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The mystery of the brown Music Synthesizer

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

 

-dZ.

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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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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.

 

 

Intellivision Inc slammed Mattel Electronics stickers on the hardware?

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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.

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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!

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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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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:

 

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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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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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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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