Last time we heard from Ryoichi, his request was to get a synth case + stand which would work like a “bento box”, the traditional system for carrying lunch in Japan. Once open, the giant lunch box would turn into a robust stand for live gigs, with 5 or 6 OP-1 synths lined up at a comfortable operating angle.
I started working on a modular OP-1 synth case system: a light wooden case, with textile hinging and screwstops on the back, fitting to the synth as a glove. As we keep on getting requests from our Clients for a OP-1 case, this system is at the same time evolving into a single OP-1 synth case + stand, hence expect to see this new product on Cremacaffè homepage soon! In Ryoichi’s project, the textile hinging will allow for folding and protecting the synths while traveling, closing safely as a bento box, and locking into the wooden sides when open. The wooden sides are nimbler than in the earlier version, and stabilized with crossing textile connectors, which are good to put the stand up quickly, and fold it flat when traveling. Once the synth cases are folded into the big bento box, the sides will be placed inside a soft case, which will be fitted with pockets for accessories and protect from scratch the synths surface in contact with it.