MATRIXSYNTH: Lyricon 1 from 1977 - Unique and Perfect

Friday, December 04, 2020

Lyricon 1 from 1977 - Unique and Perfect

via this auction

Pics of the inside below, also some docs.

"Bill Bernardi was the inventor of the Lyricon, a wonderfully expressive wind instrument. On November 15, 1977, I went to his home in Boston, spent the afternoon being taught, then left with the Lyricon that is for sale here. For the next 25+ years it was a part of my working kit then fell into disuse. I recently decided to have David O'Brien do the complete rebuild, which he did and did well, and offer it for sale. The instrument offered here is without fault.

It is different from all others in that all the knobs have been replaced with ones that are readable in low light and can be manipulated quickly with one hand while working the horn with the other. They are knobs that are designed for use in aircraft and serve well here. All of the original literature and instructions are included. These are necessary to understand the horn and to learn to use it well. Bill was kind enough to supply me with complete schematics and blueprints so that in a pinch, I could keep it running.

If you have interest in the Lyricon and would like to learn how it really works, or if you just want to own it, this is the one. The original manual, the schematics and blueprints, will teach you all you want to know. And you can find the sellers name in the brochure - Lyricon Artists of the World. The first public use of this particular instrument was on July 15, 1978 at the Blackbushe Aerodrome "Picnic". It is just out of sight on Joan Armatrading's left in one of the pictures."

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