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Average rating: 2.8 out of 5
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UltraWill a professional user from USA writes:
Bought the year I was born, this little box has set in a box decorated with libertarian bumper stickers in my dad's dining room for almost twenty years. After grabbing some pizza earlier, we went back to his place to take a look at another drum machine (which remains a mystery, we think he gave it to someone). After being disappointed over the unknown wherabouts of the first drum machine, he broke out this little guy. He went about his business and I plugged it into his old guitar amp. I played around a bit with it, and after a while I thought "Man, this thing really does suck something fierce." BUT THEN, I switched on the spring reverb on the amp, and HOLY MACKERAL this thing sounds nice with it. I took it to my apt. and recorded some loopage onto Cool Edit and brought the loop into Fruity Loops, where I have all my VST FX and compressed it like mad and slapped some reverb and delay on it, and with proper fiddling, the Mister Ten can definately make some unique sounds!

Of course, unsyncability and general hard-to-manipulate-ness gives it a low score in the end, but if you see one of these puppies in a second hand store for 20 bucks, don't hesitate!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-2004 at 22:24
chris patterson from Harrow-UK writes:
brand new 1984.89 english pounds. a bit limited but you could switch between multiple patterns mid song. Featured heavily on The Glass Bureau's album the same year. mine died a few years later and though I rarely used it in it's old age, my heart filled with joy when I found one in a junk shop last year, the manager could'nt bring himself to charge for it. The waltz is cute (march). It's annoyingly tinny apart from the kick and needs bags of bass and reverb for recording. analogue BPM control so your songs are annoyingly different every time. You could create auto stop/start if you attached a two pence piece to the start button with blu-tak. I might never use it again but I could never part with it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-31-2001 at 09:31
Seven a professional user from USA writes:
I bought a MR-10 new back in 1983 (or around then). Retail on the bugger was $99.95 US. I still have the box for it somewhere. The bass drum is the one saving grace of this machine. It has an interesting thunk-thack type sound. The cym sounds are wack and aren't worth using but tuning the snare sound to the lowest setting makes from a pretty good sound. This is an interesting machine for sample use, but sadly it will find itself collecting dust in a modern MIDI setup. That said, I'm not planning on getting rid of mine any time soon.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-13-2001 at 21:18
Isopo Kamuy a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Well, I guess I really should have bought it now that's its haunting me. I went pawn shop hopping and saw this funny looking silver box with five big round buttons on it sitting on a shelf behind some guitar f/x. They pull it out for me and what the f***? It has a tune knob, this sucker must be analog. So I plug it into a tiny little amplifier and I'll be damned if it doesn't have a punchy-ass kick drum.

The snare reminds me of a KR55 or DR55 and so isn't too unique (it really sounds more like a very percusive tish thand a snap), the toms are nice and analog blippy and the cymbal is okay, but that bass drum, it's quite unique.

Unfortunately the unit has no MIDI, no SYNC, no Trigger (not even IN). The only ports on it are for a power adapter, the mono audio output, and a port for the bass drum which I can't remember the name of (hey, if it's a trigger in that would make the thing worthwhile, now I'm getting even more sorry I didn't buy it).

The price tag was $45, the guy said he'd take $40, but I didn't want to pay more than $20 for something with no syncability (I recall vividly the frustration of the DR55 and 110). But the sound of this forgotten beatbox is haunting me, the preset patterns were actually quite groovy, and that tone knob tuned all the sounds at once for a really trippy effect. Anymore info would be appreciated from anyone out there who knows more about this unit. If I make it back into town before it sells I may own it soon. . .

Okay, so I don't own it yet, but I still give it a 2 (sound is a 5 for analog sounds, but w/no syncing options it gets low marks).

posted Friday-Oct-13-2000 at 04:13
giovanni alexi a hobbyist user from usa writes:
had this unit.it was great analog drum unit.I got a kick out of being able to combine multiple patterns by pressing multiple pattern buttons at once and got some cool combo patterns.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-26-2000 at 22:45
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