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Posted By: Mac2010 Musician's Friend - 04/10/21 08:42 PM
Hello,

Has anyone order a Kawai ES920 from Musician's Friend? I have ordered once back in December but it's still backordered. Just wondering if anyone got theirs.

Mac
Posted By: mmathew Re: Musician's Friend - 04/10/21 11:13 PM
I have not bought any keyboard or ordered from Musicians' Friend. There are worldwide shortages of digital pianos, with unreliable or no forecasts of arrival. This is the case with all online retailers and dealers.
Posted By: Mac2010 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/10/21 11:20 PM
Thanks for the reply.

I just spoke with Guitar Center and they just told me Mid-June (possibly) for arrivals. Which is a bummer. That would make it almost 7-8 months of no practice.

Thanks again.
Posted By: terminaldegree Re: Musician's Friend - 04/11/21 12:35 AM
My local brick and mortar dealer has 1-2. Since it’s a model sold online by non-full line dealers, I suspect the pricing would be typically identical, no matter what type of dealer.
Posted By: John_C Re: Musician's Friend - 04/11/21 02:31 AM
On Sweetwater, you can sign up for an email notification so that you're notified as soon as they get it in stock. I was lucky enough to get my new Kawai MP7SE a couple of months ago that way.

I'm not sure if the other 'big' instrument retailers offer the same thing.
Posted By: pwl Re: Musician's Friend - 04/11/21 04:34 AM
I responded to Mac2010's post in the Prices Paid thread that I had also ordered an ES920 in December (from Guitar Center - affiliated with MF) and have not yet received it. I paid significantly less than $1599 so I'm not going to cancel and order from another dealer. I have other instruments and will wait it out - but I *would* like to get my hands on it!
Posted By: mmathew Re: Musician's Friend - 04/11/21 11:05 AM
Originally Posted by John_C
On Sweetwater, you can sign up for an email notification so that you're notified as soon as they get it in stock. I was lucky enough to get my new Kawai MP7SE a couple of months ago that way.

I'm not sure if the other 'big' instrument retailers offer the same thing.

Though not as big a Sweetwater on instruments, but certainly a huge online retailer - B&H offers this too.
Posted By: SeaDrive Re: Musician's Friend - 04/11/21 01:29 PM
You'll only receive a notification from Sweetwater if they have one or more available for sale. If 10 come in, but there are 20 on backorder, you'll never know that they received any, because there are none available to be ordered.

If you really want one, it's a good idea to actually place an order; this puts you in the queue. When they arrive, your sales guy/gal will confirm that you still want the item before it gets shipped.
Posted By: TBell Re: Musician's Friend - 04/11/21 03:56 PM
I signed up for the Sweetwater notification, but never got notified. I ended up ordering an ES920 from a local Kawai dealer and he doesn't know when they will arrive.

However, if you are a YouTube reviewer you can probably get one in just a few days. wink
Posted By: Mac2010 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/12/21 12:43 AM
Greetings,

Welp, I just spoke with a few retailers and they all have confirmed that mid-june is the newest date to received the Kawai ES920, which is truly a bummer.
Posted By: ColoRodney Re: Musician's Friend - 04/12/21 02:37 AM
I actually bought an ES520 *used* in Denver last month. Brick and mortar piano stores have had these for a while. The big mail-order places will get them eventually. If you really want one, call your local piano store.
Posted By: SeaDrive Re: Musician's Friend - 04/12/21 11:11 AM
Piano Solutions in Indiana (pianosolutions.net) appears to have both the ES920 and ES520 in stock, as of right now. Worth a try if you really want one. FYI, they are listed on Kawai US's web site as the primary in-store Kawai dealer in Indiana.
Posted By: Mac2010 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/13/21 02:55 AM
unfortunately, no-one wants to honor the deal that I got from Musician's Friend. I was able to get 48 months at 0%. I'll clearly pay this off before 48 months.
Posted By: MJBinTkPk Re: Musician's Friend - 04/13/21 04:41 AM
Thanks @SeaDrive - just ordered from Piano Solutions. Will see what happens...
Posted By: mmathew Re: Musician's Friend - 04/13/21 11:05 AM
Originally Posted by MJBinTkPk
Thanks @SeaDrive - just ordered from Piano Solutions. Will see what happens...

Great firm; excellent customer service. I have bought all my serious pianos from them and also did some trade-ins. I will personally vouch for them.

But I do want to point out that they are more of a person-to-person store. More to the point, their website may not always reflect stock on hand. My personal experience being with the P515 which showed as in stock on their website but when I called them, they said it was out of stock. I'd encourage you to give them a call.
Posted By: MJBinTkPk Re: Musician's Friend - 04/13/21 11:41 PM
Originally Posted by mmathew
Originally Posted by MJBinTkPk
Thanks @SeaDrive - just ordered from Piano Solutions. Will see what happens...

Great firm; excellent customer service. I have bought all my serious pianos from them and also did some trade-ins. I will personally vouch for them.

But I do want to point out that they are more of a person-to-person store. More to the point, their website may not always reflect stock on hand. My personal experience being with the P515 which showed as in stock on their website but when I called them, they said it was out of stock. I'd encourage you to give them a call.

