I suppose if you're gonna be really, really good at something, it might as well be bayan, right? I mean, I'd rather be good at playing a bayan than, say, insurance adjusting or something. This fellow, Vitaly Dmitriev, pwns hard on the bayan. Bach never sounded so reedy. Or fugue-ey. Or something.
(Thanks to Jeff Laity, who should probably be working and not surfing the InterTubes.)
Here is a fun little toy that should keep you occupied for 10 minutes or so. SFXR was created to make sound effects for a video game programming competition. It is a simple little stand-alone synth with a few presets and some basic controls, expressly for making Pac Man and Discs Of Tron type sounds. At that, it is singularly able.
I was able to fill a folder with usable bleeps, bloinks, and blips in about 10 minutes, just by hitting "RANDOMIZE" and "SAVE SOUND" repeatedly. Now to recreate the entire side one of Tarkus in 8-bit. Why hasn't anyone done that yet?
The bC16, which you all undoubtedly know all about by now, is a tiny patchable analog synth. I'll probably buy one, because I'm silly like that. Life 2 is more Life 1, with, like, labels and stuff. Life 2 and bC16 are essentially the same thing, near as I can make out. I'll probably buy both, because I'm not only silly, but also exceedingly unwilling to learn from past mistakes. That much is apparent.
Obviously, I kited all the links from MatrixSynth, because he has way more patience for hunting this shit down than I do. He'll put up pictures, too. I'm more of the "thousand words" type.
In looking around, it seems that there aren't a lot of options in the low-clearance department for suspended pickups. What's the skinniest little bitch out there worth a shit? Surely someone here has done this, or something similar. I don't want to put a Fishman or other vibration transducer type pickup in, because the sound isn't at all appropriate to what I do. I want a floating humbucker, basically.
EDIT: This place seems to be the joint. That Armstrong 2-D might be just the ticket. A little more than I wanted to spend (it is, in fact, three times the cost of the guitar)... I'd still rather go with a vintage solution, should one present itself.
Roland EP20: I know, I know, but I want one, and that's that.
Hohner Pianet N or T: Ditto. Yes, I'm still looking for one that isn't priced so fucking ludicrously, Santa.
Roland MKS70: It would look so very nice in the rack above my MKS80. Yes, it would.
I think that about does it for me, Santa. Hook a brother up.