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[Pictures] Visited Europe's largest music store


nadroj

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Was on a trip to Germany with my work last week and our hosts were kind enough to take myself and two others I was with to Thomann, Europe's biggest music store. I've bought from there a few times so it was nice to actually see it in person.

 

The best thing was being able to connect with keyboards and controllers that I'd researched online but could never find here in Scotland. I think I've had a play on everything I've ever had GAS for now! If you're ever close (near Bamberg, in Germany) I'd highly reccomend it.

 

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Hammond XK-5. This was beautiful. If I was an organist and had a tonne of money, this is the clonewheel I'd get. Note the Mojo behind it.

 

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Various clonewheels. Were nice, but the XK-5 and the Mojo behind it stole the day. Was also nice to finally play with a vent in person.

 

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Some Kawai models. Bottom two felt lovely, top one not so much.

 

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The Forte stole the day for me. I had always wanted to play one but could never find it. I kept gravitating back to it when I went to play other instruments; I think I fell in love with it. It was just a wonderful feeling instrument, and the sounds were all top notch. If I don't connect with the Stage 3 when it comes out, I can see myself picking up a Forte 7.

 

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Was nice that they had the three different Nord actions. Finally got to play the HP76 - if it was just going to be a gigging board, it would be fine, but as my practice, gigging and "do-it-all" board the action wouldn't do. After the feel of the TP-40 on the Forte, the TP-100 just couldn't compare.

 

As I've mentioned in a previous thread, wasn't too keen on the Piano 3 keybed, even though it's the TP-40WOOD. Prefer the feel of the Stage 2 EX88, or the Forte.

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The bottom board there (Kawai controller) felt wonderful. If I was made of money and weight wasn't an issue, a Stage 3 compact over that Kawai controller would make me the happiest man in existence.

 

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More keyboards I'd seen online but had never been able to play. Doepfer felt nice, TP-40 I believe. I like that it has it's own built in flight case. Wasn't as long as it looked in the photo either. If it wasn't as heavy, it would make for an ideal weighted controller.

 

 

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The room. More keyboards and controllers off to the right at the back, modules and synths behind me. Modules and synths weren't my cuppa tea, so I didn't spend much time on those.

 

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Once I played that Bechstein (and the Kawai baby grand out of the picture to it's left) going back up stairs to the keyboards was depressing. Everything, even the Forte I'd loved minutes earlier, felt sterile. These were beautiful instruments. One day I'll have one...

 

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Lots of options. Every piano had it's own character. Kawai and Bechstein were the two I got on best with. There was a Steinway grand in another room, but I didn't connect with it as well.

 

I could have spent the whole day there but for the sake of my hosts and those who joined us I peeled myself away. They were gracious enough to let me spend an hour there, though, which I was very thankful for! Complete kid in a candy shop.

 

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Wow - what a range of stuff to try!! Amazing! Makes such a change to guessing from internet reviews, eh? Nice one!

 

Always had top service from Thomann. When in England or here in the Middle East.

 

Phone support great. Same thru email. The co-ordination they have with DHL means a lot.

 

Bought some stuff locally recently, to be fair. But, Thomann's service, return policies etc are second to none.

 

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Cool post Nadroj. I have bought lots of stuff from Thomann over the years, but they have such a huge selection that somehow, in my mind, I have never thought of it as an actual shop; but instead as a huge warehouse (a bit like amazon) which stores the stuff and sells it all online. So interesting to see your photos.. I too shall have to visit one day. :)
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They're GERMAN. Of COURSE everything is lined up properly. :D

 

FTR, when I sold keyboards, I labeled things and created wiring harnesses with twist ties. Its amazing how that can enhance a little sub-mixer. I kept the volumes off so that all but the tech-savvy could not just stride up and attempt to play "Jump." I made more sales by simply extracting any wiring fumbles from the mix. First impressions and all that. Thanks for posting those pics; it was a real breath o' fresh air.

"You're never on more intimate terms with a piece of music than when you're writing it."
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Was on a trip to Germany with my work last week and our hosts were kind enough to take myself and two others I was with to Thomann, Europe's biggest music store.

 

Congrats and thx for sharing !

I have never been there even I´m german, so great to see their shop.

 

As I've mentioned in a previous thread, wasn't too keen on the Piano 3 keybed, even though it's the TP-40WOOD.

 

Are you sure ? Did Thomann product specialist confirm it´s the TP40WOOD ?

 

I´m asking because we had that discussion in THIS post and the OP said it´s the TP40H.

 

It´s all about ´cause I also read before it´s the TP40WOOD.

 

Doepfer felt nice, TP-40 I believe.

 

Fatar TP40GH (graded hammer) action.

Otherwise it should be identical to the TP40H (balanced weighted) action.

 

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Nice ! I'd have to think long and hard about the last time I saw a place that had that many acoustic grands and stage keyboards together. Actually, I don't even recall ever seeing a store like that...at least in LA.

 

For some reason that music rest butterfly design on the Bechsteins has never been a favorite of mine....a little too ornate looking for my taste. Great European sounding pianos though.

 

Yeah it's hard to play keyboards after a good acoustic...that's why I complain so much. ;)

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Was on a trip to Germany with my work last week and our hosts were kind enough to take myself and two others I was with to Thomann, Europe's biggest music store.

 

Congrats and thx for sharing !

I have never been there even I´m german, so great to see their shop.

 

As I've mentioned in a previous thread, wasn't too keen on the Piano 3 keybed, even though it's the TP-40WOOD.

 

Are you sure ? Did Thomann product specialist confirm it´s the TP40WOOD ?

 

I´m asking because we had that discussion in THIS post and the OP said it´s the TP40H.

 

It´s all about ´cause I also read before it´s the TP40WOOD.

 

Doepfer felt nice, TP-40 I believe.

 

Fatar TP40GH (graded hammer) action.

Otherwise it should be identical to the TP40H (balanced weighted) action.

 

A.C.

 

Not entirely sure, just read here somewhere that it was the TP40 WOOD. It may not have been. Whatever it was, I prefer the Forte and Stage 2 88!

 

Also, the guitar "room" was two floors high and much bigger than the keyboard room. I didn't spend any time in there. Only went in because I took a wrong turn! Place is like a labyrinth...

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Nice ! I'd have to think long and hard about the last time I saw a place that had that many acoustic grands and stage keyboards together. Actually, I don't even recall ever seeing a store like that...at least in LA.
I've been thinking about this since I saw Nadroj's pics, and I've finally remembered the one store I know of that carries acoustics as well as keyboards of various brands.* Sweetwater carries Yamaha acoustics, but that's the only brand I believe. We all know about their keyboard selection.

 

* Kawai Piano Gallery carries Kawai digitals as well as their acoustics. AFAIK, they have one location in Houston and one in Dallas so far.

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Have ordered quite a bit from Thomann over the years, although less so lately due to the exchange rate. Great showroom though.

 

Need to find an excuse for visiting Germany now!

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