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Andy Volk


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Post Posted 28 May 2018 3:16 am     Reply with quote

Not gonna replace a lap steel but sure looks fun to play with for $399.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqkd6SX4JjQ

http://tinyurl.com/y9kltryo
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 28 May 2018 8:48 am     Reply with quote

They seemed to have exploited every direction you can turn it. The fretless feature is cool. Apparently you can play it right out of the box.
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Andy Volk


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Post Posted 28 May 2018 9:31 am     Reply with quote

Some of the Amazon reviews say it's very cool but that you should expect to put in some time to understand it as a musical instrument. Right out of the box, they say, it's more of a Midi interface and remote control and that it can seem a little counterintuitive to guitar players.

This is fascinating - reminds me of the Theramin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcuzgeFq7Ik

Here's a more fully realized musical concept ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raaKSDI_HG0
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 28 May 2018 1:14 pm     Reply with quote

The cello player certainly isn't playing right out of the box....
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Pete Bailey


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Seattle, WA
Post Posted 29 May 2018 7:07 am     Reply with quote

That's an interesting item! But I can see the performer in the demo videos running up fast and hard against the limits of expressiveness right away (a common problem to most midi instruments).

A fun toy, definitely. A useful tool in the studio, almost certainly. A deeply expressive musical instrument with the capability to convey the full range of emotion that good musicians can deliver?

Well I won't say never (the EWI is a great example of one that does) but I'd have to see it with my own lyin' eyes first...
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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 29 May 2018 3:50 pm     Reply with quote

If you listen to the last two notes of the violin/fiddle piece, you can hear the digital "cheese", as I call it.
Probably the best response to the human touch of any MIDI instrument I've heard.
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