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Otamatone from Maywa Denki (White)

4.3 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
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  • The otamatone can be played easily and has an analog to digital sound motion with the sounds of a drum.
  • The single note chord has three phases High,Middle and Low. It has the parts divided equally and can be dynamically ensembled just like before.
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Color: Japanese White

Otamatone from Maywa Denki (White)

Product Information

Color:Japanese White
Item Weight 7.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 14.1 x 5.1 x 3.1 inches
Shipping Weight 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B002IGTOZQ
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4.3 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #28,052 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#5 in Musical Instruments > Keyboards > Electronic Keyboards > Synthesizers & Workstations
#126 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Musical Instruments
Date first available at Amazon.com March 30, 2010

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By Brant Martin on May 8, 2012
Color: Japanese White
Interesting toy. It was a challenge to figure out the exact spots on the neck to tune the notes, but fun, nonetheless.
I'd give it 5 stars, but when a couple friends and I tried to play Greensleeves, like in the product demo, a rift opened up between us and released the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

4/5 Fun toy, but brought the End Times >:(
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The Otamatone is a peculiar instrument. From a distance, it almost seems like it can be a viable musical tool but, in reality, it falls short of that promise by an daringly wide margin. When you try to play any song to any formidable degree of accuracy, you end up disappointed with the extreme difficulty in keeping a steady pitch.

A curious factor about the instrument is the funny face it wears. It seems happy to exist. But, when you play the thing, you can't help but feel that you're doing nothing but causing it immense and eternal pain. It's jarring to see the steep contrast between those two factors at play.

But, who am I to judge? Although I haven't been able to recognize a reason for its existence, the Otamatone, when at still, seems to be content with its place in the world. And maybe that's all that really matters.
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My Otamatone arrived weeks before it was scheduled to and in perfect condition. Included from the seller (Japan Syndrome) was an adorable origami crane and a letter of thanks as well.

I am a professional music teacher, so I will include some musician-related thoughts on the Otamatone. First of all, this instrument is extremely difficult to play with any level of proficiency. It has no neck markings at all and it takes a good ear to find the right pitches. The scaling of pitches is similar to that of a stringed instrument, with physical space between notes decreasing as the pitch increases. The space between octaves decreases by about half on one range selection.

The timbre is best described through a visit to YouTube, but I could summarize it as a warm, harsh, almost overdriven sawtooth synthesizer tone.

The Otamatone does not appear to be dependent on a 12-tone chromatic scale, as quarter tones can be played. This too adds to the difficulty of the instrument. Mine has a very impressive range, as listed per "octave" switch. Low: D1-E3, Mid: C3-E5, High: F5-G7. The switch that governs range does not simply change the octave cleanly, as you can see.

The fingerboard/touchpad becomes more responsive and less rigid in pitch changes with more use, especially slow, connected glissandos along the neck. A very natural and expressive vibrato is possible with a bit of practice.

The instrument's true charm comes from its ability to lightly emulate the wah-wah effect produced by brass' mutes and guitarists' pedals. Not only is this interesting to listen to, but it is what makes the instrument so incredibly cute and funny! There is no way to overstate how cute this thing is.
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I bought an Otamatone after stumbling on a YouTube video in which one was being played. It fascinated me, and I immediately clicked over to Amazon to buy one. I've had an awesome, fun time with it ever since.

The tone is generated on a touchpad along the neck of the instrument. By squeezing the "cheeks" of the face at the bottom of the Otamatone, a "wah-wah" effect can be produced. Because the touchpad produces a variable tone range - think "trombone" or one of those tin whistles with the slide - it can be kind of challenging to hit the right notes until you really get used to it. Unlike many musical toys, you will have to devote some time and attention to an Otamatone before you can start producing anything that sounds decent. That's probably why one reviewer called it "an expensive toy" that couldn't make "real" music.

Anyway, my friends and I have had a great time with the Otamatone, jamming along with the radio and using it as a ridiculous extra instrument in the band. Is it a serious musical instrument? HELL NO. Is it loads of fun after you've put some time into getting used to it? HELL YES.
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My brother and I saw this on youtube and laughed for hours, so I bought him one for his 30th birthday. We play it all the time! Might buy another one.
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Learned about this on youtube, gave myself a hernia from laughing so hard from the video! I knew I had to give my brother one for his birthday. It got its first workout at my son's wedding, and the newly weds marched out of the ceremony to the cacophony of beautiful music. The cons: could be louder. Battery doesn't last too long. You really need some instructions on how to play professionally. Smaller than expected (I know, there is a jumbo size, if you want to pay). Costly, all things considered. The Pros: Made even my sour faced mother-in-law laugh. Made my kids laugh hysterically when the instrument induced the passage of (harmonious) gas from my mother-in-law's derriere, as she was laughing. SO: If you suffer from depression, anger issues, need a good laugh, or have $50 to blow on nonsense, this is one great musical instrument.
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Bought this for my boyfriend last year for Xmas, he thought it was the best singing Sperm he'd ever seen.
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