Around the Shop

  • Around The Shop: Santa Claus Returns To The Vintage King Tech Shop

    After visiting the Vintage King Tech Shop last year, Santa hit us up about taking over some bench space around the holidays in 2016, so that he could work with our techs on a few special projects. True to his word, the jolly old man in the bright red suit returned earlier this week and set about exploring our warehouse for a few last-minute gifts for the good girls and boys of the studio world. Check out Santa's visit to the Vintage King Tech Shop below and see more of our latest vintage and used gear here. Continue reading
  • Around The Shop: API 32-Channel Console


    In terms of the lore of Vintage King, there is probably no more important piece of audio gear than this vintage API 32-channel console. Previously owned by the Doobie Brothers, this console originally came to our owners Mike and Andrew Nehra during the time period they owned the White Room Studio in the early 1990s. The studio, which was located in Detroit, Michigan, acted as an epicenter for the area's burgeoning rock scene including Kid Rock, Electric Six, Howling Diablos, Detroit Cobras and the Nehra's own Robert Bradley's Blackwater Suprise. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Federal Television Corp. AM-864


    Since the inception of the Vintage King Tech Shop, we've seen more than our fair share of unique items come through our doors. One of our favorites in that time has become the AM-864 broadcast peak limiter, which is a compelling mixture of both pro audio technology and American history. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Neumann U67 Sequential Trio and Neumann M50/M250B Tube Microphone Decca Trio

    When you're surrounded by vintage and used microphones every single day, you see tons of incredible pieces that have undeniable history. Yet, it's rare to see some of these mics come into our shop in their original intended sets and groups that follow their sequential number order. In today's Around The Shop, we're taking a look at two sets of three Neumann microphones that include vintage M50/M250Bs and U67s. Continue reading
  • Santa Claus Visits The Vintage King Tech Shop


    Twas three days before Christmas, when all through the Tech Shop, all the creatures were stirring, till a sound made them stop. It was a knock at the door and who should appear, Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer. We decided to take the big man on a tour of the Tech Shop to show him what our team does on a daily basis and maybe give him a few pointers for his big operation up north. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: EMI TG12345 Channel Strip


    Over at our Tech Shop, we have the pleasure of working with some of the more rare pieces of audio gear from throughout the history of recording. With that being said, it's still always a surprise when something like this EMI TG12345 channel strip is carried through the door and placed on our bench. This very strip holds the keys to some of the most treasured recordings of the modern era of music. Continue reading

  • Around The Shop: Neve 8068 Console


    Since the beginning of our company, we've always had an affinity for the classic consoles that have made a historical impact on our favorite albums. From Neve to API and Solid State Logic to EMI, we've serviced some of the most famous consoles in the world right here in our Ferndale, Michigan-based Tech Shop.

    As a part of Around The Shop blog series, we're going to begin taking a more in-depth look at the consoles that we are currently working on. This week we delve into a servicing project of a Neve console from the mid-seventies being worked on by our Lead Console Technician, Rich Hunt. Continue reading

  • Now And Then: The RCA and Retro Instruments OP-6 Portable Mic Amplifier


    Recently, an original RCA OP-6 came into the Vintage King Tech Shop. While our team worked to repair the unit, we took some photos to demonstrate the attention to detail that Retro Instruments put into creating their modern version of the OP-6 Portable Microphone Amplifier. Continue reading

  • The Revitalization of a Fairchild 670

    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. Continue reading
  • Vintage King Los Angeles Creates New $2K Monitor Station

    Being versatile is something Vintage King strives for in each aspect of our brand, especially when it comes to our two storefronts, Nashville and Los Angeles. In an effort to give visitors a full audio experience, we are always working on new ways for you to try out equipment. With that in mind, our Los Angeles crew created a brand new best spelling monitor demo station. Continue reading

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