Thu, 17 Feb 2022
I've had piano keyboard instruments most of my life, in particular a Yamaha PSR-290 I bought twenty years ago, but I'd never really learned to play. I knew where the notes were, of course, but chords? What are those? But I had it around for whenever I wanted a synth sound, and I could pick out whatever notes I needed for that day's recording session.
Fast forward to two years ago when I start actually learning to play, and I just fell in love with piano. So much so that I feel I may have been a pianist all my life and I just never knew. So now I care about it, but the Yamaha is just so big. I know I'm not going to be an all-out for reals piano player, and I rarely venture outside of two octaves, so 61 keys is too many.
But I'm also reluctant to spend a lot of money, and the only good synths - with a good piano sound - that were around 32-41 keys were way expensive. I found lots of MIDI controllers, but I still want something self-contained.
Enter Adam Rabin and his clearing out old stuff he doesn't use anymore, which included a Roland keytar. In my searches, I hadn't even considered that as an option. Plop it on a desk instead of around your neck, and it's the perfect space-saving synth. I am gloriously happy with it.
Now I just need to get rid of the Yamaha, lest I start becoming a collector of synthesizers. (Nothing against those people, I just don't want more things in my life.)