- RMI 368 Electra-Piano and Harpsichord
The RMI 368 Electra-Piano and Harpsichord was an
electronic pianoand the most popular instrument created by RMI. Often serving as a substitute for a grand piano in live performance, it didn't actually sound like one. It had its own distinctive sound that separated it from other electric alternatives to the piano, like the Fender Rhodesor the Wurlitzer, in that its sound was generated by transistors (like an electronic organ, which RMI started out making), instead of a hammer hitting a reed or tine.
It featured distinctive organ-like control tabs. It had 3 different sounds which could be mixed in combination (Piano, Harpsichord, & Lute, plus 2 variations called Piano PP and Harpsichord PP), an organ mode (which decreased the decay of the sound generated by the keyboard), and Accenter mode (which was similar to the percussive harmonic effect of a
It was featured prominently on
Delaney & Bonnie's hit single "Only You Know and I Know", on Yes's albums "Fragile", " Close to the Edge", and " Yessongs", on Rick Wakeman's "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII", and most liberally on Genesis's masterpiece " The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". Other famous players include John Lennonon "" (although it's almost unnoticeable underneath the signature Grand Piano lick), Stevie Wonder (" Isn't She Lovely"), Blood, Sweat & Tears(" You've Made Me So Very Happy", "And When I Die"), Ray Manzarekof The Doors("Hello, I Love You", "Waiting For The Sun"), LaBelle(" Lady Marmalade"), Leon Russell, & Sparks. Alan Pricealso played this piano in the movie " O Lucky Man!" and on the soundtrack. Chick Coreaplayed an RMI on Miles Davis's 1968 album "Filles De Kilimanjaro" (while Herbie Hancockplays a Fender Rhodes on other tracks of the same album, so this album is a good example to compare both pianos). Keith Jarrettplayed one during his tenure with Davis, most prominently at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival.
There was a variation called the 368x produced in 1971, called "bass", that oscillated the tone. It was also given the nickname "The Warbler," due to the sound that was produced with rapid oscillation of the knob.
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