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Kawlabo Spiron EM-5100

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    Description
    The Kawlabo Spiron EM-5100 is an electronic synthesizer modeled on the traditional accordion instrument. One of the strangest looking Japanese electronic musical instruments, it was made in very limited quantities by Kawatchi Kenkyusho Co Ltd.

    Much like an accordion, The Spiron is played positioned over the chest with the left hand playing the bass button and the right hand playing the keyboard. Additionally, the Spiron has a special sensor that can detect the tilting of the device by the player to emulate the similar movement changes of an accordion.

    The Kawlabo Spiron EM-5100 is probably best known for the image of John Lennon playing on on a trip to Japan in 1970s.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Divide Down, Oscillator(s)
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Square
    Osc Modulation: Keyboard, LFO
    Oscillator Notes:
    + Solo Tone Keyboard: Violin, Mandolin, Piano, Alt (Alto Sax), Soprano (Sax), Flute, Wood (Basson), Reed (Oboe), String
    + Bass Tone Buttons: Guitar, Organ
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Decay, Sustain
    LFO
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Square
    LFO Notes::
    + VIbrato
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 2
    Timbrality: 2
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches
    Patches ROM: 11
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 32 keys, Mini-Keys, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Switches
    Display Type: LED
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Power: 100V AC 50/60 Hz 10VA
    Production
    Year Released: 1972
    Used By
    John Lennon
    Manuals & Documents
    Pricing
    Used Price: $1,200 - $1,700 - convert
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