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As a real aficionado of the MIGHTY MELLOTRON, having owned thirty-eight different Mellotrons since the early 70s, I felt that it was time to publish the real and honest Mellotronstory based on facts, personal experience and knowledge without intentions to spread one more myth of yesteryear.
Parts of this story were published in the 90s in various German musical papers (Keyboard / Soundcheck) and are completed by the last interview that “Mr Mellotron” himself, Les Bradley, gave me in the house of John Bradley’s friend and companion Martin Smith, the general “good egg” of all things mellotronic.
We all have heard of those days in the 20s and 30s of the last century when musicians had to sit in front of an old-fashioned record-playerhorn to cut a direct disc of their music.
www.mellotron.de   (321 words)

In 1977, Mellotronics was approached by Bill Eberline of Dallas Musical Instruments of Mahwah, New Jersey to act as worldwide distributors for Mellotron.
Mellotron Archives bought the Bradley Brothers master tape collection of Mellotron and Chamberlin sounds and the Mellotron Digital collection that descended from Mellotronics in London.
This collection of tapes and instruments was the source for this C.D. The sounds are exact recordings of Mellotrons and Chamberlins right down to the pressure pad contacting the tape head for 7 seconds.
www.mellotron.com /history.htm   (1941 words)

  Streetly Electronics: the original Mellotron makers.
Mellotrons were never going to be a really mass market instrument, but they carved out a vitally important niche for themselves through the sixties and seventies.
The Mellotrons' big advantage over the synthesisers of the time was in their polyphony, and in the comparative fidelity of their sounds.
Mellotronics must have reached some deal with the BBC over the copyright of the effects themselves(the masters of which had of course originally come from the BBC).
www.vemia.co.uk /mellotron   (3551 words)

  Mellotron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mellotron MK II The Mellotron is an electromechanical polyphonic keyboard musical instrument originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s.
Mellotrons were normally pre-loaded with string instrument and orchestral sounds, although the tape bank could be removed with relative ease by the owner and loaded with banks containing different sounds including percussion loops, sound effects, or synthesizer-generated sounds, to generate polyphonic electronically generated sounds in the days before polyphonic synthesizers.
The Mellotron was widely used to provide backing keyboard accompaniment by many of the progressive rock groups of the 1970s and alongside the venerable Hammond organ it was crucial to shaping the sound of the genre.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mellotron   (1565 words)

 Mellotron   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Mellotron had a magnetic tape player connected to each key, enabling it to play the pre-recorded sound assigned to that key when it was pressed.
Over the next 15 years, the mellotron, particularly the 35 note (G-F) M400 (released in 1970 and selling over 1800 units), had a major impact on rock music and is a trademark sound of the era's progressive bands.
Mellotrons were normally pre-loaded with string instrument and orchestral sounds, although they could be loaded with banks of sound effect s, or synthesizer -generated sounds, to generate polyphonic electronically generated sounds in the days before polyphonic synthesizers.
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Mellotron.html   (433 words)

 John Paul Jones' Mellotron
The Mellotron was developed in England in the 1960s, and was based upon the Chamberlin, an American instrument.
The Mellotron strings are most easily heard on the bridge, during the Gm and A chords.
For the live concerts, Led Zeppelin used the Mellotron for the flute intro of "Stairway To Heaven," and the string of "The Rain Song" and "Kashmir." The model used for live work was an M400, a smaller white version of the old Mk.II design.
www.geocities.com /jpjkeys/mellotron.html   (704 words)

 Mellotron - Wikipedia
Das Mellotron (aus rechtlichen Gründen später Novatron genannt) ist ein elektromechanisches Tasteninstrument, das um 1960 erfunden wurde.
In den 80er Jahren wurde das Mellotron größtenteils von elektronischen Samplern und Synthesizern abgelöst. In den 90er Jahren wurden digitale Samples der Mellotron-Klänge gerne für Techno-Produktionen eingesetzt.
Zudem ist ein Mellotron wegen seiner Größe und Masse für Live-Auftritte von Rockbands wenig geeignet.
de.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mellotron   (519 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Mellotron
The Chamberlin is an electro-mechanical keyboard instrument related to the Mellotron.
The Beatles were an English music group from Liverpool who continue to be held in the highest esteem for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, their groundbreaking role in the history of popular music, and their contributions to popular culture.
Progressive rock (sometimes shortened to prog rock or prog) is a subgenre of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and continues as a musical form to this day.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Mellotron   (6722 words)

