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Joh Mustad AB IE-50 Tubon Bass Synthesizer

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    Description
    The Tubon is a tube-shaped electronic monophonic instrument with a guitar-strap. It is primary a bass instrument with preset sounds like tuba, contrabass, electric bass etc, and is played staccato. It was made in the late '60s in Gothenburg, Sweden by a company called Joh Mustad AB. The same company also made the tube organs Bergman Klavitron and Klavinette. The Mustad Tubons also seem to have been sold in the UK under the "Livingston" brand.

    Numerous swedish pop and rock acts used this instrument in the late 60s and early 70s, but there are also images showing Paul mcCartney playing one. However, I find no evidence that the Tubon actually found its way onto a Beatles record. Ralf Hütter in Kraftwerk also used one of these in their early years as a bizarre kraut band.

    The obscure and mythical electronic instrument which possibly was the world's first "strap-on"-keyboard. Made in Gothenburg, Sweden in the late 60s by Joh Mustad AB - but also seen branded "Livingston" in the UK.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Square
    Osc Modulation: Keyboard
    Oscillator Notes:
    Four Preset Sounds:
    + contrabass
    + saxophone
    + electric bass
    + woodwind
    LFO
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Square
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 32 keys, Mini-Keys, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 32.5 x 5 inches
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    Audio Output Notes: DIN output cable to 1/4" Phone Jack
    Power: 9V Battery
    Pricing
    Used: $400 - $800
    Production
    Released: 1966
    Used By
    Paul McCartney (Beatles), Ralf Hütter (Kraftwerk), Lådan, Tom Nordbloms, The Shakers, The Rainbows
    Design Notes:

    Designed by Bengt Olof Ingemar Brodin.
    Manufactured by Joh Mustad AB company of Gothenburg, Sweden. It was also said to be made briefly by Livingston of the UK.
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