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Suzuzi TES-370 Nobara Koto Synthesizer

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NOBARA (means wild rose) is extremely rare and one of the most strange Japanese electronic musical instruments.
It was originally made for playing Japanese traditional music by SUZUKI, makers of instruments such as the omnichord and tronichord.

First of all it's very beautiful! The body built in exotic shape designed dark wine red case with strange shape 37 key keyboard that looks like the keys are from a vintage computer.

It has a 2 string bridge and 3 assignable drum pads. It can play one of the 16 sounds that include exotic Japanese traditional instruments like koto, shamisen, shakuhachi etc or the 21 exotic percussion sounds. Also, you can access more hidden sounds by using MIDI programming from an external MIDI keyboard.

The NOBARA has an internal speaker, audio output, headphone output and MIDI IN/ OUT connections. You can play the NOBARA by its polyphonic keyboard or monophonic 2 string bridge and 3 drum pads. This unique 2 string bridge can play by usual guitar pick by holding of one key on the keyboards and play 2 string bridge like a guitar. The 2 string bridge is monophonic to simulate the taisho koto (japanese peacock harp). Japanese harp musician often use fast trills played so it needs 2 strings with same sounds and a metal mute plate to mute sound decay by finger touch. The strings are touch sensitive with velocity and totally electronic device, it's not just simply electrical amplified like an electric guitar.

The NOBARA has MIDI so you can play another MIDI synth by this 2 string brdge! It is very effective for guitar,bass kind of string instruments it's like guitar synthesizer feeling. The 3 drum pads are also touch sensitive and can be played by your fingers. Assigning drum sounds to pads is very easy. Just hold one key and hit the one pad in drum mode. The drum sounds consist of many exotic Japanese traditional percussion instruments. It includes some ordinary drum sounds, especially bass and snare is cool electronic sounds. In drum mode you can play all of them on keyboard.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: ROM
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 2
Timbrality: 2
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches ROM: 16
+ 3 drum pads
+ 21 Percussion sounds
+ Japanese instruments
+ Traditional drumkits
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 37 keys, Buttons, Plastic
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Switches
Display Type: LED
Weight: 2.6 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
Used Price: $400 - 500 - convert
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