M400, Mellotron @ 10 June 2014, Comments Off on Mellotron M400S

“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 Besides the complete restoration, the CMC10 motor controller has been replaced by an SMS2 motor controller, the headblock azimuth has been realigned by Martin Smith at Streetly Electronics (the originators of the Mellotron), I have replaced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

Mellotron @ 13 August 2013, Comments Off on Mellotronics Programme Effects Generator

“Programme Effects Generator” Link

Mellotron @ 30 April 2013, Comments Off on Mellotron M400S

“Extremely rare original early 70’s vintage Mellotron model M400S.
This is the classic model as used by John Paul Jones with Led Zeppelin, Rick Wakeman with Yes, The Moody Blues, and many other rock and prog rock bands.

It is a fully analog tape-based keyboard with three discreet tracks for each key, selectable via a control which shifts the head bank between them or in between for partially combining adjacent tracks.

The serial number of this unit is in the mid-600’s, and it features the improved, more reliable motor control circuitry.
The pitch control works as it should, as do the volume and tone controls.

It still has its original tape frame loaded with the classic flute sounds, and the two tracks are believed to be 8-voice male choir and some type of string sound.

The original white finish is a bit tired, but the overall condition is pretty good considering its age.
The original volume/swell pedal is also present and included.

Although vintage Mellotrons have been sampled and synthesized many times over the years, nothing compares to the tactile experience of playing the real thing.
It’s for those intrepid adventurers who would rather drive a vintage English sports car, than play the video game simulator.

Mellotrons are once again being built by Streetly Electronics in England, with the current model selling for over $7,000. (Replacement parts are also available from several sources.)
Here’s your chance to own an original vintage unit for much less than half the cost of the current models.
It would truly be the crown jewel of any retro/analog recording studio, or vintage keyboard collection.” Link

Mellotron @ 07 August 2012, Comments Off on Mellotron 400S

“mellotron model 400s ser. 288 in ok condition has many nicks and scratches and can use service. 5 or 6 tapes not making sound. has cello, violin’s and male vocals. this unit works and being sold as is and for pickup only” Link

M400, Mellotron @ 01 May 2012, Comments Off on Mellotron M-400S

“Streetly Electronics – Mellotron M-400S

Vintage Mellotron completely restored by TRON DOC / Frank Stickle in 2009.

Buy It Now for only $4600.00 US. This instrument is easily valued at $6000.00 US!

Full electro-mechanical restoration completed on this machine included the following:

· Cleaning and repairing the cabinet and repainting the interior and exterior – white automobile paint inside and out! Black on floor rails, locking castor wheels mounted on floor rails.

– Black plexiglass back panel, side hole with black plexiglass cover for easy wheel grab to pitch bend.

· Disassembly of all components of the Mellotron.

· Cleaning and polishing of all metal components including: all frame rails, keyboard frame components, supports, brackets, bearing blocks, stand-offs, flywheel, drive pulley, track selector, headblock, and all hardware including nuts, bolts, washers and screws.

· A complete rebuild of the keyboard including replacing all separator felts, reconditioning and or replacing pinch rollers as required, jig–rebuilding the keyboard frame, cleaning and straightening all keys setting pressure pads and matching them to the tape heads.

· Setting the azimuth on all tape heads. Clean, demagnetize and anti-static tape heads.

· All appropriate noise suppression modifications.

· Installation of a new SMS-5 pitch control circuit board including all necessary power supply modifications.

· Replace old Bulgin mains socket and power chord with new IEC socket and mains power cord.

· Replace Capstan Bearings with new sealed bearings.

· Replace Volume, Pitch and Tone pots.

· Cleaning and adjusting the motor and setting the tach head.

· All fine tuning and adjustment required.

New tapes installed with new sounds:

1- Birotron choir

2- New string section

3- Ian McDonald classical flute” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

400SM, Mellotron @ 03 January 2012, Comments Off on Mellotron 400SM

“Vintage 1980 Mellotron Model 400SM in Good Condition. Made in Cornwall Bridge, CT, USA.

I am listing this for the original owner. The original paperwork, instructions and schematics are included.

Mellotron is all original with all panels and parts intact. Unit was used in a studio and was not gigged.

PML2 Circuit. Has the original standard tape set.

