MATRIXSYNTH: Multivox RHYTHM ACE FR6M Vintage Analog Drum Machine

Monday, November 05, 2012

Multivox RHYTHM ACE FR6M Vintage Analog Drum Machine

via this auction

"RARE vintage analog Multivox RHYTHM ACE drum machine model FR6M. There were two versions of this drum machine. One was considered a studio/home model and was in a finished wood cabinet (with no handle on top), and the other was the portable/gigging model, housed in a black Tolex-covered wood cabinet (with a handle mounted on top). This is the latter model, which I personally prefer and believe to be more rare (as I have seen far fewer of them)!

According to ads I've seen (some for sale on eBay actually!), I'm fairly certain that this is a pre-1970 model. Multivox was a rather mysterious American company that "borrowed" many of Roland's (a Japanese company) early synthesizers, drum machines, and other pro audio gear. Interestingly enough, this model (FR6M) is almost identical to the Roland TR 66, save for a few preset names/rhythms and a few of the faceplate graphics. Look up a Roland TR66 online- you'll see the striking resemblance!!! However, I cannot tell you whether this unit was manufactured in the USA or Japan. As far as I know, no one is certain whether Multivox simply rebadged Japanese Roland-made gear (in this case, the Roland TR66), or whether they copied the designs and schematics and manufactured them in the US..."

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