Claptrap Mania

It’s done. I have completed my collection of Claptraps. And to be honest: Until probably two years ago I did not even know that there had been more than the famous digital Claptrap from 1984. Yes! The first Claptrap was analog and it was a Musicaid device, built approximately 1979/80, likely assembled by Dave Simmons himself, followed by the analog Simmons Claptrap (technically the same as the Musicaid but with a humanizer function and a slightly different case) and completed in 1984 by the digital version: the “Simmons Digital Claptrap”, one of Simmons’ most important “bread and butter” products. In fact it was called “digital” because it carries the basic sound on an 8 bit Eprom but this sound is processed by a chain of analog Simmons filters. I am looking forward to provide some sounds of all three devices soon

For whatever reason the two analog versions found their way to Simmonsmuseum much quicker than the Digital version did. I saw dozends of Digital Claptraps passing by on Ebay but I was never willing to pay lots of money for a device in poor condition.Llast week i was lucky

6 Responses to “Claptrap Mania”

  1. Thomas Heckmann says:

    Willkommen im Club -)

  2. jesper says:

    Nice collection… though I still consider mark 1 to be the best looking. I want a mark 2 myself too…
    Any serial to share? How many mark 1’s are around? I’ve seen 005 for sale, I know a guy with “James Bond” (007 that is) and I have “Bill” (008) myself. Hardly a coincidence I guess…

  3. David says:

    Hello – do you know where I could find the service notes for the Digital ClapTrap please? I have one that needs some help…:)

  4. Mike says:

    Must be nice to have three Clap Traps. Do you actually use them, or just collect them?

    • simmonsmuseum says:

      I don’t (or let’s say hardly) use them in a productive environment. If I play them I play them for fun or for demo purpose

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