Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
Roland Corporation established by Ikutaro Kakehashi (b. 1930), in Japan.
1973, Roland Electronic Piano
First all-electronic combo piano (EP-10) produced by Roland.
1974, Kimball International
The Jasper Corporation changed to Kimball International.
1974, Roland EP 30
Roland EP-30 produced, the world’s first electronic piano with touch-sensitive keyboard.
1975, Roland Digital
Production of the first digital pianos for home use, Roland’s early HP series.
Olga Kern (b. 1975): Russian Classical Pianist (Winner: Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition)
Further developments in Roland's HP Series pianos throughout the 1980s.
Falcone Piano Company established by Sicilian born American Santi Falcone (b. 1945) in Massachusetts.
1983, Roland MIDI
Roland’s HP-300 and HP-400 released, the first digital pianos with MIDI.
1987, Falcone Patent
Santi Falcone’s patent granted for a “soundboard calibrator,” a tuning device that permits the crown of the soundboard to be adjusted for optimum quality.
- "Soundboard Calibrator Patent." Google Patents. IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.