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#1 Intymike OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:48 AM

Normally one would say, the grey Music Synthesizer is for the North American market and the brown one is for the international market.

But from the three brown Synthesizers I own, one has the NA labels on it. It seems a small amount of brown ECS stuff was made for people who wanted fitting extensions for their Intellivision I.

Maybe that's already known.

 

My four Music Synthesizers:

 

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The International label with model no. 4630:

 

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The NA labels with Model No. 4188 and also the special orange label:

 

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Edited by Intymike, Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:49 AM.


#2 JasonlikesINTV OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:09 AM

The first rule of Intellivision Club is that there are countless exceptions to the rules of Intellivision Club.

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:32 PM

Intymike, would you consider selling or trading one of those?  I'd be interested in an Intellivision music keyboard.

 

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:24 PM

The first rule of Intellivision Club is that there are countless exceptions to the rules of Intellivision Club.


Lol!

#5 mr_me OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:16 PM

In 1984, Intellivision Inc acquired Mattel's Intellivision inventory. This would have included items in various stages of packaging. Things like this might have been a result of their completing what they had from the loose items in their inventory.

#6 Intymike OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:34 PM

In 1984, Intellivision Inc acquired Mattel's Intellivision inventory. This would have included items in various stages of packaging. Things like this might have been a result of their completing what they had from the loose items in their inventory.

 

 

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:35 PM

I don't think they would throw them away.

It could have been Mattel. Very few of these were manufactured, and the end of Mattel Electronics was near.

Edited by mr_me, Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:39 PM.


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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:37 PM

I agree with mr_me's thoughts.  It seems likely that at the very end, Mattel / Intellivision Inc. / INTV Corp. would just use existing inventory to meet whatever rapidly shrinking demand remained.  We've seen this a lot with consoles, so it should not be too surprising that it happened with these.

 

It's an awesome item!



#9 Intymike OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:47 AM

Intymike, would you consider selling or trading one of those?  I'd be interested in an Intellivision music keyboard.
 
   -dZ.


I probably will part from one of the brown ones. But the shipping costs from Europe to the US would be very high.

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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:30 AM

I need to get a Inty keyboard too.. I hope more homebrews will make use of it.

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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:05 PM

This reminds me of something. Growing up in New Jersey, it seemed that the area (specifically northern NJ) got Intellivision stuff sooner than other places on the East Coast. Was NJ some kind of test market or "first run" region for Mattel back then? We had a console failure once, a friend also did, and we were both able to drive about 40 minutes north and get a repair.

 

 

 

 

Normally one would say, the grey Music Synthesizer is for the North American market and the brown one is for the international market.

But from the three brown Synthesizers I own, one has the NA labels on it. It seems a small amount of brown ECS stuff was made for people who wanted fitting extensions for their Intellivision I.

Maybe that's already known.

 

My four Music Synthesizers:

 

attachicon.gifIMG_9421.jpg

 

The International label with model no. 4630:

 

attachicon.gifIMG_9411.jpg

 

attachicon.gifIMG_9420.jpg

 

The NA labels with Model No. 4188 and also the special orange label:

 

attachicon.gifIMG_9413.jpg

 

attachicon.gifIMG_9416.jpg

 

attachicon.gifIMG_9417.jpg



#12 mr_me OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2019 11:42 AM

Mattel had an Intellivision "sales" office in Englewood, NJ. In Canada, there were ten intellivision service centres, two of them were in Toronto.

Mattel probably had good Intellivision distribution in 1981/82 but retailers started dropping them in 1983. I never saw an ecs computer module on store shelves, didn't even know it was released. Did anyone here see the music keyboard in a store in 1983?

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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2019 12:58 PM

Mattel had an Intellivision "sales" office in Englewood, NJ. In Canada, there were ten intellivision service centres, two of them were in Toronto.

Mattel probably had good Intellivision distribution in 1981/82 but retailers started dropping them in 1983. I never saw an ecs computer module on store shelves, didn't even know it was released. Did anyone here see the music keyboard in a store in 1983?

Im sure I seen one in a dept store back then.
Not sure if it was Eatons/Simpsons /or Sears
But I do remember looking at it and thinking wow.




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