QEE | 2082 Console (Village Recorders)
Village recorders operated several QE 2082 desks during the early 70,s when they began building their reputation as one of the premiere recording studios in the world, with a constant stream of gold albums and #1 hits coming out of their studios. Pictured is the same console featured on the back cover of Steely Dan,s, Can’t Buy A Thrill album. (note the extra arm on the console in the album picture). Bands such as The Beach Boys, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and dozens of others created million selling albums on these desks.
One of the Village QE 2082 desks moved with Rob Fraboni to Shangri-La studios in Malibu in 1976, where it continued its hit filled career with artists like Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and The Band. Around 1985 it moved to Blackfoot Studios in Europe and is still there in daily use.
The Steely Dan 2082 made its way up to Seattle and lived there until 2012 when Orphan Audio helped a very busy music composer acquire it. It was fully restored by Orphan Audio and Tom Herzer and returned home to live and operate only a few miles away from its original Santa Monica, Ca. installation at Village Recorders.