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API 1604 Vintage Console

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

$ Price In Listing

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

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.

Description

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

Broker 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.

Pricing:

There are two purchase options:
1. to take it as-is: working well, and with a tech report, but with some improvements that could be made. $75,000
2. to buy it following a full recap/service which will take 2-3 months and cost approximately $10-12,000 more (the console is with our client’s tech and ready to begin this work).

Further info from the seller:

API1604:

Has had a full tech report completely as of six weeks ago by a good tech in Nashville who followed my tech’s prescription plan for getting test results.

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.

It is now with my tech ready for him to begin a full recap and deep clean and then re-evaluate and go from there. So there are two directions we can go here. There’s a report which I already had sent you before along with photos which reflect the current condition of the desk OR I could follow through with having my tech dive as deep as he goes and make it perfect — along with arranging patch bays etc. So there’s a huge swing in value and price there.

Cosmetically it’s as good as it gets and it is totally original to my knowing also according to the tech that did the report before I purchased the desk. My tech will take some time with the desk;  I’d plan on 2-3 months before it’d be ready to ship. He likes to really let things burn in and get hot.

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.

Tax

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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