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The last piano maker in Australia just made history

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Australia's last remaining piano maker has decided to expand the instrument into a world first: it has 108 keys.

Completed in September 2018 by Stuart & Sons in their workshops in New South Wales, this nine octave phenomenon achieved frequencies hitherto uncharted in the world of acoustic pianos.

From a modest four octaves at the very beginning of the 18th century, pianos developed to have a standard 88 keys (just over seven octaves) since 1880.

Click on the video above to learn more about the unique instrument.

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