Hey I will never give up my amazing Musser One-Nighter but getting the components up and down stairs and into other tight spaces doing gigs in NYC galleries and performance spaces, I have been seeking some relief via a small, electronic instrument. In my 50s now and I am developing an assortment of shoulder problems. I have tried Malletkat and didn't like the pads and so after investigation bought the XyloSynth. My hopes for this thing were very high and while its hip to have these other sounds, no matter what sensitivity setting I use on the XyloSynth, it just doesn't feel like a real mallet instrument. On acoustic vibes my playing is often marked by a wide variety of dynamics and I really enjoy bringing it down to a whisper, especially with the shimmer on vibes moving in and out of sync while I softly roll around phrases. But on the XyloSynth I find that soft rolls will just evaporate when it comes down to PP and all I am left is the clink of the un-pitched wooden bars. It drives me crazy. I cannot find any way to fix this and I suspect its just another ax altogether, not intended to imitate this special feature on a vibraphone.
I am seriously thinking of selling it and buying one of the old Deagan ElectraVibes. The keyboard on those is aluminum and the bars are regular vibraphone bars, save for the pick-ups. So I guess my posting is two-fold: has anyone else seen this annoying problem on the XyloSynth and does anyone out there have an ElectraVibe for sale that is in great working condition??