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Historic audio gear set for auction

Former EMI Barcelona studio gear and microphones once owned by John Lennon – not to mention a coffee machine used by Ringo Starr – are among the many historic items due to be auctioned by mjQ Sales next week.
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Former EMI Barcelona studio gear and microphones once owned by John Lennon – not to mention a coffee machine used by Ringo Starr (pictured left) – are among the many historic items due to be auctioned by mjQ Sales next week.

The Starr/Lennon equipment spent its formative years at Tittenhurst Park – the Berkshire estate that provided a rural retreat for Lennon and Yoko Ono at the turn of the ‘70s and, subsequently, Starr’s family until the late ‘80s.

The Lennon gear will be verified as genuine by one of his engineers, who will be present during the viewing day.

A separate collection of valve gear from EMI’s former studio in Barcelona, as well as equipment from Apple Studios London, are also part of the auction.

The EMI valve collection was acquired some years ago following the closure of one of Spain’s largest studios, while items from The Beatles’ Apple Studio in London became part of the collection around the same time. Also featured in the auction will be a gold dub plate that Sean Davies asked The Beatles to sign while they recorded in Abbey Road.

The sell-off will also include Abbey Road’s Neve console, which was decommissioned from Studio 2 earlier this year.

mjQ founder Malcolm Jackson commented: “Finding this much excellent vintage quality all at once is a rare occurrence and we’re making sure there’s an equal playing field for every bidder. mjQ’s new auction system, currently being developed by our technical director, Chris Roberts (SoundLock Engineering), will extend the running time whenever sniping occurs (winning bids placed in the dying seconds of a regular online auction) so that everyone gets a fair chance to bid.”

Reflecting on his experience of visiting Tittenhurst Park, Jackson added: “Around 1973 I remember visiting the Ascot studios and marvelled at the spacious gardens set in 72 acres. The grounds included a swimming pool, a temple, a walled kitchen garden, gipsy caravan and huge lifelike models of dinosaurs which peered over 20ft hedges. The whole house and gardens were totally isolated from the outside world. In the centre of the front gravel driveway was a block of squashed metal on a pedestal. Apparently John had gone out to buy a Morris Marina car, but hated driving it so much that he took a diversion to the local car crushing plant and had it made into an 18” long version of its former self and hung the number plate on the back. Still, it didn’t take so long for the chauffeur to clean it.”

Inspections of the equipment will be take place on 10 May 2011 in Neasden, and items will be ready to auction at anytime from 10am on 11 May. Prospective purchasers should place a bid on an item and the auction for that one item will begin; they will be notified by email when they have been outbid. If someone places a bid within 10 mins of the end, the auction will extend for another 30 mins. Each auction listing will keep extending the end time until no more bids are placed and the winner is clear. The website will then remain in Auction mode indefinitely.

The catalogue (subject to ongoing revisions) is available by request: sales@mjq.co.uk. The current catalogue is posted below.

Registration is via the mjQ site at www.mjq.co.uk.

The catalogue (subject to ongoing revisions):

MICROPHONES

AKG C414B - ULS
AKG C451 E x 3
AKG C452 EB x 3
AKG C535 EB
AKG SE300B + CK92 + A91
AKG D130 E
AKG C1000S
AKG D12E
AKG D90
AKG D224E
AUDIO TECHNICA AE2500
AUDIO TECHNICA 4033 x 2
AUDIO TECHNICA 8532 x 4
BEYERDYNAMIC M64 x4
BEYERDYNAMIC Opus 51
BEYERDYNAMIC soundstar
COLES 4038 30 Ohm (pair)
COLES 4104
ELECTROVOICE RE20
FOSTEX M521 x 3
GRUNDIG MD21
LABOR MD21
NEUMANN TLM 103
NEUMANN U67 serial number 4020 Valve, Condenser, Multi-Pattern. Bell Power Supply and suspension mount.
NEUMANN U87
NEUMANN U87
NEUMANN U87
NEUMANN U87 in case with specs serial number 29151
NEUMANN U87 in case with specs serial number 29152
NEUMANN U47 fet in case with specs serial number 3222
NEUMANN mic cables x 7
NEUMANN NGK Unknown condition, microphone PSU
RAMSA WMP40 x 3
SENNHEISER MD421
SENNHEISER MD21
SHURE SM91 PZM
SHURE 184
SHURE Beta 87
SHURE SM58
SHURE SM57
SONY C800G

