The Elf wrote:An extra octave would generate fewer sales? I find that very hard to believe!
The people in this thread do not represent the majority of either customers of ££££s spent. Like a lot of people here, I suppose, I've got a 4-deck Jaspers stand, and space for two more 5-octave keyboards. Size is not a problem (at least in this area!) for us.
But take one moment to appreciate all of the recent synth successes: Volcas, Boutiques, Minilogues, JD-Xis, Dreadboxes, and dozens of indie synth makers making ... well ... small synths. The Deepmind 12 was roundly criticised for being 4-oct when it had 12 voices. But then was a huge sales success. Same with OB6/P6/etc System 8, JD-XA.
The reason is that today's synth market is dominated by people who do not have as much space as us. Many are still stuck at home with Mum and Dad (did you miss all of those Guardian articles about getting on the housing ladder?). If they don't have space for another big keyboard they won't spend their money on the synth, even if they really want it as a tone generator.
So the synth maker can't sell so many. The market is now far smaller - just blokes like us, who have huge amounts of space, and also don't mind spending the extra £50-100.
(In fact, if people like us buy the 3-oct version as we've got the space and we can just use it with one of our 4-oct or bigger controllers, we will prove that Uli was 100% right to decide on the 3-oct version.)