The article also notes that Ohta-San is on his way to Japan demonstrate Yamaha's new ukulele synthesizer:
"When I first saw it, I thought it was just another toy, but it really sounds good," Ohta-san says.I'm sure this new instrument will spark a heated debate within the uke community, but I can't wait to check one out! (I haven't found any info about them on the Yamaha site yet. If anyone has found more information, please send me an email.)
"It's a standard-size ukulele (and) has four strings that will never go out of tune, and you can tune it just by a twist of wrist of the peg to low G, high G, tenor sound, soprano sound. And with a turn of the peg it will sound like a violin, a Hammond organ, a trumpet," he said, adding that the instrument can also be programmed to show a novice the correct fingering for up to eight songs.
"It's not on sale yet, but they're going to sell it for under $300.