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Re: how to make keyboards look more cool

Purple day-glo fake fur, eh. Quit eye catching.

Reminds me of the old Custom line which came in rolled and pleated
metal flaked vinyl (the line included various sized amps and a combo

On Feb 1, 2005, at 7:10 PM, Monica wrote:

On a related note, I have an old Farfisa professional keyboard - 2 tiered -
that I got very old and used and which looked very bad but played great and also came
with its own soundbox the owner had made. I solved its aesthetic problems by covering
the entire exterior with purple da-glo fake fur.

Alex Stahl <alex@pixar.com> wrote:
Coincidentally, one of the big manufacturers of vinyl cutters is...
Roland. Last i checked there were far more Roland vinyl cutters than
guitar synths on eBay, let alone digital harpsichords.

On Feb 1, 2005, at 4:37 PM, thetoyroom@comcast.net wrote:

> I might suggest you go to a sign/banner shop that specializes in
> 'vinyl cutting'. They use a plotter with a blade head to essentially
> 'cut out' graphics on sheets of roll vinyl.
> Usually, these type of shops have a good selection of vinyl, in a wide
> array of colors, and they would probably sell you a section of vinyl
> sheet in your choice of color. They even make roll vinyl in
> 'temporary' tack adhesive, for graphics that are intended to be
> removed.
> Then you can cut out small pieces, apply them to the keys, and use an !
> x-acto blade or razor blade to clean up the edges. If you want to get
> really trick, you can make an outline of the exact shape of the keys
> in a drawing program like Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, or Macromedia
> Freehand, export the file as an .EPS file, and take that file to the
> graphics shop. They can import it into their software, 'plot' the
> shape, cut the vinyl, and then you are just removing the vinyl and
> applying it right to the keys, in the exact shape...just like putting
> on a bumper sticker.
> hope that helps,
> rich
>> I have an idea for you,
>> 4 years I bought a Roland digital harpsichord
>> http://www.8thstreet.com/prod.asp?pid=9056
>> As you can see it's got black keys that are very cool and what appears
>> to be white "accidentals". When I picked it up I discovered the white
>> keys were actually a horri! bly uncool light grey. So, I went to the
>> hardware store and bought some white vinyl adhesive tape. I very
>> carefully stretched the vinyl tape over the top surface of each ugly
>> grey key and trimmed any excess off the sides with an Xacto knife.
>> They
>> still look great, haven't slipped, and since the tape is vinyl are
>> easy
>> to clean. Maybe you can get some black vinyl tape and cover the
>> surface
>> of the white keys so every key is...none more black...voila, death
>> metal
>> killboard!

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