debra wrote:For digital it makes no sense.
... other than from a business point of view. While the digital accordion does not suffer from the "you order it and we build it over the next 6-12 months" condition as much, dealers don't want to order 10 models of each version of digital accordion and be stuck with the models that do not sell in their area. For example, now that the FR-4X has released, chances of finding a new 3X are going to drop pretty quick as dealers liquidate whatever 3X in stock they have to make room for the 4X.
That is why it is a good idea to shop around and not be committed to a single dealer in this age of the Internet. Even if you know of someone that has stock of what you want, continue shopping around and find the best deal/service you can even if it is a little further away and needs to be shipped. For example, if I was looking for a new V-accordion, as a minimum, first three places I would look would be the local Roland dealer here, Falcetti and Roxy's. Two of the three are in the USA, but are known for fair prices and excellent service. All are going to have stock of the top selling V-accordions, so the chances of me finding what I want are greater at these locations than at a dealer that is smaller and doesn't stock V-accordions, but can order for me. Any Roland dealer can make an order and wait, but if they have it in stock and offer good service... way better than waiting 3 months.