I'm selling a Mellotron M400 S,
Serial number #403, with one tape bank. Everything is
functioning well, but the electronics should be checked for a
better sound (it has the ancient CMC 10 motor drive that
should be changed by the SMS 2 one).
Cabinet is rough,
showing its age: its previous owner opened a little window on
the cover, and placed there the original on /off red light, on
order to see the flywheel of the capstan while playing.
He also provided a base with four wheels, which by the way
is very practical because not only it heightens the instrument
a bit, but it also helps you moving it around.
Both changes, the little rectangular window, and the light
over the flywheel are of easy correction, and by no way
affect the playabilty nor the functions of the instrument. The
base is also easily removed. A complete rebuild of the cabinet
to factory standards is possible, easy and cheap, but not
needed in order to have it playing.
Electronically and mechanically, the instrument is OK. I'd
recommend a thorough cleaning and changing the motor drive,
both available at streetly electronics. I'm including its
original volume pedal.
Why am I selling this fantastic piece? I was planning to
have it refurbished in the near future, but I've found another
M400 and just couldn't resist. I now own two mellotrons, but
I'm only keeping one of them.
The pictures I have available show its guts, so you can see
the condition it is.
TAPE FRAMES: My available set of tape frames include:
-Trombone, Brass, Vibes (the one to be sent with mellotron
to winner bidder);
-Flute, Three Violins, TT Choir;
-Flute, Violin, Cello (in bad shape mechanically, needs
-Organ, 4Female, 4Male;
Without a frame (in a spool): Brass, Strings, Mixed Choir.
If anyone chooses the "Buy it Now" option, I'll be letting
him/her choose which one of the tape frames to send with
Mellotron. If bididng commences and someone wins it this way,
the tape frame to be sent will be Trombone, Brass, Vibes.