Stewart's machines were in various states of disrepair
when they arrived in Vermont from the recording studio he runs in central
Virginia. #1332 (on the right) didn't need much in the way
of cabinet work at all.
So that was the laundry list. When
Jerry got hold of the machines, it turned out that #469 and #481 were both
bodged by Sound Sales. Oh boy...
||If you have such a machine, it will need
some work. It has recently been discovered that because some key
supports are removed from that tape take-up box, the frame is weakened and
Click to see the sagging
The result of this?
Note the pressure pad and pinch roller
adjustments on the side of the keyboard toward the flywheel. This
situation continues to grow worse until the machine is not playable.
So if you have a Sound Sales bodge, it'd be a good idea to get it looked at
if only to prevent the ultimate unplayability of your machine.
A new tabletop Mellotron?
No, it's #469's keyboard and frame being worked on.
Jerry unbodges the Sound Sales machines
by replacing the brackets under the take-up box as they should be, making
the motor more secure, and undoing a few other things.
Uhhh...a bit tilted, are we?
Generally the SMS3 that the Sound Sales folks installed is fine.
Main frame from #481.
<-- Three 'trons, three head blocks.
#1332's innards are done.
In addition to the electronic/mechanical fixups to the
three machines (and modifications such as replacing the headblock wire, putting
in the power supply mod to prevent the switch from catching fire, and the radio
interference isolation mod to the track selector), Jerry also refinished #469
(with white epoxy primer) and #481 (black finish).
ready to go in
Power packs -->
Along the way there was a bit of archaeology, too:
Did you know that yours might be brass?
Three 'trons, three motors.
With all the work done...
...it was time for the