Purchase The First Drum Machine Ever Made For $9,500
In this video from Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum, we watch a demonstration of the Chamberlin Rhythmate 40, a tape-loop drum machine that is apparently the first drum machine ever made.
Elverum is selling the rare drum machine on Reverb.com for $9,500, and has described the Chamberlin Rhythmate 40 in further detail:
[…] about ~100 of them were produced in California starting in 1965. The sounds come from 14 tape loops with 3 tracks each, all featuring an actual recording of a human playing the drums.
The tempo is changed by a knob that moves a rubber roller to a different place on a disc. It also includes a tube amp.
The Chamberlin Rhythmate 40 definitely sounds more analog than most drum machines that have became available in the past few decades. If you want to throw down $9,500, it will be yours!