Update 2004: For a time in the late 1990s Nyle Steiner was offering a service of converting a stock Akai EWI to an EVI. The converted EVIs can be plugged directly into an Akai EWI sound module. With the release of his current MIDI EVI model he generally doesn't do this anymore.
But for your interest, here are the details from that time...
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There is hope for brass wind controller players!
The good news is that Nyle Steiner is now able to convert an Akai EWI3020 (and others- see below) to an EVI as seen here. As of April 1998 he was charging $275 US for this conversion service.
If you wish to have your EWI converted you will need to first contact Nyle Steiner to arrange for the conversion. Then you will need to ship your EWI and connector cord to him with full payment payable to "Nyle Steiner". Do not send the sound module. Make sure to pack the EWI well (preferably in the original box) to avoid damage during shipping. This price includes return shipping (I assume to US destinations only) through his normal means. If you need to have it shipped next day or overseas you would need to pay the shipping charges.
Since Nyle does the conversion himself by hand, times will vary depending on his schedule. Nyle said the conversion can be done in as little as a few weeks though we have reports of it taking closer to two months. It is well worth the wait though!
Nyle can convert an EWI3000 as well. In fact, he said there was very little difference (if any) internally between the EWI3000 and EWI3020. He also mentioned that it is possible to convert older EVIs (and, I assume, EWIs) to the newer style EVI as well.
These photos were taken after Nyle's performance with the Yamaha Virtual Big Band at the 1997 Winter NAMM show. After the performance, I spoke at length with Nyle about the EWI to EVI conversion. You are looking at two photos of Nyle holding his personal EVI in January of 1997. This EVI looks nearly identical to a converted EVI. There are a few minor differences though.
One difference is the connector. On the EWI to EVI conversion, the original Akai cord and connector is used so that you can plug the EVI into the Akai EWI3020m, EWI3030m, or EWI3000m wind controller sound module. (On the EVI pictured here, Nyle used a ribbon connector that connects to his own proprietary interface.)
Another difference, on Nyle's EVI there is a touch sensor for the right hand "pinky" finger that is used to reduce the sensitivity of the pitchbend thumb sensors by a factor of one-half.
Also, there is one less octave roller on the modified EVI. To get the lower octave you simply roll your thumb past the lowest roller. The octave canister unscrews to allow easy access to the rollers. I held the unit and I can assure you that the new Steiner EVI is surprisingly light and feels extremely comfortable in your hands.
Here are a few pictures of the EWI to EVI Conversion by Nyle Steiner...
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