Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

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Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by EX5_etc » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:51 pm

Today I was browsing several musical sites of USA vendors and noticed that musiciansfriend.com and guitarcenter.com have set up pages of the White XF6/7/8 claiming that all three models will be in stock within the next 3 to 4 weeks. I was under the impression that production of the XF series had stopped 2 years ago. Anyone knows anything about this?

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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Saul » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:29 pm

Are you sure your not looking at cached pages? do you have direct links to those pages? As far as I know there is no production of the XF, white or otherwise and checking on both those sites I couldn't find anything.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by EX5_etc » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:50 am

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Yamaha XF White
https://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyboar ... orkstation

The page states "Available 05-01-2018". Could it be a long forgotten script updating itself? If you look here you will see all 3 models:

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyboar ... rowSideBar

Same thing here:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha/Moti ... station.gc

The page states "Available 04-20-2018". All three models here:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/search?type ... t=motif+xf

I have been looking at those sites for almost 2 years (since I got my black XF6) at least once every 5-6 weeks. I had not seen the white ones offered for sale in over a year. Musician's Friend updates stock online instantly. I know that from personal experience.

Not sure what to make out of it.

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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Saul » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:20 pm

I don't "think" this refers to new as in "new production" but rather stock that has been left over since the release of the Montage. However I am checking with Yamaha now.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Saul » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:10 pm

Just heard from Yamaha. There is definitely NO new production of the XF, White or otherwise. They are also a little mystified as to where this stock is coming from because it's definitely not from Yamaha. Speculation is the units are from a store that has closed and sold remaining units on or from somewhere on the internet.

It's MONTAGE only these days.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by EX5_etc » Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:23 am

It could be. I know for sure that Guitar Center and Musician's Friend are almost sister companies that have extremely similar invoices (even the custom paper receipts are very similar) and when one puts something on sale so does the other. If I am not mistaken they ship from the same warehouses sometimes. I'll keep an eye on this case just to see how it works out.

Thanks for checking.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Mighty Motif Max » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:30 pm

Just to add to this older thread, I would be amazed if there were any new ones out there at this point. In April 2016, I went to order a white one from the local dealer, only to be told that the white model had been discontinued in February. They called me back in a few hours and said that there were two Black XF8s left in the California distribution center (Yamaha's, not theirs; they didn't have their own really). Those were apparently the last two new ones imported to the US. I ended up with one of them. So I have no idea how Guitar Center or Musician's Friend could have any new ones coming in, unless, as Saul said, they are new old stock from a store. As of now, all those links are either dead or say "No longer available".
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Saul » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:48 pm

Yeah kind of a shame in a way. I know it was just a colour change but I thought the XF looked great in white.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Mighty Motif Max » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:02 pm

I agree. I would have preferred a white one. But then I had a lot of people tell me that the finish would likely yellow over time. So maybe it's a good thing I got a black one.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by EX5_etc » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:40 pm

I would have liked a white one too. But I don't know if we can figure out when the finish will yellow. The Axiom Pro 49 controller that I use is white and several years old. There is no sign of yellow on it. I have seen some on Ebay that have turned yellow. Not sure what causes that. I keep my "active" instruments away from straight sunlight and at room temperatures. The non-active instruments are inside zipped cases or in their boxes stored in the basement. It's cold down there.

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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Saul » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:21 pm

I had a white Roland Fantom G for a while and it was at least a year old before I got it. Had been gigged and was still pure white. I kept in touch with the guy who bought it after me and it was still white when he had it and then I came across it again in a google search recently and yep..still white :) So who knows? Yamaha I think, would not use a colouring that would yellow over time, or at least not for a VERY long time.

I have been trying to find out how to custom paint keyboards for quite a while now. Can't figure out how they manage to keep all the control markings untouched and perfectly visible.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Mighty Motif Max » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:21 pm

Saul wrote:
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I have been trying to find out how to custom paint keyboards for quite a while now. Can't figure out how they manage to keep all the control markings untouched and perfectly visible.
On the Keyboard Corner (Musicplayer Forums) page, there is a gentleman, username "EscapeRocks" has custom-painted several keyboards and keytars IIRC. Perhaps ask him.
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by SeaGtGruff » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:46 pm

I think the way you treat your gear has a lot to do with it. Do you have it set up on a room where direct sunlight is shining on it every day? Are you a heavy smoker? Do you set drinks on top of your gear without using coasters? Do you let your long-hair cats sleep on it without any dust covers? Etc. :)
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Saul » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:30 pm

Mighty Motif Max wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:21 pm
Saul wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:21 pm
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I have been trying to find out how to custom paint keyboards for quite a while now. Can't figure out how they manage to keep all the control markings untouched and perfectly visible.
On the Keyboard Corner (Musicplayer Forums) page, there is a gentleman, username "EscapeRocks" has custom-painted several keyboards and keytars IIRC. Perhaps ask him.
Have asked a few people in the past but they tend not to want to give away their "trade secrets" :(
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Re: Is the White Motif XF back in production ??

Unread post by Mighty Motif Max » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:07 pm

I'm pretty sure he would be willing to. He has posted all about it with pictures...
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