“Up for bid is a 1972 Mellotron M400S, serial #500. I am the original owner. Even though this Tron was completed on 11/27/72, It has only had 16 years of actual use because it was in storage from 1977 to 2003. This Tron is being sold with one of the following tape frames of your choice. All frames are less than 2 years old and are laced with premium EMI tape. The frames are of a superior design that Streetly Electronics developed just a few years ago and are much better than the original frames. If you choose not to select one of these frames and order one from Streetly, you can subtract $500 from the final price.
1) Cello / Chamberlin Violins / Cyndee Lee Rule’s Viola
2) MkII 6C (Church) Organ / MkII Violins / Italian Accordion
3) Woodwind 2 / String Section / Birotron Choir
4) French Horn / Clarinet-B / Chamber Woodwinds
5) GC3 Brass / Angry Strings / Male/Female Choir Split
6) Mixed Brass B / Les Bradley Orchestra / 8 Choir
There is no other Mellotron like this one. It was fully restored down to the last screw by Jerry Korb, the “Mellotron Professor” in 2005 and has languished in my home studio since then. In other words, it was completely disassembled, all parts cleaned and polished, cabinet reinforced and refinished in walnut stain with black cheek blocks and feet. Unlike later versions of the M400, the cabinet on this one is real wood and not pressed board. Besides the complete restoration, the CMC10 motor controller has been replaced by an SMS2 motor controller, the headblock azimuth has been realigned by Martin Smith at Streetly Electronics (the originators of the Mellotron), I have replaced all the pinch rollers and drive belt, and I also replaced the felt strip under the keyboard with a leather strip from Streetly that has greatly improved the keyboard action over that of a stock M400. In fact, it’s one step closer to the action on a MkII with a deeper 3/8″ key throw and minus the mushiness found on all factory M400′s. THIS TRON PLAYS BETTER NOW THAN WHEN IT WAS NEW! Also included in this auction is an original padded Protect-O-Muff, a Yamaha FC7 volume pedal, a VHS video tape of the restoration and any documentation that I may have.” Link