The Legendary EMI TG 12345 Prototype Console
The Beatles Abbey Road Console
EMI TG 12345 Mk1 (The Prototype)
Now fully restored, the EMI TG12345 was used by The Beatles for much of the recording of their groundbreaking album Abbey Road in 1969.
This is the Prototype TG – the very first one EMI put into operation – initially in ‘the Experimental Room’ (Room 65) for testing against the REDD consoles, before being moved to Studio 2 where it was used by Cliff Richard and The Shadows and subsequently by The Beatles.
After they disbanded the console remained until 1971 and was used by all four for their solo material, as well as Billy Preston, The Hollies, Mary Hopkin & Doris Troy.
Mike Hedges ‘The TG Man’ spent a decade reuniting the parts with the original frame that MJQ restored under the guidance of Brian Gibson.
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EMI TG 12345 Mk1 (The Prototype), ‘The TG Men’ in 1968 and The TG techs in 2023
Saved For Its Sound
The engineers at EMI Studios, in development with EMI Central Research in Hayes, were constantly looking to improve the technology and as such were ready to dispose of – what was to them – the now redundant equipment.
Mike Hedges fell in love with the TG sound and build his career on it, becoming ‘the TG man’… collecting any parts that he could get his hands on while the main client at Abbey Road throughout most of the the 80s…
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Phil McDonald engineering on an Abbey Road session, Studio 2, 1969