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Title: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: DrAlexHaleIII on August 21, 2005, 12:46:29 PM
Anybody know if the keyboard with the strap on that Ben played for RTS has a special name? My friend has decided he wants one and that he wants to learn to play keyboard, despite the fact I already play keyboard/piano in our band and he is learning bass and wants to learn drums and harmonica too...

Anyone know?
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: jrkeyboard on August 21, 2005, 12:53:53 PM
Keytar!!!

It's made by Roland. The model Ben has is a Roland Ax-1... there is also a Roland Ax-1b that is black instead of red... but both of these have been discontinued, so the only place to get them is Ebay

There is a new model, which is the same thing, plus a display, and it's white (I have one, it's AWESOME), and it's a Roland Ax-7
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: Club Sauce on August 21, 2005, 12:55:29 PM
what's the name of the thing ben plays from sessions at west 54th for smoke and stevens last night in town
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 21, 2005, 01:13:34 PM
melodica
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 21, 2005, 02:48:34 PM
i want a keytar....those things look awesome!
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: jrkeyboard on August 21, 2005, 03:16:54 PM
It's so freakin fun to play
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: zinefiend on August 21, 2005, 03:37:28 PM
gah, I want a keytar AND a melodica.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: Bruised on August 22, 2005, 02:34:30 AM
im doing the melodica for my school project-just because i learnt the name of it

tAnK
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: DrAlexHaleIII on August 22, 2005, 03:32:11 AM
I found a nice Melodica on EBay for 30. It'll be gone by the time I have 30, though.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: well thats attractive on August 22, 2005, 03:22:49 PM
they need to change the color on this thingy :o
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 22, 2005, 03:56:54 PM
i love the red...just like the keytar! haha...wait, i just figured out something....

key= KEYboard

tar= guiTAR

wow, i'm so smart!
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: jrkeyboard on August 22, 2005, 05:50:39 PM
haha... nice work! ;)
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: Jaunty Angle on August 23, 2005, 07:43:53 AM
Hahaha, keytars = lame i'm sorry to say it :(

melodicas rock though.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: DrAlexHaleIII on August 23, 2005, 08:45:12 AM
They should do a guitar that you have to sit down to play like a piano.

Like a harp, only with an amp.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: Jaunty Angle on August 23, 2005, 08:58:26 AM
well... you can. you use a slide.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: Jaunty Angle on August 23, 2005, 09:03:02 AM
well... you can. you use a slide.


(http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/instmnts/supro.jpg)


enjoy. I'm so good.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: DrAlexHaleIII on August 23, 2005, 09:07:34 AM
That one is NOT like a piano!!! >:(
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: DforDonut on August 23, 2005, 02:16:41 PM
maybe you mean a pedal steel guitar
(http://members.cox.net/larrycampbell2000/nov1.jpg)
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 23, 2005, 02:47:08 PM
thats not a keyboard!
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: jrkeyboard on August 23, 2005, 04:01:09 PM
Hahaha, keytars = lame i'm sorry to say it :(

You've obviously never played one

I have more fun and get more attention when I play mine than ever have with a keyboard. They are wonderful for live performances
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: zinefiend on August 23, 2005, 04:45:33 PM
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Hahaha, keytars = lame i'm sorry to say it

What can I say - I'm a keytard. 
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: DrAlexHaleIII on August 24, 2005, 03:51:59 AM
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thats not a keyboard!

It's closer, though... I guess we'll just have to invent one and make lots of money from it...

Come, Chloe, to the lab!!!
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 24, 2005, 08:57:38 AM
the dog?
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: algonacchick on August 24, 2005, 09:03:53 AM
haha! Hey, don't knock keytars. I don't care what Dave Mustaine said about them being lame. I don't like him, anyway. I think they're cool. Weird Al plays one in concert for his "Beverly Hillbillies/ Money for Nothing" song. And we all know Ben did in the RTS video. I kinda like that part of the video best. He looks so happy.  ;D
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 24, 2005, 09:06:15 AM
yeah, i have his live performance of RTS on my myspace and he plays it.....frickin hilarious video!
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: algonacchick on August 24, 2005, 09:08:37 AM
Yeah, Al really did a great job directing the RTS video. I loved those clips they used to have on the .org of Al directing Ben. ;D That's cool that he plays the keytar in concert, too.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 24, 2005, 09:12:05 AM
its funny, because at the end of the video, Snuzz is up on the amp, and Ben is screaming things like "FEEL MY PAIN!", "CRAIG KILBORN!", and "I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT HERE!" (then sits in a chair).....good stuff.....yeah, the videos of Al directing are real funny
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: algonacchick on August 24, 2005, 09:14:24 AM
That live video sounds cool!
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 24, 2005, 09:17:30 AM
its on my myspace...just scroll...should be on the left soemwhere


http://www.myspace.com/polka007
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: algonacchick on August 24, 2005, 09:24:37 AM
I'm hearing RTS as soon as I get there, but I'm not seeing where the video is. Am I missing something?

nm, I found it. So, was this a performance on Craig Kilborn's show? *which is now hosted by Craig Ferguson* that was funny!

I liked the censoring Ben did for that.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 24, 2005, 09:31:43 AM
hmmm.....should be right under "general" on the left right before i list my music...
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: algonacchick on August 24, 2005, 09:35:25 AM
scroll back, I edited. It just started playing. weird.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: general_apathy (Chloe) on August 24, 2005, 09:36:38 AM
cool....weird it didnt show up at first though
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: Jaunty Angle on August 24, 2005, 12:48:46 PM
THat performance, with the disc scratching on the keytar. i'm in awe.
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: algonacchick on August 25, 2005, 07:18:46 AM
That was pretty cool. Kinda makes the keytar less lame in your eyes, eh, Jaunty?
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: Jaunty Angle on August 29, 2005, 08:14:14 AM
you better watch out because i'm not going to say the word i do on the album
Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: algonacchick on August 30, 2005, 01:48:17 AM
Alrighty, then!

Title: Re: Keyboard thingee from RTS
Post by: osmc on August 30, 2005, 06:40:12 PM
I have a keytar...kinda.

it's an old Casio CZ-1000 that I was given... and the keyboard has strap things so you can use it as one.  I jsut haven't found a song where I want to play the keyboard and not a lead piano part... hah.

Oh yeah, there are almost NO AX-1s on eBay, just a few AX-7 (with the screen).  But if you look aorund the internet, you can find an AX-7 for $400 new.

cool.  I wish I had a job.