Now that the equipment
was on order, Bob could set about refurbishing the
building work was probably done is less than six months.
There was already office space
off to the left. All I had to do was take the centre part of
the building and put up concrete blocks to provide
more offices, a control room and a studio. Once the blocks reached a
certain height I filled in the voids with sand for
We also rewired the
the console was ready, Ken brought it up from Cleveland and
we set about installation using a uhaul truck.
I also built a
mastering room. I had always mastered my own records in New
York City and could cut the master lacquers. We bought
a cutting lathe system from Gotham Audio and when it was
time to install it, one of their staff, a guy called Steve (note
: possibly Stephen F Timmer, the founder of Gotham?), was sent over as it had to be well balanced.
We cut our own masters
thereafter and sent them to Columbia's pressing plant in
They used to tell me that
they were the cleanest, hottest masters they'd seen in a
long time. I was very proud of that.