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The Revitalization of a Fairchild 670

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Eric There have been 5 comment(s)


In terms of sheer beauty (both audible and inaudible), there is hardly a piece of gear in the recording world that can match the Fairchild 670. Known for its incredible impact on drums and vocals alike, the compressor has become a fan favorite of vintage-minded collectors, engineers and studio owners around the world.

Originally billed as a photo technology company, Fairchild soon turned to audio when they began hiring incredible creators like Rein Narma. Prior to being brought on to the Fairchild team, Narma, an Estonian-born engineer, had already built the first ten models of the 670 and 660 compressors himself and sold them to Les Paul, Rudy Van Gelder and Olmstead Recording.

With Narma installed as Fairchild's Chief Engineer, the company began licensing his original limiter designs. Yet, when the engineer made the decision to move on from Fairchild, the support behind the 670 and 660 stalled shortly after. Thus, the limiters' future exclusivity simply comes down to the number of original units made, which is somewhere between 30 and 40 units.

For this reason, our team at Vintage King has always been dedicated to the cause of reviving classic pieces of gear. The Fairchild 670, (among other essentials from the likes of Neve, Pultec and Universal Audio), is one of our tech shop team's favorite items to restore. Discover how we bring these powerful limiters back to life by watching the video below and check out our close-up photos of the before and after process as well.







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  • Wow, That's a Massive work and Awesome Restoration work done by the Vintage King Team. Congrats to their real excellent work and stunning finish!. This is Vintage King.


    Posted on September 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  • James says:

    Boy do I wish I had paid more attention in my High School electronics class. Oh well, I'm glad that the Vintage King techs did and they are top of the class! Thx guys. BTW - Do you know where I could get a Vintage Fairchild at a good price? Just kidding...I wish!

    Posted on September 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

  • Wow. Just jaw dropping.

    Dare I ask the cost of such a refurb?


    Posted on September 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

  • The sin of us, as young engineers, was to be too anxious to embrace newer gear and ignore the older stuff. If it weren't for guys like Tony Bongiovi, Allen Sides, Al Schmidt etc., old Pultecs and Fairchild gear would have died long ago. You guys ROCK!

    I still use an old Ampex MX-10 tube mixer on certain voices and instruments because it sounds the best of anything else I have. I'm waiting for someone to recreate this little gem.

    Posted on September 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  • Marvelous piece of gear,awesome work on it,congratulations for the job!

    Posted on September 29, 2015 at 4:43 am

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