Suzuki

Suzuki Corporation
P.O. Box 710459
Santee, California 92072
800-854-1594
www.suzukimusic.com

Suzuki sells its line of digital pianos online through Costco. Models change relatively frequently; at the time of writing, five vertical models were available.

Taylor

See Brodmann

Williams

Williams Pianos
P.O. Box 5111Thousand Oaks, California 91359
www.williamspianos.com

Williams digital pianos, a house brand of Guitar Center, are also available through Guitar Center's Musician's Friend e-commerce website and two other e-commerce sites. There are four models from Williams, including three verticals, and one slab with an optional stand. These are entry-level instruments with light-weighted actions.

Wurlitzer (Baldwin)

Baldwin Piano Company
309 Plus Park Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37217
800-876-2976
www.baldwinpiano.com

Wurlitzer has withdrawn from the digital piano market.

Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America
P.O. Box 6600
Buena Park, California 90622
714-522-9011
800-854-1569
infostation@yamaha.com
www.yamaha.com

For company background, see the Yamaha listing in the "Brands and Company Profiles" for acoustic pianos.

Yamaha Corporation is the world's largest producer of musical instruments—from the obvious (pianos) to the slightly obscure (bassoon), Yamaha makes it. Yamaha entered the world of electronic instruments in 1959, when it introduced the first all-transistor organ. In 1971, because no manufacturer would develop an integrated circuit (IC) for Yamaha's relatively low-volume demand, the company built its own IC plant. Jumping ahead to 1983, the introduction of the first Yamaha Clavinoa, the YP-40, marked the beginning of what we now call the digital piano. Today, Yamaha's 34 models of digital piano (not counting different finishes) constitute the broadest range of any manufacturer. The downside is that deciphering the variety of options—slabs, verticals, grands, stage pianos, ensemble pianos, designer digitals, hybrids—can be a bit daunting. And then there are the sub-brands: Clavinova, Modus, and Arius.

 

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