A Brief History
Malcolm Jackson Quipment
The name MJQ is a homage to the 50’s jazz quartet that was a favourite of Malcolm & older brother John Jackson growing up in Rickmansworth, where their father, the broadcaster Jack Jackson created the UK’s first ever professional home studio for the purpose of preparing the radio programmes that would make him a household name.
The former trumpeter & bandleader had started out on the BBC and then Radio Luxembourg playing the new music from America. Being the first DJ to have fun on the radio, his pioneering use of live samples & funny commentary was hugely popular and eventually the BBC gave him a slot on the Light Programme.
With 12 million listeners every Saturday afternoon, a single play of a record on Jack Jackson’s Record Round Up would result in over 250,000 units sold by the following Monday lunchtime. His show was a radio phenomenon that inspired the next generation of DJs including Kenny Everett, John Peele & Bob Harris.
Groundbreaking as it was, Jack’s broadcasting style was often at odds with the established way of doing things at the BBC and to him they were like an overbearing aunt. ‘Aunty’ became Jack’s nickname for the Beeb and the term is still used to this day.
After Jack moved to Tenerife (sending in his taped show to the BBC by plane) his two sons ran the studio commercially and throughout the 70s & 80s Jackson Studios became synonymous with rock & punk bands, particularly Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, engineered by Vic Maile.
Recording Studio Property & Equipment Sales
John and Malcolm fell into the role of studio broker in 1969 when Barry Gray of Thunderbirds fame asked for help clearing out his studio before moving abroad.
1981 – “Sale of the Century” @ Abbey Road Studios
1985 – George Martin’s custom Neve A4792 console from Air Montserrat
1988 – John Lennon/ Ringo Starr Equipment Sale from Startling Studios, Tittenhurst Park
1992 – George Martin’s Neve from Studio Two @ Air Studios Oxford Circus
2012 – Abbey Road’s Neve VR from Studio Two
2017 – EMI TG 12345 MKIV “Dark Side of the Moon” console for Mike Hedges in partnership with Bonhams
2019 – Abbey Road’s DMM vinyl cutting lathe (also sourcing the VMS80 that replaced it)
2022 – SSL 9000 J from Studio 3
2023 – The Beatles Abbey Road console – the original prototype EMI TG 12345 (MK1) – used for the recording of Abbey Road by The Beatles, restored by MJQ’s team headed by Brian Gibson
The music business charity DEAF (Distinguished Audio Engineers Federation) was co-founded by Malcolm & associated engineers and their hell-raising charity galas raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for children with hearing difficulties.
Today the Jackson brothers are working with the Chiltern Open Air Museum in a campaign to rebuild the studios as a community cafe, recording studio and event space for the community and to educate & inspire young people with a working history of the studios (link).
MJQ has, since 2018, project managed the restoration of The Beatles Abbey Road console – the original prototype EMI TG 12345 MK1 that was installed in Studio 2 in 1967 and was used by The Beatles to record the Abbey Road album – it is now ready for use by whoever wins the upcoming auction at Bonhams!
MJQ runs Reverb’s Artist Shops in UK, as official partner of Reverb.com. There are 5 shops currently ‘live’: Mazzy Star; Sergio Vega; Muse; Bullet For My Valentine and Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music.
MJQ is official distributor of Rhodes Pianos and we have a demo piano at the showroom in NW London if you’d like to try it out you’re very welcome! Just let us know when you’d like to come so we can put the kettle on 🙂
Some of our clients over the past 50 yrs:
Abbey Road Studios
Air Studios Montserrat
Barry Gray (Thunderbirds)
Bray Film studios for Gerry Anderson
Britannia Row Studios
British Grove Studios
Church Studio for the Eurythmics
Command Studios Piccadilly
De Lane Lea Studios, Soho
Eden Studios Chiswick
Electric Mastering, Westbourne Studios
Elstree Film Studios
EMI Studios Barcelona
John Lennon’s studio at Tittenhurst Park
Mark Angelo Studios
Townhouse Studios for Universal Records
Trident Studios Soho
Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands