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Posted By: MacMacMac The First Electronic Piano? - 09/13/20 10:52 PM

I found this interesting item in an archive ...

"The Electone - an electronic piano" in the January 1939 edition of Electronics magazine:


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Posted By: djvu10 Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/13/20 11:39 PM
Very interesting, thanks Mac!
Posted By: Dean L. Surkin Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 12:45 AM
Miessner, who patented the underlying technology, did further development on his designs that led to the Wurlitzer electric piano.
Posted By: Pete14 Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 01:01 AM
It looks like a fire waiting to happen, but perhaps it is the first of its kind.
Posted By: SoundThumb Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 01:21 AM
Very interesting! Looks like an extraordinary amount of engineering when into this. It puts my synths to shame. None of them include a radio or a turntable. Suddenly I feel left in the dark ages.
Posted By: Bruce In Philly Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 01:40 AM
Others out there....

1939 Original Story & Clark "Storytone" Electric Piano
https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/m...tone-electric-piano-bench/id-f_15225771/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINs12sXRK0

History of the piano: Denotes 1930 was the development of electronic pianos but no examples: http://www.dieklaviermachermeister.at/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Klaviergeschichte.Englisch.pdf

Peace
Bruce in Philly
Posted By: MacMacMac Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 08:00 AM
Wow! For sale for only $18,000 !
Interesting point made in the description: Do not leave turned on when not using.
Posted By: johnstaf Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 08:55 AM
The Neo-Bechstein was first built in 1922, and went into production in 1931.

Posted By: giu Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 09:51 AM
What's its pivot length? ;-)
Posted By: Pete14 Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 11:20 AM
20 inches! Happy now?
Posted By: kimby Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 01:31 PM
Originally Posted by MacMacMac
Wow! For sale for only $18,000 !
Interesting point made in the description: Do not leave turned on when not using.

We've come a long way! Kawai says they have no recommendation on whether or not to turn off their DPs - which means we can leave them on!

Technology these days! grin
Posted By: Marchelune Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 04:54 PM
Finally the true hybrid I'm looking for !! 80 years early though.
Posted By: Pete14 Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 05:53 PM
I wonder why they didn’t call it a ‘hybrid’; surely, the term existed back then?
Posted By: Beowulf Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 05:59 PM
I believe Yamaha has been producing silent pianos since the 90s? And even then, I’m not sure the term ‘hybrid’ was used.
Posted By: Pete14 Re: The First Electronic Piano? - 09/14/20 06:12 PM
Yes, this ‘hybrid’ term is definitely the creation of kumbaya, planet-hugging millennials! I’m surprised they didn’t add a hashtag in front: “#hybrid”! laugh
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