MODEL: P155B (+ free FC3 pedal)
PRICE PAID: $959 (~$910)
VENDOR LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
VENDOR NAME: Sam Ash Direct, www.samash.com
(online site, not retail store)
PURCHASE DATE: 9/4/09
Comments: Purchased during Labor Day sale (last day is today - 9/8/09). Musicians Friend (MF)was running a sale of 20% off purchases >$1000 (just call in and use the code "Workers" - it's not available online, you have to call in). (This seems to be a promo that is run every now and then based on reading past posts here as others have reported the same discount.)
However, I actually purchased from Sam Ash Direct (SA) (www.samash.com
) because they matched the MF deal. You have to call in to get the price match.
Also, MF had a 'free gift' on their P155's = Yamaha RH5MA headphones. SA said they would match the promo too. Since I already have headphones I asked about swaps and SA allowed me to swap it out with a new Yamaha FC3 pedal which allows for half pedaling (P155 comes with FC4 - no half pedal, I'll use that for soft/una corda). The rep had to ask a supervisor, but since the prices are comparable and the FC3 was in stock and the Yamaha headphones were not, it worked out better for them too so they OK'd it.
Also, I was able to put the order through online with the salesman's help so was able to get 5% back through Fatwallet.com, which would be about $50 from this item. I don't think it normally works this way, but for some reason the salesman did so I could place the order online, so I used fatwallet when I completed the transaction. So I effectively paid about $910 for a new P155B with an included FC3 (in addition to the included FC4), free delivery and no tax (note, tax in NY and FL).
BTW, I went with SA instead of MF even though the price on the P155 would have been the same primarily to swap out the headphones for the FC3 (I don't think MF would have allowed that) and because SA had some other items that MF didn't carry that I also wanted to get at 20% off.