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DAV Broadhurst Gardens, Mick Hinton Single-Channel Preamps
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DAV Broadhurst Gardens, Mick Hinton

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Designer Talk : Mick Hinton | D.A.V Electronics - Pro Audio Clube
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I still can't believe that when I called up in 2008 to ask about my (then proposed) purchase of a Broadhurst Gardens No. 8 mic amp, the voice on he other end said "This is Mick..."

Still have it. Still love it.

HB
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Same here....a true artisan/craftsman, and he sped through the export side of things as well, and supplied a tail of DB25 to 8 XLRs at no extra cost...what a gentleman !
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Whenever I read his story, all I can think of is how easy it was too get a job back then. Not even a handful of years of electronics/hifi interest and zero recording knowledge and he landed a job at Decca. Seems to have turned out alright for everyone at least
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Whenever I read his story, all I can think of is how easy it was too get a job back then. Not even a handful of years of electronics/hifi interest and zero recording knowledge and he landed a job at Decca. Seems to have turned out alright for everyone at least
Back then, being at right place at right time, persistence, somewhat related prior experience and sheer luck were factors in getting the job. Then....staying in the job....excelling and generalising skills across classical, jazz, pop, comedy etc (think George Martin), observing and learning on the job, adaptability, innovation were all vital in holding that job ...and raising your company's profile in the recording marketplace.

Odds of getting that sort of person nowadays ...with outsourced, algorithmic personnel hire consultants and hyper-specialised paper qualification emphasis....ha, you tell me ?
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I use the DAV Stereo Passive Mix Amp to sum the outputs of RADAR; great single-purpose device which proved really cost-effective and I'm able to use external preamps for make-up gain. I really like the pureness and vitality of the mix soundstage. Based on this experience I'm interested in the rest of the range too. Nice job Mick.
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I met Mick a few years ago when he built a BG1 for me, and I collected it from his house. A great guy, and one from the old school of great British craftsmen. He's so helpful, and I phoned him up to ask about using ribbon mics with it, and he was so enthusiastic about them being used with the BG1.

I just love his story, as he represents all the best engineer/designers that we had from that era, when British made products were of such high quality. (That's not to say we don't still have one or two, like Sontronics who make British mics).
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