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£1m worth of equipment goes under hammer in Fountain Studios auction

The online auction, which opened on 30 January and runs until 7 February, is organised by Charterfields

Production and broadcast equipment worth over £1 million will be on offer when the contents of Fountain Studios in Wembley, North London are sold off.

The online auction, which opened on 30 January and runs until 7 February, is organised by Charterfields.

Over 1,000 lots are up for sale including two Calrec Apollo 56 and 72 fader sound consoles with full redundant cards, a SoundField 5.1 surround microphone system, six Neve 33609/J stereo limiter compressors, Calrec Hydra analogue systems and a Studer A807 recorder 1/4″ tape machine. There are also speakers from Canford, Fostex, Dynaudio and PMC.

Other equipment includes d&b audiotechnik P1200A amplifier and d&b E3 speakers and flight case, various microphone stands, seven Sony EXM 44B microphones, AKG C414B-ULS microphones, Sennheiser MKH416P48 gun microphones, Neumann U87 microphones, Shure SM57 and SM58 and a variety of earpiece accessories.

A wide range of vision equipment, lighting, hoists, pantographs and hospitality equipment and furniture, is also on sale.

Ian Maycock, director of Charterfields, says: “Fountain Studio was the largest production facility of its type in Europe and is internationally renowned. The auction is a rare opportunity for TV, production and AV companies to acquire professional equipment at below-market prices. Not surprisingly, we have had enquiries from throughout Europe.”

Fountain Studios was home to shows including the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, as well as TV classics such as On the Buses, Please Sir, Upstairs and Downstairs and Opportunity Knocks. The studios closed in December.

A viewing day is being held at Fountain Studios on 1 February.