Has anyone experimented with (or used) keyboards in place of tuned percussion? Discussing it, there seems to be some sense in using keybaords and amplifier for xylophone / vibraphone parts etc. The discussion arose through the debate over the purchase of a xylophone, and whether the cost could be justified. Apart for the cost issue, transportation would be easier - however before all the contesting fans jump at their keyboards I do see a problem when it comes to contests (bleuch!). Also, before all the percussionists get up in arms, this was suggested by a percussionist. In an ideal world, my band would have a full set of percussion, however, financial restrictions prevent that.