Infinite Response Vax 77: Folding full-sized keyboard to fit in overhead locker

This is the Vax 77 - a MIDI keyboard which folds in half, weighs 25lbs, is made of unobtanium powder coated Magnesium alloy and has two OLED screens (with a rumoured upgrade to a small polytouch screen). It's 77 keys because that's the most they could fit in and still make it small enough (when folded in half) to fit in an overhead locker. But, but, but, there's no price yet, and their site is just a bunch of renders. The most interesting suggestion for synth geeks is that the keyboard will have polyphonic aftertouch - the semi-legendary feature where each key can be pushed harder after the initial attack to control the filter (or whatever) of that individual note. It's the first time any manufacture has offered poly aftertouch for years. Synth designer John Bowen says in this thread and this one that there's nobody making a mass-market PA keyboard, so the Vax will have to be custom manufactured (rather than churned out in China) so expect costs to be somewhere between $$$$ and $$$$$. Still, it does fold in half...


the stylized pictures are laughable in a nathan barley way.
seems like a good idea, however the overhead locker has my laptop in it and you are only allowed one small piece of hand luggage on most flights. I suppose you could put this in a bag with the lappy but then it would be too big.
Shouldn't it fold the other way, to protect the keys and knobs when you stash it away?
This blather about poly aftertouch is getting a bit tiresome. Since the early 1980s I've seen keyboard reviews complaining about the lack of aftertouch, then later (when most synths had it) polyphonic aftertouch. OTHER keyboard instruments didn't usually have it. And I'm not sure the average player would know how to use it. One of those things that people ask for but don't use.
two for unobtanium!!!
magnesium.... on an airplane.... I'll believe it when I see the TSA allowing that on board.

You can strike sparks off a chunk of magnesium, with the back of a pocket knife, to start a fire from tinder. Wonder if you can spark a fire with this keyboard? Or if, once it's ignited, it'll burn a hole right through the floor before you can do anything about it. Magnesium burns pretty hot, don't it?
Try first carrying a pocket knife into a plane.
Awright, a steel key, then. Plenty of pieces of steel you can carry with you.
" made of powder coated Magnesium alloy"

As opposed to pure magnesium of course. Anyone fool enough to make a keyboard of pure Magnesium would deserve to have their gear, and fingers go up in smoke, key, pocket knife or aeroplane notwithstanding
That Xylosynth thing has been folding in half for years without problems, so its clearly a workable idea.

(here if you've not seen it
It might *fit* into an overhead locker but in addition to size restrictions for hand luggage, most airlines also have weight restrictions. 25lbs = too bloody heavy.

Not to mention that you would still need a suitable padded bag (more weight).

As someone already pointed out, you can only have one item of hand luggage these days.

Therefore in order to have the 'advantage' of bringing a midi controller on as hand luggage you have to sit through the entire flight without any of the usual necessities like a laptop/books/whatever.

Daft, probably very expensive and, moreover, utterly pointless.
The fact that the info reaching the public is coming through K.E. should be about all the info anyone needs regarding this 'product.'
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I wonder if it has weighted keys?
If Yamaha can make the 12 lb NP-30 keyboard, can't you get together and make a folding, compact 12 lb super-keyboard??
One carry on bag isn't a problem. Just put the keyboard in a back pack along with a laptop. As far as weight limits for carry on.....blah blah. I travel all over the world for years and not once has a ticket agent weighed my carry on bag. This is a great idea that will solve the traveling pianist problem. Hopefully it will have weighted keys to allow seamless transition between the acoustic.
Re the comment about magnesium not being allowed on a plane, my laptop is magnesium alloy, as are many non-low-end laptops.
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