1956, Pearl River
Pearl River piano company first established as the Guangzhou Piano Factory by the Chinese Government.
Harold Rhodes (1910 – 2000) with the colloboration of Leo Fender (1909 – 1991) invented the electric “piano bass.“
- Pauley, Jared. "A History of the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano." Jazz.Com. Jazz.Com, 23 July 2009. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.
- Rhodes Music Corporation. "Redefining History." RhodesPiano.Com. Rhodes Music Corporation, 2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.
1959, Kimball Jasper
The Kimball Company purchased by Jasper Corporation.
Érard, Gaveau, and Pleyel merge.
1965, Rhodes Suitcase 73
The Fender Rhodes electric piano introduced, Suitcase 73.
1969, Baldwin Hitch Pin
Patent awarded Baldwin for its Acu-JustTM Hitch Pin design, improving tonal resonance.
Schimmel acquires Érard, Gaveau, and Pleyel.
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.