Dub Special – Prince Fatty Consignment
WRITTEN BY: Tony Miln
UPLOADED: 28th Oct 2016
We have a heavyweight consignment of mouth-watering vintage gear just arrived hot from the studio of Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi. He is undoubtedly on the vanguard of the new wave of dub producers now following and building on the traditions and techniques of dub. We’re long time fans (see his live dubs on youtube!) so getting our hands on some of his essential studio tools is a source of much excitement.
Some items will be sold via the site, others by a sealed bid auction ending on Wednesday 9th November at 12pm GMT.
First up, and requiring no introduction to Soundgas regulars, is his stunning Grampian Type 636 Spring Reverb. See it here (it will say sold – we can’t currently list gear on the site without a price).
We’re spring reverb and tape echo specialists and are more than a little obsessed by the vintage pieces used to create classic dub and reggae. Alongside our fully-serviced/guaranteed Roland RE-201 Space Echoes and Mu-tron Bi-Phases, the mighty Grampian stands as an absolute essential, albeit one that’s becoming increasingly-hard to track down, especially in this condition. Far from a one-trick pony, these Grampians are things of wonder for anyone who loves rich harmonic distortion, and they have a myriad of uses in the studio – see our previous Grampian blog post for more on these machines.
This one has been converted to run using an external 240v power supply and has to be the cleanest example we’ve yet seen. It will be sold via the sealed bid auction detailed above. It is in good working order and covered by our usual guarantee. See a full set of photos of the unit here and email bids or any questions to [email protected]
Possibly a little less well-known, but no less desirable to the dub cognoscenti, is his lovely Langevin EQ 258-A Program Equalizer – the rackmount version of the EQ 251-A. Prince Fatty has this to say about it:
‘…classic 1950s american passive similar to Pultec. It is unique as you can boost/cut 40hz. Super larger and very good for Kick and Reggae Bass related duties. The gain make up stage is class A/B with Marinair transformer so no gain loss when inserting via patchbay/interface.’
It will be sold via the sealed bid auction detailed above. It has been converted to 240v operation and is in good working order and covered by our usual guarantee. Very clean condition for its age: see a full set of photos of the unit here and email bids or any questions to [email protected]
The pair of Gates Solid Statesman AGC broadcast limiters are a something of a studio secret weapon about which Prince Fatty has this to say:
‘these are overlooked 1960s broadcast compressors with huge transformers and are very warm sounding. Very clever and musical HF reduction when hit hard, I used these a lot for vocal stems and also for gentle drum compression. They are solid state but behave in a tube MU style sound-wise. Can be used for mastering.’
They are for sale via this listing on the site as a pair, but we will consider offers for one unit – get in touch if interested.
Finally, for the first instalment of this sale, we have the Audio Developments – Broadcast Bus Meter – a Middle and Side (M & S) meter that is a fine addition to any studio – a tough one to price – we’re open to offers on it. See more photos of it here.
Please register your interest in the sealed bid auctions for the Grampian and Langevin by emailing [email protected] – very simply, the highest bids received by the closing time of 12pm GMT on Wenesday November 9th 2016 win the item.
Can’t go without posting one of these though…
Tony Miln is the co-founder (& Head Gear Head) of Soundgas. See/hear him in action on Instagram.