White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

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White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by drsynth » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:49 pm

I used to play in a band that used an Elka string synth. It was small and white (or cream) colored and had maybe a 46 key bed. The controls were on the left and included volume and a couple of sliders for timbral changes. I can't recall the exact configuration.

Anyway, I don't remember the model. It was very cool sounding but not exactly the same as the Rhapsody which was much more popular and is still easy to find.

Any one know?

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Re: White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by drsynth » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:56 pm

Here is a photo of the right side of the keyboard. I don't know if I have another of the whole thing. It's just left of the Arp Axxe.

If I can stir one up, I'll post it here.

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Re: White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by idiotboy » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:57 pm

Maybe the Rhapsody 490?

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Re: White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by drsynth » Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:10 pm

Could be. The one we played was not black but the control looks familiar.

Too many years ago to define it as exact. If this is it then I guess it was a RHapsody but just not the model you normally see. Those are larger with a few controls on the top deck above the keyboard. I think TD used to use it pretty extensively in the early "Berlin School" days.

We usd ours with a Maestro Phase Shifter and I would jam 9 volt batteries in the keys to creat a drone while I was playing bass guitar and bass pedals or the Hammond and Arp. Pretty funny in hindsight.

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Re: White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by Syn303 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:31 pm

What you are describing could be the beige coloured Hohner String Vox (Which is really a re-badged Elka Rhapsody 490) sold under Hohner for the international market.

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Re: White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by Micke » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:52 pm

The Elka Rhapsody 490 was also sold under the name Hohner International String-vox. This is the one
pictured above. Most of the keyboards marketed and sold by Hohner International (UK and Belgium)
were manufactured in Italy by companies such as Elka, Elex and Logan.
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Re: White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by Micke » Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:17 pm

Btw, the Elka Rhapsody 490 came in beige/cream color too. Also, there was a beige/brown/silver version of the model
610. The one that Peter Baumann used with TD in the mid-to-late '70s had this color setting.
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Re: White Elka Keyboard (what model?)

Post by drsynth » Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:06 am

That's the one. I just remember it as "the Elka". It probably had an Elka tag on it somewhere. It wasn't until years later that I realized what the brand was.

Thanks Synth303. Another mystery solved!

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