The word “grand” just doesn’t seem to cut it when describing this piano. The Whaletone’s beautiful design evokes its sea-going namesake slowly emerging from the water and combines this with the technology of a high-end professional stage instrument in a way that’s likely to appeal to both music and design connoisseurs.
The amazing instrument was exhibited in April, during Design Week in Milan, where it was seen by over 150,000 visitors. In some respects rather conservative, Whaletone shows there’s a way to rethink classic design without changing it into a postmodern, unintelligible blob.
At its heart is a flagship Roland stage piano with built-in list of 500 sounds. Specifically, it uses Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine to generate the authentic sound of a string piano. There’s also a PHA III Ivory Feel keyboard and some optional features such as a CD player, software to add sound modules, an LED display and an internal sound processor.