MATRIXSYNTH: Rare Elgam R12 (Italy, 1970s) Vintage Analog Drum Machine

Monday, July 05, 2021

Rare Elgam R12 (Italy, 1970s) Vintage Analog Drum Machine

via this auction

This appears to be the first one to be featured on the site.

"This gorgeous analog rhythm box - made in Italy in 1970s - is one of the best electronic drum machine produced by Elgam, the italian brand that also invented the legendary Elgam Carousel in the same years!

Elgam was the Italian brand that produced many legendary instruments, including the Elgam Carousel. Based in Marche, Italy, in the same area where Elka, Eko, Farfisa, Crumar, Jen, Siel, Solton, CRB, etc. were born.

It’s born in 1970s! The item is fully working and in good cosmetical conditions for its age: on the surface there are scratches here and there (please, check all the photos), but the drum machine sounds great and works perfectly!

It has a characteristic fat warm sound especially with a nice tape delay and reverb added. The tempo knob slows things right down and you can get some unintential sounds out of this piece of kit. For example, you could use it running through distortion pedals to get some interesting riff style sounds!

· 12 drum style buttons

· 1 x “break” button (adds fill to each drum beat)

· 1 x start/stop button

· 1 x tempo knob

· 1 x volume knob

· 1 x power on/off button

It's mains powered and on the back it has:

· 1 x removable fuse

· 1 x large jack out

· 1 x pedal out (pedal not included)

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