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Sep 14, 2007

Happy 20th Birthday, Yamaha Disklavier!

Twenty years ago, when Yamaha Corporation of America first introduced the 48" Yamaha Disklavier upright piano in the United States, the announcement of the groundbreaking instrument was made in conjunction with a PianoSoft music library of eleven 3.5" magnetic floppy disks. At the time, the innovative recording and reproducing piano allowed owners to create libraries of their own performances and then play them back or purchase disks of pre-recorded music.

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Yamaha Disklavier Mark IV
Fast-forward through two decades of technological advances and visionary enhancements. In 2007, the Yamaha Disklavier is available in a full line of pianos, from upright models all the way through to 9' Mark IV PRO Yamaha grands. These days, thanks to Yamaha's innovative Internet Direct Connection (IDC) feature, players can browse and immediately download thousands of songs.

In 2007, the Yamaha Disklavier is available in a full line of pianos, from upright models all the way through to 9' Mark IV PRO Yamaha grands.

"The Disklavier's cutting-edge technology, acoustical authenticity, ease-of-use and reliability were once nearly inconceivable," says Bill Brandom, Disklavier Piano Marketing Manager. "This truly remarkable instrument consistently reveals Yamaha Corporation of America's innovative approach to music-making, as well as its dedication to staying well ahead of the curve."

A brief timeline of technological advances reveals the Disklavier's rise to market prominence as an easy-to-use, yet astonishingly interactive, instrument that can reproduce "live" acoustic piano concerts and ensemble music with full instrumental backings and vocal tracks.

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