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New Misa Kitara-like

Postby BJG145 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:03 pm

I've always been fascinated by the Misa Kitara, so when I recently came across one being offered for $150 I decided to check it out. It apparently has a hairline crack sending out some rogue (but not unworkable) messages, and it'll accrue some additional fees as it wings its way across the Atlantic. But since the only others I can currently see for sale are £1500+ on eBay and Reverb, I thought it was worth a punt.

I might have pulled the trigger too soon though, because while Googling stuff about it, I came across news that this long-discontinued instrument is getting a 2019 reboot. There's a post on their Facebook page promising more news soon, and there's a page here offering pre-order. (Seems a bit strange; not sure if there's a particular link between Misa Digital and Front End Audio or something.)

I've also realised why the Tri-Bass is more sought-after than the Kitara, having touch-sensitive keys. I haven't yet seen any Kitara videos that impressed me with their musicality, but I did like this Tri-Bass cover...

https://youtu.be/AMaZ4PewbEc

The pre-order page above, while remaining vague about the spec, suggests that it will be possible to switch between Tri-Bass and Kitara necks.

Hmm...intriguing...
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Re: New Misa Kitara-like

Postby BJG145 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:02 pm

Oh...latest update is that I've been sent a refund/cancellation with the explanation that the 'persistent touch' that's manifesting in a corner of the screen due to this slight ding makes it impossible to access most of the menu system.

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I think it's an obsolete capacitive touchscreen, though I get the impression these can be repaired in some cases...? I've asked him to stash it in a cupboard while I try and figure out if it's repairable... :thumbdown:
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Re: New Misa Kitara-like

Postby BJG145 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:26 pm

Godammit, another Kitara slips away.

This one was actually the superior Tri-bass masquerading as a Kitara. Instead of the £2000/£3000 listings by Russian and Australian chancers, it was started for a very reasonable £100, and stayed at £104 until the last minute.

Unfortunately, persistent questioning revealed that this one was also suffering from touchscreen problems which might very well have been irreparable. I was daydreaming about junking the discontinued display for a Raspberry Pi-driven substitute screen and then haranguing Folderol for guidance on setting it up, but in the end this broken mess sailed away for £360. :-(

I had to vent my frustration by picking up a broken BeatBuddy Instead. As a bottom-feeder in the music-tech bardos of eBay, I'm developing expert knowledge of characteristic failures and their resolution. (And if the patch doesn't work...well, there's still Folderol...)
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Re: New Misa Kitara-like

Postby BJG145 » Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:50 pm

...so I picked up this non-working BeatBuddy on eBay, but I couldn't do anything with it. I emailed them asking where I could get it repaired, and they said, send it back to us and we'll ship you a new one. I just had confirmation that it's on the way. I don't imagine they can be expected to do that all the time, but it's pretty impressive customer service from Singular Sound. :thumbup:
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Re: New Misa Kitara-like

Postby zenguitar » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:41 am

How’s that for festive spirit :clap:

Yo Ho Ho.

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Re: New Misa Kitara-like

Postby BJG145 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:05 pm

I see that Misa Digital have now updated their homepage, so maybe the new model first announced in Jan 2018 is gradually inching closer...

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Re: New Misa Kitara-like

Postby cloudwalker8 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:29 pm

Was wondering if you or the seller got anywhere with figuring out if the screen could be repaired? I have a Kitara that I haven’t used in over a year and turned it on today to find the same persistent touch problems on the screen making the thing near unusable. Not too sure what my options are at this point since there’s no real support out there anymore
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Re: New Misa Kitara-like

Postby BJG145 » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:27 am

...yeah, no, I've been tempted to buy a secondhand one but I've been put off by the number of people posting on their Facebook page saying their device suddenly went haywire and they can't get it repaired, the screen seems to be discontinued and the company don't seem to reply to these queries. (If it's not physically damaged and it's been in storage, it might be worth trying to dry it out thoroughly with silica gel and warm air.)

Phantom Touches on Surface: Desiccant

My venerable Surface Pro 2 had this problem about a year ago and after doing most of the steps in this checklist without success, I broke down and took a trip to the Microsoft Store. The store happened to be in Jacksonville, Florida (which will be important in a bit).

One of the techs in the store happened to have worked with upper-tier support on this very issue. It turns out that it can be caused by moisture working its way into the touchscreen assembly through minute cracks in the adhesive holding it all together. It can happen anywhere but it most likely to happen in a humid environment. The only reason the local tech knew this is because he had seen so many cases of this problem in Jacksonville, which is located right on the ocean so it’s always humid.

However, this means that you might be able to eliminate the phantom touches by putting your Surface in a large, sealable container with some (4 small ones or 1 large one) silica gel desiccant packs for a day or two. If you don’t happen to have some, you can buy them from Amazon for less than $10.

Even if you don’t live in a particularly humid place, it still might worth a try before performing a restore/reset or exchanging your Surface.

https://www.lovemysurface.net/phantom-t ... n-surface/
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