Abbey Road Recording Console Used for Dark Side of the Moon Sells for $1.8 Million

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The Bonhams Auction House has reported via Twitter that the recording console used to record Pink Floyd's 1972, 15–times platinum album Dark Side of the Moon has just sold at auction for $1,807,500.

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The absolutely massive 40–channel EMI TG12345 MK IV was built for and used by Abbey Road Studios from 1971 through 1983. According to Bonhams, the console was also used on recordings by Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, The Cure, and Kate Bush, who was herself discovered as a teen by David Gilmour.

This recording console was at the cutting edge of audio technology at the time that it was built in collaboration between Abbey Road and EMI, but the $1.8 million price tag is surely a reflection of its status as a holy grail artifact of rock and roll history.

The console is being sold by producer Mike Hedges, who bought it off of Abbey Road when the studio was revamping its equipment in 1983. No information about the buyer has been disclosed.

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