30 Years of the Yamaha Disklavier


Commemorating 30 years of the Yamaha Disklavier’s excellence and innovation

Roughly 30 years ago, the Yamaha Corporation of America introduced the first MX-100A: the Yamaha Disklavier; a 48-inch, upright reproducing piano. Powered by a PianoSoft music library and comprised of a mere eleven 3.5 inch magnetic floppy disks, this was the first MX-100A launched in the U.S.

Today, such a unique musical instrument has managed to retain its stellar reputation as one of the most popular and reliable reproducing pianos in the world. Today, it can be purchased in a wide range of instrument models, including Disklavier ENSPIRETM, which represents its 7th generation incarnation.

To sustain its popularity, the Yamaha Disklavier technology has been continuously integrated into Yamaha’s subsequent groundbreaking innovations. For example, in 1997, the world was introduced to the DGT2IIXG GranTouch, the first digital piano to be fitted with an acoustic grand action and inbuilt Disklavier system.

Later, in April 2004, the Yamaha Company went on to unveil its first Wi-Fi enabled Disklavier, the Mark IV. The Mark IV offered an adequate platform for Disklavier radio and TV. This historic invention made further history as one of the first pianos to feature internet connectivity for streaming live performances into schools and people’s homes at any given time.

Going even a step further, Yamaha introduced the world to its now synonymous Elton John Signature Series Red Piano in 2005. This special edition model of the 50 ‘Chinese Red’ Mark IV featured 5 actual live-recorded Elton John performances exclusively designed for the series and not available anywhere else.

In 2006, the Yamaha Corporation of America and its Disklavier piano clinched the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association’s) Frances Clark Keyboards Pedagogy Award, marking the first time that a musical product received such an honor.

This past fall, Yamaha successfully linked the new Disklavier ENSPIRE to its highly-acclaimed MusicCast wireless multi-room audio system. It was at this time, that the world’s very first wireless, multi-room instrument was born.

Today, there is clear evidence of Disklavier’s acoustic brilliance and digital versatility, which is more than displayed in its use across hundreds of universities, colleges, churches, medical facilities, recording studios, hotels, and churches.

As one can see, this unique Yamaha piano has come a long way since first introduced 30 years ago, and with the company’s dedication to innovation, Yamaha shows no signs of slowing down.

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