The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939

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The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939

Postby Mike Bracchi » 13 Apr 2015 16:30



The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939

An extremely rare and historically important instrument, the RCA Storytone piano was built in 1939 in a joint venture between Story & Clark and RCA.

It is the world's first electric piano, and it debuted at the 1939 World's Fair, which was truly a great event for musical instruments .... the similarly famous Hammond Novachord, the world's first polyphonic tube synthesizer debuted there in 1939 as well.

The Storytone has normal strings and action but no soundboard .... the sound is amplified through electromagnetic pickups, circuitry and a speaker system, making it the world's first commercial electric piano.

It works especially well for sustained styles of playing, as notes can last up to a minute or more with its unique form of resonance. It sounds more authentic and much more like a real piano than a Rhodes, Wurlitzer or Helpinstill, and sounds richer, fuller, and thicker than a Yamaha CP-70 or Kawai EP-308. It really is the king of all electric pianos, save for transportability.

Even better, it has an art deco design that rivals that of the finest furniture of the era.











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Re: The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939

Postby andyg » 13 Apr 2015 17:45

Love the Art Deco styling - but they should have made it from Bakelite! :D
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Re: The Storytone Piano - World's First Electric Piano 1939

Postby tomtomsf » 15 Apr 2015 00:12

Yes, that is very cool looking!
I wonder what one would cost these days, if they are even still around anywhere.

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