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The American Telstar 1 communications satellite was launched on 10 July, 1962, hotly followed by The Tornadoes’ hit instrumental ‘Telstar’ and Trixon’s cockeyed German-made drum kit which would soon adopt the same name.
It’s the kit Trixon will probably always be remembered for. The conical shells were show-stoppers, though hugely wasteful of wood and plastic wrap. Ivor Arbiter, who had successfully imported Trixon, felt the company had lost the plot with Telstar.
The following year Ringo Starr bought his first Ludwig from Ivor, after which Trixon’s popularity in the UK plummeted.