After checking out the restored machines and seeing a bit of Vermont,
MONEYPIT 2007 attendees settled in for the evening and grabbed a little dinner.
|Fire up the barbie!
Charlie rivals Jerry as the Master of the BBQ!
Charlie's specialty? RIBS!
The Korbs are great hosts. You have to try Mali's macaroni salad!
And Mali has introduced Charlie and me to kohlrabi, which is a vegetable that's
like a turnip only it grows above ground. You can use it like a potato.
The kohlrabi is a staple at the Mellotron Ranch. Charlie now grows
kohlrabi in his garden at home in Michigan, and he has been trying out some of
Charlie "fuels up" for the long drive in the morning
Thanks for a great meal! :-)
DRAWING TO A CLOSE...
In the morning it was time to bid farewell to Charlie and his
two restored machines.
Charlie, Mali, Jerry, and M400 #203
Getting ready to be wheeled out to the van
Hey! What's the hold up, Jerry???
Errr...yeah, these "easy, fold
away" seats in Charlie's van didn't live up to their name. We actually
got out the manual (what? engineers reading the manual!!?!?!?!)...and
we still couldn't get those seats to disappear into the floor!
Fortunately Jerry's new van is similar, and we got the seats to flip down
and fold into the floor there.
Eventually we were able to work it out and create a bunch of room for
Charlie's two machines.
No, stuff like these weird seats doesn't keep us down for long!
All packed up and ready to go, Charlie began his drive back to
This meant, of course, Your Webmaster's stay in the North
Country was also at an end, and it was time to head back to Boston.
Another fine MONEYPIT, and many thanks to Charlie and our
excellent hosts the Korbs for an enjoyable stay!
Charlie sent along a snap of his Mellotrons relaxing at home
along with some thoughts:
<-- Click here to see M400 #203 and M400 #1414 at home in
|"Ole #203 & 1414 are sounding just as
sweet as the day I left the Ranch. I play them at least a couple of
times a week. No flutter or wobbly sounds yet. I was hoping to get
some practice tuning them up, but havenít had to it yet. I am still
in awe at the feather lite touch of #203. It plays so easy. I like
to play #1414 for awhile first, then I go to #203 and really feel the
difference. What a great job you did on both of the machines. I truly
enjoy my investment." -- Charlie Hemlock, 15-April-2008
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