 Mellotrons and Chamberlins   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mellotrons and Novatrons were produced in England by Streetly Electronics from the early '60s until the early '80 by Leslie Bradley and his brothers Frank and Norman.
Under each key was a strip of magnetic tape with a recorded sound that corresponded to the pitch of the key (The Mark II had two keyboards of 35 notes each making a total of 1260 seperate recordings).
Despite attempting to faithfully recreate the sound of an instrument the Mellotron had a distinct sound of its own that became fashionable amongst rock musicians during the 1960's and 1970's.
www.obsolete.com /120_years/machines/mellotron   (286 words)

 Vintage Keyboard Sounds Gibson G101 Organ Mellotron Samples   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This is important to note as the Mellotron voices consist of 35 separate performances (one for each key of the Mellotron).
This is what gives the Mellotron its distinctive sound as the separate performances mix with each other in chordal passages, and sound individual from one another when playing string motifs and arpeggios.
This Mellotron lived most of its life safely tucked away in the corner of a recording studio and was never on tour or abused by burned out progressive rockers.
vintagekeyboardsounds.com /page_mellotron.html   (864 words)

 IEEEVM: Mellotron   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Mellotron, an electronic keyboard device made from the 1960s to the 1980s, has been one of the most loved—and most hated—musical instruments of all time.
The Mellotron was based on a 1946 invention by American inventor Henry Chamberlain.
Unlike the electronic synthesizers of the day the Mellotron was also “polyphonic,” meaning that several keys could be played at once to produce the pleasing sound of a musical chord.
www.ieee-virtual-museum.org /collection/tech.php?id=2345942&lid=1   (553 words)

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The mellotron, as mechanical and absurd as it was, was the only choice many musicians had if they wanted more than two finger chords on a synthesizer -- until, of course, the ARP String Ensamble hit the market -- so long mellotron -- should have invested some time in research and development.
I write in past tense because the mellotron is no longer a serious instrument for professional use is and more a piece of synth history.
The Mellotron was sucessful because it was polyphonic, in a age of monopho nic instruments.
www.ibiblio.org /emusic-l/rms/Mellotron.txt   (653 words)

 Mellotron - how it works
The Mellotron is a sample replay machine but as it was developed in the early 60's before the invention of solid-state memory, floppy discs or microprocessors then it used lengths of recording tape to store each 'sample'.
Each note on the keyboard [1] of a Mellotron M400 (although the principle is the same for all models) has a six foot length of 3/8" wide tape under it that is attached to a clamp bars at the front and rear of the instrument.
When the key is released then the spring [7] on the bottom roller assembly pulls the tape back to the original position and thus quickly 'rewinds' the tape ready for the next time the note is required.
members.aol.com /tronpage/tronhow.htm   (752 words)

 Moody Blues: mellotron
The first unit produced was the Mellotron Mark-I, an elegant piece of cabinetry, with red mahogany veneer and a highly polished finish.
The Mellotron sound that is most identifiable is the strings, or 3-Violins as they are listed in the Mellotronics library.
Mike was a staunch defender of the Mellotron and appeared in public and on TV in support of the Bradley's instrument.
en.allexperts.com /q/Moody-Blues-528/mellotron.htm   (2862 words)

