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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 first American electric piano, it debuted at the 1939 World's Fair, where the similarly famous Hammond Novachord debuted as well. It has an art deco/streamline design that rivals that of the finest furniture of the era. This piano has been refinished so that it looks just like the piano in the first two pictures (which is not the exact same piano -- we've refinished other RCA Storytone pianos), but one slight shade lighter. It also comes with its original bench (with the original built-in radio and an aftermarket turntable), which has also been refinished, reupholstered, and cosmetically reconditioned. The piano's electronics have been restored and work perfectly, but we have not yet functionally restored the bench/radio/turntable's electronics, and the bench radio's and turntable's functional condition is not tested or guaranteed (hence the low price).

The piano has normal strings and action but no soundboard -- the sound is amplified through electromagnetic pickups, circuitry and a speaker system. 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 much more like a real piano than a Rhodes, Wurlitzer or Helpinstill, and fuller and thicker than a Yamaha CP-70 or Kawai EP-308.

Please note that the shipping cost is an estimate and that the actual shipping cost to the buyer will vary based on the buyer's location. For instance, moving this to the east coast would cost $600-800, while moving this within the Los Angeles metro area would cost $150-200.

Condition Used / Vintage

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