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Jon’s old Mellotron?

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While surfing around on Facebook today, I ran across a picture of a wonderful old Mellotron Mk.II. According to the poster, Streetly Electronics, a British firm specializing in Mellotrons, this instrument was used by Jon on the Book of Taliesyn album.

One comment on the photo mentions that you can hear the Mellotron at about 1:34 into the song Anthem.



11 Comments to “Jon’s old Mellotron?”:

  1. 1
    MacGregor says:

    The old mellotron’s eh? I was watching a few weeks back, a doco on the tron & all the hassles with it, playing wise etc! But I love the sound of them, The Moody Blues & King Crimson always come to mind. I think Steve Wilson has a restored one, he has used recently with his solo recordings. There is also on youtube, a short clip of Mike Pinder demonstrating his classic Moodie’s pieces, wonderful. Cheers.

  2. 2
    Les Hedger says:

    An album that by a band still trying to hit a groove. Some very good songs with “The Shield” being the best IMHO.

  3. 3
    Peter says:

    Fantastic track, great album. All Mk I Albums are brilliant !!!

  4. 4
    mitch says:

    Where would prog be without the Mellotron? Beautiful sound.Never associated it with Purple though.

  5. 5
    Les Hedger says:

    If only Rod Evans could be found. He did a great job on those first 3 albums. Without him, Simper and the hit “Hush”, there might not be a Deep Purple today.

  6. 6
    IKEN says:

    ”soldier of fortune” is another song featureing this strange but wonderful instrument.

  7. 7
    stoffer says:

    Les @2 I agree ‘The Sheild’ is such a good song, totally underrated and underground?!

  8. 8
    Mike Airey says:

    Don actually has a memotron made by a company called Manakin as a rack unit on both Purple rigs. Has some great sounds on it and is very close to the original (and much much easier to use and maintain!) Just thought some on here may be interested…

  9. 9
    AndreA says:

    on next 25th febb. on sale the new whitesnake’s record.

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    Mike@8- yes it is a nifty little modern version of the ‘tron’ & no doubt much easier to deal with in all aspects!
    Still has that ‘old’ sound in many ways also. Cheers.

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