A recording console that The Beatles used in Abbey Road has been put for sale by its owner, Lenny Kravitz.
Even if it wasn't used to record Let It Be, the REDD 37 unit up for sale by is a phenomenal look into recording history. Built by EMI, the REDD 37 (Recording, Engineering Development Division) is one of a generation of recording devices which used glass tubes and valves exclusively. EMI has only ever built three of them.
A dual four track recording console, the REDD 37 was not made to be replicated or mass produced. It's got eight channels and two auxiliary channels. The REDD uses a self-contained Siemens V72S amp, which has a a fixed gain level of 40 dB and was built specifically for recording studios. The machine has a treble control and a bass control, and has been kept up remarkably well.
Conceived by Len Page of Abbey Road and Peter Burkowitz of EMI, the REDD series was meant to not only have the highest level of professional quality but to also be easily assembled and disassembled. As it moved from England to Oakland, CA for Lenny Kravtiz, it's proven that even though it's not exactly portable, it can travel. The REDD system, later abandoned when the Beatles moved to 8 track, was part of what established Abbey Road as a studio with a legendary status alongside places like Sam Phillips' Sun Records.
Neither VintageKing or Kravitz has listed a price for the REDD 37, and there's an email for serious bidders. For the rest of us, its sale allows a unique look inside the machine that was crucial to culture in the 20th century as we know it.