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   Undertoad  Thursday May 20 02:31 PM

5/20/2004: Roll-up portable piano



This was shown off at a consumer products show in Japan. At first I thought how excellent it would be to have one. Then I reconsidered. You wouldn't get very good action out of those keys, and a real keyboard can be had for not very much money; surely this thing will be over $100; and so who's it for? I guess if it went for under $50 it might be interesting, but I think I'd prefer real keys at any price point.



Happy Monkey  Thursday May 20 02:35 PM

It's for if Stuart Little is cast in a remake of "Big".



Clodfobble  Thursday May 20 02:40 PM

It's for the Japanese who don't have the space for a real keyboard. They are absolute masters at efficient use of space.



tandr  Thursday May 20 03:54 PM

This keyboard looks like one from Dali's paintings.



mmmmbacon  Thursday May 20 03:54 PM

If it were smaller and worked into your clothing, it would make a great flirtation device.



Tomas Rueda  Thursday May 20 03:56 PM

It wouldn't work for me. I need at least 5\8 in. of dropping space



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday May 20 07:46 PM

It would conform to any shape dashboard. And you thought those cell phone people were dangerous.



smoothmoniker  Thursday May 20 08:55 PM

i'll buy one if it connects with my laptop.

Plane trips. writing music. perfect.

-sm



Elspode  Friday May 21 12:11 AM

Look at the little speaker...I'll bet it sounds just about as crappy as those little travel guitars.



Michael Roth  Friday May 21 12:59 AM

She's drunk.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday May 21 03:45 AM

Maybe she's just got that "groupie grin".



Tomas Rueda  Sunday May 23 10:02 AM

any Piano-Organ-Keyboard players in here?



jaguar  Sunday May 23 10:09 AM

I can murder a tune on a good day.



Kitsune  Sunday May 23 10:11 AM

any Piano-Organ-Keyboard players in here?

I'm sure there are. Everyone knows there is nothing wrong with playing with your organ every now and then.



Tomas Rueda  Monday May 24 10:56 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by jaguar
I can murder a tune on a good day.
like what?


dar512  Monday May 24 11:18 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Tomas Rueda
any Piano-Organ-Keyboard players in here?
Long ago and far away.

Yes. This keyboard would be a "last resort" as it would have a completely different feel. Shoot, even going from piano to keyboard can throw you off.


Tomas Rueda  Wednesday May 26 09:24 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by dar512


Long ago and far away.

Yes. This keyboard would be a "last resort" as it would have a completely different feel. Shoot, even going from piano to keyboard can throw you off.
in actual pianos, you can feel the resistance of the entire mechanism.

in keyboard, you either feel: 1-a simple spring or 2- composite springs that aid in tone quality (the harder you press, the louder the sound.)

in that keyboard I imagine you don't feel a thing (have any of you imagined to play the piano in a table?)


OnyxCougar  Sunday May 30 01:41 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Tomas Rueda
any Piano-Organ-Keyboard players in here?
yes


Tomas Rueda  Sunday May 30 06:27 PM



oh, gosh!

oh, well.

oh, kay!



smoothmoniker  Sunday May 30 08:42 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Tomas Rueda


in actual pianos, you can feel the resistance of the entire mechanism.

in keyboard, you either feel: 1-a simple spring or 2- composite springs that aid in tone quality (the harder you press, the louder the sound.)

in that keyboard I imagine you don't feel a thing (have any of you imagined to play the piano in a table?)
several companies are now making keyboards with a full hammer action inside. It's still not a piano, but it's close enough that I feel comfortable playing classical and straight-ahead jazz on them (always the most difficult things to do when the action is off).

I don't think the market for this is for "players" - but what a great instructional tool! Can you imaging being able to do 45 minutes of music instruction with elementary school kids, and have them take their "pianos" out of their desks and roll them out, then put them away when you're done? or, when you grow up with 5 pianists in the same house, as I did, being able to write music tucked away in a closet somewhere when it's not your turn to use the real piano.

-sm


Tomas Rueda  Tuesday Jun 1 11:37 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by smoothmoniker


I don't think the market for this is for "players" - but what a great instructional tool! Can you imaging being able to do 45 minutes of music instruction with elementary school kids, and have them take their "pianos" out of their desks and roll them out, then put them away when you're done? or, when you grow up with 5 pianists in the same house, as I did, being able to write music tucked away in a closet somewhere when it's not your turn to use the real piano.

-sm

<2 1/2 minute pause with drooling at amazement> One Question, sm. Are you a Engineer or anything related to corporate America? Because You have great, and I mean, GREAT ideas. (Why didn't I thought of that?) I mean, I checked out all the bad things about that keyboard and you check out the good.

Very excelent idea, Keep thinking.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 2 04:21 AM

That's what the Cellar is all about, Tomas.



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