Any make you like, as long as it’s Yamaha…

How big does a music store have to get before it will showcase an unbiased range of digital pianos?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Yamaha keyboard instruments, and they do have a large share of the market, but they aren’t the only players out there.

In my town, one music dealer has an exclusive deal with Yamaha, and the other probably has a 90% stock of Yamaha gear.

What about Casio, M-Audio, Technics, Roland, Korg?

I’d actually quite like to get my hands on a ProKeys 88 just to see if it really does sound and feel that good, for half the price of a P140, but I can’t.

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There are probably massive showrooms in Central London, but it would be nice to have a decent showroom locally.

Yes, we can buy equipment online, and this is great for getting a good financial deal, but there is no substitute for trying out the instrument first. In fact, I won’t buy any keyboard that I haven’t touched.

So come on retailers – let’s have some genuine competition here. A lot of people will still buy Yamaha because they are good, but there are plenty of alternatives and we keyboard players want to try them out!

Anyone else face this? Do guitarists get this problem?