Yeah, but the list price is $20,000 - they've already knocked $2,500 off. Wait until the new models come out, and they'll be movign those puppies - a few dealer incentives, 0% financing (for qualified buyers), and a generous trade-in allowance (any instrument you can tow into the showroom) - this is starting to sound down-right affordable!
Now if only I could get my fee for helping that nice man I get all those funds out of that country, far, far away. I keep checking my account balance, but it keeps going down...
I saw a child-size version that did the same thing in Kay-Bee Toys a few years ago. You'd switch the direction of the bow and it would change to the next note.
Of course, it was limited to "Twinkle, twinkle, little star" and "Mary had a little lamb." TWO songs for only $19.95 You pay 18 grand for that thing, and it doesn't even come with any songs? Jeez, what's the world coming to?
But I wonder why to make playing robotic a real instrument?
A violin sounds best when produced by a physically existing violin, and if a machine player worked ideally, people could achieve that sound whenever they pleased without having to make other people or themselves do any work. I think that would be pretty darn cool.