DIGITAL PIANOS IN CALIFORNIA - Review & Report of where to buy Kawai, Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Casio, Samick, Kurzeil, and other digital pianos in California for the lowest price - California is a very large state and covers an immense amount of territory including large cites and counties in Southern, Central, and Northen California like San Diego, Orange County, Anaheim, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernadino, Santa Ana, Palos Verdes, Long Beach, Hollywood, Redondo Beach, Torrance, West LA, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, San Fernando Valley, Bakersfield, Palmdale, Pomona, Burbank, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Lois Obispo, Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Fremont, San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Berkely, Concord, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Clovis, Fairfied, Roseville, Humboldt, Mendocino, and so many more. So when it comes to shopping for new digital pianos in California, whether they be upright and grand style home furniture cabinet models, portable models, or professional stage models at good discount pricing, sometimes that can be a difficult task even with all the bigger cities that exist in that state. This seems to be a bit of a surprise to me given how much music there is in California with all the recording studios, Hollywood studios, musicians, music events and live venues to watch musicians play, and piano teachers teaching lessons to thousands upon thousands of students combined. Unfortunately there are a number of areas that have few real piano stores or those stores don't have a lot of brands to choose from. To really see the digital piano in person that may seem to fit your needs in California, you may need to travel for miles to find a store with a bigger selection of brands since many medium to smaller size cities don't have any digital piano dealers or those dealers only carry cheaper priced digital pianos and not the higher priced, better digital pianos in the price range above $1500. Nevertheless, there are some well established piano stores with some of the better brands in a few of the larger cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, etc which do have a good selection of digital pianos and who do offer fair prices at their stores. As an example, a few of those piano store names (in no particular order) are Green Music in San Diego & San Jose, Pierre's Fine Pianos in Los Angeles, and San Mateo Piano in San Mateo. So you do not necessarily have to buy a new digital piano from an internet store to get a good piano at a good price when a reputable local piano store may have that same piano or something even better at the same or lower price. But just to be sure...ask me first and I can tell you if you are getting a "good deal" or not!

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Also, in California the sales tax rate is rather high so there are good, compelling reasons to order from an on-line dealer outside the state of California to "avoid" sales tax, depending on who the seller is and what model you are buying. When shopping for a new digital piano in California including San Diego area, Orange Country, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Jose, Sacramento, etc, most piano stores carry just 1 brand or possibly 2 brands of digital pianos so you will need to shop around for other brands if you want to see them. Also in many big cities, you may find just one piano company who sells the brand you want to see and there are no other piano companies in or near your area who also sells that brand. So then there are digital piano "markets" in big cities that are controlled by just one dealer who has exclusive rights to that brand which obviously limits competition, especially if that brand or model is not available nearby elsewhere or on-line.

Another potential problem with buying new digital piano in California is that many dealers don't always have the latest or greatest models in their store or on display such as the Kawai CA48, CA78, CA98, or new Roland LX705, LX706, LX708, or Casio AP650, AP470, PX870, AP700, GP300, or Yamaha CLP685, CLP695GP, new Yamaha YDP144, YDP164, YDP184, Korg G1 Air, C1 Air, or Samick SG120, SG500, or other popular models. So when it comes to finding a good selection of the most popular or newest digital pianos in California, it can be very challenging at times. There are also big music store companies such as Guitar Center or Sam Ash Music who have many stores throughout California and carry some lower priced, more common name brand digital pianos including their own "house brands" which means that brand is only available from that music store because it is their own brand. Guitar Center has the "Williams" brand of digital pianos and Sam Ash has the "Adams" brand of digital pianos. Guitar Center and Sam Ash Music don't actually make their digital pianos because those pianos come from a Chinese digital piano manufacturer who normally already have these pianos made in their factory and then sell them to music stores who want to put their own label on them. The music stores buy them for a cheap price and usually make higher profit on them than they do on the name brands. But beware of these so called "house brands" because generally speaking, they are not very good and in my opinions are based on my personal experience with them over the years and also with the latest models because they are (in my opinion) cheaply made, sound cheap, key actions feel cheap, the pedals respond like a toy piano...and they are also offered at what seems to be a cheap price because of all that. Just remember, you don't usually get "something for nothing" so when it's a cheap price and cheaper than all the good, well known brands then there is usually a good reason for it. The upside is that those "cheap pianos" generally look nice so shoppers think they must actually be nice. In reality they are just "PSO's"...Piano Shaped Objects, so...beware!

Some digital piano shoppers who live in California make a purchase from Amazon (even on Amazon you need to pay sales tax) but that's not always a good alternative. This is because a lot of people don't know much about digital pianos so they take a big chance in just reading consumer reviews. Many of those buyers and piano owners have little experience either playing piano or being able to discern what is going to be the "best bang for the buck" in terms of a digital piano (within your budget) and whether it can really offer a good piano playing experience whether you or a family member is a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student or piano player.

There really are some "land mines" out there when shopping for and buying a new digital piano so I suggest you first contact me or my son, Erik as we are experts in this field. For many, many years I have taught 1000's of people to play piano both in private and group lessons and am a consultant to schools, churches, universities, pro piano players, music teachers, and others for digital pianos and what to buy and what to avoid based on your musical needs, musical goals, budget, and experience. We are also independent consultants and advisers to the piano companies themselves and they have implemented some of the ideas we gave them so that they could make their digital pianos even more realistic and better made than before. We don't get paid by the manufacturers or designers for our reviews and consulting. We do it out of a love of music and a passion to see more people of all ages come to enjoy playing music on a great instrument like a high quality digital piano.

Before you make a digital piano purchase anywhere inside or outside of California including other cities and states or on-line, please contact me at the email address or phone number below and my son, Erik and I will answer your questions. Even though we are based in Arizona, as we do for all digital piano shoppers throughout the US, we will also let you know if you are getting a good price on the digital piano you are looking at, and, in our opinion, if you are not getting a good price then we can usually help you buy it for quite a bit less money than internet, Amazon, or general music store prices including (in most cases) free shipping, no tax, brand new with full factory warranty to anywhere in the 48 states including anywhere in California. Please don't make a move and spend your money without contacting us first. You definitely will be glad you did!

If you want more info on new digital pianos and LOWER PRICES than internet discounts, please email me at or call direct at 602-571-1864.

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