this person was talking about C3X-TA at dealer then the same dealer may have better pricing on the vanilla C3X.

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Leo79, I will send you a PM.

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What's the difference between a C3X and a C3X-TA?


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It’s called transacoustic version. Basically you can play digital sounds on acoustic piano by using sound board as amplifier

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical_instruments/pianos/transacoustic/index.html

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