1510 Bath Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11228
Italian producer Ketron, established in 1981, began by making portable organs. The company introduced its first digital pianos in 1998, and expanded that product line in 2002. Ketron currently offers six models, including slabs, verticals, and a grand.
Ketron did not respond to requests for information.
Kohler Digitals, Samick Music Corporation
1329 Gateway Dr.
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
Samick's digital piano line consists of four grands and three verticals marketed under the Kohler brand. Its upper-end models feature some of the most powerful audio systems available, each with a combined output of 360 watts. Kohler also tends to offer more finish options than many other brands. The cabinet of the KD-28 vertical model sports an iPod docking station. The KD-165 grand is the only digital available with curved, French Provincial-style legs. Kohler uses Italian Fatar TP30 actions in most of its models.
Korg USA, Inc.
316 South Service Rd.
Melville, New York 11747
Korg was founded in 1962 to produce its first product, an automatic rhythm machine, and in 1972 entered the electronic-organ market. The LP-10 stage piano appeared in 1980, and its first digitally sampled piano, the SG1, was introduced in 1986. Korg currently offers five digital piano models, including a stage piano and four verticals.
Kurzweil Music Systems
19060 S. Dominguez Hills Dr.
Rancho Dominguez, California 90220
Legendary inventor Ray Kurzweil, perhaps best known for having developed a reading machine for the blind, launched Kurzweil Music Systems in 1983, following conversations with Stevie Wonder about the potential for combining the control and flexibility of the computer with the sounds of acoustic instruments. The result was the Kurzweil K250, launched in 1984. In 1990, Kurzweil Music Systems was purchased by Young Chang, which continues to operate the division today.
The Kurzweil line consists of 15 models, including verticals, grands, ensembles, and stage pianos. The SP line of stage pianos is available from music retailers and online sources, while the Mark series of verticals and grands is available only through traditional piano dealers. Kurzweil partners with Boston Acoustics in the design of speakers and enclosures for some models. All Kurzweil models employ Italian Fatar actions.
5795 Martin Rd.
Irwindale, California 91706
M-Audio (formerly Midiman) is a business unit of Avid Technology, Inc., founded in 1987. Avid also operates Digidesign, producer of the recording-industry standard Pro Tools software, the popular and powerful Sibelius notation software, and professional video-production products. M-Audio makes and sells a wide variety of music-production hardware, including audio/MIDI computer interfaces and monitor speakers. Until 2009, M-Audio's sole weighted-action digital piano was the ProKeys 88 stage model, but the company is now entering the market for home digital pianos with two vertical models, with more slated for release later in the year. The new DSP series uses samples from a Steinway piano (model not specified). Complete pricing information is not yet available.
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