1) Hollowsun was too flirty at the Akai Christmas party one year with the bosses daughter and he was kept out of the loop on this one
Ha! I wish! There was some lovely totty at Akai Japan HQ but I was 'gaijin' (i.e' outsider') so ....!
2) It's some kind of factory second/error
3) It's an after market mod that someone thought it'd be fun to do as they'd max'd out there 3000/200/XL. Are the faceplates silk-screened or are they decals?
The panels were silk screened. However...
With the release of the S3000/3200, we had all sorts of loons suggesting features for the 'next generation' samplers. As it happens, they were taken seriously and materialised in the S5/6000. But maybe this was some attempt at tempting Akai for a 'next generation' with an artist's impression ... or something.
I can only speak as I see it and I was in Akai Japan's 'inner sanctum' as it were (I lived there for a while, learnt to speak J and all that and was 'accepted') and - to my knowledge at least - there was never an S3500 ... I'd have known about it, I am sure - I was privvy to greater company secrets than this.
I am calling 'fake' on this with almost 99.9% certainty!
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