Classic Sound

As we are increasingly starting to see iconic, top end-kit appearing on KitMapper, we thought that now would be a good moment to throw a spotlight on some of the classic audio kit that some of our listers are sharing.

 

Technics SL-1210 turntable

Without doubt the industry standard for professional DJs the world over, the legendary technics SL-1210 turntable was introduced in 1972, and quickly established itself as one of the key bits of 20th century music gear. Indeed, the 1210’s historical and cultural significance is such that it is on permanent display at the London Science Museum.

Whether used in dance music, hip-hop, turntablism or other genres or public address, the 1210’s robust build, ingeniously simple design, and famed reliability sets it apart from its numerous imitators.

Key features of the model include direct-drive, a ±8% pitch-adjustment slider, and an aluminium die-cast platter.

Discover who’s renting them out and find their location here.

If you’re in need of a larger set-up, why not hire two 1210s at the same time, along with a mixer.

 

Fender Rhodes electric piano

There aren’t many specific models of instrument that are instantly recognisable to the ear, but the Fender Rhodes electric piano is certainly one of them. Gracing countless classic records by the likes of The Beatles and Portishead, the Rhodes has helped shape the sound of popular music from the mid ’60s onwards by providing musicians with a distinctive, bell-like tone that particularly flourished within the more soulful side of pop.

Over the years, the Rhodes has seen different variations on the original 1965 release model, including the Stage, the Mark II, and the Mark V. There are minor spec and cosmetic differences between these models, but that sound remains central to all of them.

Many instrument manufacturers now include a Rhodes preset on their keyboards and software. Such options might get close to the sound, but they can’t touch the original for its tactility, classy looks, and sensibility.

Click here to see who’s renting them out, and, if you’re really after that vintage tone, think about plugging it into a Fender Twin Reverb amp.

 

Fender Bandmaster

The Fender Bandmaster is a truly classic guitar amplifier that has become much coveted and sought-after since its initial discontinuation in 1974. A prime exemplar of the famous bright, clean, and spacious Fender tube amp sound, the Bandmaster was introduced in 1953 as a simple ‘combo’ before developing into a more powerful and dynamic ‘head’ unit.

Throughout its lifespan, the Bandmaster underwent numerous changes — The most important of these, discounting the shift from its initial combo form was that the circuitry was altered several times and the head models increased wattage from 26 to 40.

Studio9 have a vintage 1964 head variant for rental, featuring point-to-point wiring. A perfect solution for recording, gigging, or even just practising with golden era Fender kit.

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