New! Old! Whippany Electronics MELOSONIC 350 Combo Organ

Just scored this little retro curiosity for REAL CHEAP. I’m really excited for what I might end up doing with some of these old Combo Organs. Click on these images to enlarge.

It has a few issues and it will definitely need some TLC, but I’m very thankful for this awesome article on the “synthrepair” blog. Check it out for some great repair tips, and some decent shots of the organ’s innards.

Issues: the lowest E flat key is missing (I’ll probably never find a white one, so I think I might carve one out of hardwood or something). You can’t shut off the internal rhythm unit. There is a stuck note. Some keys are out of tune.

I also plan to take the hinges off of the keyboard lid so that it can actually be removed. Then the keyboard enclosure will become a good place for small keyboards and other gadgets. The Poly-800II seems to fit the space rather perfectly, but I could imagine some combo of a drum machine, the MS-20, the Microbrute, perhaps an fx pedal or two – this is actually the first self-standing keyboard I’ve ever owned and the possibilities excite me more than they would probably excite a normal person.

OM Reunion Project Summer Solstice Festival 2014

ORP Summer Solstice 2014

Let’s get dirty again!

It’s that time of year. Fun, frolic, community, awakening, cleansing. Singing, dancing, art, and workshops all intertwined with nature’s fragile beauty.

OM Reunion Project web site

Facebook event page

This year’s entertainment includes Juggernaut friends Dharma Lab, VJ Guy, Hans Ohm, Kristian Moonflower, LeeLee Mishi, Lexifer, Loopsy Dazy, The Love Orchestra, Machine Elf, martin fazekas, Mental Floss, Mr.Figgs, Mythrophan, nebula, purrpelle, Rollin’ Cash, safety dept, siren sativa, Soma: Space Time Trip, SpooloopS, T-Minus, TRANSISCO, Virtual Light, Zum One — and many, many more!

Check out the full 2014 Entertainment Line-up!

DJ BootsBoogie on “Got Bent!” Radio Vol. 1

DUZ Recordings presents :Got Bent! Radio Show – Volume 1

This is an exclusive mix for an upcoming event June 14 2014 “Lift Off” in Syracuse NY. BootsBoogie from Toronto ON will be coming down to drop an extended set. Boots is one of Syracuse’s favorite artists coming up from the Canadian underground music scene. In the future Boots plans to have original productions and remix releases out on DUZ Recordings. Djing for well over a decade Boots’ mixes and track selection are always tight and on point. Playing a groovy jackin soulful big bass style he will keep your feet moving start to finish. He always plays high energy music and is a blast to watch. Huge thanks to Boots for putting together this special set, we will have hard copies available at the show June 14, 2014 hope to see you out! Thanks for your support!

Check out more of BootsBoogie @

Toronto Disco/ I know U Care/ Dis’funktion/ Trip The Light Fantastic/ Forever Sessions/ Boogie Basics/DUZ Recordings

Facebook Event Page for LIft Off June 14 2014
www.facebook.com/events/668265509894284/

LINKS

@djbootsboogie

http://www.house-mixes.com/profile/bootsboogie

http://www.residentadvisor.net/profile/bootsboogie

http://twitter.com/DJBootsBoogie

The PAX PX-8 Echo Chamber (Tape Delay)

Here’s a new addition to the Studio Nebula family. It’s a “PAX Echo Chamber”.

PAX PX-8 Front Panel

The PAX PX-8 Echo Chamber Front Panel.

I can’t find any image or reference to this exact device anywhere on the internet. It appears that this PAX PX-8 is functionally identical to the “SOLEC SE-3″. There are other PAX PX-8 machines with a black face, which appear identical to the SOLEC SE-8. After finding some pictures of the SE-8 on the web, it appears that the black-faced unit offers continuously variable tape speed (delay time) control, while this earlier unit uses a 6-position switch.

Unfortunately for me, on my unit the first 4 positions are all the same speed – meaning my Pax has only 3 possible delay times. I’m not going to try to repair it, I’ll mod it instead.

It sounds surprisingly nice. I expected a lot more noise, and I also expected the echo quality to degrade rapidly if left continuously repeating. I am beyond pleased with how nice it sounds … perhaps even “tickled”.

Still, this unit needs a couple of important modifications:

  • Conitnuously variable Tape Speed. The motor is connected to the circuit board with 3 wires. The label says the motor is powered by 13.2 VDC. I think I’ll use a potentiometer wired to a transistor to vary the voltage supplied to the motor.
  • Effects loop mode. The dry signal is always present at the output jack, and it’s quite a bit louder than the delayed signal. This is OK for in-line use with an instrument, but not suitable for processing an effect send. I’m thinking the best solution is to add a pot to attenuate the dry signal. This way, I’ll be able to turn the dry signal down to zero for fx loop mode, and if I’m using it in line with an instrument, I’ll be able to get a wetter instrument-to-echo ratio.

    This echo is in really good shape cosmetically, so I am reluctant to add any controls to the front panel. Replacing the rotary switch with a pot won’t change the device’s appearance, but the “dry level” is an additional control. It is unlikely that anybody would want to adjust the dry level during normal use – I see it as a set-and-forget knob, so I guess I’ll put it on the rear panel, in the cord compartment, near the tape cartridge.

I was quite taken by this cool-looking thing when I first saw it. Still, even though it’s in excellent condition, I think I probably paid too much.

The seller lives in Mississauga, and he reminds me a lot of … me. I hope to interact more with him in the future.