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Suzuki WARAKU Koto Synthesizer

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WARAKU is extremely rare and one of the strangest Japanese electronic musical instruments that was originally made for playing Japanese traditional music by SUZUKI (home of omnichord, NOBARA, tronichord), but this is one of most strange & bizarre instruments SUZUKI ever made.

First of all it is very beautiful designed, built in classy exotic wood case in classic taisho koto (Japanese peacock harp) shape with 27 key keyboard (same key as classic Japanese peacock harp) with 5 string bridge and 4 assignable drum pads. It has 16 sounds, all exotic Japanese traditional instruments like koto, shamisen, shakuhachi, weird voice etc. In percussion mode you can play many exotic percussion on keyboard or by assignable drum pads. There is a pitch bend lever and vibrate switch, output jack, headphone out and surprisingly it has MIDI out!, so you can play external MIDI module by WARAKU's unique 5 strings or keyboard

You can play WARAKU by keyboards or 5 string bridge and 4 assignable drum pads this unique 5 string bridge can play by usual guitar pick, hold one key of the keyboards and play each 5 string bridge by pick like guitar 5 string bridge is simulate Japanese traditional instruments like taisho koto (Japanese peacock harp) etc.. Japanese harp musician often use fast trills to play so it has above 3 strings with same sounds. 4th string is -1 octave from first 3 strings(in the case you choose taisho koto,other case same as above 3 strings). 5th strings is bass string (you can set it favorite tone) string is touch sensible with velocity and totally electronic device, it's not just simply electrical amplified like usual electric guitar, complete electronic!

WARAKU has MIDI OUT so you can play another MIDI synth by this unique 5 string bridge this 5 strings are very effective for guitar,bass kind of string instruments it's feeling like guitar synthesizer.

The 4 drum pads are also touch sensitive and can easily playing by your fingers assign drum sounds to pad is very easy,just hold one key and hit the one pad in percussion mode drum sounds consists of many exotic Japanese traditional percussion of course in drum mode you can play all of them on keyboard.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: ROM
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 5
Timbrality: 2
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches ROM: 16
+ 4 assignable drum pads
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 27 Keys
Keyboard: Buttons, Plastic
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs
Display Type: LED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 89 x 17 x 10 cm
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
Audio Output Count: 2
Power: 9V DC
Year Released: 1989
MSRP List Price: $1,100 - convert
Retail Street Price: $999 - convert
Used Price: $350 - $700 - convert
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