2006: Many things Mellotronic,
including MONEYPITS from February and
June (and one from
Mellotronist Lee Richards
releases "Another Day in Paradise" featuring "Leaving for the Black
Sand" recorded during
Violins, guitars, and bass provide the
backbone for these gentle, flowing tracks while Mellotron, synthesizer,
cello, viola, and other instruments add to the variety.
Review: Shannon Taylor "if it
is to be as it is"
A collection of real, honest, and
personal electro/acoustic songs with a slight pop edge and a good dose of
here for the review
Audition some tune snippets on
here for Shannon's web
site, MP3 samples, and more information
|"Improvised Waves" has been
called everything from "a nice release" to "a new form of e.m."
Click here for more
Track 1 received airplay on
STAR'S END on October 15, 2006!
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- December: Peter Leversley, the man behind the
electronics for all Mellotrons from the Mark II to the M400, dies at the
age of 70. That SMS2 you received from Streetly may have been
assembled by Mr. Leversley himself. He also recently designed a new
Mark II motor controller for Robert Fripp for increased stability.
"Peter was a gem of a bloke...He was a genius, and we will miss him," says
Streetly's Martin Smith in
Sincerest condolences to the Leversley family from the Mellotronists.
Streetly announces the availability of a few Birotron sounds for your
Mellotron! Click to check them out:
- November: A stunning and fully
original Mellotron Mark II goes up for auction on
EBay. #127 was a Mark I upgraded to a Mark II, and it has
lived its entire life in one place. It is reported to be in
fine---if dusty---condition. Original Three Arse Bench included.
ever there was a MKII to buy then this is it."
- October: Improvised Waves gets airplay
on Star's End, the radio show
hosted by Chuck van Zyl highlighting ambient, electronic, and space music
and electronic music technology.
- September: MONEYPIT returns to the Mellotron
Ranch and unveils a restored Mark II once owned by one of the former
keyboard players of the Moody Blues...and a Mark V (heavily modified) once
owned by another former keyboard player of the Moody Blues! Full
story to come...
- August: Streetly announces that the M4000 is
this post from Martin Smith:
Due to circumstances beyond
anyone's control we are awaiting one piece of circuitry that is clever and
vital. A series of unforseen unforseens have held us up in this regard
- Mellotronist Lee Richards releases "Another Day
in Paradise". Its twelfth track just happens to be "Leaving for
the Black Sand".
Recording "Leaving for the Black Sand"
More info and
snippets from "Another Day in Paradise"
review of "Another Day in Paradise"
Streetly announces SIX TRACK
TAPES for the Mellotron, allowing for 5 blended sounds per tape in
existing 3-track Mellotrons. In a message to the Mellotronists list,
Martin Smith explained how it works.
Select any six sounds, such as:
MKII Flute - MKII Violins -
MKII Brass - String Section - Eight Voice Choir - Boys Choir
And you can play blends of each pair of tracks:
Track A )
Flute/Violins Track A+B )
Violins/Brass Track B) Brass/String
Track B+C) String Section/Eight Voice
Track C) Eight
How does it sound? Click
here for an MP3 demo.
- "Improvised Waves" reviewed in
- Long standing wobblies between Mellotron Archives and Streetly Electronics
and Mellotron have made their peace.
Both JB and myself have
both spoken with Dave Kean directly and misunderstandings of the past
were put to rest with apologies all round. We then contacted Markus
and cemented our future relationship. There now exists a state of
friendship and mutual respect for each other whilst recognising that
healthy competition exists between us. I think all of you will welcome
this as much as we do.
Martin and John
Martin Smith (Streetly Electronics) to the Mellotronists list on
14-June-2006, the period of unease between Mellotron Archives and
Streetly Electronics has been declared over.
- MONEYPIT heads back to the Mellotron Ranch in
Vermont for the unveiling of three repaired machines. Visit
this site for the report.
- May: A Mellotron Mark V once owned by Patrick
Moraz surfaces and is sent to the Mellotron Ranch for repair.
MONEYPIT visits QDivision to check out the Chamberlin Music Master 600 and
a Mellotron Mark II