MATRIXSYNTH: Kawai K5000W Synthesizer w/ Rare MCB Knob Box & Upgraded Display

Friday, December 30, 2016

Kawai K5000W Synthesizer w/ Rare MCB Knob Box & Upgraded Display

via this auction

"Here we have a Kawai K5000W with Knob original Kawai MCB knob box. These are extremely fun and roundly well regarded with good reason. The Kawai K5000 has amazing sounds on board, and editing options are very deep. There also exists a K5000S, which includes the knobs on the machine itself. The K5000W, geared more towards composers, adds an onboard sequencer with 40,000 note capacity and 40 tracks, which is extremely intuitive and useful, as well as a rear panel "MIDI B" section (second in/out/thru), though sacrifices the knobs. This, of course, meant that consumers had to decide whether to forego the knobs or the sequencer, which is a difficult decision. So Kawai took pity on us and manufactured the MCB Macro Control Box, which allows us to have a K5000W without giving up the knobs on the K5000S. These are extremely difficult to find at this point, and this one has been maintained in near mint condition. There is some evidence of use around the knobs themselves in the right light.

The synth has been upgraded to OS 3.01. This is the most stable OS available, according to my contact at Kawai. This may seem like a small deal given that updates are still available online from Kawai, though unless you have a spare computer sitting around running Windows from the 90's, it is by no means a given that the update will work properly. This is why I have a "contact at Kawai."

I have upgraded the display. The original display was working, but had begun to dim a bit, and the new one looks fantastic."

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