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History of Electric Pianos

The evolution of the two major electric pianos over the past few decades largely mirror the development of digital music technology. Improvements in electronic feedback have allowed musicians to incorporate digital technology with studio-quality audio feedback standards.

The Fender Rhodes electronic pianos emerged from the researched of Harold Rhodes, who was constructing traditional acoustic pianos for decades. Rhodes developed a music school to focus on music theory, and further developed his skills as part of the Army’s Air Corps. Based upon the skills developed in the military, Rhodes began to develop one the first electric pianos in 1946, which was capable of reproducing 3 and a half octaves of sound, and including an integrated digital speak and amplifier system. The patented design led by a complete 72-note model, working with legendary musician Leo Fender to improve the model to develop the modern electric piano we know today. Fender expanded his reach from classical guitars to pianos, and began to work on the release of a series of improving models until they realized an accurate 88-key model in the 1970s. Over the past few decades, the company has introduced improved electronic acoustics and integrated software.

The modern Wurlitzer piano has its roots back in the early 20th century, when Benjamin Miessner, who helped develop the modern electronic radio at RCA. As a result of this research, Miessnger began working with Wurlitzer to develop an electric piano, and produced the first modern model in 1954. Advances in the technology produced near perfect-tune by the 1970s, and the software continued to improve, becoming a performance-class machine by the 1980s.

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