Music Video

Keyboard Owned by Ray Charles

February 2016

Yahama KX-88 Owned by Ray Charles.

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)
This state-of-the-art grand piano was made by the Yamaha Corporation in Tokyo, Japan in 2000. The company had planned to make just three of the pianos to mark its 100th year of manufacturing. This Pro 2000 model features computer-based control of keys, DVD player, voice control, and the ability to play music from a CD or an external video. The piano is serial number 5872002 and has a compass of AAA-c5, Yamaha repetition action, felt hammers, wound and plain steel string, single-, double-, and triple-strung, 3 pedals: una corda, sostenuto, and dampers, a one-piece cast-iron aluminized frame, cross-strung, and a cheery and brushed aluminum case with a two-section Plexiglas lid.
Currently not on view
Yamaha Corporation
Date made
Credit Line
GIft of Yamaha Corporation of America (through C. T. Lewis)
Physical Description
wood, cherry (chassis material)
aluminum (chassis material)
plastic (part material)
overall: 227 cm; 89 3/8 in
Object Name
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Musical Instruments
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Place Made
Nihon: Chūbu, Hamamatsu
place made
Nihon: Chūbu, Hamamatsu
ID Number
accession number
serial number
catalog number
View Object Page