PINDERTRON / "Sharayah": Mellotron Mark II #134
Mellotron Mark II #134 was owned by Mike Pinder himself (of the Moody Blues, of course) until its sale in 1973 and was actively used by the new owner for another ten years. From what I understand, it malfunctioned during cycling on stage in 1983. It was put into storage. Later it was purchased Frank Samagaio in 2003.
Frank arranged for Jerry to restore the unit mechanically and do some exterior work, but Jerry was instructed not to restore it too much, as Frank wanted to preserve the pedigree of a Mark II that had been gigged around for many years. As you can see from the above photo, the cabinet and controls were intact on the Pindertron, but the veneer edging was damaged, and there were dings all over. A good chunk of veneer was missing from the lower rear cross member. The flowcoat was cracked (as is the norm). So externally there was a fair bit of restoration to do, even if the intent was not to repair all the battle scars.
If you have a keen eye, look at the various pictures of Mark II Mellotrons in the Moody Blues CD box set. You will notice one with a rear grille with large vertical slots. This is the unit. The slotted rear grille was still there, but although it looks beefy it was pretty flimsy, so Jerry re-created it using better material.
Inside, however, was a different story.
I missed by one day being able to see #134 as it arrived at Jerry's house. I had been there in October on my way back from Toronto to retrieve #1037, but I couldn't stay the extra day. Darn!
So the machine was a sight, and Jerry had his work cut out for him:
Jerry performed the restoration chores throughout the fall and winter (October 2003-March 2004). During the process he took copious video to document what went on, and it's interesting viewing (for 'tron enthusiasts anyway). He also has a ton of pictures, some of which he contributed here.
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