Jason Cropper

Jason Cropper

Audio Consultant

San Francisco, CA


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Jason Cropper brings over twenty years of experience as a musician, producer, and engineer to Vintage King. Equally as important are Cropper’s in-depth understanding and incredible passion for vintage and boutique recording equipment. This knowledge base is bolstered by Cropper’s previous sales and rental experience with companies including GC Pro and Ocean Way, where Cropper ran the day-to-day rental operation of Classic Equipment Rentals for twelve years.

A founding member of the band Weezer, Jason Cropper’s passion for audio equipment set his multi-faceted career on the fast track, both in front of and behind the mic. After amicably parting ways with Weezer in 1993, Cropper went on to start the band Chopper One. Following a handful of successful releases and tour dates in the mid '90s, Cropper accepted his position as Operations Manager for Ocean Way’s rental company, Classic Equipment Rentals, or better known to some as “Ocean Way To Go.” It was here that Cropper truly familiarized himself with the ever-evolving pro-audio market, creating turnkey studio solutions for the likes of Rick Rubin and his army of recording engineers in Los Angeles. Cropper oversaw studio installations that materialized practically overnight, taking blank rooms in the Hollywood Hills and transforming them into fully functional, high-end studios. Cropper’s expertise in the studio is also due in no small part to his work as a producer and engineer. While working at Ocean Way through most of the 2000s, Jason was also busy recording at his home studio on the weekends – a second income stream and favorite pastime. When Cropper isn’t working or playing music, he can be found surrounded by family and friends, snowboarding, hiking, by the Pacific Ocean, or around the table for a locally sourced, home-cooked meal.

Q & A

What is your favorite piece of gear?
Ampex ATR124 - looks like a cross between a refrigerator and something out of Battlestar Galactica - BUT nothing sounds like this tape machine. Best bump in the low end and a sweet top that can't be beat.

What piece of gear do you think changed history?
The innovations in stereo recording and FM-radio brought to the world by Bill Putnam Sr. – His contributions to production equipment as well as helping to advance the two channel stereo master format should be historically noted. Putnam's engineering developments also helped give rise to the glory of FM radio - which until just recently, dominated how much of the world listens to well-recorded music. Along this line of thinking - together, FM radio and stereo recordings changed history. Rock & Roll anyone?

What do you like best about working at Vintage King?
It satiates/antagonizes a passion for audio equipment that has been burning inside me ever since I was young. Additionally, Vintage King and myself, personally, share many values - honesty, humility, curiosity, a will to stretch for excellence - and most importantly, we share a passion for creating solutions for creative people that exceed their expectations.


  • Thank you for saving the day for us! The pro tools upgrade worked flawlessly and got the session up and running quickly.

    It was unbelievable how quickly our problem was solved; phone call, solution, delivery, done and all in a matter of hours... Awesome!!!

    Chris K.

  • Thank you sooo much. Vintage King has been so fair and easy to work with. I can't thank you enough during such a hefty purchase. It feels good to have folks so knowledgeable and helpful.

    Noa L.

  • Jason was extremely courteous, knowledgeable and responsive concerning any questions I had for him during my "gear selection" and purchase process. In short, he made it easy and streamlined the process so I could continue working without long wait's between issues that may have been of concern to me. [He] made me feel as though Vintage King Audio actually cares about its customers and treats them as folks that will be lifelong customers.

    I know after my purchase and tech support experiences with VK, I have become one of those "lifetime customers". Thanks for all your hard work and careful help.

    Michael H, Fairfax VA

  • I would recommend vintage king to any one looking for top class gear, unbeatable customer service, and the best prices on the map!

    Jason Cropper is the man to work with too! He helped me perfect my order, answer my questions, and gave GREAT advice toward my recording needs. He sees the big picture and has a devout customer for life in me!