Jerry dabbles in restoring electronics as well (old
radios and televisions). He happened into this gorgeous old
wireless receiver, and it has been fully restored cosmetically.
This old Metrodyne Super-Eight AM set is unusual in that it has a
two-band equalizer (a.k.a. tone controls). In keeping with the
Chicago theme, this radio was built in 1928 by the Metro Electric
Company of Chicago, Illinois.
Unfortunately replacements for elements in the power
supply have not been located at this time, so the radio is not in
working condition. Maybe one of these days...
March 10, 1930 - Date on a tube in the Metrodyne
Mellotron Professor Jerry Korb's attention to detail is evident in his
home-built JKMK6 and his own fully restored (and improved) Mellotron Mark I
(sorry, no three-arse bench...yet...:-) ).
The JKMK6 (or JK MK6 or JK-MK6) comprises two Mellotron M400s driven
by a single motor/capstan assembly run through purpose-built amplification in a
beautiful hand-built cabinet.
The JKMK6 ...a special multimedia presentation
Jerry Korb discusses the motivation behind his creation.
Jerry's Mellotron Mark I has been restored and
refinished (yes, even the flowcoat can be refinished, as Jerry found out
through lots of elbow grease!), and it has the original sounds.
Research into the machine's electronics has allowed Jerry to figure out
how to cut down on the noise from the machine, thus improving the sound.
Much of the hum from the old beastie is gone!
The Engineer's Notebook - All modifications and
improvements are documented
The Mark I ...a special multimedia presentation
Right click here
and do Save As... to save the file locally and play from your
machine. Windows Media, 1'37", 2.5MB
Observe the Mark I cycling, and see Jim Parthun make his way through
the "Watcher of the Skies" intro using Accordion and Mixed Brass. Is
this what Tony Banks used? YOU be the judge!