Inside The Bizarre Suzuki Andes 25F Pan Pipe Keyboard

Off-topic, but interesting: In this video, multi-instrumentalist ‘Banjo Guy’ Ollie takes a look inside the Suzuki Andes 25F, a bizarre pan pipe keyboard.

Suzuki positions the instrument as a sort of keyboard recorder, but the name and internal mechanism take inspiration from traditional Andean pan pipes.

For a musical demo, here’s zobayer kaisar playing Lonely Shephard on the Suzuki Andes 25F:

Pricing and Availability

The Suzuki Andes 25F is available for around $170.

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12 thoughts on “Inside The Bizarre Suzuki Andes 25F Pan Pipe Keyboard

  1. that is really cool – I kinda want to try to build one – shouldn’t be too complicated. I actually have a few melodicas and love using them on stuff as well as a reed air organ but the motor is so noisy.

  2. Not at all a synth, but certainly looks like one! Nice sound, too. I do wish the demo had given us a few chords, though.

  3. That’s extremely interesting. So it’s actually an acoustic instrument with a set of 25 pan pipes and the keys control air flow valves for the pipes. Really neat. Being polyphonic it’s basically a small lung powered sinsgle rank pipe organ.

  4. Yea. This is essentially a mechanical-keyboard that forms breath-controlled pan flute. It’s a clever idea and a cool design. I see them around for $150-200. I’m a little surprised that it is more expensive than a cheap melodica.

    At first, I was thinking it would be fun to have, then I remembered all the ridiculously fun sound making things I already own.

  5. “At first, I was thinking it would be fun to have, then I remembered all the ridiculously fun sound making things I already own.“

    +1

    1. >> “At first, I was thinking it would be fun to have, then I remembered all the ridiculously fun sound making things I already own.“

      > +1

      +10. And only ~1% are ridiculously fun devices/instruments/gizmos that I have bothered to master.

      I went through this same thought process. “Oh wow that is so cool I should get that… uh. Wait.”

      I admit though at the $20 toy price point I’d just get it and have yet another thing to keep track of taking space.

  6. Will Full Bucket, Cherry Audio or Arturia be the first to release the VST version? You sure can’t play “Thunderstruck” or “Tarkus” on this with mere lung power.

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