It's always a pleasant drive to the Mellotron Ranch. Well, unless you're in a snowstorm or are driving a van in a windstorm (or both). Fortunately this August day was perfect, making the 220 or so miles from the Boston, Massachusetts area not so bad.
Meanwhile...Your Webmaster has observed that it's a very quaint life for Vermonters.
As is the custom, Jerry is more than happy to bring folks around to see the local sights. A spot not far from the Ranch gives a nice photo opp of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest point. No snow this time of year! Oh, yes, that is a dirt road. Although that's not Jerry's road in the picture, Jerry does live on a dirt road. Nobody believes me, but it's true. Really.
Before we got to the purpose of the visit, Tom took some time for an introduction to one of our other Mellotron friends at the Ranch.
The M300 plays just fine, and this machine has a bunch of 60's influenced "Beach Blanket Bingo" style sounds. Groovy, baby--really wild! This model is the odd duck in the Mellotron world with 2-track 1/4" tapes and the longer keyboard. Yep, it cycles like the Mark I, Mark II, and FX Console. And, like those older guys, it's a heavy beast. Although this particular machine was the one that fell off a forklift and split open, Jerry has set it right, and it looks pretty much brand new.
I'd say that you could eat off it, but Mali prefers that you eat at the table.
Now that Tom was properly introduced, it was time for the unveiling...-->