Piano Marketing Group LLC
752 East 21st Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532
The Joseph Brodmann Group, based in Vienna, Austria, has entered the digital piano market with six models of vertical piano.
Blüthner USA LLC
5660 West Grand River
Lansing, Michigan 48906
Blüthner, one of the world’s pre-eminent piano makers, has released its first digital piano, the e-Klavier. (For company background, see the Blüthner listing in the “Brand and Company Profiles” for acoustic pianos.) Engineered and manufactured entirely at the Blüthner factory in Leipzig, Germany, the e-Klavier is offered in three styles: slab, vertical, and professional performance keyboard.
Blüthner says it has developed a unique approach to sampling and sound modeling that allows the e-Klavier to reproduce the effect of the aliquot (fourth) string from the Blüthner piano, an approach the company calls Authentic Acoustic Behavior. This system also permits the reproduction of advanced harmonics, such as the coincidental partials produced when two notes are played simultaneously, and the sound the dampers make when lifting off the strings. The e-Klavier will include a digital editor that will allow the user to adjust the string resonance, aliquot effect, and damper performance. The user will also be able to download new sounds into the e-Klavier via the Internet, and to store the sounds of turn-of-the-century Blüthner pianos and other Blüthners of interest.
The speaker system and amplifier are unique to the e-Klavier and were designed by Günther Phillip of PCL Audio. The e-Klavier 2 model contains an actual piano soundboard, enabling the instrument to produce certain aspects of acoustic-piano tone that are difficult or impossible to simulate by purely electronic means.
570 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Dover, New Jersey 07801
Kashio Tadao established Casio in 1946. Originally a small subcontractor factory that made parts and gears for microscopes, Casio built Japan’s first electric calculator in 1954, which began the company’s transformation into the consumer-electronics powerhouse it is today. Perhaps best known for its calculators, digital cameras, and watches, Casio entered the musical instrument business with the launch of the Casiotone in 1980.
Casio’s current line of digital pianos consists of four vertical and three slab models. The Privia line’s PX-130 and PX-330 slabs are the least expensive ensemble models, and offer an optional stand-and-pedal module that turns them into three-pedal pianos with support for half-pedaling. The PX-130, at a mere 25 pounds, is also the lightest digital piano. Some vertical models are marketed under the Celviano label. Casio digital pianos are available at music retailers, consumer-electronics and club stores, and online. Casio has more models under $1,000 than any other manufacturer.
Galileo Music Corporation
P.O. Box 633
Falmouth, Massachusetts 02541
Galileo is the digital piano brand of Viscount, an Italian company that traces its roots back to accordion builder Antonio Galanti, who built his first instrument in 1890. The Galanti accordion factory was opened in 1898 by Antonio’s son Egidio Galanti, whose own sons, Matteo and Marcello, became the driving forces behind General music and Viscount, respectively. Viscount began manufacturing electronic organs in the 1960s, with digital pianos following in the late 1980s. Today, Viscount is run by the fourth generation of the Galanti family, Marcello’s son Mauro and daughter Loriana.
There are currently 13 models in the Galileo line, including one slab, five verticals, and seven grands. The grands use a 19-ply wood rim like that of an acoustic grand. Galileo offers its Concerto model in the most ornate traditional wood cabinet currently available.
Galileo also makes digital pianos under the brand names Princeton and Viscount.