The Model 400 is the one that gained worldwide notoriety, and made Mellotron a household name (among discerning musicians anyway) even though, in the early days at least, the Model 400 was sometimes confused with analog synthesizers.
Due to the Mellotron’s totally Electro-Mechanical nature and (somewhat clumsy) design, the keyboard was all too susceptible to gremlins and various technical problems.
David has bought all remaining stocks of Mellotron parts and is able to supply any of the original tapes for the machines.
www.melmusic.com.au /articles/mellotron.html   (986 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Description : The Mellotron was a very integral part of a lot of keyboard players setups during the late 60´s and 70´s.
Because the Mellotron doesn’t sound like a string section or a flute player…really…The sounds are weird, like they are coming from the other side.
The Mellotron is one of the pillars sound wise in the studio and it is used every other day.
www.roth-handle.nu /instruments/replay_mellotron400.htm   (2484 words)

 Mellotron CLEAR
Mellotronic's was the original company to develop the Mellotron SM400.
We want to give you an idea of how rare this original #002 Clear Mellotron SM400 truly is. The Smithsonian Institute asked the current owner if he would be willing to let them display the work of genius.
A SMF road case for the Mellotron SM400 and the racks.
www.synthmania.com /mellotron_clear.htm   (428 words)

 Mellotron, the music, and the albums that use it. Music Reviews - Oregon - Hippyland
Mellotron, the music, and the albums that use it.
The Mellotron seemed to have been hibernating in the 1980s, the only one who seemed to be using Mellotron in the '80s was Kitaro.
This album is a real Mellotron lover's delight, not only that, if you're a Gong fan, you're going to need this as Didier Malherbe, Tim Blake, and Steve Hillage all appear on this album (as well as Gilbert Artman of Lard Free, Christian Boulé, and Martin Isaacs).
www.hippy.com /php/review-359.html   (1849 words)

 Mellotron mkVI | History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Being a Mellotron enthusiast since the late 1980s I was more than happy to help out.
He also was instrumental in resurrecting the Mellotron in the early 1990s by many hours of support to Mellotron owners and enthusiasts.
A large part of the original master archive would not have been around today, if it hadn't been for Dave's efforts and his belief that this is a very important part of keyboard history.
rlmusic.co.uk /mals_site/mellotron/history.html   (321 words)

 The Mellotron | MetaFilter
In fact, you could say that the most vulnerable part of Genesis' touring gear of that period was the Mellotron and its, wait for it...
Folks, let's not forget Mellotron's dad, the Chamberlin--the inspired playing of which can be found all over this record.
Yes, but apparently when Jackson bought the rights to the Beatles catalog the Mellotron was part of the deal, and the instrument is now rumored to be in a warehouse in Bahrain, where it is being played by 4 monkeys and a giraffe.
www.metafilter.com /54599/The-Mellotron   (1662 words)

 Mellotron Vintage Synth
The Mellotron is one of the most well known and easily recognized early legends.
Mellotron fans needing all glorious 8 seconds of every note should get the String Boxes CD-ROM.
The Solina Arp String Ensemble was recorded and programmed to give you every sound and knob variation the instrument is capable of, including of course some of our own variations.
www.sonivoxmi.com /ProductDetail.asp?Item=MellotronVintage   (436 words)

 Tom Waits Supplement: Musical instruments   (Site not responding. Last check: )
BF (1987): "Waits had his own arsenal of prehistoric keyboards, the type you don't find on records these days.
It gets old and eventually will die, which makes it actually more human, you're working with a musician that is very old, he's only got a couple more sessions left.
Those Mellotrons, the first time I actually played one, it really thrilled me. It's like you touched somebody on the shoulder, everytime I touch you on the shoulder I want you to play a note.
www.keeslau.com /TomWaitsSupplement/Instruments/mellotron.htm   (686 words)

 The Gatherings Presents: December '04 Workshop
The Mellotron was perhaps the first polyphonic "synthesizer" to be made available to the masses of musical performers who did not intend to haul around a real piano or orchestra.
The Mellotron, as mechanical and absurd as it was, was the only choice many musicians had if they wanted more than two finger chords on a synthesizer - until, of course, the ARP String Ensamble hit the market - so-long mellotron.
The Mellotron is a sample replay machine but as it was developed in the early 1960's, before the invention of solid-state memory, floppy discs or microprocessors, it used lengths of recording tape to store each 'sample'...
www.nothinbut.net /~gather/workshop1204.html   (2200 words)

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