Bartering for Analog Gear

Somewhere around 1985 I saw an ad in a San Francisco paper: “WANTED: wood-floor work in exchange for recording equipment.” Wonder! Brief disbelief? Reader & Reading material (re?)UNITE. A drive to the hills of Berkeley, California to meet the infamous Dan Alexander. Before boxes of WINE stacked HIGH (a recent BARTER: booze to record BLUES[…]

“SARASWATI” – 36 channel Quad Eight Console

The CON/SOUL: QUAD EIGHT (original name: westar) (pre-mitsubishi); shipped in early eighties to Abbey Road Studios. Sent back to factory for “cosmetic reasons.” Served its time there as a ‘test’ console. Did some time on the East Coast then a stint at a recording school in Tijeras, NM. Located by console finder extraordinaire, Dan Alexander; brought[…]