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Electro Harmonix Mel-9 Mellotron Pedal

Some of my favorite music, going way back, features the sound of the Mellotron, a keyboard instrument that used tape loops of actual strings, choirs, flutes, and cellos to provide orchestration for a working band. This is the sound of the Moody Blues, Beatles, King Crimson, and Genesis among others. You could hear it on songs like David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and Led Zep's "Kashmir."  Mellotron keyboards were notorious for breaking down and they weighed a lot. Taking one on tour was a lot of frustration for many of the bands listed above--but that SOUND! It would give you goosebumps on top of your goosebumps! Years ago, I had a Roland guitar synth (the G707/GR707) that I could get some orchestral sounds out of, but the tracking was horrible, and nothing got that cool choir sound. I gave up on pitch-to-digital conversion using hex pickups and 25-pin cables. Now, many years later, Electro Harmonix worked out all the bugs and put the sound of the Mellotron in