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Recording Console Used On ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Headed To Auction

Want to own the recording console used to record Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and many other classic albums? Now's your chance. 

The board -- an EMI TGI12345 MK IV -- goes up for auction on March 27 as part of Bonhams' Rock And Roll Through The Lens event. The console was at EMI Record's Abbey Road from 1972-1983; Dark Side was one of the first albums recorded with the equipment, which was also used for projects by Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, The Cure and many others.

The console will be displayed at Bonhams' London location starting on March 19, and it comes with a letter of authenticity from studio manager Ken Townsend, a vintage Pink Floyd promotional photo, a documented history by Abbey Road tech Brian Gibson and a copy of Dark Side.

A description on Bonhams' web site reads:

"This recording console, located in Studio 2, was one of only two custom made by EMI engineers for Abbey Road studios. It was commissioned by Abbey Road to update the previous recording/mixing equipment from the MK II model, an eight-track console that had been well used from 1968, but which had become obsolete.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour recalls attending a meeting with the key staff at Abbey Road around 1967 to discuss the equipment upgrade. Gilmour adds: 'I said that they should ignore eight-track altogether and switch from four-track to 16-track. Doing that would have saved them money and put them in front of most other studios.'"

The Rock and Roll Through the Lense auction also includes a gold record award for the Beatles' "Let It Be," some handwritten Bob Dylan poetry, guitars signed by Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, and Mick Rock photos of David Bowie, Queen's Freddie Mercury and original Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.