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What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Richie Royale » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:10 pm

I've got a few pieces of kit from the end of the 70's that still see regular use, a Korg Stage Echo (1978), a Boss DM 100 delay machine (1980) as well as a Rhodes Mk 1 73 (probably a late seventies one approx 1977) and a Hohner E7 clavinet (Late seventies approx 1979).
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:35 pm

What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)


Me!

But if you don't count that then the Hammond is only a few months younger than me, and I've a couple of mics that are a decade older.

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Richie Royale » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:58 pm

Well my Rhodes is as old as I am!
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Matt_Moose » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:04 pm

Must call up Yamaha and get a definite date for my CP70b. The RD1000 (belonged to Greg Kane of Hue & Cry) would be mid-to-late 80s. And I've got a Yamaha PF2000 (88keys fully weighted based around a DX7 II) that I started gigging with in '88 or '89.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Wizard Moon Chopper » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:05 pm

I've got an old philips mono reel-to-reel, one of the domestic valve ones form the very early sixties which i still use in it's pa mode as a guitar amp and with it's original mic sometimes for harmonica. It has the motor disconnected.

It's the same age as me, made the same year.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby The Korff » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:05 pm

A Copicat Super IC.

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Howdy Doody Time » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:16 pm

1930's Art Deco Speaker with sunburst case, 1972 acoustic guitar (got it for me birthday in 1972) Early 1980's Otari MX80, 1990's Sony 3348. All in perfect working order!

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby The Elf » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:40 pm

This one had me scratching my head!

I have a glut of gear that is dated around early to mid-70s, so it could be that my slurpy keyboards and pedals actually bow to my Stylophones for being earliest!

But...

My oldest gear is now probably my 1964 Reslo microphone. It does still work, but I haven't used it in anger. Yet...
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby ahw » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:57 pm

1917 Steinway baby grand. Still sounds awesome
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby OliverV » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:21 pm

Here's a few bits & pieces still in use amongst the newer stuff:

1950s: Excelsior Chordette, Fender lap steel, Hodson clavichord, Zildjian Avedis Ride

1960s: Klemt Echolette tape delay, Zenta Trem / Reverb

1970s: Hohner Pianet, dbx 118, dbx 200, Carlsboro Marlin spring reverb, Roland RS-202, Yamaha SK10, Hillwood Fullroter, Shure SM59 x2, Shure M625 x4, Monington & Weston upright piano, Kimbara 12 string gtr, teac 2a mixer, teac mb20 VU meters, Slingerland concert tom kit, Roland SH09

early 80s: Crumar Steiner Masters Touch, Lexicon PCM60, a few guitars & drums, Klark Teknik EQs etc.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby DB111 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:48 pm

National Console 8, console steel guitar.
Same year as me 1946.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby arkieboy » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:16 pm

My Gibson Les Paul Signature (may the great man rest in peace!) '73

My Gibson "The SG" from '79

My Oberheim Matrix 6R from the mid 80s. I got mine at the end of the run for £300 by mail from Turnkey

The latter two are still in daily use. The Signature comes out for recording

Although not strictly in my studio I also have a Kemble upright piano in my front room which was in my wife's family from the early 70s. It could be older...

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby ken long » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:36 pm

DBX-100 Subharmonic Synthesizer the "Boom Box" with wooden side panels. No idea of the year. Would guess late 70s.

My mother in law will be giving me her Hammond soon. I will covet.

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:06 pm

Most of my hardware is 80s / early 90s

Oldest 'nearly working' is my Crumar DS-2 (1973) filter envelopes gone AWOL again

Oldest working:-

Fernandes FR120 (1983) - oh hang on, I've still got to fix the trem
Yamaha CS01 - (1983) oops one key is missing
Fostex 250 4 track - not used anymore needs a new drive belt

Roland SDE 2500 delay (1985) working perfectly, still use it on synths

Probably the oldest that I use almost daily is my Korg DST-3 pedal (1985) now on my second one after plugging in the wrong power adapter

Most people rate this pedal as mediocre but I cant live without it
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby ewe » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:21 pm

