Yamaha announces 'more affordable' Tenori-on Orange

Tenori-on Orange: available in a matter of weeks.
Tenori-on Orange: available in a matter of weeks.

Yamaha's Tenori-on has a habit of impressing pretty much everyone who plays it, but the brutal truth is that not everyone can afford (or is prepared to pay) in excess of £800 to own one.

The good news, then, is that Yamaha is readying a more affordable version - the Tenori-on Orange - and, wouldn't you know it, it'll be here in time for Christmas.

"We know everyone loves the concept and fresh approach of Tenori-on, however, as you'd expect we have received thousands of requests for a more affordable version," explains Yamaha's Peter Peck.

"We therefore looked at many ways of reducing the price without compromising the all-important product concept or creative operating system. By removing the battery option and the back panel LEDs and changing the chassis construction from the magnesium found on the original to a more affordable material we have achieved our goal of creating the more affordable Tenori-on Orange, bringing the full creative capability of Tenori-on to a much wider audience."

Yamaha says that the Tenori-on Orange will start shipping in December at an as yet undisclosed price, but we've already seen it listed for £649.

The company has also revealed that it's releasing a firmware update for the original Tenori-on - this will be available from January 2010. We're told that this will address a number of areas, including syncing of the Tenori-on to DAWs and also the MIDI sync implementation.

Visit the official Yamaha website for more info on the Tenori-on Orange.

Ben Rogerson
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