MATRIXSYNTH: Vintage Mid-70’s Hammond Auto-Vari 64 Analog Drum Machine SN 441984

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Vintage Mid-70’s Hammond Auto-Vari 64 Analog Drum Machine SN 441984

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"Designed for little old ladies to plop on top of their mid-70’s solid state Hammond organs and borrowing from early Roland technology, the controls are accessible, easy to operate and indeed, quite varied. You have 16 basic beats grouped by musical style with names like “Liverpool, Western Shuffle and Afro Latin. Once Eunice got her basic groove going she could then jazz the beat up by punching the A,B,C or D buttons which add new sounds and get more complex, with “A” being the simplest and “D” the most complex- hence the “Vari.”

More modern users are now running effects through the signal of these things are are coming up with some very creative loops. There’s also a mute switch (Silent Sound) a “Measures” dial running from 1/2 to 16, an “Auto-Vari on/off function and tempo and volume control dials. Best of all are those famous ‘70’s “boom-chic” drum sounds! The single 1/4” out on the back opens up a world of possibilities beyond grandma’s living room.

Everything operates as it should. Cosmetically there’s some scuffing on the end trim and heavy scuffing on the bottom. (I think this thing may have seen a piano bar or two in it’s day.) All in all though it works beautifully and still looks pretty darn good."

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