Transparent pianos may exist in two forms: A fully-transparent piano that allows an unhindered view of the inner workings of the instrument and one that has a transparent lid over a plastic-encased wooden body. Either way, such modern pianos not only are visual treats in their own right but also enable the audience to now have a better look at the players, something that had largely not been able to have been accomplished in the past.
Even though transparent pianos are a fairly recent phenomenon, the patent for transparent piano lids dates as far back as 1976. Originally filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office in November 1974 by the Libby-Owens-Ford Company, a manufacturer of flat glass in Ohio, also covered the hinge mechanism that connected the lids with the body and saw such transparent lids by the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
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Lucid Pianos from Spain also offers transparent pianos, in partnership with Blüthner. The partnership between the two companies is a complimentary one – one that sees Blüthner, with its long history and rich heritage, supplying its manufacturing expertise, and Lucid contributing its designing skills. Lucid’s pianos excel with their aesthetically-pleasing and futuristic designs that bring a modern touch to the world of piano. Purchasers of Lucid pianos are able to customise their pianos in the form of the colours of the frame and the soundboard, the type of veneer used on the piano’s exterior, as well as optional LED illuminition that can be added upon request.