Samick is in the process of expanding its presence in the digital piano market. Its line consists of four grands and three verticals marketed under the Kohler brand, and three grands and nine verticals under the Samick label. Samick/Kohler tends to offer more finish options than many other brands.The Kohler KD165 grand is the only digital available with curved French Provincial-style legs.
P.O. Box 710459
Santee, California 92072
Suzuki sells its line of digital pianos on its website and through Costco. Models change frequently.
Symphony digitals are manufactured by Zhejiang Youyi Electronic Co. Ltd., one of China's larger digital piano makers, located in Zheijiang Province, China. A similar line of digital pianos appears to be distributed in Canada under the Bellissimo label.
P.O. Box 5111Thousand Oaks, California 91359
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 five models from Williams, including three verticals, one slab with an optional stand, and one grand. These are entry-level instruments with light-weighted actions.
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 Clavinova, the YP-40, marked the beginning of what we now call the digital piano. Today, Yamaha's three dozen or so 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.
Clavinova digital pianos include the standard CLP line and the ensemble CVP line, and are available only through piano dealers. The new CLPS400 models sport a more traditional vertical-piano look while retaining the advantage of a small footprint. The Modus models (model numbers beginning with F, H, and R), Yamaha's series of designer digitals, are functionally similar to the CLP line but with modern-looking cabinets. (The Modus H01 and H11 are perhaps the most striking visual designs among digital pianos.) They are now available online through authorized dealers. Arius (model numbers beginning with YDP) represents Yamaha's economy line of digital verticals, with the long-popular YDP223 now replaced by the YDP181.