I want to build a custom MIDI controller and am looking for a suitable hardware keyboard to go along with it. My requirements would be:
1) the best quality keys, semiweighted if possible.
2) a transfer protocol suitable for axoloti (MIDI, UART, whatever,...)
The easiest is obviously to just rip it out of a conventional MIDI controller. I have done precisely this before but am not satisfied, because:
1) most MIDI controllers have shitty keys, except for really expensive ones, where I dont know whether they are truely suitable, until I rip them apart
2) most MIDI controllers deliver more features than i actually need, thus they consume more power and have larger boards, etc.
Does anybody know a source for raw hardware keyboards or has thought about this issue more? If anybody can recommend MIDI controller with good keys, that are worth to be ripped apart for this purpose I am also interested.