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  • Kronos X in stock at GC

    Saw that at least the Boston, MA GC has some Kronos X in stock.

    Advertised price for a 61 key is $3199, that's a $400 increase

    BTW, outside of the downtown Boston store, none of the other GCs in MA have had any Kronos model in stock...ever. I have yet to sit down and try one because of this (not that I'm in any rush to buy one )
    My VCAs go to 11

  • #2
    Saw that at least the Boston, MA GC has some Kronos X in stock.

    Advertised price for a 61 key is $3199, that's a $400 increase


    Who can afford these things?
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    Michael
    Jupiter-50, MOX6, TI Polar, Moog LP, Korg Micro X, JV-1080
    27" iMac, DP 7.24, Omnisphere, Alchemy, many more...
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    • #3
      Who can afford these things?


      Between Omnisphere and your MOX, I don't think you're really missing much (except a decent B3 which you could remedy easily enough with VB3).
      Keyboards: Roland Fantom G6 (2); Korg Kronos 61; Muse Receptor VIP; Nord Electro 3; Privia PX-350Guitar Stuff: Route 101 Solimar; Line 6 POD X3 Live, Pocket POD (2)

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      • #4
        Who can afford these things?


        I think I know someone who has a Yamaha MOX6, Yamaha CP33, Virus TI, Prophet 08, and Moog LP. Probably spent more than the price of a Kronos X. ;-)

        (I know, it's tougher to come up with all of it at once. That's why there are credit cards, for better or worse...)

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        • #5
          I think I know someone who has a Yamaha MOX6, Yamaha CP33, Virus TI, Prophet 08, and Moog LP. Probably spent more than the price of a Kronos X. ;-)

          (I know, it's tougher to come up with all of it at once. That's why there are credit cards, for better or worse...)


          Yeah... But as you noted, I acquired my keyboards over a period of many years, buying and selling and ultimately ending up with what I have. My most expensive keyboard is the Virus TI - I paid about $2,400 for it maybe 7-8 years ago. Probably the most expensive keyboard I ever bought (except for my Yamaha piano).

          But $3,199 for a 61-key model? Damn, that's a lot of money. In 2002, I think I paid about $1,700 for a new Motif 6. At the time, THAT was the most I'd ever paid for an individual keyboard. I cringe when I see the Motif XF for $2,499 (which is why I have the MOX). At least Yamaha finds a way to give keyboardists top-of-the-line sounds for far less than $2,000.

          But $3,199 for a 61 key version? I have to wonder how many they'll sell, honestly. Not to say they aren't "worth it" but that's a lot of cash for a keyboardist to spend on a single keyboard, not to mention that the 88-key model is $3,999.
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          Michael
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          27" iMac, DP 7.24, Omnisphere, Alchemy, many more...
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          • #6
            Korg sometimes starts off with a price and then a few months later brings it down - if I recall correctly, the M3 and Radias were like that. The original Kronos was kind of an exception, probably because it did very well in sales throughout its run.
            I bet we'll be seeing those 400 dollars drop off within the next 6 months.
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            • #7
              Who can afford these things?


              easy. Sell off the rompler arsenal, stage pianos when you can still get $1000 or more for them.

              BTW, I got my Kronos 88 new for $3050. It was a great buy for what it does, especially how it replaces other older boards.
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              • #8
                You guys shut up, you don't live in Europe, the prices are even worse here.
                If you need a KSP script, e-mail me! Depending on amount of work, the price can be arranged!

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                • #9
                  Korg's price drops in the past have been in response to sluggish sales. Plenty of people didn't even look at Radias until it fell under $1000, the M3 reduction was what marketing guys call a "mid life kicker" and I'd guess (maybe I'm offbase) that poor sales were why they cut prices on the microSampler and microStation. Notice they didn't drop the prices of the Electribes when they were updated for SD cards.

                  They probably had no choice with the Kronos X because of the cost for a larger SSD.

