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I can't speak for the AE10 but if you use the tip if your thumb for the octave keys on the WX5 your thumb will learn to feel them. It just takes a bit of time.

I went from WX7 and WX11 to the WX5 and at first I hated the octave keys. Then a few months later I decided to sell my WX7 and Wx11. Since I wanted to make sure they were still working I plugged them in and immediately realized how great the octave keys on the 5 were. Much quicker than the others -- and I realized that I no longer was having trouble with the 5. Proficiency just snuck up on me.

I heard the AE10 doesn't lip both flat and sharp - you might want to check that out. Both ways are important to me.

Plus if you want to use the VL70-m with the AE10 you need a USB MIDI to 5 pin DIN host, as the AE doen't have a MIDI out, just a USB.

There is a windcontroller forum http://www.patchmanmusic.com/forum/ that has a number of AE10 users registered so that might be a good place to go for your answers.

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I think it's a shame that Yamaha quit producing the WX series.

I like that the controller separate from the sounds. I never liked the internal EWI sounds, and I didn't want to use a USB cable and go through either a MIDI host or a computer - I gig for a living and do one-nighters so I have to carry a spare of most everything.

I like the WX sax-like pitch bend on the reed which can also be programmed for other synth parameters.

I like having the long, thin WX cable that can be plugged directly into my MFC10 footswitch or VL70m module. When I had the WX7 I used rechargeable batteries and it was a bit of a PITA.

As far as the EWI is concerned, the main thing that turned me off was limited control of vibrato with the lip. The return to zero is controlled by a capacitor, not the lip. There are times when I like a real slow vibrato, especially when using certain patches like an organ (to simulate slow Leslie speed). I don't want to have to do that with pitch bend plates.

I found the AE10 interesting at first, but after reading posts on the windcontroller forum, I decided to stick with the WX.

I think the physical modeling of the VL allows more of the kind of expression I depend on to get vox humana out of the synth. I bend a lot, use ooh-ah vowel sounds a lot, flip the thumb lever for wah on brass patches, emulate flutter tongue, like the timbre change with cc2 (wind), use the reed for lip slurs on brass patches, and so on. The WX tone is decent, especially with the Patchman Turbo Chip transplant. I prefer expression over tone as long as the tone is OK.

So I bought a couple of WX5s and some spare parts. I hope I have enough to last me until either something better comes out or I reach the coda of my life.

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It's the problem with so many people shopping the Internet to save a few bucks. Local stores don't move enough gear to keep slow sellers in stock.

I remember buying my first Mark VI sax. Ace Music in Miami had 3 new ones in stock. Many years later I bought my first WX7 at a local music store (Mars Music). The last few saxes I bought I got on-line because there were not locally to try out.

Everybody is different. For me the WX5/VL70m with a Roland XV5050 for a few sounds is all I need. If something comes along that truly will work better for me, I'll jump on it. But the AE10, while great for others, doesn't offer me as much as what I currently have.

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