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The History of Story & Clark Pianos

Since 1857, when Hampton L. Story built his first piano, 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 Story & Clark pianos.

Today's Story & Clark pianos reflect the company's rich and unique American history of over a century 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). 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 and player piano now comes standard with PNOscan, a state-of-the-art MIDI optical sensor strip 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 piano, yet does not have the major drawback of most technology: obsolescence. Via the PNOscan™ MIDI strip and MIDI 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 and player 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.


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