PINDERTRON / "Sharayah": Mellotron Mark II #134
There was a buzz around the Korb Compound on the first day of Spring 2004. We were all anxious to see the restored Mark II #134 revealed to its new owner!
And now...THE UNVEILING!
With the top repaired and edging all new, the front board beneath the keyboards reworked, the veneer on the lower right side and the back, the touchup of the flowcoat on the remainder of the machine, and the new back panel, it's a fine transformation from what was before to a machine that not only looks (and plays) great but also preserves that "pedigree" that Frank Samagaio wanted. Yes, you can still see some of the cracked flowcoat and dings on the sides, but it's all part of the machine's history.
The insides are nicely refinished, and the wires are tidy. Everything is labeled (and documented) to make future work on the machine easier.
A while later I realized something was amiss. From behind the video camera I remarked, "Hey, it's too quiet in here!" These guys were so caught up in how the machine looked that they forgot that it actually did something that was audible. Jerry had the Pindertron's outputs plugged into the amps on the JK-MK6, and #134 was fired up and began making some beautiful sounds.
When compared to Julia, Jerry's Mark I, the sound differences are staggering. If you play 3-violins on Julia, you hear King Crimson with bright violins. On Sharayah you hear the Moody Blues with a somewhat compressed and duller sound larger in the lower end. Jerry explained that the other Mellotrons have a built in equalization curve to brighten up the higher end, but the Mike Pinder preamp does not. Thus, the Moody Blues right out of the box.
Yeah, it was worth it. Eh, Frank?
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