MATRIXSYNTH: Vintage Melodette Stylophone Style Keyboard

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Vintage Melodette Stylophone Style Keyboard

This one is in via Drum Sphere. If anyone out there is familiar with the Melodette let us know! This is the first one to be featured here on MATRIXSYNTH.

"Purchased second hand from a local seller, this board seems to be of 1970s vintage with two octaves and controls for volume, vibrato and tone. It was possibly a kit or maybe a prototype, although I haven’t been able to find any information to confirm this. The keyboard is linked to a closely assembled chain of resistors. When depressed, an individual key pushes a thin tine into contact with a metal band, closing the circuit and (originally) creating sound. The interior circuit board itself is basic, resembling that of a conventional stylophone (not a 350s, unfortunately, in spite of the instrument’s dimensions, speaker size and use of PP9V batteries). It’s currently non functioning and still in the process of repair. Any suggestions as to its provenance are welcome."

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