In the 21st century, the acoustic piano is becoming a relic of the past. Digital pianos and virtual instruments have taken the world by storm - and for good reason. They offer practical advantages, and are often much cheaper than traditional pianos. However, even the most advanced digital pianos cannot fully emulate the feel and sonic characteristics of an acoustic piano. The feeling of playing an acoustic instrument that mechanically responds to all of your subtleties simply has not been caught by algorithms yet, and probably never will be. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to creating a piano that combines the practical advantages of a digital piano with the acoustic experience - in order to get the best of both worlds.
It all started in the summer of 2012, when our founder Lander Pinson was living on a small farm near the Danish Technical University in Copenhagen. During the day he would attend his mechanical engineering classes, and at night he would look for opportunities to play piano. Like many other experienced pianists, Lander had an uncompromising preference for acoustic pianos - only, his living space was quite small and had a significant amount of stairs to reach it.
Prototype from 2014
And so he began working on a way to reduce the size and weight of the piano. He realized that if he could reduce the tension the strings exerted on the frame, it wouldn’t have to be so heavy. From his earlier experience with servicing pianos, he remembered the pleasing sound of a piano hammer hitting a single string instead of the conventional three strings - which would considerably reduce the tension. He found an abandoned upright piano, cut out the middle section of the sound-body and reassembled four octaves of the keys to a smaller sound-body he had made by welding a custom steel frame from scrap metal.
While the result was far from perfect, it gained praise from his friends and inspired him to continue to explore the possibilities of piano weight reduction and sound modification. Up until 2018, Keybird was just an idea - fueled entirely by passion. The idea was then concretized and financial support was acquired to develop the idea professionally. Keybird Instruments company was founded in 2019, where Lander gathered a small team to help realize his vision.
5 Sustainable Development Goals we help achieve.
Good Health & Well-Being
Playing acoustic piano provides a way to relax and release tensions and stress from an often busy digital world.
By offering challenging internships we help students deepen their understanding and skills in relevant areas. We also believe in the cognitive development that can come from learning piano.
Decent work & Economic Growth
By opening new segments of the stringed keyboard instrument markets, we create economic growth and attempt to generate well-being at work.
Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
It's our daily goal and occupation to contribute to the piano industry through innovation.
Responsible Consumption & Production
Our efforts in sourcing materials locally and sustainably are a large part of our design philosophy, accompanied by our goal to produce locally.
We respect the generations of piano building tradition, learning from the proven methods and acknowledging our modest position.
Transparency is demonstrated by setting realistic expectations and communicating clearly.
Efficiency can be seen in our focus on utilising labour saving and quality enhancing methods to produce a better product at a more affordable price.
The lightweight nature and easy transportation of the piano reduces unnecessary CO2 emissions. In addition we only use sustainable materials that are good for our planet in our piano.
Integrity is demonstrated by standing by any claims we make and admitting when we fall short of our own expectations.
We are dedicated to innovation, always looking for new ways of thinking and doing to bring the acoustic piano back into people’s homes.