                  Prices do tend to rise over time but I'm with keybdwizrd, that's a lot of money. As a hobbyist, I always buy used or blowouts. My Motif ES was used ($1400) and my XF was scratch and dent...and it is dented ($1900). Buying the XF was a stretch for me, esp. since I sold my ES for $200 less than I was hoping. When Kronos was first announced, the price put it out of reach and now the X is even more so.
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                  • #10
                    Yeah the price does put it out of reach of hobbists like me as well. But for pro live players I can definitely see the appeal.
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                    • #11
                      You guys shut up, you don't live in Europe, the prices are even worse here.


                      the US prices do not reflect any taxes. You have to pay taxes in the USA if you buy from an online your own state. In California, thats close to 10%.

                      The other factor is what margins the local sales company wants to see. I'm pretty sure that all the sales companies around the world pay pretty much the same price for product from KORG HQ in Japan + or - currency exchange rates. Maybe your country currency is in ****************ty shape vs the Japan currency. Go to Yahoo finance for that.

                      Given the above it's a factor of the local sales distributor + dealer greed levels. In the US its called 'capitalism ' or '' good business ". So go yap at your country distributor
                      if you want them to give their margin for you.
                      I live a life of fearless self invention

                      If you want to see God laugh, don't make any plans

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                      • #12
                        VAT is 25% here. So, it's still more expensive over here than in USA. It's almost more worth it to buy in USA and have it delivered on your doorstep.

                        Kronos 88 (NOT Kronos X, mind you!) here - a whopping $4650. K61 is around $3800.


                        So you still think you have it expensive? No, I don't think you have it expensive.
                        If you need a KSP script, e-mail me! Depending on amount of work, the price can be arranged!

                        Folio: Zero-G - Animato | Sonokinetic - Tigris & Euphrates - Desert Voice - Carousel - Toccata - Voices Of Israel - EMP - FE | Hollow Sun - HSDV Drum Synthesiser - Music Laboratory Machines Series - RMI Electrapiano

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                        • #13
                          VAT is 25% here. So, it's still more expensive over here than in USA. It's almost more worth it to buy in USA and have it delivered on your doorstep.

                          Kronos 88 (NOT Kronos X, mind you!) here - a whopping $4650. K61 is around $3800.


                          So you still think you have it expensive? No, I don't think you have it expensive.


                          you seem to be interested in facts. Did you look at the exchange rate of your country's currency vs Japanese yen ?

                          plus your countrys VAT should be funding numerous areas, such as health care and infrastructure.

                          In the US, we use to have ' business tariff taxes ' ( that supported the states/infrastructure) but the Reagan admin did away with that. As a result, we are getting
                          hosed in high costs in other necessary areas. If one is rich in the US, they are running away with the bank since the rules
                          largely favor the wealthy. If one is not wealthy, its a tough grind.

                          So its not a simple matter of the cost of the Kronos X. More complicated.
                          I live a life of fearless self invention

                          If you want to see God laugh, don't make any plans

                          Good is the Enemy of Great

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                          • #14
                            ...I'm pretty sure that all the sales companies around the world pay pretty much the same price for product from KORG HQ in Japan ...



                            There are many factors affecting the rates through the supply chain from OEM to the shop floor/internet reseller site

                            Fixed worldwide supply price from the OEM to every reseller is not standard practice in some industries. What Korg does I do not know, but they like most companies want to maximize worldwide sales whilst protecting brand image.. There are many things they can do or ignore, it is up to them within any regulations that may apply in different regions and how they wish to reward their best resellers

                            Some countries may put heavy duties on certain imported goods.
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                            • #15
                              There are many factors affecting the rates through the supply chain from OEM to the shop floor/internet reseller site

                              Fixed worldwide supply price from the OEM to every reseller is not standard practice in some industries. What Korg does I do not know, but they like most companies want to maximize worldwide sales whilst protecting brand image.. There are many things they can do or ignore, it is up to them within any regulations that may apply in different regions and how they wish to reward their best resellers

                              Some countries may put heavy duties on certain imported goods.


                              don't overlook currency exchange rate and outbound transportation. US is very good at moving goods from point a to point b. Once you factor in a poorer or a 3rd world country, there cost of transport is very high. There;s a lot more going on here than what Korg HQ in Japan does.
                              I live a life of fearless self invention

                              If you want to see God laugh, don't make any plans

                              Good is the Enemy of Great

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