Auctioneer to sell off Pink Floyd recording console

An Abbey Road Studios EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console is to be  sold by Bonhams at their TCM Presents…Rock and Roll Through the Lens  sale in New York on 27 March 2017. It will be on view to the public at Bonhams Knightsbridge from Sunday 19th March until the sale.

The console was used extensively between 1971 and 1983 in studio two,  and was used to its full potential by rock royalty Pink Floyd to record  their landmark album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Recently voted the Number One Rock Album of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, the album remained in the charts for 741 weeks. The Dark Side of the Moon  was released to critical acclaim in 1973 and was the turning point in  the band’s commercial success. Launched against a backdrop of the  Vietnam War, the recent moon landings and a departure from the era of  flower power, this album echoed the popular consciousness of the time.

One of only two custom made by EMI engineers, it was commissioned as  an update for the MK II model. Considered as ‘the greatest console ever  constructed,’ by Brian Gibson, the world authority on TG consoles and an  ex-engineer from Abbey Road, Pink Floyd utilized this desk with  producer Alan Parsons to create a timeless ten track album full of  atmospheric soundscapes that explored the evolution of neo-psychedelic  art rock and jazz and blues-rock, and was testament to superior  engineering of this equipment.

In its time at Abbey Road, the console was used by some of the  greatest names in pop and rock history including; Paul McCartney and  Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush. The console is in  full working order, and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from  Ken Townsend, former Abbey Road Studio Manager and a copy of the album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973).

The department advises that the estimate, although unpublished, is a significant six-figure sum.

Katherine Schofield, Head of Entertainment Memorabilia in London  commented: “We are hugely excited to offer such an important item of  music engineering used by iconic bands and legendary artists. Made for  the powerhouse that is Abbey Road Studios, the engineers forward  thinking together with the military precision of EMI craftsmanship has  created one of the best sounding recording consoles ever made. The  association with one of the UK’s most relevant and successful bands,  Pink Floyd, highlights the fact that this is far from being any ordinary  console.’

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