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North Hollywood, CA, United States
Originally $695,000, now $645,000 ($50,000 price drop)

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BRAND: Bushnell/ API

MODEL: Custom

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  Techno Empire is honored to present for sale the historic Sunset Sound Bushnell API Recording Console.

Originally commissioned in 1969 by Sunset Sound Studio it immediately became the centerpiece of production and recording for an endless stream of iconic artists and albums throughout the 1970's and 80's.

This working artifact is currently owned by Producer/Artist T Bone Burnett and responsible for close to 20 years of notable Albums, Soundtracks, and TV Scores while under his command.

The diversity of successful albums and artists that recorded on this console is truly staggering. It is nothing short of a parade of influential and timeless recordings. This console is magic!

A partial discography in no particular order:

Janis Joplin - Pearl

The Doors- LA Woman (Some of the album was done on this console)

Rollings Stones- Exile on Mainstreet (Overdubs)

Linda Ronstadt- Heart Like a wheel, Desperado, Don’t cry now, Silver Threads Golden Needles

Elton John- Island Girl, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Diving Board, Wonderful Crazy Night, 21 at 33, Rock of the Westies, The Union (w/ Leon Russel)

Bette Midler -Divine Madness

Dave Mason-Feelin Alright

BB King- One Kind Favor

Willie Nelson- Country Music

Neil Diamond- The Jazz Singer

Barbary Streisand- You don’t bring me flowers

Doobie Brothers- Takin’ it to the Streets, Livin’ on the Fault Line, Minute by Minute, One Step Closer

Eddie Rabbit-Love a Rainy Night

Jackson Browne- For Everyman, The Pretender

Jakob Dylan- Women + Country

The Corrs- Jupiter Calling

John Mellencamp- Life, Death, Love and Freedom, No Better Than This, Freedoms Road, Plain Spoken

The Chieftains- Voice of Ages

Steve Earle- I’ll Never Get out of this World Alive

T Bone Burnett- Tooth of Crime, The True False Identity

Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever

Chris Christopherson- Natural Act, Full Moon

Little Feet-Feet don’t fail me now, Dixie Chicken, Sailin Shoes

Ozark Mountain Daredevils- Jackie Blue

Greg Allman-Love Country Blues, Two the Hard Way

TOTO-Georgy Porgy

Earth, Wind, and Fire- September

Alison Krauss & Robert Planet- Raising Sand

Van Halen- Van Halen I & II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down, and several songs from 1984 Including Jump, Hot for Teacher, and Top Jimmy.


The Jazz Singer

Walk the Line

Don’t Come Knocking

Crazy Heart

Cold Mountain

Mission Impossible (60’-70’s TV Show)

Across the Universe

The Hunger Games

True Detective (TV Show)  


  • 32 Channel Line inputs (API 325 Cards) with 24 channel Mic Preamps (API 312 mic preamp cards)
  • 24 Channel Monitor Section
  • 2 Foldback/Que Sends
  • 4 Echo Sends
  • 97" Wide x 45.5" Deep x 47" Height at top of Patch Bay
  • 12- API 550A EQ's
  • 4-API 550 EQ's
  • 8-550b EQ's
  • 7-560  Graphic EQ
  • 1-560b Graphic EQ
  • Neve Flying Faders Automation on every channel

ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: The console desk includes a bottom platform that raises the desk up to standard level. A variety of related parts and accessories and cables are included.


  • Includes a variety of API Modules, Neve Flying Faders and Amp Cards as seen in photos.

The console is in very good working condition with the typical kinds of occasional staticky pots, switches, and anomalies that one would expect from a 50+-Year-old console. The console was in full service and recording albums for T Bone and his artists up until it was decommissioned in early 2020.

The desk has become something more than just a legend with an amazing hit track record, but a timeless historical artifact worthy of being preserved in a museum. However, being that it has been such a reliable and enduring contributor to musical history, and given that it has been lovingly cared for by T Bone and the services of Charlie Bolois of Vertigo Recording services over the years, it seems it still has many many stories to tell. We are hoping to find a buyer that will keep its musical legacy going for decades to come.

Viewing is welcome by appointment at our North Hollywood location.

- The console can be safely crated and shipped to anywhere in the world. The price shown in the listing for shipping is an estimate for crating and shipping and is likely to change depending on your location. Special arrangements will have to be made for insurance. Please contact us with your location and we'll work out the best possible options.  

Listed3 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • Bushnell API
  • Custom
  • Black
  • 1970's
Made In
  • United States

Techno Empire

North Hollywood, CA, United States
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