Lot 2096: One-of-a-kind recording console used by Jimi Hendrix at Sound Center Studios in New York in March 1968, during the first sessions in America which he produced himself. The console measures approximately 8.5Â´ long, 3.5Â´ tall, and 2.5Â´ deep, with a weight of 650 lbs. This console with producer's station was custom designed and built by Lenny Stea and Gordon Clark for Sound Center Studios as one of the first eight-track consoles in New York City. The equipment remains in operational condition.
None of the recordings from the sessions during which Hendrix used this equipment were released during his lifetime, but two tracks have been issued posthumously: 'My Friend' on First Rays of the New Rising Sun,' and 'Somewhere' in The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set. Included is an original 1'' 8-track master tape containing the unmixed versions of both of these songs, as well as an unreleased, very early version of '1983...A Merman I Should Turn To Be.'
This unit was on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for a decade and fully authenticated by the Sound Center engineers who used the console and engineered Hendrix's sessions at the studio. One of the engineers, Tom Muccio, recalled in an interview, 'Hendrix was infatuated by the recording console because it looked like the inside of a spaceship. It had nice lights on it.' The guitarist was infatuated with the sliding faders on the Sound Center console versus the rotary knobs common in other studios. All together, this is an absolutely amazing piece of music history as a piece of studio equipment used by the legendary rock guitarist.
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Thursday, 12th November 2015
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