Portland, OR (April 10, 2019)—Starting a new studio is never easy, but for Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Tucker Martine, it’s become immeasurably harder because his nearly completed facility in Portland, OR was burgled on March 15. Thieves made off with an estimated $70,000 in prized microphones, guitars and amplifiers. Now one of the acts he’s worked with, The Decemberists, is stepping in to help, as member Nate Query has launched a GoFundMe page and the group plans to take part in an upcoming benefit concert for the producer.
Martine was close to finishing the latest, fifth iteration of his long-running Flora Recording Studio with his wife, singer/songwriter Laura Veirs, when the facility was broken into and burgled. Thieves took off with multiple modified Neumann U67s, a Wunder Audio CM7-GT and a Mojave MA-1000, along with vintage instruments and amps (a full list is below).
Since then, some of the guitars have been recovered from a music store in Tacoma, WA that purchased them, unaware that the instruments were stolen. Nonetheless, most of the gear remains missing.
A mainstay of the Northwest recording scene, Martine has worked with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, The Avett Brothers, Neko Case, She & Him, R.E.M, Modest Mouse, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, The Jayhawks and countless others.
A list initially posted by Martine to Facebook in March detailed the stolen items:
Neumann U67 Serial #4196 with Klaus Heyne mod #1200
Power supply for above microphone is serial #11173
Neumann U67 Serial#1531 with Klaus Heyne mod #1196
Power supply for above microphone is serial #11322
Wunder Audio CM7-GT with M7 capsule and pelican case. Serial# 117.
Mojave MA-1000 Serial# 100088
Gibson J45-TV acoustic guitar Serial # 11953011.
Gibson B25 12 string acoustic guitar serial # 515105.
Hofner 1967 viola bass – these don’t have serial numbers.
Jerry Jones baritone guitar – sea foam green – these don’t have serial numbers.
Gretsch Chet Atkins signature – Serial # JT14093574.
Silvertone brown electric guitar – These don’t have serial numbers
Fender Telecaster American Vintage Wildwood Thin Skin 1952 reissue 2016. Serial # V1632473
Gibson ES-125 – No Serial number.
Fender Mustang Bass 1970’s black serial # 642643
Fender Deluxe Reverb blackface: Serial # A 06978.
Vox AC30 – No serial number
Peavey Classic chorus 212 amp. Serial # BA-03695777
Tucker Martine GoFundMe Page • https://www.gofundme.com/tuckermartine