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Vintage King Audio Restores API Legacy For JJ Wiesler

The classic console was restored for their longtime client and leading Indie producer / engineer.

By PSW Staff December 6, 2010

JJ Wiesler at his API Legacy.

Vintage King Audio has announced the restoration of a Classic API Legacy for JJ Wiesler.

The API Legacy acquired by Wiesler is one of the first ten ever issued and was previously part of boy-band impresario Lou Pearlman’s setup at Trans Continental Studios.

When Pearlman’s assets were dissolved in 2006, after he was convicted of a number of highly-publicized fraud charges, Vintage King Audio bought the console and began to restore the desk to it’s original condition.

Vintage King’s in house technical staff devoted over 450 hours to bringing the classic Legacy back to its original luster, both sonically and cosmetically.

“Console restorations are tricky. They require a high level of technical skill, need to be executed with flexibility to anticipate any complications, but also meet a client’s window of time for installation between sessions,” says Mike Nehra, Vintage King Co-Owner and Director of Sales.

“When JJ reached out looking for a used console, the API Legacy was a perfect fit for Decibelle’s existing setup and I was confident that our tech crew would not only restore the console, but make it better than new. API Legacy consoles are large, fairly complex desks and notoriously don’t travel well.”

“Once the console arrived, one of our technicians consulted with JJ via phone for the three-day install. At the end of the process, everything worked as if it had been a part of Decibelle for years.”

“Knowing that JJ’s expectations weren’t just met but exceeded made the entire process a great experience for everyone.”

Wiesler, who is best known for his work with numerous high-profile Independent Artists, including Jonathan Richman (on his 2008 release for Vapor Records), Vic Chesnutt, Kelley Stoltz, and Matt Nathanson, completed his first session on the new API Legacy with Matador Records artist, GIRLS, for their upcoming release.

The session, which was tracked on Decibelle’s Quad Eight, was ultimately mixed on the API Legacy, which was installed mid-session.

The Legacy joins a roster of hand-selected, boutique gear at Decibelle Recording, including a pair of Barefoot Monitors, a Retro 2A3 Dual Program EQ, and two Retro176 Tube Limiting Amplifiers that Wiesler also purchased through Vintage King Audio.

Details on the restoration are available here.

Vintage King Audio Website


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