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Postby BJG145 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:39 am

I just picked up a tatty Yamaha KX5 keytar (well, it's a phase everyone has to go through sometime) and while browsing spares, I came across this printable 3D model of the battery cover.

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https://www.shapeways.com/product/YXJ2Y ... arketplace

I was surprised and encouraged that someone had taken the time to model the thing. I wonder if companies will ever start making these available in their support downloads or if it'll remain the preserve of hackers and hobbyists.

I haven't actually lost the battery cover yet (heck, I haven't even received the KX5 yet), but I also found another reason to look again at the current state of 3D printing. Because as well as a keytar, everyone at some point needs a MIDI hurdy-gurdy.

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https://midigurdy.com/

This lovely machine created by Marcus Weseloh can be yours for only £2K, but there's currently a two year waiting list. However, Hackaday's XenonJohn has promised to put up the 3D print files for his open source DigiGurdy very soon, so that's pretty exciting.

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(He was quite chuffed to get a mention in Prog magazine this month.)

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Anyone got a 3D printer yet and done anything musical with it...?
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Re: 3D Printing

Postby BJG145 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:59 pm

KX5 turned up today. As it turns out, it didn't have the battery cover after all. Unfortunately that was the least of its problems.

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This was the result of pulling it apart and reassembling it without the broken keys. Well, it was cheap. :tongue:

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The Internet is an amazing thing...found an article here by a guy with exactly the same problem, KX5 turned up with the plastic hinge broken off six keys and didn't fancy getting ripped off by someone in Chile selling them for £15 a shot on eBay (the only game in town). So he fashioned a replacement bit out of 6060 Aluminium.

I became briefly distracted researching the different grades of Aluminium - more than you can shake a metal rod at. Then thought about the guy in Chile again. I'm a bit rubbish at sheds and tools and things. Maybe I'll drop him a note after all.

I bet Howard Jones never had this trouble.

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Re: 3D Printing

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:40 pm

I have an aged Roland AX-1 in that look-at-me red. Some of the keys stopped working 2 years ago. Somehow Roland was able to fix it. It’s still my main writing keyboard at my studio although I have it on a bench rather than wearing it.
I always liked the short keyboard because you couldn’t just bang out full dense chords, it forced me to think about high, middle and low end parts as I wrote.

Maybe a searching of the internet for people with 3-d printers who could do better than the Chile guy? Or is there a local uni with students looking for 3D projects? A 3D printer shop that might make them for you?
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Re: 3D Printing

Postby BJG145 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:10 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:I have an aged Roland AX-1 in that look-at-me red.

Great...! Yes, keytars are always eye-catching. They're rarely sighted here in Norwich anyways.

Maybe a searching of the internet for people with 3-d printers who could do better than the Chile guy? Or is there a local uni with students looking for 3D projects?

...yeah...I actually work at the local uni. I guess I should get out of the office once in a while...
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Re: 3D Printing

Postby Dynahoe Dave » Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:47 am

I run and maintain a couple of 3D printers for work. I am in the process of getting one set up for my own use. I might be able to do things like this in a few weeks.
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