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Roland, Bring back the Keytar!

Posted on | February 13, 2008 | 8 Comments

keytar.jpegI was looking around, once again, for any used Roland AX-7 keytars, but the eBay prices are just horrible, too high. To recap, Roland stopped selling these units last year, just when everyone discovered them, from Beyonce’s band to Justin Timberlake and many others.

The Create Digital Music blog had a new entry about this also today.Roland is a great company, and I’ve been a Roland customer since Jupiter-6 days — owned one of the first ever Jupiter-6 keyboards back in 1983 as it had the first MIDI implementation (I still think it was earlier than Prophet-5.) However, they have a reputation of introducing cool things and then just abandon the concept and go on with something new, instead of refining a good product.

If someone knows of an email address where to send feedback to Roland, please let us know. Also if you are involved with any other bigger keyboard company, Yamaha et rest, let them know that there’s a nice market to be taken over in case Roland is not re-introducing new keytar models.

As for me, it would be fun going to jam sessions as a bass player, but using a keytar instead of a bass. I could also figure out tons of other similar ideas using a portable keyboard controller for various projects….

It is really important that we have good controllers in this new age of electronics. We don’t want to sit behind a pile of equipment, thanks. I don’t want to climb inside a pyramid, either :-).


8 Responses to “Roland, Bring back the Keytar!”

  1. JillSaphic
    December 16th, 2008 @ 3:33 AM

    Basicaly residing 2 – 4 hours most evenings at a “starship” console, I very much enjoy the odd song where I play guitar.
    I have wanted a Korg or Roland midi remote for a year or two now,but the only thing I have found that is affordable is a poly 800 2.
    don’t want that one…
    I agree that these keytars are unreasonably priced on the auction sites, being they are just small keyboard controlers, and you need something nice in the rack to connect it to for it to be af ANY value.( IF they had internal sounds, that would be quite a different story, but then they might be to heavy for me)
    They are now asking more for these things at auction then I paid for my second roland 5080 module.
    thats properly crazy!!! not going to happen…
    I hope your voice is heard as there are many of us who really would like one or two of these…

  2. Kent Sandvik
    December 16th, 2008 @ 8:57 AM

    Yes, if nothing else, the synth girl bands in Japan are big users of keytars…

  3. ulrich gomes
    January 13th, 2009 @ 12:04 AM

    I wont a keytar Roland AX7, How do i get one

  4. Kent Sandvik
    January 13th, 2009 @ 1:53 PM

    Best it to scan eBay and craiglist. I’ve seen that the astronomical prices have finally dropped — which makes sense for plastic controllers that won’t last that long.

    Otherwise, send letters to Roland asking them to start making new ones. Or let’s see what NAMM this week will bring us concerning new MIDI controllers.

  5. Hot Sauce Reviews
    January 15th, 2009 @ 7:15 AM

    While these were no replacement for guitars back in the day, they were pretty cool. Remember when everyone thought that within 10 years of these coming out that “old-fashioned” guitars would die out? LOL!

  6. Kent Sandvik
    January 15th, 2009 @ 12:19 PM

    Yep, and that Simmons-like drums would rule. Not that I still miss the dynamic punch of Simmons snares and toms, seems it is not appropriate to use those in productions today, sigh.

  7. Kent Sandvik
    January 15th, 2009 @ 3:27 PM

    Roland’s AX Keytar is back!

    With built-in synth module. Will get one when they show up.

  8. John
    January 22nd, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

    I have to agree with he first fellow who wrote about these units yeh!! grossly overpriced when you see and hear the new Roland sholder synth AX-9.
    This is a synth not a controller so where do the others get off trying to charge the same sort of price for a MIDI controller.
    Plus if you look at the yamaha controller you better have small fingers ( I think its just about two octaves).
    For anyone looking for a good keytar or sholder synth stick to the company that provides value for money!!!!

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