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Roland AX-7

The AX-7 MIDI Keyboard Controller offers stage performers more freedom and expressiveness, and the ability to show off those David Lee Roth high kicks you perfected in the basement. A host of controllers—including a D Beam—opens up a new dynamic for live players, while the AX-7’s attractive pearl white design looks great on stage. It’s also very easy to use, thanks to a new LED display, expanded patch memory and GM2/GS compatibility. Rad. CLICK HERE to see the Roland AX-7 on eBay.


 

Williams Keytar V-1

This New Wave-approved Keytar V-1 was designed specifically to be easy to play, and it combines strummable strings with a piano keyboard instead of a fretboard. This wedge-shaped beauty is sure to aid you in your musical explorations into the stratosphere, and if it doesn’t you can totally use it as a doorstop for your drawbridge. CLICK HERE to see the Williams Keytar V-1 on eBay.


Yamaha SHS-10

Voted by Postmodern Keytarist magazine as the Keytar most likely to be found at garage sales, the Yamaha SHS-10 brought Keytar to the masses in the late 80s. The SHS-10 was lightweight, easy to use, and its inbuilt demo track was Last Christmas by Wham. Get strapped on! CLICK HERE to see the Yamaha SHS-10 on eBay.


 

Moog Liberation

The granddaddy of them all, the Moog Liberation was the first commercially available Keytar in the world when it was released in 1980, and it remains so today. Famous Liberationists include Herbie Hancock, Stereolab, Devo, Tom Coster of Santana, Tom Costa of TV fame, and Bryce Kushnier of The Fancy Few, known across Canada as the Moog-King of the Cold Country. CLICK HERE to see the Moog Liberation on eBay.


Casio AZ-1

Never before or since have 2 switches, two wheels, one slider and a hell of a lot of cool conspired to make so great an instrument. The weapon of choice for Thomas Dolby, whoever played keyboards in Gloria Estefan’s Miami Sound Machine and Human League’s Neil Sutton, the AZ-1 is also notable for a headstock designed to open beer cans. CLICK HERE to see the Casio AZ-1 on eBay, or just CLICK HERE to see bottle openers.