VALVE MIC AMPS

TELEFUNKEN V76 racked preamps x 5
SIEMENS and HALSKE WSW MIC AMPS. Hand Wired, Valve Microphone Amplifiers type 811301 with 10db stepped Potentiometer. Six units fit into one 51cm rack. Manufactured in 1962, these SIEMENS & HALSKE WSW amplifiers were built in Austria as opposed to the greater number of Siemens/Telefunken (V series) units which were manufactured in Germany. These superior units have 68db of gain (like the Telefunken V76).
6 units with PSU (as above)
6 units with PSU (as above)
6 units with PSU (as above)
6 SIEMENS and HALSKE WSW MIC AMPS with 6 module PSU. MODEL 811350B. Hand Wired, Valve, Microphone Pre-Amplifiers, with 10db stepped potentiometer and fine gain control.
2 x SIEMENS and HALSKE WSW MIC AMPS. MODEL 811301 (see list “A” for details) serial numbers 15/908329 and 15/908473
2 x SIEMENS and HALSKE WSW MIC AMPS. MODEL 811350B serial numbers 15/954419 and 15/954433
2 x Siemens and Halske WSW mic amps with 6 module PSU. WSW power supply rack serial numbers (notes to the above)
Power supplies for WSW mic amps
SIEMENS/WSW HIGH TENSION POWER SUPPLY for a rack of 6 modules.
HT PSU MODEL; 555005 – Hand Wired, Valve serial number 15/955944 (Fully Refurbished)
15/953649 (Partly Refurbished)
15/953652 (Requires Valves + Service)
15/953675 (Requires Valves + Service)
SIEMENS/WSW LOW TENSION POWER SUPPLY for a rack of 6 MODULES
LT PSU MODEL; 555007 – Hand Wired, Passive
Siemens & Halske (cont)
Serial Number; 15/953707 (Fully Refurbished)
15/953698 (Fully Refurbished)
15/956417 (Fully Refurbished)
15/ ? ? ? ? (Complete )
15/ ? ? ? ? (Complete )
Transistor Pre-amp. Spring Reverb needs mended. Tatty
EAR 824m 2ch Preamp
PYE mono transistor preamps x 6

EQUALIZERS

KLEIN AND HUMMEL EQ Model UE/100. Serial Number 939. Hand Wired, Active, Valve, Massive Military Build Quality. Some text legends worn.
PULTEC PROGRAMME EQ Model EQP/1A serial number 6566 Hand Wired, Active, Valve, Full Range EQ.
LANG PROGRAM EQ Model PEQ2A Serial Number 576 discreet
2 x DECCA 12-BAND, Switchable, PASSIVE EQ Modules qty 2 only 1u desk modules built by Decca Studios, London, in the 1950s, without op amps.
9 x Original LANGEVIN EQ-25 1-A 6-BAND, Switchable, Passive, EQ Modules. 1u desk modules. Neat miniature design. Without op-amps.
EAR 822 EQ (pair)
FREVOX EQX800 French dual mono EQ

DYNAMICS

FAIRCHILD 660 LIMITER Serial Number 103 Hand Wired, valve, From Decca Studios, London. In Decca Desktop Custom Metal
Qty 5 x Original LANGEVIN LEVELINE COMPRESSORS Model AM-5116-B. Modular system. Valve 33a 123 DECCA LIMITER type P-2 Valve
DBX 160 VU
DBX160 COMP/LIM PAIR WITH BLACK FACE sn 5097 & sn 5094
EAR 660 Limiter x 2
SSL Compressor
PYE Limiter
DRAWMER Dual Noise Gate DS201 serial number 1628
AMS DMX15-80S
IBANEZ DM1000 Vintage Delay, good condition, guitar effect
FOCUSRITE RED7 Preamp / comp / de-esser
JUNGER D01 Early Digital Compressor, sound FAT
FOCUSRITE RED3 Stereo Compressor
DBX 160X
DBX 166A
DBX 902 SPL Deesser 9629
DBX 120XP Subharmonic processor
VALLEY 610
ALESIS Midiverb III
UREI 1176 Silver rev F
UREI 1178

EFFECTS

BINSON ECHOREC 2 Serial Number 3141. FULLY SERVICED, Hand Wired, Valve
ROLAND CHORUS ECHO Model SR-555 Serial Number 112060 Studio Model. Tape System. Discreet. Rack Mounting, Balanced I/P for studio use.
GRAMPIAN STEREO AMBIOPHONIC Spring Reverb Model 666 serial number 278. Hand wired.
THE GREAT BRITISH SPRING Stereo Spring Reverb in a tube, with PSU.
ALAN AND HEATH STEREO ADT
EVENTIDE 1745M Delay sn M4292
EVENTIDE Instant Flanger FL201 sn 20700
DOLBY A/ 361 x5
DOLBY A/ 360 x2
MARSHALL 5002 Timeline Modulator sn PL0648
YAMAHA SPX 90II
ROLAND SDE 3000
ROLAND SDE 2000 x 2
SHERMAN Mutronic Mutator

