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AW: how to make keyboards look more cool
Yes, Roland is a leader in the segment of vinyl cutters - but it's MAN
Roland (Germany), not the Japanese guys...
Von: Alex Stahl [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 2. Februar 2005 02:02
Betreff: Re: how to make keyboards look more cool
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, email@example.com 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
> 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,
>> I have an idea for you,
>> 4 years I bought a Roland digital harpsichord
>> 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 horribly 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
>> still look great, haven't slipped, and since the tape is vinyl are
>> to clean. Maybe you can get some black vinyl tape and cover the
>> of the white keys so every key is...none more black...voila, death