In my endless quest to supply pictures of the ancient instruments that were almost impossible to play but were actually used on recordings of the time, I have enclosed a few pictures of a keyboard that came into my posession recently.

It is very similar to the clavioline which played the solo on Del Shannons Runaway and The Tornados Telstar but possibly predates it.

Manufacture started in 1952 and thousands were sold but few survive - 13 actually with mine and this one has the lowest serial number of them all.

I plugged it in and it worked up to a point.I selected the lower octave sound and bugger me, there was the exact sound of a solo I remembered on a novelty record from the mid fifties called LITTLE RED MONKEY by a female singer whose name escapes me.

Geoff Parkinson 




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