Electric Piano

An electric piano is an electric musical instrument which produces sounds when a performer presses the keys of the piano-style musical keyboard. Pressing keys causes mechanical hammers to strike metal strings, metal reeds or wire tines, leading to vibrations which are converted into electrical signals by magnetic pickups, which are then connected to an instrument amplifier and loudspeaker to make a sound loud enough for the performer and audience to hear. Unlike a synthesizer, the electric piano is not an electronic instrument. Instead, it is an electro-mechanical instrument. Some early electric pianos used lengths of wire to produce the tone, like a traditional piano.

When they were invented and introduced to the world in the 1920s, electric pianos brought one of the most recognized instruments in the world into the modern age with a completely new sound. Originally finding footing in recordings from Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, and Ray Charles, classic models like the Wurlitzer 200A and Rhodes Stage 73 continue to capture musicians’ imaginations decades after their release. Whether you’re after that perfect vintage model or a brand new set of keys, find the best electric piano samples here…

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