History/Clients

I am not an electronics technician.

I began buying and selling used selling guitars in 1967 at the age of 17.

I worked for Leo and John Mallieris at the original Leo’s music in Oakland, for a wage of $10 per day and $10 per day credit towards the purchase of a Fender Twin Reverb.

Played guitar with John Lee Hooker, Greg Kihn, and the Rockets, which included a lead singer later known as Eddie Money.

Wrote tunes on Eddie’s first two albums (“Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”) and one for Greg.

Owned two vintage guitar stores during the period of 1971-1976 in Berkeley, California. Traveled extensively and bought guitars nationally.

I built my first recording studio, Tewksbury Sound, in Richmond, California in 1976.

We moved into the Hyde Street Studios (former Heider’s, San Francisco) in 1980.

I bought Coast Recorders ( Mission Street) from  Bill Putnam in 1988. Installed my first Neve, a modified 8026, in 1990.

Moved the studio into the Golden State building on Harrison street in 1995. It was a very well equipped studio and a great sounding facility.

Coast Recorders closed in October of 2000. R.I.P.

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working in the studio with the Rubinoos,  Psycotic Pineapple, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Vox Pop and Omar Sosa, among others.

I began collecting, buying and selling recording equipment in 1972 after being exposed to the studio, thanks to Tom Lubin, then a CBS engineer, and now a well-known educator .

In August, 1976, I met Allen Sides and was made aware of tube microphones.  The light went on…as a “vintage guitar” dealer, in 1977, it was easy  to embrace the idea that an old microphone could be superior to a new one.

I believe I coined the phrase “vintage recording equipment”, an extension of my activities as a “vintage” guitar dealer.

I began importing large quantities of Neumann, AKG, and Telefunken tube mics in 1978.

Typically, from 1978-1990, we would buy 20-30 tube mics per month.

As a result of intensive research and  extensive  travels, I have imported thousands of tube mics, dozens of Neve consoles, as well as innumerable pieces of classic outboard equipment.

I owned a store  in Hollywood from 1985-1992, managed by my lifelong friend Mr. Jon Rubin.

Arguably the rarest tube mic in the world, the Telefunken Ela M270 stereo microphone (serial number 101) now in the collection of Blackbird Studios was purchased by me in Vienna, from one of the”Austrian Sound Hunters”, an amateur recording club, for the princely sum of $1100.in 1983.

In 1988, I began selling large quantities of gear to Shelley Yakus and A&M (now Hensen) studios, including at least 80 Pultecs and 100-200 classic tube mics, as well as hundreds of other pieces of classic equipment. Needless to say, Shelley has great taste in gear and indeed is one of the great engineers.

I sold my first Neve console to Al Firestein of Acoustilog in NYC in 1979, where it functioned happily for many years.

Since then we’ve sold 75-100 Neves and probably stripped another 100 or so for parts. We have never sold a single SSL console.

We began selling Neve modules to the industry in 1985. The first pair we sold were 1064’s to Mr. John Cuniberti, who used them extensively in the recording of “Surfing With The Alien” by Joe Satriani.

We’ve sold hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of packaged and raw Neve modules. We began modifying and selling Telefunken V72’s in 1992.

I bought the E.M.I. Redd 37 console in Germany in 1981 with Mr. Chris Solberg, a lifelong friend and musical cohort. We had it for 10 years and then Jon Rubin sold it to Lenny Kravitz. That was a very good thing, because 6 months later the house it was in burned down to the ground in the Oakland fire!

We began manufacturing a Class A vintage reissue preamp package in 1994, and sold 400-500 units before 2000.

I still collect and play old guitars and write songs. My last royalty check was for $71……….

 

