The History of Story & Clark Pianos

Since 1857, when Hampton L. Story built his first instrument, discriminating purchasers have marveled at the fine craftsmanship that makes every Story & Clark piano a treasure. Exacting standards for tonal excellence and quality at a superb overall value are the hallmarks of the Story & Clark name.

Today's Story & Clark pianos reflect the company's rich and unique American history of over a century and a half of innovation combined with expert craftsmanship in piano making. Melville Clark is generally credited with creating the first player piano as we know it today (the Apollo). In 1912, he invented the Marking Piano, which made it possible to record piano rolls from live performances with expression. This revolutionized the industry and was used until 1931, making it possible to preserve the historic performances of legendary greats such as George Gershwin and Fats Waller. The company went on to develop the first electric piano in partnership with RCA in 1939 and today they continue the tradition with PNOscan™.

Beginning in 2008, each Story & Clark piano comes standard with PNOscan, a state-of-the-art optical sensor invisibly installed under the keys, as well as discretely placed USB and MIDI ports. These innovations do not interfere with the touch, response or beauty of the piano in any way and yet open up a world of possibilities through connectivity.

Today, there is nothing you can do with a digital piano that you can't do with a Story & Clark acoustic piano with the proper accessories. In fact, the potential of Story & Clark acoustic pianos exceeds that of any digital, yet does not have the major drawback of most technology: obsolescence. Via PNOscan and ports, Story & Clark pianos give you the ability to connect with new MIDI devices, personal computers and the Internet and take advantage of new technology as it develops. Whether you want to learn to play the piano or are an accomplished professional musician, Story & Clark pianos are designed to meet your needs.

But the real beauty of a Story & Clark acoustic piano? All of these extra features are virtually invisible; they are there if you want to use them, but if you just want to enjoy the sound and beauty of a classic acoustic piano, you never have to know they're there.