Vintage Dave Martin rig in royal return

Stereo Asylum put the rig through its paces. The man in the FOH control position was sound engineer Dave Callanan - mixing on a WEM Audiomaster perhaps?

12 June 2012

UK - With so much state-of-the-art sound reinforcement equipment deployed on Diamond Jubilees the length and breadth of Britain, this picture harks back to a bygone age, and is one for the many fans of vintage Martin Audio culture (and founder Dave Martin's unique designs).

Alex Czechowski of Ace Vintage Systems has a veritable museum of working iconic pieces, some of which he fielded at Glastonbury last year (when the Orange Chill 'n' Charge tent was turned into a retrospective space).

This time Ace provided more high quality vintage sound at a Jubilee event in Greatworth, Northampton, which ran totally in analogue from the microphone to the loudspeaker.

The stacks would have done credit to any band playing 25 years ago, since the bass bins were the legendary Martin Audio 215 Mk3, complemented by Martin Audio MH112 mids (also known as 'Ladyshaves') and some tops.

"It sounded fantastic, producing a really warm and clear sound," he said. "It showed that new British music is alive and raw which I think makes a change in these corporate times."

(Jim Evans)

 

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