May 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm #9920
Uh, oh. “Adult” for the P-37E is being taken by some Japanese bloggers in its other sense.
I’m watching to see when the E is available for shipping to America, on or shortly after the release date of 6 June, I hope. If anyone identifies a source, please let us know!May 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm #9958
It is true that Yamaha does not introduce changes without reason; but right now they are not at their best in terms of innovations in their “casual” sector. The Venova has not been received with the expected acceptance.
In any case, let’s hope the instrument is good. Innovation is always welcome; but you always have to think twice before replacing a sturdy classic (right, VW Sedan full injection?).
May 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm #9960
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by Roberto.
I was unaware of the Venova, Roberto. It looks like it’s not quite ready for prime time. The Yamaha P-37E, on the other hand, is an update the tried and true P-37D. It’s not a new instrument, not an innovation in that sense, though it includes a couple of innovative changes. Whether it will be a significant improvement over the P-37D remains to be seen. We’ll know as soon as we can get one. The disappointment will be if it’s not an improvement over the P-37D. But it won’t be like replacing the classic VW Beetle with a Ford Pinto!May 30, 2018 at 6:41 pm #9963
“But it won’t be like replacing the classic VW Beetle with a Ford Pinto!”
That sounds more like Hohner’s buiness model of late.:-/June 3, 2018 at 5:54 am #9973
It will come with a semi-rigid case with zipper in place of the heavy plastic armor designed to lose the mouthpiece. That is already an important advance.
June 3, 2018 at 3:44 pm #9975
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 5 days ago by Roberto.
I was able to order the P-37E today from Amazon Japan using tenso. The Amazon listing is for the “Yamaha Yamaha Sex Pianika P–37E,” $133 with free shipping to tenso.
Amazon.co.jp does not ship to U.S. addresses. tenso provides a personal Japan address. I’ll find out what the fees and shipping charge are in a few days when it gets to tenso. I’m guessing about $50.
https://www.amazon.co.jp/YAMAHA-%E3%83%A4%E3%83%9E%E3%83%8F-%E2%BC%A4%E2%BC%88%E3%81%AE%E3%83%94%E3%82%A2%E3%83%8B%E3%82%AB-P-37E-%E3%83%96%E3%83%A9%E3%82%A6%E3%83%B3/dp/B07CZH5LK6/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528039763&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=yamaha+pianika+p-37eJune 5, 2018 at 6:29 am #9981
With regards to buying from Amazon JP, I recently purchase a melodica from the site. It has to be sold by Amazon JP themselves to be able to ship overseas, though I noted that the yamaha P37D requires you be a prime member to purchase. The overseas purchase reduces local tax but incoming country taxes are included.
I selected the more expensive shipping option which was DHL to my country and got my melodica in 24 hours as compared to EMS which was double in cost. I think forwarders like Tenso use EMS. I am not sure if Amazon JP ships to the US but i am sure the P37E would be available once amazon gets some stocks as I was unable to checkout the P37E in the link, but could for alot of the suzuki ones.
June 5, 2018 at 8:16 am #9983
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by Yan.
Oh, if you can not purchase outside of Japan, I can help importing.Payment should be sent by Amazon E-mail giftcard.
Fixed price + EMS (actual expenses only : depending on estimate) + Please buy my CD as handling charge! Ha ha
If you are concerned about importing from me, I recommend contacting Taniguchi Musical Instruments. http://shop.taniguchi-gakki.jp/user_data/english.php
They specialize in accordion and harmonica, they also ship to any countries. If you say “Hearing(Introduced) from Akeo”, maybe it should be a little discount.June 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm #9984
Thank you, Akeo! Tell us more about your CD and how we can buy it.
My P-37E has already shipped today from Amazon to tenso. I will be notified when it arrives, and then, according to the tenso site, I will choose the shipping option. This is also how Buyee orders work: they are shipped to Buyee, after which you choose your shipping option.
I read somewhere that the first run of the P-37E will be for 4-5000 instruments.June 13, 2018 at 11:05 pm #9993
Received my P-37E yesterday. I want to work with it a bit more before commenting further, but this is really a step up from the P-37D — better look, feel and sound. Somewhat like the difference between a Suzuki and a Hammond.June 14, 2018 at 8:47 pm #9994
Very exited to hear your initial reaction to the 37E. Hoping they will soon be sold in the U.S. market.June 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm #9995
Can’t wait to hear your report Alan! I’m excited for you. Did you go with black or brown?
Also, I think I asked this earlier but are they going to discontinue the P-37D?June 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm #9996
I chose the brown, Kevin, partly because there are lots of black melodicas out there, though it will have a distinctive look in either color. It has a very conservative look. The lines/contours are, in my opinion, also different and cleaner looking than those of the P-37D. Whether the P-37D will be phased out, I have no idea. I’m more interested in whether there will be a 32 key version. The P-32D/E is widely used by Japanese school children, and the “adult” theme might be undercut by a 32 key version of this. If I were advising Yamaha, I’d suggest keeping the P-37D and continuing to market the P-37E (and adding a 32 key version) as the “premium” line, and then see what happens to sales. My bet would be that the P-37E will arrive in the U.S. market on Amazon.com at about $150-160 including free Prime shipping, and at around there on eBay when shipping is included. The P-37D has now dropped to $89 on Amazon with free delivery for Prime members. The new E is definitely worth the difference, but that’s quite a bargain for the P-37D.
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