MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES

Development Of The Piano: A Timeline
Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness,
when man first became aware of sound.
PIANO MAKERS & BRANDS
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Santi Falcone’s Patent #4,640,174, 1987. [ 1 ]

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.


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Kingsburg Piano.

Kingsburg piano company founded in Yantai, China, incorporating German designer, Klaus Fenner’s designs.

Detail of a Boston Piano  – Photographed by Alton, 1988. [ 1 ]

Boston Piano Company established as Steinway & Sons subsidiary, New York, in collaboration with Kawai.


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Alton.  "Detail of a Boston Piano, 2008."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Jan. 2008.  Web.  18 Feb. 2016.  GFDL and CC BY 3.0.

Gibson Guitar Corp purchases Wurlitzer.

Roland's V-Piano Grand. [ 1 ]

Roland’s introduction of the V-Piano, the first digital piano to use solely physical modeling as its tonal source.


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Images © Roland US, By Permission.

Technical Grammy award given to Ikutaro Kakehashi with Dave Smith for the invention of MIDI.

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