MATRIXSYNTH: STEAMPUNK Axiom 25 Controller and Stand

Monday, March 18, 2013

STEAMPUNK Axiom 25 Controller and Stand

This one is via Criagslist Chicago

Some details from the listing:

"Custom steampunk 25 key midi controller.

Pictures don't do this justice. 80+ hours of labor, about $900 in parts. This was built for a steampunk band I was in last year.

The stand has a weighted base, main shaft rotates fully. Collapses, and is easy to transport.

The "chassis" that the keyboard attaches to was custom welded from copper pipes, and a WWII ammo case. Easily detaches from base by four large lug nuts. 1950's Triumph motorcycle headlights are also detachable from chassis, and plug in to power supply.

The power supply on the chassis contains two headlight power inverters, specific to the Triumph headlights power requirements. A 1920's brass on off switch, powers the headlights off and on. A great effect on stage, as you can literally "start up" your keyboard before playing, and shine the lights at the crowd and across stage.

The keyboard itself latches in to the chassis via a hinge and latch system from the same WWII ammo case. If you've ever opened one of these, the mechanics are the same. It pops out easily and quickly, but will stay secure throughout any stage antics.

Keyboard is/was a axiom 25. The wonderful thing about them is that if they ever break, their replacement parts are completely modular. I've had several, and they come apart like tinker toys.

Last but not least, included is a vintage 30' fire hose. Whether you need a usb controller, or a midi cable going to a racked synth, you can feed all cables through the hose. This has proven very effective on stage as far as protecting the cables, plus it screws into the back of the chassis, so nothing can ever possibly come undone.

All of the detailing on the keyboard was hand painted/welded/soldered/bolted. The gauges on the keyboard are from vintage german fighter planes, and several of the rivets and metal sides are reclaimed from Russian aircraft."

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