Fairfax Recordings Gear Goes On Sale

Various rare and unique items of vintage equipment from the legendary Sound City Studios will go on sale on June 15 following the departure of Fairfax Recordings from the historic facility.
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Los Angeles, CA (June 14, 2017)—Various rare and unique items of vintage equipment from the legendary Sound City Studios will go on sale on June 15 following the departure of Fairfax Recordings from the historic facility.

L.A. consignment service Techno Empire, which specializes in selling recording equipment and musical instruments on behalf of engineers, producers, recording studios, manufacturers and musicians, is making the former Fairfax inventory exclusively available via online marketplace Reverb.com. The sale is scheduled to begin Thursday, June 15, at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.

Other sale highlights include extremely rare Columbia CBS Studios NYC custom console EQ modules, a Scully 288 16-track 2-inch tape machine and remote, a 1957 EMT 140 stereo tube plate reverb and a pair of Gates SA-39 tube compressor-limiters. Instruments for sale include a Wurlitzer Model 140B electric piano restored by Ken Rich, a 1942 Deagan Imperial No 66 marimba and an ARP 2600 V1.0 analog synthesizer with 3620 keyboard.

According to Sleven Rucci-Airo, founder and CEO of Techno Empire, “Some of the items in the listing are badged from the former Sound City Studios, including a couple of Studer A80 master recorders, an EMT plate reverb and some old Altec studio main monitors. These will essentially be the very last gear remnants of the old Sound City Studios. We were the last agent to clear out all the gear before the new operation moved in.”

Sound City Recording Studios was closed to the public while occupied by Fairfax Recordings but has been renovated and is being relaunched by veteran music executive Olivier Chastan in partnership with Sandy Skeeter, owner of the Sound City Center and daughter of facility co-founder Tom Skeeter. Fairfax Recordings owner Kevin Augunas, who invested much into the restoration of the studio facility, has amicably moved on to other ventures and no longer has a relationship with Sound City Studios.

Read about the rebirth of Sound City, reportedly the only facility in the world to house two vintage Helios mixing consoles, in the August issue of Pro Sound News.

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