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Was this common? High end engraving on Studio Gear BITD Condenser Microphones
Old 4th March 2017
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Was this common? High end engraving on Studio Gear BITD

Never seen anything like this before, pretty cool:

Was this common? High end engraving on Studio Gear BITDOriginal Warner Bros. Neumann U87 Vintage w/BatteryCompartment *RARE* | eBay

Was this common back in the day? Did alot of studios get custom engraving or tags, badges, markers on their equipment? post em up if you got em!
Old 4th March 2017
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This is my Studer A80. Its hand etched and says Media Sound. I didn't know it when I bought it, but it was a pretty cool discovery.
Old 4th March 2017
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I have a lot of mics/snares/outboard with names of big studios etched on them which makes any 'Sorry I though that was my U47' arguments easier to resolve
Old 4th March 2017
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Funny, I saw that same U87 the other day on Ebay and was curious about it also.
Old 4th March 2017
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I have 4 AKG C-61 mics with ORF engraved on them. They were from Austrian Radio - Österreichischen Rundfunks.
Old 4th March 2017
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I know a few studios that not only are there engravings outside but there are barcodes hidden inside. Also, all their cables (even really basic ones) are labeled. One studio I work at sometimes has taken to changing even the connectors on some of their more expensive mics to non-standard ones to discourage theft. Outboard gear has both external and internal engravings and internal barcodes. And of course, music stands were all stenciled with the studio's name.

It really did crackdown on theft. The mic connector change happened because people would try to take mics not only because the mic was great but because then it had the famous studio's name on it (a bit of bragging rights, I guess, like stealing salt shakers from a famous restaurant.) By changing the connector, they spent less time chasing down missing equipment -- equipment would go "missing" but then get shipped back as if it was an accident once the thief realized they couldn't connect it easily and they couldn't power it either.
Old 4th March 2017
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Another reason for engraving was that lots of additional rental gear was in use.
Old 5th March 2017
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BBC outside broadcast, unit 6
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Old 5th March 2017
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early 1970's U87i that once lived at 'STUDIO BASEL' - I blurred out a number (which is the actual Neumann serial number, rather than an inventory number or something) which is also engraved on the side -- the grey rectangle area to the right.

I did some web searches for Studio Basel and didn't really come up with much that looked audio focused. Would love to know if anyone is familiar with the background.
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Old 6th March 2017
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Awesome! thanks so much for all the cool photos!
Old 7th March 2017
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It's not a U87


Dutch Broadcasting Company NOS
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Old 7th March 2017
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Engraving

So I am not sure if I will get in trouble for divulging a trade secret of the studios and some famous rebuild techs but one of our warehouses is right next door to Apollo Engraving in Burbank.

He has done panels, gear faces, mics, stands, etc etc etc for years.

It's a small shop and he pays a lot of attention to detail.


I was pretty blown away when I took some panels over to him and he had 4 - pultecs that he was engraving....
Old 9th March 2017
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I'm about to launch my new facility in May and I'm having EVERY piece of gear in the studio laser engraved by a friend who specialises in such.

Getting slutty to the point of having the studio name etched on all the faceplates in my handwriting.

Doubt it's going to de-value anything
Old 9th March 2017
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Depending on how big it is, it would definitely devalue gear for me.

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I'm about to launch my new facility in May and I'm having EVERY piece of gear in the studio laser engraved by a friend who specialises in such.

Getting slutty to the point of having the studio name etched on all the faceplates in my handwriting.

Doubt it's going to de-value anything
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