SURPRISE VISIT FROM
THE MELLOTRON PROFESSOR!
On July 24, 2005 Mellotron Professor Jerry Korb and Mrs.
Mali Korb were in the Boston area, and we visited John B. and Mark.
Mali, John, and Jerry crowd around the Mark V
Unfortunately Jerry and Mali had limited
time, but Jerry had a quick look at the machine (which was playing nicely) and
the tapes (which are...well...knackered but still workable (somewhat)).
John seems pleased that finally someone who knows
what he's doing is
checking into the Mark V! :-)
|Jerry discussed the possibility of his working on
the audio portion of this machine. The left hand tape doesn't pan,
the tone control doesn't work, and it's not sending stuff through the
reverb. There's some stuff messed up on the right side, too.
But this is how it was working when John got it---it's good enough to
record (he can get a line out), but not everything is working as it should
Jerry taking a look at this would be A
Good Thing for those who own a Mellotron Mark V, as he would begin mapping
out the Mark V circuitry. Very little documentation exists for that
particular instrument, so a little research would be helpful to the
Mellotron Community at large.
After Jerry and Mali left to continue their drive
home to Vermont, John and I stuck around for a while to do some adjusting
on the Mark V. Although I haven't been by for several weeks, Mark is
doing well and is holding adjustment OK---despite the hot/humid weather
we've been having around here. I think I had about 3-4 keys to do on
one keyboard, and that was about it!
Overall the Mark V is very stable, we'd have to say.
By the way...Did you know that John Bezjian has been a
fixture in the music biz in one form or another since the 70s? Check out
some more interesting stuff
about John... -->