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RCA Storytone Electric Piano

RCA Storytone Electric Piano
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A rare and historically important instrument, the RCA Storytone piano was built in 1939 in a joint venture between Story & Clark and RCA. The case was designed by the famous American industrial designer John Vassos. This piano is one of only 500 or so ever made and comes with its exceedingly rare original bench. It is the world's first electric piano and 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.

This piano has been fully serviced and beautifully restored. The piano has normal strings and action but no soundboard -- the sound is amplified through electromagnetic pickups, a power supply and power amplifier combo, 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 more like a real piano than a Rhodes, Wurlitzer or Helpinstill, and has richer, fuller, and thicker timbre than a Yamaha CP-70 or Kawai EP-308.

Even better, its art deco/streamline design rivals that of the finest furniture of the period. This piano has been refinished and restored and is in excellent functional and cosmetic condition. It also comes with its original bench, which has also been refinished, reupholstered, and restored.

Condition Used / Vintage

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