(via Some Came Running: Mellotron)

"…First off, my long-held supposition that mellotrons used tape loops was entirely wrong. While the concept of a tape loop looks good in one’s head, it is apparently impracticable in reality. Pressing a key on the mellotron, rather, engages a tape strip, which runs over the playback head that pressing the key engages, and the physical tape in the strip actually drops into a narrow box, and at the end of the eight-second duration of the tape strip is SUPPOSED to be automatically rewound for replay. As it turns out, one of the issues with a mellotron (and another thing I learned was that mellotrons have LOTS OF ISSUES) is when the tape strip drops down into the box and just stays there, and then you get a key that’s just silent when you press it…”

(via Some Came Running: Mellotron)

"…First off, my long-held supposition that mellotrons used tape loops was entirely wrong. While the concept of a tape loop looks good in one’s head, it is apparently impracticable in reality. Pressing a key on the mellotron, rather, engages a tape strip, which runs over the playback head that pressing the key engages, and the physical tape in the strip actually drops into a narrow box, and at the end of the eight-second duration of the tape strip is SUPPOSED to be automatically rewound for replay. As it turns out, one of the issues with a mellotron (and another thing I learned was that mellotrons have LOTS OF ISSUES) is when the tape strip drops down into the box and just stays there, and then you get a key that’s just silent when you press it…”

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