Oldest: Boss DR 55 (~1980)
2nd oldest: Roland MC 202 (83-85)

edit: Wurlitzer music learning machine (~70's?)
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby SongCave » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:49 pm

Greek Mandolin circa 1850s
English Violin circa 1900
Banjolele circa 1930s
Yamaha R1000 Reverb - This went on the road around Australia for 20 something years seriously this thing is so hardy I think this thing would survive a nuclear attack. Go Yamaha!
Fender Twin 1971
Akai Reel to Reel 4 track 1971

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby TBTS » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:31 pm

i have a 1955 argus cine camera that i bought for sampling (it really does sound amazing when its whirring) if that counts?
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Adam Inglis » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:46 am

Farfisa Compact - candy red! Approx 1968.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby The Elf » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:55 am

SongCave wrote:Yamaha R1000 Reverb
Fabulous snare reverb. I really should shop around for one of those old treasures. Try gating it - still one of the best around for 'that' sound.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Richie Royale » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:01 am

There's some interesting pieces being mentioned! Thanks.

I remembered that I also have a S55 Shure microphone, which is the Red silks edition, so it's from the 50's. It doesn't get used, but looks cool! I must use it on something, even though it's not got a good S/N ratio.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby James Perrett » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:15 am

I don't have room for much old gear in my current room but just outside the studio is a 1920's wind up gramophone. It can be seen hiding under the plant pots...

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Zukan » Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:57 am

The Elf wrote:
SongCave wrote:Yamaha R1000 Reverb
Fabulous snare reverb. I really should shop around for one of those old treasures. Try gating it - still one of the best around for 'that' sound.

Actually Elf, it had a gated reverb preset on it and the only one I ever used.

The rest was kuk.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Aliweasel » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:13 am

The P4 processor in my computer is about 5 years old now...

In terms of proper equipment, my trombone is from the 80s (like me!) and the piano from the 70s I believe. No outboard to speak of, unless you count the (un-used) Behringer Ultra-something Pro... That must be a design from the 80s!
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Guest » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:07 pm

I've got some mics from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and tape recorders from the 1950s and 60s but I guess that the oldest things would be some of the instruments I get to record so the oldest thing at any given time would depend upon who/what I'm recording; e.g. stringed instruments from the 1680s. Probably the oldest thing I've recorded was a pipe organ built in the 1430s but it's not in my 'studio' - there again, I usually record on location so for those days I was recording it, it was in what passes for 'my studio'.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Macs » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:31 pm

I used to have an upright piano with candlestick holders next to the music stand! I gave it away, but as far as I'm aware, it still works.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby infiniteloop » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:50 pm

Still got the 1st synth I ever bought, a Mini-Korg 700s bought in 1978 at a cost of £450 & still going strong. Also on my 3rd (!!) Roland RD1000, the one I currently have is ex-Texas & still sounds great after all this time. I've also got a Elka Rhapsody 610 string-machine from the 70's and it makes up its own mind whether it'll work somedays or not.!
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby The Elf » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:13 pm

Zukan wrote:Actually Elf, it (Yamaha R1000 reverb) had a gated reverb preset on it and the only one I ever used.
I only recall it having four presets, each pair of which were almost identical. Are we talking about the same device?

But I liked to use a real (drawmer) gate on it - fabulous exploding snare sound like that.
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Richie Royale » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:06 pm

0VU wrote:Probably the oldest thing I've recorded was a pipe organ built in the 1430s but it's not in my 'studio' -

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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby Aliweasel » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:48 pm

Macs wrote:I used to have an upright piano with candlestick holders next to the music stand! I gave it away, but as far as I'm aware, it still works.

What still works... the piano or the candlestick holders?
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Re: What's the oldest piece of gear you have in your studio? (that works!)

Postby vinyl_junkie » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:57 pm

Not very exciting but a plain old Roland JX-3P that is older than me.
Pretty much everything else in my studio is 90's and mid 80's other than the Waldorf and Novation gear I have.
The other two older bits are the Roland HS-10 aka Juno 1 and Yamaha DX-100

throw in some mid 90's akai rack samplers and a late 90's mpc 2000xl and that's pretty much everything I got
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