Fires right up and produces classic Mellotron tone. All keys and functions work properly.

One of the tapes is broken, but can probably be spliced.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

M400, Mellotron @ 12 July 2011, Comments Off on Mellotron M400

“This a Mellotron M400S, S/N 1236 made in the 1970’s. It is in pretty good condition considering it’s almost 40 years old. It comes with 3 fully loaded tape racks. It includes one tape rack carrying case. There are 60 brand new replacement tape heads and 35 used ones (low mileage). There is the muff case, some paperwork and Frank Samagio’s “The Mellotron Book”.. I used to repair Mellotrons and Chamberlains, so I bought this to familiarize myself with the machine. I am not a musician so this ‘tron has very low mileage! I have played it for about 4 hours since I have owned it (early ’80’s). The tape racks consist of the following sounds: Tape rack #1: the basic tape pack; flutes, cellos and violins and is in very good condition. Tape rack #2: another basic tape pack; flutes, cellos and violins and is in good condition. Tape rack #3: is a popular optional tape pack; three violins, brass and mixed choir and is in very good condition. Additionally, there are two reels of used tapes that are in fair to good condition. I cannot recall the various sounds, however the reels are marked mandolin/flutes/choirs and mixed strings/violin/cello. Again, I am not sure what sounds are actually there. I do know that they were removed from a Mellotron that was owned by Rick Wakeman. There is also a very rare (early) control panel plate. I also have some extra hardware (not shown) that was used for customer repairs. This unit has not been abused! The late Richard Burmer last used it for his last (never released) album. He would of purchased it from me however he sadly left us before we could finalize our deal. I do have schematics and service manuals, however I will have to locate them. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

M400, Mellotron @ 14 December 2010, Comments Off on Mellotron M400

“This auction is for a very rare Mellotron. If you found this-you know what it is!

Mellotron M 400 S
serial #886
There were only about 1800 of the M 400’s made!

This Mellotron has been taken very good care of” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Mellotron @ 24 August 2010, Comments Off on Mellotron VI

“Mellotron mk VI (white cabinet finish). in great like new condition;

Comes with flute, choir and cello tapes. great deal and a great addition to any studio!!!

Interior pics added…. this unit mechanically and cosmetically is basically brand new and the internals are immaculate and its priced to sell!

heres a comparison on the mk vi and the mellotron m400…..The exterior of the Mellotron Mk VI looks like a the vintage Mellotron 400. Its functions and features are preserved in the new model. The keyboard has wooden keys like the old Mellotrons and the tape frames (3 instrument sounds per frame) are interchangeable. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

Mellotron @ 10 August 2010, Comments Off on Mellotron VI

“Here we have a perfect working & clean cosmetic condition Mellotron VI for auction.

This wonderful warm sounding instrument (with a tube output) has been well looked after
in a smoke free studio and has never been on the road.

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Included with the actual Mellotron :

Custom made road-case on wheels with an easily detachable lid.
(The keyboard is pictured in the lower half of the road-case)

Four tapes with three sounds on each set (see list below)
Male choir
Female choir
Celeste
Harp solo
Harp roll
Cello
M300 strings
M viola
Piano
Solo vocal
M Cello
Pizzicato Strings

Three cases for the tapes as pictured (One tape stored in the machine).” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

400SM, Mellotron @ 22 June 2010, Comments Off on Mellotron 400SM

“his is a very nice original Mellotron. #1618, May 1976. It has spent its whole life in homes or studios, as attested by the clean finish and known history. I’ve owned it for the better part of 10 years, and know it was well cared for through the last couple decades. The second tape frame still has its original box, it was addressed to Ocean Records in Indianapolis and the few newspapers still inside from original packing are from 1980. From any view down through the innards, this is a pretty clean machine. It has definitely never lived in a garage.

Other really good things about this Mellotron: two tape frames, the headblock was azimuth aligned by Streetly about three years ago and is singing beautifully, the SMS2 motor controller card (keeps pitch no problem with an 8 finger chord), and I’ll send you numerous extras assuming I can find them all like a copy of The Mellotron Book, The Rime Of The Ancient Sampler CD, a framed original Mellotron ad, and a demagnetizer. Yes, we spell it with a ‘z’ for the friends in the UK.

