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Home-grown articles from the depths of pianoland.
A nighttime shot of the front of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria.

The European piano-building tradition goes back hundreds of years, with more historical territory and context than any other region can claim.

Photograph of two hands playing the piano.

No instrument possesses the wide-ranging stylistic potential inherent to the piano. Many instruments can be comfortably played in a multitude of styles, but only piano can be consistently found in nearly every musical genre.

Black keys of the Pianola player piano.

The self-playing piano was born in the 19th century workshop of Edwin Scott Votey before being placed into production by the Aeolian Company three years later in 1898.

Two woman assembling parts of a piano keyboard.

A piano is not so much constructed as it is created—each being a superb work of art in its own right.

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