Keytars: Why the insane prices?

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Post by Tyler2000 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:07 pm

gs wrote:
Tyler2000 wrote:$80 keytar that runs on batteries, has midi AND usb, and isn't way too long.
[picture of Oxygen 8 with side-pegs modification]
The point of keytar design is that you have controls like pitch bend, moduation, and various controller buttons on the 'handle' end of the device, making it more like playing a guitar. If you gotta reach down with the non-playing hand to the area above the keyboard, it ain't like playing a real keytar.
It seems like those performance controls are in the right place. Ive never used one though.
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by Box » Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:35 pm

smallsynth wrote:but for 80s synth music, you need an angular one. like the axis or the sh101, or, the keytar du jour, the shs10.
Maybe that why mine looks like some type of quadrilateral. :P
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Post by mesc » Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:07 am

I have an shs-10 stashed away back at my parent's place somewhere as well. I had no idea they held any sort of value until a few weeks ago when I randomly saw one on ebay going for ~$200.

A friend of mine gave me it 9 years ago in high school as a joke for a gig we were playing in. I used it a few times and threw it back in the closet - hope it still works, I'm totally selling that thing!

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Post by Box » Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:12 am

mesc wrote:I have an shs-10 stashed away back at my parent's place somewhere as well. I had no idea they held any sort of value until a few weeks ago when I randomly saw one on ebay going for ~$200.

A friend of mine gave me it 9 years ago in high school as a joke for a gig we were playing in. I used it a few times and threw it back in the closet - hope it still works, I'm totally selling that thing!
You should considering they go for much more than what they were ever worth.
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Post by smallsynth » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:25 am

the insane prices are because of this.

and let us not forget this.

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Post by Box » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:29 am

smallsynth wrote:the insane prices are because of this.

and let us not forget this.
Damn you Snoop Dogg and crazy white guy!!!
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Post by madtheory » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:45 am

The SHS-10 is not a musical instrument, it's toy. The keys are way too small to play properly, they're actually smaller than the keys on a CS01. The CS01 is a much superior instrument. The little keys let you do big jumps very easily, whereas the SHS-10 will give you bum notes all over the place. I've used both live... :shock: the CS01 is also more discrete :)

Sampling an SHS10? Forget it. It also doesn't make any decent sounds. The FM chip on a soundblaster card beats it hands down.

I sold mine a few months back, I should've waited for this crazy price hike. I think I paid EUR5 for mine, and sold it for EUR170 :)

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Post by Box » Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:30 am

Ye, why do the Yamaha SHS-10 go for so much is what I really want to know.
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Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:31 am

smallsynth wrote:the insane prices are because of this.

this.
Snoop Dogg with a keytar?!? :shock: Now I've seen everything!

Oh and by the way why the h**l does he have a talkbox tube in his mouth when the vocal effect used in the track is cleary autotuning or something of that nature? :-k

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Post by Box » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:01 pm

OriginalJambo wrote:
smallsynth wrote:the insane prices are because of this.

this.
Snoop Dogg with a keytar?!? :shock: Now I've seen everything!

Oh and by the way why the h**l does he have a talkbox tube in his mouth when the vocal effect used in the track is cleary autotuning or something of that nature? :-k
Maybe he wants people to know he's fake? :lol:
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Post by minime123 » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:34 pm

a while ago i got an email from someone who wanted our custom painted rk100 keytar, which had quite a lovely painting on it. :) he said he had a few already and didnt want to pay much for them, then he sent a link to a video of his band..... where he smashed a keytar.... intentionally. needless to say, i refused to sell to him simply because we dont sell gear for people to smash. someone else actually emailed me about buying a tr808 to turn into a piece of art, so i again refused. so anyway, last night, i caught jimmy kimmel just when mutemath was on and noticed them smashing an rk100 and thought "hmmm, is this the guy who wanted to smash ours?!". could have been, but i couldnt find his email. it seems lately a lot of people have been asking me about keytars. maybe most of them want to smash them? a new trend, perhaps, by mediocre guitarists frustrated that keyboards are now coming closer than ever to replacing them. ;)
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Post by masyst » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:14 pm

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My keytar :D Yes, it's a Casio SA-65 with a part of a vacum cleaner as stick...
A synthesizer will be for you what you want it to be...

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Post by Box » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:44 pm

masyst wrote:Image
My keytar :D Yes, it's a Casio SA-65 with a part of a vacum cleaner as stick...
Lol, nice. :)
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Post by OriginalJambo » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:22 am

Box wrote:Maybe he wants people to know he's fake? :lol:
Least he's honest. ;)

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Post by Box » Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:46 pm

I think I'm going to go to Guitar Center and ask about MIDI controllers and when they ask my interest tell them I'm ripping it's guts out for personal pleasure, lol. :P I think I'll just pick one up off eBay though, be cheaper. If anyone knows of good controllers please post. Right now I'm planning on using a M-Audio Oxygen 49.
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