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M400 #310
#310 - Unveiling
Unveiling Part 2
Most Civilised
M400 #500
#500 - Unveiling
More #500
More Mellotron
Session 2 Ends


Many linear feet of 'tron! Jerry has an impressive collection of Mellotrons (among other things, such as glass insulators, light bulbs, and valves (tubes) A very small part of Jerry Korb's collection (click for a larger image)).

Dave and Bernie spent some time checking out Julia, the Mark I.  Bernie, Dave, and Jerry check out the Mellotron Mark I (click for a larger image).  Jerry powered up the machine and gave folks a quick demo of the rhythms and fills and other sounds---caught on video.

Mark I Videos

Mark I Demo video #1 - Windows Media, 1'11", 944KB

Mark I Demo video #2 - Windows Media, 4'05", 2.72MB

(Note:  The actual sound quality from the Mark I is much better than in these compressed files.)

Your Webmaster was content to fiddle with the JK MK6, which is a hand-built cabinet in which sit two M400s.  You can read more about it here.

Your Webmaster plays knobs, not keys.

Yes, I play knobs better than I play the keys.

New Frame Design from Streetly

Bernie had a bit more of a look at M400 #500, and the new frame from Streetly was pointed out to me.  My, my, a bit of a design change, have we?

New frame, new turnbuckles from Streetly

The new Streetly frames have two changes.  As with the Mellotron Archives frames, the springs no longer go way 'round the bottom on rollers to tie to a bar on the other side, which was a bit over overkill in the original design.  Next, there are brand new turnbuckles made of some kind of metal.  The turnbuckle is held together by an o-ring.  It is thinner than the original plastic turnbuckles, which means that the tapes should slide up and down in the columns a bit easier.  Nice.

Would the REAL M400 #500 Please Stand Up?

Further spelunking in #500 may not be #500!

Is it #500, or...? (click for a larger image of the damning evidence)

As you can see in the photo, #500 started out as #497, but somewhere along the way the frame's serial number was scratched out!  Perhaps #497's guts were put into the cabinet for #500, and the factory wanted things to match.  Who knows!

Jerry Korb's restoration plate for Mellotron M400 #500
Jerry's restoration plate

The summer disappearing reminds us how time flies.  The fun nearly over, it was time to get ready for our departure.-->