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Paul Tomashefsky
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:58 pm    Post subject: Conn Multi-Vider Trumpet Effects Box (1970's) Reply with quote

Dear Trumpet Heralders,
Does anyone remember a voice splitting device for winds (Brass/Sax) called a Conn Multi-Vider? it was a small 6 inch by 8 inch unit that could give you and added interval 3rd or fourth above your note on your horn and fill up the horn sound and add certain wah-wah like effects? I believe it was around in the 1970's ??? anyone know of a similar effects unit like this currently being used? and who is making them? Thanks! The mouthpiece was drilled on the shank and a pick-up was attached to the unit . . . . to the amplification system . . . etc. . .


Thanks for any and all info

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe a multi-vider was used on the sax solos in the
song Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic. A great tune
and great band in the 70's.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it was the Multi-divider and we had a guy in our highschool jazz band that had one ( 1973). It was really used alot by a guy named Don Ellis, listen to a chart he wrote called Final Analysis
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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anyone know of a similar effects unit like this currently being used? and who is making them? Thanks!


Sounds like you might need some sort of harmonizer or a multi-effect pedal.
There are several companies and price classes, check out Digitech, Roland & Lexicon for instance.

(If you want to hear an example of what I mean, I use similar effects on the tune "Like Britney" on my myspace-page)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:53 am    Post subject: multi vider Reply with quote

I remember it however I don't know of a modern day replacement for the effects, however I have been contemplating the electroharmonix voice box..that will give you doubling, harmonies or octaves.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the old one had a box that clipped onto your belt and looked like a large pager, it had several small switches that you would use to mix the sounds and all that connected to a amp.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:46 am    Post subject: Re: Conn Multi-Vider Trumpet Effects Box (1970's) Reply with quote

I have seen at least a couple of the Conn Mult-Viders on eBay recently.

http://cgi.ebay.com/CONN-MULTI-VIDER-Rare-60s-Octave-Pedal-In-Box_W0QQitemZ250562107966QQihZ015QQcategoryZ118977QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp4340.m444QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DCRX%26its%3DC%252BS%26itu%3DSI%252BUA%252BLM%252BLA%26otn%3D3%26ps%3D63

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250547587867

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

back in the day you had to have someone drill into your MP to connect this...just an fyi
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Ahern my band director had one which he used on gigs.* He brought it into our middle school to entice us wanna-be's to keep up with mouthpiece buzzing. Dat Dat. Dah Deeee Dah Dat Dat...
We did have fun with the theme to 'The Great Escape', 70's style, amplified, wah-wah'd. In harmony.

* ah, the 70's it was. This guy was like a blond Neil Diamond. My mom liked ND, but his paisley silk shirt opened down to the sternum was a little much for a kid's pops concert, in her dear eyes. "It's A Small World", "Color My World", etc. Pure 6th grade. Pure 1974. (Or was it? I don't remember the 70's, man...) ...But Steve, thanks for the lessons. Sorry your baseball career didn't take off.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a Vox brand model back 1970. Still have the mouthpiece I hooked the pickup to. All it did was give me an octave below and 2 octaves below pitch. It had a line-out so I ran it through a Maestro Echo-plex and a Maestro Ring Modulator,(still have the ring modulator), ala Don Ellis! Also used a combo fuzz/wah pedal on it. Some nifty sounds and gimmicks for the time! Got a chance to meet and have dinner with Don Ellis back in high school where he gave a clinic and concert. Ah, the memories!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one of the Vox ones...Used to plug into an Ampeg B15 bass amp,
set the Vox box to double me at two octaves lower, stick in a harmon mute and play bass! It was hilarious!
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this will help so many trumpet players, young and old


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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a TC Electronics I have used to add an octave below, and an octave below that. It could do much more but adds digital noise if playing high C or above.

I also have an Ampeg B-25 bass amp, but have never been so desperate as to try to use it as a PA.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Vox Ampliphonic Octavider II, with it's original leather case. I also have the Maestro W3 Sound System (for Woodwinds), with the foot switch and the stand.
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