A legendary piece of audio history is about to go up for auction... This custom made TG12345 MK IV, considered by many to be one of the greatest recording consoles ever constructed, was sitting comfortably in Abbey Road Studio’s studio 2 from 1971 to 1983 and during those years some pretty amazing records were tracked through the console.
John Lennon's Imagine was recorded on it, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush and The Cure were also there. Oh and then 'The Greatest Prog Rock Album of All Time', according to Rolling Stone Magazine, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' was created, using this outstanding piece of gear. You get the picture. A priceless, classic bit of kit!
When Abbey Road decided to upgrade in 1983, British producer Mike Hedges bought the console and has had it ever since, tracking and recording even more iconic bands and artists like the Manic Street Preachers through its amazing, high-end discreet solid-state circuits.
Now heading off into retirement, Mike has decided to let the console go after using and looking after the desk for 34 years, in fact much longer than Abbey Road had it.
So, what does this have to do with our monitors? Well, when you put something like this up for auction, potential buyers need to be able to listen to it. Hence, you need studio monitors that are up for the task.
Thankfully our European partner, Audio Distribution Group, helped by providing and setting up two pairs of BM speakers - BM6A and BM15A (Mike’s favourite monitors too, as he told us) earlier this week.
We are absolutely certain that this is a killer combo and we hope that this amazing console finds a new great home!
Up for auction via video link on Monday 27 March at Bonhams New York, the console is on view at Bonhams’ London branch, in Knightsbridge, from 19 to 27 March 2017.
The seller of the legendary console, Mike Hedges (left), along with Audio Distribution Group's Bruce Davidson.