Ebay of the Day: Strap-on giant accordion thing

I think Dave speaks for us all when he writes: "Yahh!! (hork, gasp, choke) WHAT!! IS!! THIS!! THING??" And the answer is... I'm not sure. It's an attachment for an electronic accordion. "It has the same switches that are on the accordion. Light in weight and a show stopper. Only 12 of these were ever made." Imagine the kind of band you could form if you found the other 11.


Comments:
its a keytar!
 
Looks rather like an oversized Tubon
 
I found it while making my daily eBay search for "elka" (et al). Those crazy eye-talians.
 
I was intrigued by anonymous's post, did a bit of research, and totally failed to find any information (let alone a picture) of a Livingston Tubon Synth. One came up on eBay in 2003, but that's it. Anyone?
 
"The A-Z of Analogue Synthesisers" has a brief description:

"Strap-on, two and a half octave, battery operated bass keyboard. Users include: Believed to have been used by Ralf Huetter of Kraftwerk on some very early albums; definately used by Mike Rabin. Electronic bass sounds [...] Basically a tube, with mini-keyboard at right-hand end, left-hand controller near the top, and a chrome speaker at very top (left hand) end."

According to the book, the Tubon was made in the 60s.
 
I've seen one of these in person. A few years ago I took up accordion and so would go to an accordion fix-it shop in Cicero, Illinois USA (near Chicago). They had one in back, but lacked the module to hook it up to. I had no idea they were rare, but almost had the convinced to sell it to me for $75. He didn't sell it because he thought I'd get mad and try to return it when it didn't work. Damn, that thing is cool.
 
Those awesomely tacky tabs on the back make it look like a reverse SH 1000 or SH 2000 stuck in a tube.
 
I sold the Tubon on ebay back in 2003.
Some pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/84056801@N00/171896506/
 
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hi my name is bob ,i have an original black and silver tubon from the sixties with original tube case for it ,it all works fine last time i tested it can anyone tell me how much it may be worth ? thanks bob
 
Hey!
I recently bought a pretty good condition TUBON on eBay.
It works and looks great.
Only problem: it doesn't have an ON-OFF switch!!!
Only way to switch it on or off is by removing the battery, after removing the circular right side panel.
Can this be right?
On the manual there's no switch mentioned either...
Hmmm...bizarre. Anyone know anything?
Cheers,
Danny Peyronel
 
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