Vako Orchestron Optical Disc Sampler

The Vako Orchestron is an old-school style optical competitor to the Mellotron.

The Orchestron, which was adapted from the Mattel Optigan, was introduced in 1975 by Dave Van Koevering. It was intended to be a competitor to the Mellotron, but it never really took off.

More information about the Orchestron and related instruments is available at the Optigan site.

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  1. I was a customer and frequent visitor of Dave V’s music store on Central Ave in St. Pete FL during the period that the Orchestron was being developed. I recall the day that Dave showed me and a few others the Optigan that he had gotten from some sales rep. It was just a toy but we all thought that it was cool. Everyone had their eye on a mellotron of course but this held promise for something similar in a bit more portable form.

    Just thought and acdote from that time period might be of interest.

    Ray Eales

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