Several interesting machines landed on our doorstep this year. Let's check 'em out!
BRENDATRON: THE FX CONSOLE
A little over a year ago this was the state of Rick's Mellotron FX Console. You can read a lot more detail here. At that time it had been beautifully refinished, but the electronics were in rather a state of disarray. It ran and made sound, but motor speed control was rather questionable. OK, the 8-voice gargled!
Wanna milk shake? While practicing with his band, Rick often gets an earful of teasing from his band mates. Every now and then Rick has to pause and allow the FX Console to cycle to a new sound. And the whirring cycling motors prompts chants of, "What ya doin' over there, Rick? Making a milk shake?"
So for the next practice session Rick was prepared. "Hey, Rick. Next song. Gonna make a milk shake?" Rick hit the station selection buttons. "Yes, would you like one?" "Sure!" And sure enough, as the cycling stopped, Rick reached down and picked up a stashed milk shake and handed it over to his stunned band mate.
Yes, it slices, and it dices!
Unfortunately near the conclusion of our soiree, some stubborn pinch rollers caused a cycling jam in the FX Console, and three tapes were accordioned. Sigh...Well, Martin promises to have Rick's tapes sorted out shortly.
DAN MISO'S MACHINES - EMI M400, M400
Dan Miso brought along two machines for fixin' up.
Your stock M400. Nothing too interesting here, except maybe the paint job and the wonderfully bizarre scratches on top of the power supply! We have no idea what caused the scratches in the top of the power supply, maybe you do. Perhaps someone tossed something sharp into that part of the 'tron and move the 'tron around. Who knows. But the paint? Ahhh, lovely, thick black paint, slobbered on with a nice, big brush. It happened to a lot of 'em, actually.
The EMI box was one of those left undone at the end of the weekend. It had been disassembled, and it would be up to JB and Martin to put it back square and functional during the week.