Over the course of 20+ years, Vintage King has gained a reputation for carrying some of the best vintage audio gear from around the world. Yet, these amazing consoles, microphones and outboard gear don't just gussy themselves up and get ready to go home with their new owners. The restoration process is just one more important element of the VK vision.
In a new three-part series with Tape Op magazine, VK co-founder Mike Nehra explains how the entire restoration process is performed. Once a piece of equipment has been deemed worthy of a lifeline, the VK tech shop crew works relentlessly around the clock, cleaning and rebuilding these important vestiges of the pro audio world.
"We felt like every piece of gear had a history, a personality to tap into — It just needed the right tech to bring it back to its original glory," Nehra tells Tape Op. "Some gear gave us more headaches than others, but as we got to know the guts of more and more classic designs, it became easier and easier to diagnose potential problems and preempt them."
Ready to learn more about the restoration process at Vintage King? Check out these links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the Tape Op series on VK. You'll get a firsthand look at the entire process including cleaning, rewiring, painting, testing and anything else a piece of gear might need before it reaches your hands.