EMI’s legendary Abbey Road Studios has produced more than its fair share of iconic records over the years, but few come bigger than Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. In a most likely once in a lifetime opportunity, the TG12345 MK IV recording console that was used in the studio from 1971 to ’83 has sold at auction. During its tenure in the studio, the desk was used by artists including Paul McCartney & Wings, Kate Bush and The Cure, lending the equipment a level of importance rarely surpassed in the world of music technology.
The desk was purchased by Mike Hedges in 1983 and it’s remained with him ever since, only having just sold it through Bonhams auction house. Fetching the princely sum of £1.45 million, it’s a hefty price to pay, even for equipment with as much heritage as this – not to mention the 20% premium, adding a painful £300,000 (give or take) to the price. Then again, it is one of only two such models in existence so quite when – or if – the chance to buy the other will appear is anyone’s guess. The console came with provenance from Ken Townsend, Abbey Road’s manager at the time and future chairman.