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Before joining Vintage King, Darrin Fendley learned the ins and outs of maintaining a successful recording studio first hand, as a founder and owner of busy Roshambo Studios in Hazel Park, MI. From engineering and producing to teaching the gear (and buying more gear!) all the way down to cleaning, maintenance, and paying the bills, Fendley did it all. Today, as a VK National Sales Representative, he draws on that experience to address his clients' needs and give them the best possible options for their own studios.
Fendley first heard about Vintage King Audio while working with Mark & Jeff Bass, the team that wrote and produced many of Eminem’s early records, at F.B.T. Studios. The Bass Brothers had been purchasing gear from Vintage King, and Fendley was impressed with the VK sales reps’ level of honesty as well as the overall style with which Vintage King conducted business. So, in late 2005, Fendley began working in Vintage King’s shipping department. By year's end, he accepted the National Sales position and has been working directly with Vintage King’s clientele ever since, applying his real-world knowledge and personal passion for vintage recording gear. When he isn’t talking shop with customers, Fendley has been known to fire up the grill and cook a mean summer meal.
Darrin Q & A
That’s a hard one. I have my favorites from my studio, which include my Calrec console, Neve 33610, EMT 140 or Coles 4038. Take your pick. I can’t work without any of them. Then, there are my favorite pieces of gear that I don’t always have at my disposal like the Retro 176, Bricasti M7, Roland RE 501 (never should have sold mine), Neumann UM57, Wunder CM7, Gefell M300, Pultec, DBX 165 and Mercury M76. I suppose that list could just keep going forever but I really just can’t pick one favorite piece. For me it’s not the way one piece changes my tone, it’s the way it all works together.
I think it comes down to the Multi-Track tape deck. Thank you, Les Paul.
My most enjoyable sales experience has been helping outfit the new Smashing Pumpkins facility. Their dedication to vintage equipment and analog recording is unmatched. You might think you’ve stepped back in time when you enter the studio but it’s really a breath of fresh air.