Mellotron Mark VI / VII
|Years of Production||since 1999|
|Number of Units||Mark VI: 102 – Mark VII: 4|
|Dimensions L x H x P||83.82 x 86.36 x 55.88 cm|
The Mellotron Mark VI was designed by Markus Resh, David Kean’s associate (Mellotron.com).
It takes the main features of the M400 while making several changes.
It now has a tube preamb, and not a transistor preamp anymore.
The wooden cabinet is stronger; it has reinforced corners, and a thicker back. It is lighter than the original cabinets. The cabin finish is available lacquered in different colors (white, black, brown) or varnished mahogany.
The capstan is made of stainless steel, and the belt’s flywheel is slightly heavier, which makes the whole thing more stable.
The screws, bolts and discs are in metric standard. As the British standard (British Association) does not exist anymore, it is very hard to find parts using this standard when you’re out of England.
The motor controller card has a switch aimed at “memorizing” two speeds. An indicator on the control board indicates the selected speed.
The motor is a new model, which is more stable.
The Mellotron Mark VI has a balanced 1/4 inch audio output.
A brand new tape frame has been created. It is lighter and stronger, and it allows to play longer tapes, which advances the time of playing by 20 %.
This new tape frame also fit in the M400 and the Mark V.
The Mark VII is a dual keyboard version of the Mark VI.
Both keyboards are arranged side by side as on the Mark V.
Mark VI #078
Photos: Mikko Uusi-Oukari
Mark VII #02
Photos: Charles Thaxton