Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:55 pm
P.S. Martin, maybe these are professional colors in China?
Excellent point, mate.
Red IS a lucky color in China, in fact, THE lucky color, just as the number 8 is the number of good fortune (quite literally: eight sounds like money in mandarin).
Chances are if you see a car in front of you with 888 on its vanity plate, the driver is Chinese. In Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, HongKong, etc, numbers with 888s are auctioned by cell or land phone companies to the highest bidder. One tycoon in HK got all 8s. Lucky guy, or so he thought, until half the city called his number asking him for loans ;)
So there are certainly cultural differences at play here, though I heard no such uproar (or mention of professionalism) when Nord released its keyboards in the same hue, nor did it seem to make the Nords any less professional.
Now what I'm really curious to find out if how this 88 key controller compares to my 20 year old Yamaha KX-88, at least with regards to the action. I tried the M-Audio controller at a store a few months ago, and I was appalled by the action. Everything BUT professional, I'd call it (though others may like its "mushiness"). If this Chinese manufacturer can approximate the Yamaha action for this price, they've got a hit.
Cultural and professional differences aside, I'm with you on this one: nix the red, and usher back the black (and sayonara silver), lest we get cited by the fashion police for offensive color coordination (or lack thereof).