[sdiy] Keyboards good for scrap / repurposing?

Ullrich Peter Peter.Ullrich at kapsch.net
Sat Feb 17 23:02:30 CET 2018

OK, the Fatar Studio49 has full size keys.


Von: Synth-diy [synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org]" im Auftrag von "sleepy_dog at gmx.de [sleepy_dog at gmx.de]
Gesendet: Samstag, 17. Februar 2018 18:08
An: synth-diy mailing list
Betreff: Re: [sdiy] Keyboards good for scrap / repurposing?

bbob said:
for most uses, the effort required to rewire a keyboard to analog seems way more trouble than it's worth.  cheap midi keyboard + cheap midi-to-CV converter = more time to spend on the parts that matter sonically. IMO.

I don't intend to "rewire a keyboard to analog" ;-)
To add another thing I forgot to mention: I hate mini keys. Only interested in full size keys.

- Steve

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:28 AM, <sleepy_dog at gmx.de<mailto:sleepy_dog at gmx.de>> wrote:
Hey list,

as I saw that Doepfer does not sell the shorter ( < 49 keys ) fatar keybeds anymore,
and also, for some builds, I don't require a new keyboard, I was wondering:

Are there some known models of keyboards (MIDI or with sound engine, no matter) which would make sense to look for in "broken" condition to get them cheap, to use the keys for DIY synths? I.e., they should lend themselves well to ripping out the keybed/keys without damaging the needed parts. I guess you'd always have to build new switches PCBs, as such keyboards would have everything (I dont' need) on one PCB, right? (I never opened such a thing)
I am interested in both, quality, and "usable enough to have some fun" types for different purposes ;-) And it's not restricted to short keybords generally, just right now in particular I'm after a cheap 37..43 key one.

- Steve

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