API 1604 Vintage Console

A stunning vintage console in excellent condition. Functional, but option available to have a full service added.

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Stunning vintage console for sale in excellent condition. Brokerage sale – the desk is currently located in the USA.

See below for pricing and more details from our client. Price depends on whether extra servicing is selected as an option.



The price is $65,000 or $75,000, depending on which of the options below the buyer prefers. The current status of the desk is that the seller has been having it overhauled. This work is now largely complete, including full recap of all channel amps, and it is in the final stages of being serviced.
OPTION 1: $75,000
– Wait until the final faults have been dealt with. The desk will then be supplied with a guarantee of full functioning and a 6 month warranty (exact terms will come from the seller).
OPTION 2: $65,000
– Take the desk as it is now. It has the two known issues noted below. Beyond the standard 14 day period allowed for testing there would be no further guarantee or warranty.
 The remaining faults are:
1. Echo send 2 does not work. This is suspected to be a seating issue in the master section as its global.
2. Some switch caps don’t stay on when you use them in the master section.
With either option above the seller will also supply 10x Avedis 1122 opamps at no extra charge. These are considered the best 2520 API replacement option.

(Note: dog in one photo is not included in the sale – we couldn’t bring ourselves to crop it out.)

Brokerage sale on behalf of a client. If you have gear that you want us to look at selling on your behalf then please look at our Commission & Consignment page for more information and get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Further info from the seller:

There was an initial assessment made before the service work was commenced. This is what was found:

Known faults are few – scratchy pots here and there – (listed in results) and I believe the power supply minimum should be recapped in full if not the entire desk. 

As it sits now it is working 100% from a functionality perspective but I think a full recap would improve headroom and noise test numbers literally across the board. My plan is to have this desk worked on by my tech before selling to make it “perfect”, or as perfect as a vintage console can get. 

Cosmetically it’s as good as they can be minus one small chip – I sent a photo of the meter bridge showing this – it’s about the size of the pad to my pinky finger. 

It is completely original minus an ABC monitor out mod that was done and some minor recapping that looks like it too needs recapping now. 

The board is loaded with the following modules:

  • 550A (not A-1 modules) x6 for channel amps 
  • 550 x4 for channel amps
  • 554×4 for channel amps
  • 560A x2 for channel amps
  • 553 x4 (on the group modules) 
  • 525 compressors x2 
  • oscillator module x1 
  • Layout:
  • 16 channels amps
  • 4 submaster (groups)
  • 2 mix master

Reason for sale is simply we don’t have space for a B room now.

SHIPPING: Brokerage sale so shipping is arranged between the buyer and seller direct (but we can usually help with access to trusted couriers etc). This item is located in USA. If you need an estimate then get in touch.

Brokerage Sale Information:

This is a brokerage sale by Soundgas on behalf of the owner. The console is not at Soundgas and we have (sadly) not had a chance to test it ourselves. We only work in this way with trusted clients who understand their gear. That said, it is the buyer’s responsibility to confirm details provided in the listing by the seller are to their satisfaction – if you have any questions at all please let us know before we arrange shipping.

As a brokerage sale, payment will be made to us but will be held in escrow for the seller until the buyer confirms satisfactory receipt of the item. The buyer has 14 days from receipt to raise any concerns, after which we will release funds to the seller. Full terms available on request.

Condition report from seller

Cosmetically it’s as good as they can be minus one small chip – I sent a photo of the meter bridge showing this – it’s about the size of the pad to my pinky finger.


Brokerage item - see detailed description for more information on tax status of this sale.

Voltage Information

Switchable voltage for use anywhere in the world.


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