MIXERS

DDA AMR24: 36
DIGIDESIGN CONTROL24 with ARGOSY workstation
ITA BM-104 Ten Channel Mixer
10 Channel Stereo Monitor Mixer
(see also package under Miscellaneous: Fostex B16 with Soundcraft 60 etc.
NEVE VRP LEGEND 60 channel console ex Abbey Road Studios, London (Studio 2), which is currently setup for demo at mjQ's workshop in Neasden (contact Chris Roberts for an appointment to view: 07703 318449)
SSL 4040E/G+

MONITORS

ADAM S3A
ADAM Sub 10
GENELEC 1035A ex Olympic Studios
GENELEC 1035B
GENELEC 1030A
DYNAUDIO C3A custom maple wood finish, with amps & Xover
QUESTED H108
QUESTED H308

DRUM MACHINES

ROLAND TR727
ROLAND TR808 VGC in original box with manual
YAMAHA SY77

SYNTHESIZERS

MINIMOOG mint condition original sn begins with 7
YAMAHA SY77
KORG Wavestation EX
ROLAND JX8P
ROLAND Juno 106
ROLAND RS09
ROLAND Juno 60
ROLAND MKS80 Super Jupiter with Programmer

POWER AMPLIFIERS

QUAD 202 Valve Power Blocks. Two Units
QUAD 202 (as above)
QUAD 303
QUAD 303
QUAD 303
QUAD 11 Valve Stereo Pre-amp Control Unit
QUAD 11 (as above)
QUAD 11 Valve AM/LW/SW Tuner
QUAD 11 (as above)
QUAD 11 Valve FM Tuner. Mono
QUAD 11 Valve Pre-amp Control Unit. Mono. RIAA Curves for different 78rpm Discs

GUITAR/ KEYBOARD AMPS

BBC Oscillator TS/10/327. Valve oscillator.
SUN Alpha 210R serial number A85432
SUN Alpha 210R serial number A85432
2 x 10” VG sweep EQ Great Recording Amp. Tatty.
FARFISA Organ Amplifier 2 x 12. Strong on Guitar. Very Punchy. Valve Power amp. Transistor Pre-amp. Spring Reverb needs mended. Tatty
MARSHALL Valvestate 8080

TAPE MACHINES

1 STUDER C37 Record Amp Part Number 1.337.970 serial number 998
1 STUDER C37 Record Amp Part Number 1.337.970 serial number 1021
1 STUDER C37 Playback Amp Part Number 1.337.990 serial number 1070
1 STUDER C37 Playback Amp Part Number 1.337.990 serial number 1104
All Four in Very Good Condition, Valve, for C37 Tape recorder
STUDER B62 x2 sn 2077 & sn 2078
STUDER A80 24 track
STUDER A800 MK1 24 track
PRESTO/AMPEX 8-track valve 1” Tape Recorder. 8 Channels of PRESTO, hand-wired valve tape electronics built onto AMPEX MM1200 Transport.
AMPEX ATR102 1/4"
AMPEX ATR102 1/2"
AMPEX MM1200 16 and 24 track 2” Tape Recorder. This 24 Track AMPEX MM1200 Tape Machine comes with an additional 16 track head block. It comes with REMOTE, AUTOLOCATE, VARI-SPEED plus two “DROP-IN” PEDALS (a modification for musicians working on their own). 2" test tape. Manual. Qty of new tape
TELEFUNKEN M12 Quarter-inch stereo tape recorder. Flight cased. Full manual & test tape. Needs new drive belt.
OTARI MTR100
OTARI UFC 24

Tape Recording Accessories etc.

ACS CENTRE track timecode adaptor sn G0201-135
ADAM SMITH ZETA 3
EDITALL 1/2” tape splicing block
EDITALL 1” tape splicing block
STUDER A80 2 track replay & record heads new
STUDER A80 2 track spool adaptor
TAPE Varispeed type A706
TAPE Varispeed type A706

MISCELLANEOUS

Ringo’s coffee maker (Braun)
TRIUMPH aircleaners (pair) owned by Ringo
GARRARD 401 Transcription Turntable with P/UP Amp
Powered DI box owned by John Lennon
Custom made headphone boxes with leads X 9 also JL
BBC AC Test Meter ATM/1/225. Museum Piece. Valve. JL.
Portable 16 Track analogue Recording Setup: Fostex B16 half inch + Soundcraft 60 desk + 2 flight-cased racks with multi-core and stage box from Barcelona
Framed gold disk with all Beatles signatures scratched in during Abbey Road mastering (SW Davies)

The auction catalogue will continue to change and grow prior to the launch.

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