The tape frames have a bit of redundancy in the sounds. One has 3 Violins, 16 Violins, and Cello, and the other has Violins, Cello, and Flute. So what you’ll probably want to do is order at least one set of new tapes, and it’ll be a lot cheaper installing them in one of these frames than it would be to buy a whole new frame. Speaking of which, I have a couple additional new frames I’ve bought from Streetly that I will be selling separately, with first rights at a modest price to the winner of this auction. I will say of the included frames with this machine that I personally don’t hear any differences in the sound quality from the original tapes versus the brand new frames I have, although the 2nd frame with the flutes has the start marker cut at the wrong point (edge of spill box, not right over the heads).

This Mellotron is about as nice as you are going to find without buying a brand new one or one that’s been through a $2,000 restoration. It is perfectly, very nicely, playable as is and will send shivers up your spine to hear those haunting strings, and put a smile on your face every time you walk by and glance at it. The only issues are a few slightly warped keys as you can see towards the top end of the keyboard. You can play it just fine, they don’t really affect the machine, but obviously you’d prefer to have them all perfectly straight. The other thing is, as you’ll find on any original Mellotron, the action is a little stiff. Really, the only thing I think this could use at all is a little service to the pinch rollers to get them spinning a little more freely, or perhaps a new set of rollers. Then you could really lighten up the action. But, I must emphasize again, this is not a basket case. It is not bad, or abnormal. ANY original Mellotron will be just the same (or much much worse).

I have tremendously enjoyed my time as a proud owner of one of these magnificent machines, but the new way of the world (economy and all) and fatherhood compels me to sell at this value range. I salute all those brethren who lovingly care for these machines, the impact they’ve provided on the music that’s shaped our lives speaks for itself.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

400SM, Mellotron @ 22 June 2010, Comments Off on Mellotron 400SM

“Mellotron Model 400SM circa 1970’s with volume pedal and custom hardshell calzone case. Very good condition and plays well. Whisper quiet. Updated motor card. Newer rack of tapes and original tapes as well. Never gigged with. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.

M400, Mellotron @ 22 June 2010, Comments Off on Mellotron M400

“1978 Mellotron M400!
#1338 in Very Excellent Condition! Worldwide Shipping in Anvil Case!

ITEM: For your consideration is this vintage 1978 Mellotron M400 keyboard. Favored by many musical giants from the 1960’s to the present, the Mellotron is the signature sound of countless hit songs like The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever”, The Stones’ “2000 Light Years From Home,” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” The M400 model, the iconic white Mellotron, is still quite rare. Though they were manufactured from 1970-78, there were only about 1800 made, and significantly less are still working, or even in existence.

This example, #1338, is a great example, as : A) it works, B) it works perfectly with no issues, and c) is in about as good shape cosmetically as you’re likely to find anywhere. Additionally, this example is all-original, from the tape/tape heads, to the motor, to the electronics to the cabinet – this unit is now as it was back in ’78.

Mechanically, everything in this unit is in good working order: the 3-way selector switch, Volume, Tone and Pitch control all work without any scratching, popping, noise, or intermittence, the motor runs smoothly, and the original tape rack works perfectly. Also included in this auction are the original Bulgin power cable, and volume pedal, both of which are in perfect working condition, and look fantastic to boot.

Cosmetically, they don’t get much better than this! There are, naturally, a few small superficial flaws (2 dings, one each on the top left and right corners), however, the overall condition is worthy of display with even the finest vintage instrument collections, if not in a museum. While the exterior is in very excellent condition, the one wood panel in between the keyboard and the control panel appears to have been oversprayed, as has the portion on the back panel where the placard would be. ALL of the components display matching serial numbers.

The ‘Tron comes with the original standard tape frame, including: Violin, Cello, and Flute. The custom-made ATA Anvil case, is not included with the keyboard, and will be used to protect the ‘Tron for transport anywhere in the World. We will arrange pickup and shipment back to our facility. Please be sure to examine our many photographs to your right, all of which are of the actual instrument.”

M400, Mellotron @ 17 November 2009, Comments Off on Mellotron M400

m400 “I’m selling my vintage Mellotron M400 keyboard. It is in excellent working and cosmetic condition. It has the Flute/Violins/Cello tape frame. I prefer local pick up, if you would like to ship it you are welcome to arrange and pay for it.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.