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Trident A-Range Console #13 of 13 (Vintage) – No Longer Available

Legendary vintage console with an incredible pedigree

Product Description

Hand-built fully discrete desk from a historic facility.


  • 40 input channels w/FF automation. (left side of console).
  • 24 busses (except the last 8 channels that only have busses 1-8).
  • 24 monitor returns. (on the right side of the console, 2 rows of 12) No automation. 2 band passive EQ. Panning is buttons (L, R, SL, SR) rather than a pan knob.
  • 4 mono Fold-Backs on each channel, each having there own pot, but sharing a single pre/post switch.
  • 6 Echo Routes on each channel. 6 on/off switches that share the same small fader, and a pre/post switch.
  • FB/EchoRoute Masters each have a volume, mute, insert switch and 2 band EQ.
  • 5 way custom speaker selector w/Shalco switch. Penny and Giles monitor volume pot.
  • Lambda power supply for the +50V rail.
  • Open frame linear supply for the +24V rail.
  • 1/4" militaryBantam patchbay.
  • Dimensions: 107" W x 48" D x 43" H

This fully discrete, class A, hand wired console is a split design, with 40 inputs, 24 busses, and 24 monitor returns, totaling 64 inputs on mixdown, updated with 40 channels of Neve Flying Faders, and has a grand total of 3,746 knobs, switches, buttons and faders!

A large number of the electrolytic capacitors in the audio path have been replaced on an as-needed basis with WIMA poly caps. Input gain switches have also been replaced on an as-needed basis and extras are included, some of which have already been wired up with the proper resistor network. Switch assemblies and EQ faders on all but 7 of the modules have been replaced. The remaining switch assemblies, faders, and bracket hardware are available to complete the desk.

Built by hand in the mid 70s in London, England, Trident’s A-Range #13 was designed by Malcom Toft, Barry Porter, and Producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Devo). Originally intending on making only 12 A-Ranges, Trident was forced to follow through with their promise of a 13th, or face a hefty lawsuit from Cherokee Sound in Los Angeles, California.

Over the years, the Trident A-Range has become one of the most well-respected, indeed legendary, vintage recording consoles in the world. This particular console was known as 'Old Blue' (since #13 is the only A-Range powder-coated in dark blue). 'Old Blue' was in heavy use at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, from the years of 1975-1983, and according to studio owner Bruce Robb it was used by some of world's greatest recording artists, on some of the finest recordings of all time. To name but a few:


  • Aerosmith
  • Al Dimeola
  • Al Green
  • Al Stewart
  • Alice Cooper
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Art Garfunkel
  • B.B. King
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Billy Preston
  • Bob Dylan
  • Carly Simon
  • Cat Stevens
  • Count Basie
  • David Bowie
  • Devo
  • Dolly Parton
  • Donovan
  • Duran Duran
  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • ELO
  • Elton John
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Four Tops
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Frank Zappa
  • Hall and Oates
  • Jean Luc Ponty
  • Jeff Beck
  • John & Yoko
  • John Lee Hooker
  • John Mellencamp
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Journey
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Kiss
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Lou Rawls
  • Madonna
  • Michael Jackson
  • Natalie Cole
  • Neil Diamond
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Ozzy Osborne
  • Patty Labelle
  • Paul McCartney
  • Peter Frampton
  • Quincy Jones
  • Ray Charles
  • Rick James
  • Ringo Starr
  • Rod Stewart
  • Ron Wood
  • Roy Orbison
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Stephen Stills
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Temptations
  • The Cars
  • The Jacksons
  • Tom Petty
  • Van Halen
  • Yes


    After making the move to Smart Studio in Madison, Butch Vig and Steve Marker put 'Old Blue' to good use, recording countless Midwest bands and some of the most popular acts of the last decade, including:


    • Garbage
    • Death Cab For Cutie
    • FallOut Boy
    • Sparklehorse
    • Dangermouse
    • Hotel Lights
    • Chris Walla
    • Rascal Flatts
    • Kate Pierson
    • Talib Kweli
    • Against Me!
    • Hawthorne Heights
    • Company Of Thieves
    • Skybox


    We've been buying, selling and restoring the world’s best consoles since 1993

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    No matter whether you’re interested in a vintage piece or the latest releases, our team of experts can answer even the toughest questions. From servicing and shipping consoles to creating custom furniture, patch bays and turnkey packages, we’ve been involved in every aspect of the industry. We work tirelessly to provide the best selection, service and support anywhere to help our customers find the console of their dreams. Want to see what we can do for you? Talk to one of our console experts by calling 888.653.1184 or you can email us.

    Product Specifications

    Condition Used / Vintage
    Analog or Digital Analog
    Tube or Solid State Solid State
    Channels 40-Channel
    Number of Inputs 40
    Number of Buses 24
    Number of Aux Sends 6
    Number of Monitor Returns 24
    Channel Inserts N/A
    Direct Outputs N/A
    DAW Control No
    Automation Included Yes
    Patch Bay Included No

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