I live in the greater Phoenix, AZ area and we have had multiple piano & music stores go out of business over the last many years or so due to the bad economy and the high cost of owning a business. But now the local Steinway Piano Store, the "KING" of all pianos, has announced they have opened two new locations in Scottsdale, AZ and that means things seem to be improving which is always a good thing. The greater Phoenix area (Maricopa county) isn't exactly a small place. We have well over 4 million people here and having a thriving economy is so important, as it is for the rest of the US. By the way, the Steinway (made in USA) piano company also designs their lesser known brands Boston & Essex pianos (made in Japan & China by other factories), so there are lower prices on those instruments which helps their sales.
The Steinway piano really is a fabulous musical instrument and for those who can appreciate what it actually does, they're absolutely worth owning and playing. I have played many of them over the years and it's always an inspirational time for me when I get a chance to play them. The Boston brand is also a beautiful piano to play as well as the Essex piano designed by Steinway. Many schools, universities, and churches purchase and own acoustic pianos such as Steinway, because even though that brand commands a high price, schools, universities, professionals, and people in general who love good music are looking for a piano that will be able to handle even the most accomplished pianists and be a way to grow musically for students as well. Maintenance of these pianos can be expensive and time consuming, but it is definitely worth it.
If you want more info on these and other pianos and lower prices than internet or store discounts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 602-571-1864