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Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by organsymphony » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:58 am

DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE.

the prices people are paying for these toys is absolutely effing ridiculous.

up to and in excess of £250/$450?!


its really annoying me... how can people pay so much for one of these?

is it because its the cheapest keytar out there, so theres a huge demand for them? its just rediculous.

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by Spleg » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:04 am

Agreed!

My friend has one, and if you want a cheap Casio sort of tone and can put up with minikeys, it's great. But a decent keytar it is not, and it's definitely not worth much more than £50!

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:32 pm

Have one, gigged with it years ago using it to control my EPS. Dunno why people want them so much, but if i can find my power supply... hehehe

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by madtheory » Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:40 pm

Yes, it is a terrible thing. Total waste of money. But I was glad to be able to make a profit of over €100 on mine!

Didn't it get popular initially because the guy from Gnarls Barkly used one at gigs?

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by killedaway » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:28 pm

i currently own one. it cost me $8. i had another (came with the box and everything) which i bought for $5 and sold for $250+! (this was way before the whole Gnarls Barkley thing too). i'm tempted to sell my current one just to buy something more fun, but i love having a keytar around.
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Post by madtheory » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:10 pm

killedaway wrote:(this was way before the whole Gnarls Barkley thing too)
Any idea what started the craze?

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by killedaway » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:22 pm

madtheory wrote:
killedaway wrote:(this was way before the whole Gnarls Barkley thing too)
Any idea what started the craze?
i don't know. for a few years now, people have been pretty hot for any sort of keytar. i think it's just the whole ironic hipster thing that's been brewing.
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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by devetron » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:26 pm

There's really nothing else like it out there -- a tiny little keytar with a midi-out and some FM presets. I think M-Audio or somebody could make a KILLING by producing a controller with a similar form factor -- with or without any onboard sound generation. Seriously -- throw a couple of knobs and maybe some drum pads on there too.

I too have found a few of them for $6 - $10 and sold them for $250-$300 each. I guess I'm part of the problem, but if I see a little stack of $100 bills up for grabs... I'm grabbing.

I firmly believe that keytars should not be used under any circumstances, however.
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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by madtheory » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:16 pm

Yamaha and Roland made excellent keytars, but they sold in very small numbers. Maybe that's why M Audio haven't done one yet. IMO it's a great idea!

IMO the CS01 is a much more playable instrument. It has slightly bigger keys with a nicer "action" and controls are well placed. The SHS10 is garbage, the keys are just too small and have little or no tactile feedback.

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Post by killedaway » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:01 pm

madtheory wrote: IMO the CS01 is a much more playable instrument. It has slightly bigger keys with a nicer "action" and controls are well placed. The SHS10 is garbage, the keys are just too small and have little or no tactile feedback.
i've got both, and while i agree about the fatter keys on the CS01 (i like their size much more than the SHS10's), i actually like the deeper, more clunky throw of the SHS-10. the CS01 feels sorta mushy to me. of course, the factory CS01 lacks midi, which is a big downside compared to the SHS-10 -- it kinda leaves you locked into using its inbuild sounds, which aren't bad, but obviously aren't as versatile as a pile of outboard synths all MIDI'd up.
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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by Mateusz » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:27 pm

I would like to have a keytar, just to show off and shine :mrgreen:

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by madtheory » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:38 pm

I think the CS01 is a far more expressive instrument. It has just enough of the real time modulation facilities you'd need for gigging, and nice portamento/glide. Actually, it IS an instrument, the SHS10 is a toy.

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by logicalhippo » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:24 am

But it plays "Last Christmas" by WHAM! What could possibly be wrong with that!

Seriously, though, prices of keytars are completely out of control. It's not just the shs-10. Roland AX7s go for literally $1500. Roland was really smart to come out with a new keytar this year, but I think what people want is something cheap and with usb or bluetooth.

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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by minime123 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:49 pm

keytars are rare. price is a matter of supply vs demand.
personally, i think the shs10 is cool for what it is.
most keytars dont have built in sounds or accompaniments.
if you dont like the sounds, use the midi out.
we're gonna put one of these on the market shortly and i suspect its gonna sell for a respectable price as, surprisingly, we get lots of requests for keytars.
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Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

Post by killedaway » Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:02 am

minime123 wrote: personally, i think the shs10 is cool for what it is.
most keytars dont have built in sounds or accompaniments.
if you dont like the sounds, use the midi out.
that's how i feel. the SHS-10 having MIDI is what makes it so versatile.
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