Sunday, 29 June 2014


Well its not very often these come up - I think there are only 5 or 6 left in the world! So its no wonder this recent ebay auction ended early - probably some megastar bought it for their living room. The current bid was £14k with loads of bidders when it got pulled... and more info on this out there?

Neve 54 Series

This was recently being sold by Primal Gear (I think, it came from the Sphere Electronics mailing list I am on, who I think were bought out by Primal...?) Anyway its a lovely little 16 into 4 into 2 mixer that was going for $14k (£8k). These are late 70s broadcast desks really, so the mic pre-amps are not as good as the 80 series (what are?) but it would be a great little mixdown desk for most projects

Monday, 15 July 2013

Trident B Range

I know its been a while, but this console is very worthy of a mention...

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Neve 5300 Series

These Neves do come up occasionally, about once a year it seems! The 5300 is underrated compared to the other vintage Neves, and yet some people say the 33114 / 33115 preamp/eq are the best they ever made

BBC / Glensound In Bits

Look at this amazing console that is up on ebay today. This kind of makes me angry, how can something like this end up in bits, unloved and unused!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Quad Eight Pacifica

When I was in LA recently I recorded a singer at a really cool studio. It was Brian Kehew's new place in Burbank...

Monday, 5 December 2011

EMI 1960's Console

This is an awesome looking console

Studer 169

Another cute little desk!

Neve Kelso

The cutest console ever! On the bay

Sphere Eclipse

By the way theres a new blogger interface that I am using which doesnt work properly, thats why all the text has no break gaps and things! This is on ebay, but is being sold by console dealer Primal Gear I love the look of these things

Ward Beck

These don't come up very often

Neve 5116

One on the bay:

Opamp Labs Celebrity Console

Its been a while since I posted over here (been too busy in the studio!) But to make up for it here is a very interesting looking deal on ebay

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Neve 8128

This ended on ebay with no takers...

Yamaha PM1000

OK, I want this, but alas it is in America and too expensive and complicated to organise

Small Soundtracs

I'm not a huge fan of soundtracs consoles, having owned two large ones over the years. The first was a CM4400 32 channel split console, then a 32 ch Virtua digital desk. Both were OK desks, but in the end their uninteresting and 'boxy' sound wore me down and I moved on. However, this cute little desk could be pretty useful at a meagre £650...

Yamaha M1532

Check this little console out - is it really as nice as the PM series?

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Neve 8038 from Castle Oak

Castle Oak studio is selling its 1972 Neve 80 series. Its on ebay, with some very poor pics, and jpeg text. Anyway, its a fantastic console... for £128k

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Abbey Road EMI TG-12345

Once in a lifetime opportunity! Somehow this legendary EMI solid-state console has become available to buy. It is arguably the best desk to feature on this blog. I wonder how much it goes for and to whom...

Friday, 20 May 2011

Neve 5315

This beautiful console is over on Sonic Circus

Studer 189

These don't come up very often, its a fully discreet 60s / early 70s era Studer - the 'Swiss Neve'

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Neve 8078

On ebay today is the absolute ultimate vintage recording console, and I want it

Monday, 11 April 2011

Langevin AM16

This one is really special. I would love to have this in my studio! Note that I have also posted this console on my other blog, its full of stars where there is some audio of this thing in action

Cadac F Series

Another Cadac, these are starting to pop up a bit more often

Neve V1

This looks like a bargain perhaps?

Maihak V45

This is a new brand to me! Ive never seen them before, but they look a bit like Glensound or early EMI pieces

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Cadac E Series

This is a very nice looking British console...

Neve 34128

Another cute Neve on there today

Neve Melbourn

This is on the bay today

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Another Helios - Basing Street

I posted over on Its Full Of Stars about the studio in Basing Street in the 70s. Theres more pics over there, and a bit of info. This desk is a Helios '32 in 24 out'. Its now owned by Jason Carmer, according to this Helios website

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Martin Hannett at Strawberry Studio

I have posted this video over on my other blog here because I love it so much! This is also an update to this post and this post featuring the same console

Vintage API

Here is a beautiful API 2416 on ebay Australia

Saturday, 8 January 2011

More About Philips

Knowing not much about Philips consoles I did a bit of digging around and discovered quite an interesting thread over on gearslutz

Philips LDC 12

This is a very interesting little console, on ebay today

Friday, 7 January 2011

Tom Petty and an MCI 416?

I snapped this from the telly, a doc about TP&the heartbreakers. That looks very much like an MCI 416 b, possibly Muscle Shoals?

Vintage API

Theres a cool API on Primal Gear at the moment. No price though

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Another Neve [8036]

Being sold by AES Pro Audio UK

Neve 8078 For Sale

I found this incredible console over on this website

Amek 9098

Here is an amazing Amek console, currently on ebay

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Another 8108

OK, and heres one for sale by Sonic Circus at the moment, I love the look of this thing!

Better Pics of an 8108

The previous post featured the under-loved 8108, and heres some proper pictures of one, recently sold by Primal Gear

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Neve 8108

Theres an  8108 console on the bay right now. Sorry for the lowres picture, its all they have...

Sunday, 14 November 2010

MCI 416b in action

I just posted over on my other blog about mixing on my analog desks, with some video

Sunday, 31 October 2010

BBC Radiophonic Workshop Desks

This is my 100th post for Balance, so I thought I would do something a bit different. Here is a review of the various consoles used by the totally great Radiophonic Workshop over the years

Saturday, 16 October 2010

SSL E Series

For some reason I haven't posted much about SSL desks. Maybe they don't come up for sale so often or something, or maybe they don't catch my eye so much, which is pretty odd considering how into early 80s stuff I am. Anyway here is a great looking console from 1982

Neve PMS 12-2

How about this little baby? This has to be one of the sweetest 12 channel mixers ever made

Cadac E-Type

There's a rather interesting looking late 80's Cadac on ebay

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Neve VR66

Heres a huge Neve console for sale in Chicago

Neve Series 44

This is on eBay Latvia. I had not herd of these, and can find very little on the net about them