Yamaha's Redesigned HD-200 Harmony Director Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award

1/11/2008 [Marching Instruments]

Innovative Tuning Device Becomes the First-Ever Educational Tool to Win "Good Design" Award.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Yamaha Harmony Director HD-200, already praised by artists and industry experts for its innovative marriage of design and function, has been honored with a Good Design Award presented by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO). The award was presented to Yamaha at a ceremony in Tokyo, Japan on October 1, 2007.

Yamaha HD200
Yamaha HD-200
Founded in 1969, the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization is the only organization in Japan involved in the comprehensive promotion of global design activities. The HD-200 was chosen from over 3000 submissions in the product design category by a 12 member panel representing Japan's design, technical and news industries.

The Harmony Director is a 49-note tuning device ideal for use with high school and college level bands and choruses. It plays in pure temperament, which helps students develop a better understanding of how individual notes fit into a chord. The new HD-200 boasts one-button touch operations with an improved tone generator of 10 voices – flute, oboe, clarinet, sax, organ, trumpet, horn, brass, string and piano.

According to the JIDPO evaluators, the HD-200 achieved the Good Design Award for its superior design, high level of problem solving, functionality and versatility. It is also the first-ever educational tool to win the highly coveted prize.

"It's extremely gratifying for the leaders in industrial design to recognize our work," says General Manager Jay Schreiber, Yamaha Band & Orchestral Division. "We pride ourselves on offering superior products and services to satisfy the diverse needs of musicians worldwide, and we're confident that educators will continue to receive our products with as much enthusiasm as the designers at JIDPO."

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/band.

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