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there was one
brand that could be considered the most important to the electronic
music world, it would be Roland. They actually founded the
whole industry and founded MIDI-- the digital language used to produce
these products. They invented the digital piano all the way
back in 1974. In 1980, Roland's relationship with Oscar
Peterson launched the industry's first artist endorsement.
One of the unique elements about the Roland brand of pianos
is that they don't make acoustic pianos so when it comes time for them
to choose a concert grand piano from which to sample acoustic piano
sounds, they are not politically limited to their own brand of
pianos...since they don't make them, unlike Kawai and Yamaha, who
naturally sample their own concert grands. Roland chooses to
sample a Steinway concert grand. And not just any Steinway
grand. Since Roland's factory is in Japan (where German Steinway are
sold), they sample a Hamburg Steinway. Additionally, since
Steinway doesn't make digital pianos, a Roland digital piano is the
only major brand where you can own and experience the sound of a
digitally-sampled 9' Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano.
feature of Roland is that they still make their digital piano
electronic components IN
Japan and assemble them in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Without an explanation, this point may not seem as important as it
really is. At Cordogan's we have been carrying digital pianos
since the mid 1980's and it wasn't long before manufacturers began building
digital pianos outside Japan. We've since seen pianos made in
Korea, then Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and most recently China.
Without getting into the boring details, the most reliable,
bulletproof digital piano components and actions are made in Japan.
This isn't by chance by the way. Roland has a testing
facility that puts all of their instruments through climate tests,
shake tests, drop tests, wear tests (auto-playing machines strike keys
and pedals hundreds of thousands of strikes) and even EMC tests at
their own EMC testing facility where they beam pretty much every
frequency at their instruments to make sure that the instruments are
neither transmitting or receiving annoying or harmful frequencies.
also love the fact that they are a very eco-friendly company as well,
which among other things, produces low-energy digital pianos with auto
shut-off features. They also have a reforestation project
which replaces any trees used in the production of their instruments.
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