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The Toy Instrument That Made Hits

Omnichord
Suzuki introduced the Omnichord in the early 1980s as an instrument targeted at beginners. At it's simplest, making music required no more than pressing a chord key and strumming the little touch-sensitive pad.

But something strange happened. Professional musicians everywhere started picking up this odd little electronic gadget. Robbie Williams, David Bowie, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Bjork, and even Ringo Starr have recorded with them. What makes them incredible is that it's possible to pick one up and make decent music within a few minutes. Try that with a trumpet!

Qchord

These days, Suzuki offers the sleek QChord - a replacement for the original series of instruments. QChord features MIDI in/out ports (for interfacing with computer recording systems), a cartridge-based song system, and runs on 8 C batteries. Visit the QChord network for some example recordings -- ignore the cheesy photos of Grandpa wielding his QChord like a weapon.

QChord Network

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