Bonhams is honoured to offer the ‘Abbey Road’ EMI TG12345 MkI Prototype Console. The recording console used by The Beatles to record their ground-breaking album ‘Abbey Road’ in 1969, it is an incredibly important piece of Beatles history, and of music history overall.

The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’, named after the world-famous street on which the recording studios are situated in London, had a distinctive and sophisticated sound that is indebted to the console that it was produced on.

“Made in England by EMI’s own Central Research Laboratories… the TG12345 was a beast of scientific engineering. The company’s staff journal hailed it as ‘the most comprehensive sound mixing console in the world’. Because the Beatles worked mostly in EMI Number 2 studio, that’s where the new desk was installed… There are photos of the Beatles sitting there in 1969 to witness the TG12345 having a noticeable impact on their sound. It gave a crisper cleaner signal, creating the sonic difference that ‘Abbey Road’ has over all other Beatles albums”.
– Mark Lewisohn, historian and author of ‘The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions’.

The sale will also include a curated selection of artefacts relating to The Beatles and Abbey Road.

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