Elka Drummer One

*SOLD, but we are working on another! - Get in touch now* One of our favourite beatboxes of...

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*SOLD, but we are working on another! – Get in touch now*

One of our favourite beatboxes of all time. For sale in excellent condition and perfect working order following a service (including extensive re-capping) by our techs. 

Dating from c1969, this uncommon beatbox is an Italian-made machine used by many seminal Krautrock bands in the late sixties and early seventies – Harmonia, Cluster, Roedelius, Kraftwerk etc – it was badged as Echolette in Germany.

Rarity and pedigree are one thing, but what really floored us is the sound and how playable the Elka Drummer One is. The drums are gloriously woody and cymbals/hats pleasingly analogue; very classy and distinct from those found in more common beatboxes. Add in some tape delay and a touch of spring reverb and you could be in a battered VW camper driving along a monochrome autobahn from Düsseldorf to Forst. As soon as we heard our first Drummer One, we knew it was staying in the studio – see demos below. Happily, we now have another available.

Programmable drum machines were a long way off in 1969, but the Elka features rotary volume pots that allow swift creation of varied rhythms on the fly simply by dialling in/out the individual drum sounds. Naturally, you can engage more than one rhythm at once by pressing the selector buttons down together, creating more complex polyrhythms.

CONDITION: In excellent cosmetic condition with some minor scuffs and dings on and around the face. The case is very clean with minimal signs of wear or age. See photos for more information on cosmetic condition.

Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world.

Demos of another Elka Drummer One we had through:


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