Prep Work

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Prep Work


We had some prep work we needed to do before the demo.  Mellotron Demonstrator Pierre Veilleux was unable to attend, so Jimmy Moore and I learned a few songs on guitar and bass respectively, expecting to play along with Brad Schuman who'd be on his Novatron at the demo.  We never did get to play, as time ran short.  But that's OK, as we all practiced together separately anyway...Ahem.

A portable Mellotron M400?
#1037 unpacked from transport.  Just one box, one frame, and a keyboard (still in the car).

Jerry dry-fits the Skellotron frame Jerry does a test fit of the Skellotron frame in some sawhorses that Jimmy provided.  Although the fit was pretty good, we decided to make some modifications anyway.
The electric back saw comes in handy Using the electric back saw, Jerry fabricated some extensions for the top of the sawhorses.  These extensions would get the Mellotron frame away from the frames of the sawhorses and create a spot for the control panel to sit.
Skellotron M400 #1037
The finished product:  Skellotron M400 #1037


The Moore family's cat, Copernicus, kept an eye on us while we were prepping the Skellotron.

Copernicus at the Formicatron

What we didn't know was how talented this little feline is at playing the Mellotron!  Check it out!

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Once prepped, we were off to the show...-->