THE HOLIEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL
How many recording consoles can you think of that star in a Hollywood feature film? Only one that we know of: The all Class A Neve model 8028. Dave Grohl immortalized his 8028 in the 2013 film Sound City for having sculpted several decades worth of the creamiest, deepest, fattest, punchiest sounding rock records in history, including his own 1991 Nirvana Nevermind. And this particularly mighty 8028 listed here, christened in 1974 with (40) 1088 preamp/EQ modules (identical to the 1073 module with a bonus ribbon mic input stage), is a rare Neve on a grand scale: 88 inputs at mix with 8 subgroups over 96 automated faders, ready to fuse immortal tone into your modern productions.
THE STUNNING PEDIGREE of SERIAL #A1197 - ONE OF FIVE EVER MADE
In 1974 Rupert Neve delivered a custom all-Class A, 88 input 8028 to Nashville’s WSM to serve as the music recording and broadcast console for the Grand Ol’ Opry. Every Nashville legend of the day performed live through this custom Neve tone machine. Typically Neve 10-Series desks implement Class AB stages for Cue and Reverb sends. But Serial #1197 is one of only five consoles Neve built 100% Class A, and one of only three known to still exist including those of Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood and Studio 606, the personal studio of Dave Grohl and the new home to Sound City’s famous 8028.
In 1990 former Frank Zappa keyboardist and prolific composer/producer Peter Wolf purchased Neve serial #A1197 and went on to invest several hundred thousand dollars upgrading and refurbishing. Noted Neve expert Brent Averill adapted existing 1906 send modules into full-featured Cue and Reverb sends, added a custom patch bay and ultimately 96 faders of bullet-proof Uptown Automation into this regularly-serviced masterpiece. The armrest is even bolstered with leather from a Rolls Royce!
In his private studio from 1991 through 2014, Peter Wolf used Neve 8028 Serial #A1197 to record and mix The Who, Santana, Chicago, Donna Summer, Leo Sayer, Earth Wind & Fire, Wang Chung, Go West, Sergio Mendez & Brazil, and Jefferson Starship in addition to scoring the 2nd most successful TV series in history, “Kommissar Rex.” A total of approximately 90 million units-sold were created on this legendary console.
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|Condition||Used / Vintage|
|Analog or Digital||Analog|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Number of Aux Sends||4|
|Number of Monitor Returns||48|
|Patch Bay Included||External|
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