The recording console used to record Pink Floyd’s classic album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ has been sold from the famous Abbey Road Studios.
The recording console has a massive musical legacy, housed in what is probably the most infamous recording studio in the world with the roster who’ve used it including; The Beatles, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, The Cure as well as many others. Being responsible for some of music’s biggest masterpieces the console was sure to catch a lot at it’s auction in New York, and it did selling for a massive $1.8 million.
The console’s seller, producer Mike Hedges, bought the remarkable recording console in 1983 when Abbey Road were upgrading their equipment and expected to sell it for around £700,000 – less than half of what it eventually sold for. The EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console only has one sibling, both made for Abbey Road Studios and used between 1971 and 1983. The console’s sole relative is currently in Prime Studios in Austria.
Katherine Schofield from the Bonham’s auction house, said: “The world record price of this important item of music engineering only confirms the military precision of EMI craftsmanship and the powerhouse persona of Abbey Road Studio. The intense bidding seen in the room and on the phone speaks to its association with one of the UK’s most relevant and successful bands, Pink Floyd, and highlights the fact that this is far from being any ordinary console.”
The new owner is currently unknown, nor do we know whether they plan to preserve the console as an artifact or make use of the significant recording desk.