Partial List of  Clients

A&M STUDIOS (Now Hensen Productions)
OCEAN WAY

OCEAN WAY NASHVILLE

SUNSET SOUND

PAUL MCCARTNEY

BRYAN ADAMS

SHELLEY YAKUS

ARMIN STEINER

RECORD ONE

LUCASFILM

SHAWN MURPHY

BRENT AVERILL

THE ENTERPRISE

MARTINSOUND

DR. FRED BASHOUR

BILL BRADLEY

THE ENTERPRISE/AUDIO AFFECTS

BEARSVILLE STUDIOS

NRG STUDIOS

ROYALTONE STUDIOS

ONE ON ONE RECORDING

TBONE BURNETT

BYRON GALLIMORE

THE CASTLE RECORDERS

EMERALD SOUND

DREAMHIRE NY/LONDON/NASHVILLE

AUDIO RENTS

FANTASY STUDIOS

BATTERYSTUDIOS NASHVILLE/LONDON

THE PLANT RECORDING

FLETCHER / MIKE NEHRA / PRO AUDIO DESIGN

DONN LANDEE

JASON SLATER

THE SITE

O ‘HENRY STUDIOS

STUDIO D

BIG HOUSE STUDIOS

POWER STATION

MARK NEEDHAM

SEAR SOUND

QUAD RECORDING

RIGHT TRACK RECORDING

UNIQUE RECORDING

SKIPPER WISE

SOUNDS OF HAWAII

GEORGE BENSON

DON SMITH

AXIS STUDIOS

CHUCK PLOTKIN

NEIL YOUNG

CAESAR ROSAS

RICKY SCAGGS

JOSH LEO

BOZ SCAGGS

EDDIE MONEY

NEIL SCHON

SOUNDDESIGN STUDIOS TOKYO

TOM PETTY

WARNER BROTHERS STUDIOS

PAISLEY PARK STUDIOS

PARAMOUNT RECORDING

STUDIO 55

POWER PLAY STUDIOS

DAVID KERSHENBAUM

RIGHT TRACK RECORDING

BILL SCHNEE

STUDIO BIRDMAN

STUDIO ULTIMA

TARPON STUDIOS

TRAX RECORDING

STUDIO IN THE COUNTRY

JIM BRADY RECORDING

THE CASTLE RECORDING

GARY CHANG

CHEROKEE RECORDING

CONWAY RECORDING

GRANNY’S HOUSE

HEAVY MOON

HILTON SOUND

MICHAEL J.JACKSON(PRODUCER)

DAVLEN RECORDING

JOHN COUGAR MELLANCAMP
DON GEHMAN
PAT LEONARD
GARY LADINSKY
STUDIO D
ZOMBA RECORDING
ALPHA AND OMEGA
PHILLIP GLASS
THE MANHATTEN CENTER
NORMANDY SOUND
RUSTED ROOT
SEAR SOUND
SOUNDS OF HAWAII
BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN
BRUCE HORNSBY
MILAN BOGDEN
STEPBRIDGE STUDIOS
MATT WALLACE
MARK MCKENNA
BEARSVILLE STUDIOS
TOM FLYE
TONI FISHMAN
VINTAGE TONES
TALCOTT MOUNTAIN STUDIOS
JACK ROCK
JOHN MCBRIDE
TELEFUNKEN NORTH AMERICA
MICKEY HART

DANIEL LANOIR

CRITERIA RECORDING

MARK HOWARD

FANTASY RECORDING

JACK CASSIDY

KIVA RECORDING

HOUSE OF BLUES STUDIOS

DESIGN FX

METROPOLIS RECORDING

NEW WORLD STUDIOS

FRANK ZAPPA

BOB HODAS

PARAMOUNT RECORDERS

SOUND CITY

SILVIA MASSEY

ACOUSTILOG

RIGHT TRACK

OBIE O’ BRIEN

BRUCE SPINGSTEEN

STEVE ALBINI

CHAS SANFORD

RAY KENNEDY

GREENSTREET RECORDING

SUSAN ROGERS

THE ARTIST

DAVE BAERWALD

DALLAS SOUND LAB

STUDIO 54

DAVID HOLMAN

JACK JOSEPH PUIG

JOE CHICARELLI

BILL SCHNEE

TCHAD BLAKE

THE MANHATTEN CENTER

EXTASY STUDIOS

LE MOBILE

BRUCE FAIRBAIRN/ ARMOURY STUDIOS

VILLAGE RECORDERS

CHEROKEE STUDIOS

DAVID PAICH

WALTER BECKER

VAN HALEN

SOUNDCASTLE

GEORGE MASSENBURG

WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS

GRATEFUL DEAD

PRARIE SUN RECORDING

PRODUCERS WORKSHOP

ARDENT RECORDING

WOODLAND SOUND STUDIOS

JACK VAAD/DAVIES HALL

BEE GEES

WOOL HALL STUDIOS

POWER PLANT LONDON

MAD HATTER

MILAGRO SOUND

MARSHALL MORGAN

JEFF NARELL

KLAUS HEINE

ERIC PRESTIGE

DENNY PURCELL

BERNIE GRUNDMAN

BOB LUDWIG

RECORD PLANT LA

WATERFRONT STUDIOS

PAUL WHITEHEAD

ROY YOKELSON

ALLEN WILLIS RAMSEY

GERARD SMEREK

TODD RUNDGREN

AMBIENCE RECORDING

TIM BOMBA

LAMONT DOZIER

STEVEN JARVIS

RICHARD LANDIS

LARRABEE RECORDING

MARK LINDSEY

MARK LINETT

ALLAIRE STUDIOS

KEVIN GILBERT

BILL BOTRELL

THE POWER STATION

HYDE STREET STUDIOS

STUDIO 880

TINY TELEPHONE

MR.TOADS

STREETERVILLE STUDIOS

GREENE ST.STUDIOS

RPM RECORDING

GEORGE BENSON

WALTER BECKER

SUSAN ROGERS

O’HENRY STUDIOS

BOB BILES

DAN SCHWARTZ

THE MINT STUDIOS

POWER PLAY

OCEAN ENTERTAINMENT

MAMA JO’S

BOB COUVER

ELLIOT MAZER

JAMES STROUD

SKIP SAYLOR RECORDING

RICK NOWELS

BRUCE MONICLE
AND     MANY  MORE…………………