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Player Systems

Bringing  Your Piano To Life

What is a piano player system?

 

 Long gone are the days of the piano found in the corner of a saloon playing notes from a paper scroll. With todays technology your piano can house a digital electronic player system that draws from a library of world renowned artists on a virtual jukebox that will play video simultaneously on your HDMI TV while your piano plays in real time ! Technology that brings a concert to you or your dinner party right in the comfort  of your own home or office. 

New pianos can be purchased with a player system already installed. However, a system can most likely be installed in a piano you have had for many years. For more information on a new piano with a digital player system contact Alaska Piano Services.

Already have a quality piano and player system? 

Alaska Piano Services is an authorized warranty/repair service center for:  

  • Steinway Spirio Systems

  • Yamaha Disklavier Systems

  • PianoDisc Systems

Interested in a new piano with a player system? 

Contact us today to discuss the purchase of a new Steinway Spirio system.

 

Interested in having a system installed?

Alaska Piano Services Inc. is the only Alaska authorized installer of the PianoDisc IQ digital player system.

Steinway Spirio

SPIRIO

The new STEINWAY & SONS SPIRIO is the world's finest high resolution player piano. A masterpiece of artistry and engineering in your home, SPIRIO enables you to enjoy performances captured by great pianists — played with such nuance, power and passion that it is utterly indistinguishable from a live performance.
 

PURE STEINWAY

SPIRIO, a handcrafted STEINWAY like all others, is the next step in STEINWAY'S history of ceaseless improvement in its mission — declared by Henry E. Steinway, "to build the best piano possible" — and brings the unparalleled craftsmanship of the STEINWAY piano to your home coupled with cutting-edge technology and the peerless musicality of STEINWAY ARTISTS.

PianoDisc Player Systems

PianoDisc is the world's leading manufacturer of player piano systems with a dealer network that literally spans the globe. The company was founded in 1988, and in very short  order became one of the most successful, innovative and influential companies in the music products industry. PianoDisc began in a modest-sized piano retail store in Sacramento, California, which was owned by brothers Gary & Kirk Burgett. In 1979, the two had decided to start a business together that would take advantage of each one's talents and interests. Gary was a pianist and music teacher with a successful studio of his own, and Kirk was a skilled piano technician and rebuilder. The company they founded was called Burgett Pianos, and through a combination of  hard work and marketing savvy they rapidly took annual sales from 50 pianos to over 400. One important selling tool for the brothers was a product called Pianocorder, a cassette-driven player system that could be added to any piano. The Burgetts let Pianocorder demonstrate their pianos in malls, department stores, model homes and a host of other offsite locations and it drew fascinated customers-people who didn1play the piano and never would have thought of buying one into their store. Pianocorder sales eventually made up close to 40% of Burgett Pianos' business so the brothers were alarmed when, in 1988, Yamaha (the Japanese piano manufacturer) bought  the rights to Pianocorder and promptly took the 0riginal Pianocorder (circa 1979) off the market. Yamaha planned to come out with its own player system and wanted to eliminate its competition beforehand. Since the Burgetts were not Yamaha dealers they suddenly had no  player system to sell  and stood to lose 40% of their sales. In the true entrepreneurial spirit the Burgetts saw this not as a catastrophe but as an opportunity. They knew they were not alone. There were thousands of piano dealers with no product to sell so they decided to meet the demand by making their own system which  they called PianoDisc. They produced their first system in March of 1989 and over the years many generations of PianoDisc player systems have been introduced each one expanding the capabilities and features of the last. To support a product as sophisticated as PianoDisc  a music library was needed that was just as sophisticated. So the company began recording some of the world's finest  pianists. Over the years more than 4000 songs in every category of music have been recorded for PianoDisc and its library is still growing.

 

Today PianoDisc systems are in private homes, hotels, restaurants, music schools, recording studios and a host of other places bringing the joy of live music to anyone who hears them. The company has over 600 dealers.

 

Wherever it's shown everyone agrees: PianoDisc is one of the most exciting music products to come along in decades and an important component in modern home entertainment. To find out how you can enjoy this system please contact us.

Yamaha Disklavier

Disklavier is the brand name for a family of high-tech reproducing pianos made by Yamaha Corporation. The first Disklavier was introduced in the United States in 1987.

The typical Disklavier is a real acoustic piano outfitted with electronic sensors for recording and electromechanical solenoids for player piano-style playback. Sensors record the movements of the keys, hammers, and pedals during a performance, and the system saves the performance data as a Standard MIDI File (SMF). On playback, the solenoids move the keys and pedals and thus reproduce the original performance.

Modern Disklaviers typically include an array of electronic features, such as a built-in tone generator for playing back MIDI accompaniment tracks, speakers, MIDI connectivity that supports communication with computing devices and external MIDI instruments, additional ports for audio and SMPTE I/O, and Internet connectivity. Historically, a variety of devices have been used to control or operate the instrument, including buttons on a control box mounted on the piano, infrared handheld controllers, handheld wi-fi controllers, a Java application that runs on a personal computer, and apps that run on iOS-based portable devices.

 

Yamaha Disklavier Pro S6 Grand Piano

Disklaviers have been manufactured in the form of upright, baby grand, and grand piano styles (including a nine-foot concert grand). Reproducing systems have ranged from relatively simple, playback-only models to the PRO models which record performance data at resolutions that exceed the limits of normal MIDI data. From the late 1990s into the early 2000s, Yamaha also produced a GranTouch series of Disklaviers that were digital pianos with a grand piano action. In addition to recording, the GranTouch instruments were capable of playing back performances with moving keys although the moving keys were not necessary for the electronic reproduction of sound.