Yamaha has announced that the replacement for their 9000 will be called "Tyros" and is scheduled for release in Sept 2002.
Unlike Technics, Yamaha shows a full frontal picture of the kb in their advert. Brief description as follows:-
coloured backlit transparent buttons.
Presumably no built in loudspeakers - there are no grills but the picture shows a speaker mounted on each end of the board and this is described as "an optional independent hi-fi system with bass subwoofer."
Yamaha modestly claim that it uses a unique sound generation system not heard on any other instrument, with ultra realistic mega voicing, a hi-resolution colour screen with new user interface and operating system. Oh yes, and an "ergonomic control surface using new materials." The results, they say, will overturn all preconceptions of what can be achieved in a keyboard instrument.
No Price given.
I haven't checked yet but there may be more details on Yamaha's site at www.yamaha-music.co.uk
Incidentally, Technics suggest you register at www.technicskn7000.com
for a free video demonstration.
That's all folks,
[This message has been edited by Nigel (edited 07-01-2002).]