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date: 22 November 2019

Storytonelocked

  • Hugh Davies

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Upright 88-note electric piano incorporating a radio and a gramophone inside the piano bench; it was designed by engineers at RCA and manufactured from 1939 by the Story & Clark Piano Co. of Chicago. Based on the patent for Benjamin F. Miessner’s electronic piano, it had no soundboard, the vibrations of its strings, activated by a conventional piano action, being converted by electrostatic pickups into voltage variations and made audible through a 15-watt amplifier over a loudspeaker. The striking art deco case and bench of the instrument were designed by the noted industrial designer John Vassos reportedly for the ...

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