Most postmodern attempts at reimagining instruments are akin to the Kardashian sisters: some interesting curves but ultimately pointless.
But the Whaletone Grand Hybrid piano, while boasting a striking design evoking its seagoing namesake, transcends its left-field aesthetics. Instead of strings and hammers under the hood, this instrument is entirely digital, replete with onboard speakers, USB inputs, and a headphone socket.
At its heart is Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound engine, generating over 500 options, from an uncannily authentic version of a string grand piano to acoustic profiles of vintage ivories from the ’60s to the ’80s. But, no, it doesn’t make actual whale noises.