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Piano Tape

It clips to your belt
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A long flat keyboard that's spring-loaded, and like a contractor's tape measure, rolls up into its case. The entire device may be only two inches wide, including a built-in speaker. Unroll it onto a flat surface, to play.
Amos Kito, Apr 17 2004

Roll up piano http://www.pointles...dgets/roll-up_piano
Not exactly the same, but very similar. 90% baked I'd say [Bad Jim, Oct 25 2009]

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       Now can you do me one of those that plays itself...
DrCurry, Apr 17 2004
  

       I recall either reading in some sci-fi book or seeing in a film a scene where a future musician unrolls a flat keyboard onto a table and starts playing.
waugsqueke, Apr 17 2004
  

       //a future musician unrolls a flat keyboard//   

       I didn't find anything while researching this idea, but it makes sense that it's been done someplace. This idea started as spring switches on fingertips, and a pulley system on the wrists. But that seemed too problematic.
Amos Kito, Apr 17 2004
  

       Still very cool.   

       Flat, rollable keyboards have been around for ages, but I've never heard of one in the shape of a tape measure. Croissanted!
Joolin, Oct 24 2009
  

       I misread this horribly, thinking of the tape program of an automatic piano sliding around someones waist whilst playing the notes encoded.
wjt, Oct 24 2009
  

       I think it'd be a bit weird to play, no action to the keys. Cool though.
kaz, Oct 25 2009
  

       baked, but super [+] for the measuring-tape mechanism.
FlyingToaster, Oct 26 2009
  

       I bought 3 of a cheap version of the "roll up piano" several years ago, and was really disappointed (flaky keys, poor workmanship.)   

       When I first saw this idea, I was reminded of a technique developed in the late '70s - early '80s involving replacing the bow hairs of a violin bow with a piece of 1/4" magnetic tape, (previously recorded with sound(s) including piano tones.)   

       The bridge of the violin was replaced with a magnetic tape recorder play head, and the usual repro. electronics.   

       Playing involved bow speed affecting pitch, and position of the tape "bow" affecting volume.
csea, Oct 27 2009
  

       //appearance// the keyboard is inside and immune to weather during transport; could hang it off a belt-loop.
FlyingToaster, Oct 27 2009
  

       // [-] for being well and truly Baked. //   

       I've never seen one of these. A spring-loaded roll-up keyboard that clips to your belt... do you have a link? Otherwise I disagree with the 'baked' call. And curious - even if it was, why would bakedness warrant a negative vote? How are those two things related?   

       [csea], I recall Laurie Anderson did something along those lines in her shows.
tatterdemalion, Oct 27 2009
  
      
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