Will call them tomorrow. As of this evening, the order still says processing, so for something that is theoretically "in stock" the idea that the order still says "processing" makes me think it may not be quite as "in stock" as the website suggests. May end up canceling if it isn't actually on hand since this was mostly just an opportunistic purchase if they happen to have one. Stay tuned...
Posted By: InspiredByKawai Re: Musician's Friend - 04/14/21 01:18 AM
I bought my kawai ca99 in December, Its currently due to be delivered early June...
Posted By: MJBinTkPk Re: Musician's Friend - 04/14/21 07:41 PM
So, @SeaDrive, I just spoke with Piano Solutions and they gave me the same answer that @Mac2010 got from retailers: not expecting to get any ES920s until late May / early June. I cancelled my order and will continue playing my FP60 for the next while. I’ll check back in on this later in the year and see what the supply looks like.
Posted By: SeaDrive Re: Musician's Friend - 04/14/21 07:51 PM
Thanks for the update; good to know that their "In Stock" notice is meaningless. I guess the fact that everything they sell was listed as "In Stock" should have been a clue that that was the case. smirk
Posted By: Pacific42 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/14/21 09:29 PM
I found an ES920 for sale at Sweetwater in early March. There was one remaining after I bought mine. I had been checking several sites, including MF, daily for about three weeks. I don't know if that meant that Sweetwater was caught up on their orders but they had at least three for sale on the site around that time. I didn't have a pre-order anywhere.

If I were looking now, I would pre-order and check multiple sites daily.
Posted By: Mac2010 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/15/21 03:45 PM
Did you get a discount or financing with it or straight out paid in full?
Posted By: Pacific42 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/15/21 08:24 PM
$1,599.00 + tax paid at purchase. Free shipping
Posted By: SeaDrive Re: Musician's Friend - 04/15/21 09:31 PM
Originally Posted by Mac2010
Did you get a discount or financing with it or straight out paid in full?

Why would anyone give you a discount on an item that is in high demand, like the ES920? crazy
Posted By: SeaDrive Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 01:00 AM
To give you an idea how bad the DP stock situation is in the U.S.:

In the price range of $500 - $2,000, Sweetwater carries 83 different models (including some color variations) of digital pianos. Of those 83 models, 28 are currently listed as "in stock".

Of those 28 models, 16 are made by Casio; exactly zero are made by Kawai. They have one Roland model, one Dexibell model, and four Yamaha models.

Pretty bad, eh? frown
Posted By: TheophilusCarter Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 01:14 AM
Geesh. I'm glad I took the plunge and bought my DP-603 back in March '20, just as things were going into serious lockdown. It's been a godsend during all the stay-at-home time.
Posted By: PlsDontShootMe Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 02:37 AM
Originally Posted by SeaDrive
To give you an idea how bad the DP stock situation is in the U.S.:

In the price range of $500 - $2,000, Sweetwater carries 83 different models (including some color variations) of digital pianos. Of those 83 models, 28 are currently listed as "in stock".

Of those 28 models, 16 are made by Casio; exactly zero are made by Kawai. They have one Roland model, one Dexibell model, and four Yamaha models.

Pretty bad, eh? frown
So does this imply that Kawai is the best, most in-demand product in the marketplace?

Reminds me of a huge barbecue festival I once visited while looking for something to eat on a business trip in Oklahoma years ago. I wasn’t an industry expert, so I wandered around the numerous different display trucks, looking for clues to “the best of the best.” Since every outfit boasted numerous prestigious awards they had won, I chose the one with the longest line, figuring everyone else must know something I didn’t.

It wasn’t very good. It turns out they weren’t the best, they were just the slowest! 😂
Posted By: TBell Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 04:49 AM
I think with Kawai it is more of a supply than demand issue. Their plants were closed for much longer than anticipated.
Posted By: Kawai James Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 04:55 AM
Originally Posted by TBell
I think with Kawai it is more of a supply than demand issue. Their plants were closed for much longer than anticipated.

I am not aware of any closures to Kawai's manufacturing facilities.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected international shipping logistics, while simultaneously increasing demand for musical instruments.

Kind regards,
James
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Posted By: Mac2010 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 06:10 PM
Originally Posted by SeaDrive
Originally Posted by Mac2010
Did you get a discount or financing with it or straight out paid in full?

Why would anyone give you a discount on an item that is in high demand, like the ES920? crazy
Back in December '20, Musicain's Friend had a 48 month 0% financing, which I don't have to worry about shelling out a ton of money. I only asked because if that particular store had some "in stock" and met MF terms, I would have left MF and buy from that particular store and would finally have a digital piano to play on. Not only that, but they have just earned my business.
Posted By: Mac2010 Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 06:13 PM
(Somewhat) newest update,

I called MF friend and yes they confirmed that early to mid June is the newest release date (they and everyone hopes for). I also asked if I can receive next day shipping instead of ground shipping. Sure enough they will. While that may not be a big deal (7 day difference) but at least they're trying to help their customers stay with them as there isn't much they can do.

Just my 2 cents
Posted By: mmathew Re: Musician's Friend - 04/16/21 06:34 PM
A never-heard-of-site is selling a Yamaha P-515 for $6000. Warning people! As disappointed as we are and desperately looking for dealers that have items in stock - please stay safe!

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