The Yamaha SHS-10 is the cheapest keyboards of "shoulder" (feels like a guitar) MIDI ... the era c'tait really an incredible price, just for basic functionality is to lead a MIDI synth.
Nicknamed "Sholky" (Shoulder Keyboard in "japoglais"), the SHS-10 is primarily a toy (one of hundreds of mini-keyboards with mini squenceur / arpgiateur), released No the 1988 or 1989 (in Japan) if my memory is good. In dmo song he had also the song "Last Christmas" by WHAM in midisong arpgi ... idegniale the Yamaha silent to add to it making a "MIDI out" and a MIDI implmentation impressive (for its size and for the era).
The SHS-10 is trslger plastic (available in version mtal gray and red, and may also be black, but I'm less of. Personally I have a gray). Without batteries must weigh two pounds or less. It has a non-dynamic keyboard 32 keys of any size, he can send bank-changes, and MIDI program-change. It has a pitch bend wheel and a button to trigger the modulation. He knows also send start / stop squenceur (!), And sends the arpgiateur accompaniment (bass, arrangements) on MIDI channels and adjustable spars! He also has a key "transpose" very practical, the adjustable pitch bend is the semitone octave.
Seen as a complete TRS is not it? For 200 balls?
Add that it works on batteries (8 x 1.5 volt) or AC adapter, it possde its own mini-speaker and an audio output jack 6.35!
Oh, I forgot to tell you, it's also a FM synth (not programmable) 2 oprateurs, of the type found in Premire soundblaster. The internal sounds are pretty useless, but I tell you it's a MIDI Keyboard Controller ... That said, by passing it through guitar effects (distortion ,...) we get some tricks INTERESTED.
If you find one in a flea market and want a tiny keyboard MIDI matre (not dynamic) as a gadget to make the cake on scne, try it. To make synth bass lines with a finger while jumping on scne did all fit the bill.
The keyboard is too small for use srieuse but CONTRL startup / stop of squenceur and other modules available on the "hose" the left hand are nice.
The rubber buttons are not, however trs reliable use ... was still a gadget.
For a real keyboard flask scne it will search the Yamaha KX MODELS, although more expensive, but with the famous "control strip" that allows the bends "guitaristic" the left hand.
I have over 15 years, but frankly I primarily used in my youth when j'tais broke. For tips exprimentaux to play in the metro ...
Object strange and surprising that becomes rare these days, Shs 10 of yamaha is a UFO on all points.
It looks like a toy but a machine that can fly at noon.
FM synthesis, at all good for the fans, the sound of electro glacial epoch.
Speaking of the time, mine was 1974 made in Japan, and it presents some paint missing on two corners of the hull, no deep scratches.
it is virtually indestructible, I've never had a problem with this gear.
it's a 32 notes keyboard without velocity that is worn like a guitar, not very practical forthe stage because of the size of the keys, but it can help.
Personally I use it sometimes for the internal sounds, but most of the time I m serves as a controller of my synths and machines.)
it has a MIDI output jack and a 6.35! and more solid, but happiness!
it also has integrated speakers and can operate with batteries, two functions that multiply uses. (studio itinerant mountebank, minstrel, street performance, holidays ect ...)
It is an instrument collection now, mine will never leave me, but know he is in high demand and that its current price is already well above its price at the time of its release.
Very easy to use, I never needed the manual, everything is written on the front.
voila a machine that pleases everyone, by his side old school / strange / retro futuristic, 10 shs prove very useful for playing midi on stage as master keyboard in the studio, or as a collection object that you emerge from beyond the grave sounds for your compositions electro / techno / industrial / circuit bending / experimental or even to play bass in a band, for example, happiness in a plastic box!! you can still find opportunity for now for about 200/300 euros but in 5 or 10 years will become the object not found so if you have one in the attic, take care of it and if you see one in a flea market or a market, you throw it!!