History

History highlights

1981

Founder Kiyohiko Yamaya began acoustic research into double bass and a sound reinforcement method for the instrument at Ikutoku Technical University in Japan.

1985

Completed double bass pickup prototype and began field tests.

1987

Began manufacturing and selling of double bass pickups.

1989

Jazz bassist Eddie Gomez began using a double bass pickup.

1994

Began development of piano pickup by request from jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani.

1994 to1997

Directed stage effects using images and environmental sound for a concert entitled Oto no Mori (Sound of the Forest) produced by Masao Yoshikawa.

1999

Recorded, tracked and mastered a CD entitled Plain Moment by Kuniaki Kudo. Established the Institute of the Environment for Musical Performance. Began joint research with Kanagawa Institute of Technology in musical acoustics. Research reports are available here. Completed piano pickup prototype and began field tests.

2000

Tailored a flute pickup for jazz flutist Jeremy Steig.

2002

Established Sonaresearch Co., Ltd. in October.

2003

Began manufacturing and selling of Piano pickups in Japan.

2010

Began manufacturing and selling of Body pickup for Guitar.

2011

Began manufacturing and selling of NEOVICHORD.