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Visited Tokyo, Took Pictures of Lots of Keyboards
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I recently visited Tokyo and took like a bazillion pictures of keyboards. Enjoy!

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Wow, I would be so sad I couldn't take anything back... the variety is insane, lot of stuff I never had seen in real life or ever.


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So cool. Was this in Akihabara?

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I was very upset that the inventory where I live (Chicago) absolutely pales in comparison. It is so important to be able to try out these instruments in person before buying them.

It was nice to try out a RD-800, Yamaha CP4, Kawai MP7, MP11 and more... all at the same store.


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Originally Posted by gnuboi
So cool. Was this in Akihabara?


One of the stores was in Akihabara - Creator's Land. The pictures are separated by location, tried to keep them all together.

In order, the locations are:
Music Land (Shibuya)
a store I forgot the name of (Shibuya)
Ishibashi Instrument (Shibuya)
Echigoya Music (Shibuya)
FiveG (Harajuku)
Creator's Land (Akihabara)


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Originally Posted by HSFlik
the inventory where I live (Chicago) absolutely pales in comparison

There is not even a word that would describe the situation where I live. I wish the situation here is at least pale, I'll go for it.


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Wow, fun post, thanks! So many cool keyboards. That Roland C-30 with the artwork is something else. The wall of analog modules and patch cords, wow! And all those vintage synths and remakes, oh man the 80's is calling me back, so many memories. And, I have to say, I especially appreciated the pic of the Casiotone MT-500, that was my very first keyboard I purchased. I played with it so much I broke the crappy little drum pads smile

Thanks again. So did you at least come home with a DX-7 or something?

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Thanks again. So did you at least come home with a DX-7 or something?


I picked up the Roland SC-88 Pro at Creator's Land. I would've loved to come home with a vintage keyboard, but I didn't want to ship or figure out how to fit it in my luggage. Also, I wanted to be sure I bought something that was hard to find in the USA.

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Paradise!
After touching by chance a Korg digital piano in a local store and finding out that in the last 20 years sound quality changed a lot, I found and then lurked this forum for some time. Finally I was convinced having to compare a Kawai, Yamaha and Roland digital home piano (upper price segment). So, I have had the visit in my town, and necessarily in 2 more towns (each 80 minutes car driving time away) in order to get hands on each of the brands, and did nowhere get to touch any of the high priced instruments, only some of the downgraded versions fitting better the here weak purchasing power. Only after a visit abroad I was ready to decide what would be the best for me. But I haven't been to Tokyo, "only" Manchester. Most likely I would have been overhelmed by the varity of instruments in Tokyo and would never have found to a decision!

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It's interesting how all the used gear looks like new.


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"Please do not glissando." I wonder why? Is that just a particularly annoying sound to the store owner?


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Wait...there's more.

As the largest city in the world, Tokyo has dozens of monster-sized consumer electronics stores. 10 floors, with each floor well over 100m x 100m is not atypical. Crazy electronics gear you never imagined. The new digital piano selection is staggering.

Plus, there are plenty of general second-hand chain stores that have a variety of older music gear.

Makes it a bit odd to walk into a NYC music superstore with "only" a few dozen digital pianos-synthesizers on the floor.

The internet has not yet decimated traditional retail in Tokyo, so visit before poor Jeff Bezos has his way...

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Originally Posted by Morodiene
"Please do not glissando." I wonder why? Is that just a particularly annoying sound to the store owner?


Maybe to prevent a keyboard from falling off a cheap retail stand. Rent is expensive and the stores are packed with gear (and sometimes people) so things are tight.

The Japanese have some strict social rules that just don't always make sense to Westerners.

Be assured retail staff is incredibly polite and accomodating. In a store, I would expect to ask the salesperson to try out a few instruments and he or she would be quite helpful with demos and answering questions, no pressure.

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We should get all together and make a synth hunting trip to Tokyo. The night life could be fun too (although I don't even know what that means).


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Man I love Akiba. I didn't get to stop by last time I was in Tokyo, we were to busy looking for those bunny/kitten cafes for the little one.

Did you see anything that totally knocked your socks off? A JDM RD-4000 with dual manuals, or a Novus NV-10?


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Originally Posted by oscar1
We should get all together and make a synth hunting trip to Tokyo. The night life could be fun too (although I don't even know what that means).


That would be fun.

I have been told nightlife in Tokyo was great during the boom years. These days, go elsewhere if looking for nightlife. But Tokyo has incredible food, shopping, music and cultural attractions to keep you busy.

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Well, food and jazz music would be more of my kind of night life.... But Tokyo is totally on the "to go" list. I had been working with japanese company and they invited me, but we just had first baby so i didn't go... regrets...


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The Japanese have some strict social rules that just don't always make sense to Westerners.

Be assured retail staff is incredibly polite and accomodating.


That's definitely a strange concept to westerners!



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Originally Posted by Gombessa
Did you see anything that totally knocked your socks off? A JDM RD-4000 with dual manuals, or a Novus NV-10?


No, nothing crazy super unique. The most impressive thing to me was all the older equipment, how well kept it seemed to be, and how much of it there was! Most of the newer equipment is stuff that we have in the U.S. (although the RD-2000 wasn't out at the time that I took the picture).


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Oddly, other than the big modular, the only piece I haven't seen in real life is the Roland V-Piano. Somehow, I just have never had the chance to see one. I really like the look in the pictures.

It has been a long time since I was in Japan, and none of this stuff existed yet. smile

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