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Four Chilton Talentmaker Discs on eBay

Posted by peahix on February 10th, 2010

For the handful of Talentmaker owners out there, here’s a rare chance to add a few discs to your collection:

Beguine (sold for $159.50, 5 unique bidders)

Bossa Nova (sold for $203.50, 4 unique bidders)

Organ (sold for $177.50, 3 unique bidders)

Waltz Guitar (sold for $405.00, 4 unique bidders)

For the record, I didn’t bid on any of these, nor was I the seller.

7 Responses to “Four Chilton Talentmaker Discs on eBay”

  1. Walkathon Says:

    Estimation of Talentmakers actually produced?

  2. peahix Says:

    very hard to say. roy chilton passed away before i had a chance to interview him. i interviewed his brother, but he had very little information. the extreme rarity of the talentmaker suggests that a maximum of maybe 50 might be a good guesstimate.

  3. Tony Says:

    yeah but if you put one of these records into an optigan does it work properly or is it all F’ed up like the Orchestron discs in an optigan? Do we have to bid against you pea for them?

  4. araybee Says:

    Here’s an excerpt from an email I sent to Pea in November when we were exploring making copies of Talentmaker discs:

    I did some measurements on the Talentmaker discs, and the only thing they have in common with the Optigan discs is the outside diameter of the disc and that the disc is made from the same type of film stock.

    Comparing the Talentmakers disc to the Optigan spec:
    1. The center hole is 0.2380″ (same as a size “B” twist drill). The Optigan center hole is 0.250″
    2. The number of tracks = 60. Optigan has 57.
    3. The position of the tracks fall exactly between the position of the Optigan tracks.

    So Chilton appears to have intended to make the Talentmaker disc incompatible with Optigans. Even if the center hole was the same, it still wouldn’t play right (max crosstalk on every note).

  5. Tony Says:

    Phew! Thank god I didnt waste my money buying the records then!!!

  6. Walkathon Says:

    Heh, 405 bones for a single Talentmaker disc.

  7. Pablo Says:

    The seller also has the Talentmaker Machine for sale along with the remainder of the talentmaker disc collection and a orchestron w/ discs for sale.

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