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« on: Nov 21, 2017, 05:25AM »

Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85_73iAm-sU&feature=youtu.be

Well, maybe that's not quite the right word. 

This has potential.  pBones in either tenor or alto are hard to play - but so is a brass trombone, so that's not unexpected.  (hard? we wish it were impossible.)

Sax seems to be a bit easier technically in the early stages. 
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 21, 2017, 06:02AM »

Yamaha has made electronic instruments for quite a few years.  I know one guy who plays an EWI (not well, unfortunately).  I had thought the EVI might be interesting, but not for what I would have to pay for a head, amp, and speaker.  This one is actually a wind instrument.

I like the recorder fingering.  It sounds like its range is a soprano sax/clarinet.

Wonder what the tariff will be.

And when will they provide a baritone version Evil

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 21, 2017, 07:28AM »

$107, but Amazon is back ordered. 
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 21, 2017, 08:22AM »

As a sax/clarinet player in a former life...

Its tone is pretty good.  But the limited range will make it pretty boring. 
The range is much less than a soprano sax and MUCH less than clarinet.  It was getting monotonous is that short clip. 

I bet tuning is difficult.  That guy had a hard time playing it in tune and he is a good player!
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 23, 2017, 04:17PM »

I heard it in person at Yamaha Shop in Hiroshima two weeks ago. I wanted to buy it for my father, who said he would like to learn clarinet. But I changed my mind.

As far as I heard, its intonation was as bad as a recorder, sometimes even worse. It also looked difficult to make sound out of it, even the player seems to have some prior knowledge of woodwind playing (he came with 3-4 friends, they all looked like college students, and one of them was carrying a clarinet). Even in some videos on Youtube the Venova sounds horribly out of tune.

I have read that real Soprano Sax mouthpiece and ligature helps it sound better, though.

So, at least for me, I would save $100 for something else, for now.
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 23, 2017, 04:28PM »

That's impressive. They've managed to combine the annoying sound of a kazoo with the complexity and expense of a woodwind instrument. Good!

The folded wind path is interesting, but really... if you wanted something you can carry around in your purse, you can get a recorder at the dollar store that wouldn't sound worse.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 24, 2017, 11:13AM »

Looks cool! Anyone looked into the Nuvo instruments? Similar idea, though more aimed at children before getting into intermediate and pro-level instruments.

LOVE stuff like this!
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