Keytars: Why the insane prices?

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Keytars: Why the insane prices?

Post by Box » Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:05 pm

Seriously, what the h**l is up with prices on these things? It never fails to go on eBay and see a Yamha SHS-10 selling for over $300 and not even be in "good" condition. That or Roland AX-7 selling for $1,000+. What is the deal? They're just controllers, with exception of the Yamaha and the Moog Liberation. The only one I see half-way paying the price is on the Moog, but it doesn't have MIDI so... there ya go. I'm just curious as to what makes people pay $300+ for a cheap plastic and hardly usable keyboard...Yamaha...??? I've came to the conclusion I can make one a lot cheaper and it'd be a million times better so that's what I'm going to do.
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Post by JSRockit » Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:26 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong...but I don't think there are any keytars on the market currently...so if you want a keytar, you have to go vintage. No, the Microkorg (or anything like it) does not count.
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Post by SWAN » Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:04 pm

Yeah I know what you mean. Its might be due to people in trendy bands wanting them-and they have label money to burn. Also they seem to be quite rare-which could push the price up....

you know-80s revival and all that....

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Post by Bitexion » Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:10 pm

You could buy brand new Roland AX-7 in stores just a year or two ago.

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Post by Analog Freak » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:56 pm

Because people are idiots. The Casio CZ-1000 costs next to nothing (I paid 20 bucks for mine) and has guitar strap pegs built in. On top of that you can run it on six C or D cells (I can't remember which) so that you only have the line output going back to your rig. Or I suppose you might just want to run a MIDI cable back, but I think the CZ-1000 has some pretty awesome leads hidden away in it's guts if you have the patience to search for them. Anyway, I really don't get the current pricing either. I mean it's just a MIDI controller right?
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Post by BlackGnosis » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:18 pm

want a inexpensive keytar? go get a Yamaha SHS-200
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Post by williamharris » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:34 pm

They're expensive because they're so friggin' awesome!
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Post by UTEPguy » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:30 pm

If I needed a keytar I would just glue a stick to my xp-10 :D
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Post by Italo_DX » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:46 pm

The same reason DX100's are so overpriced I guess. :P
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Post by Joey » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:50 pm

Yeah the real reason is because they aren't in production, and they are the "cool" thing.

My AX-7 cost me $600 brand new two years ago.

I'm glad I got it when I did; and though I don't see myself really ever using it live anymore, its nice to have.
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Post by neandrewthal » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:38 pm

Bitexion wrote:You could buy brand new Roland AX-7 in stores just a year or two ago.
I can't believe they produced them that late only to discontinue them now. I guess no matter how crazy and rich the keytar crowd is, they don't have as wide a market as fantoms and such.
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Post by smallsynth » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:40 pm

people like them because they are very popular right now. since there is a limited quantity, the price is going up.

i sold all mine this year because i had this feeling that the 80s revival is well on its way out, and if it's not, a new keytar is probably on the way.

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Post by nadafarms » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:52 pm

Hah, I swear I was going to start this same thread a couple days ago.

Seriously WTF?

If any manufacturer is smart they will pump out a new $300 keytar controller asap!

Heck, I found a custom bass maker that would make me a electric bass with customized midi controller platform to mount a midi keyboard on it for UNDER $500

I laugh at thee who pays more than $500 for a roland AX give me a break!!!
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Post by Box » Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:44 pm

JSRockit wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong...but I don't think there are any keytars on the market currently...so if you want a keytar, you have to go vintage. No, the Microkorg (or anything like it) does not count.
That's why I said I was going to make myself one. I have most of the plans worked out. You can buy a 49-key controller that can run off batteries for less than $100. But, my step-dad is a metal worker and can make the casing for me. He's also has electronics experience so he can also do some of the rewiring. The styling is reminiscent of the Roland Axis, Yamaha SHS, and Casio AZ keytars.

I plan on using a M-Audio Oxygen 49 for everything except the casing. I'll probably end up not using most of the extra stuff and will only use the pitch & mod wheel, volume control, LED screen with the program select buttons, battery compartment, and of course the MIDI out.
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Post by Tyler2000 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:55 pm

I dream of the day I find an SHS-10 in a thrift store. I'm gonna take it home immediately, sample it, and put it up on ebay. 300 bones? serioulsy?
so what do I put down here now?

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