Pete Townshend has been out of his Richmond home for 26 years, leaving the home studio behind but taking with him the console he used for many recordings of The Who.
The Richmond Hill residence – once owned by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood – sold the Grade I listed 18th-century Georgian house for £ 15million in August.
“Moving is never fun,” the musician said on Instagram. “But with that went the home studio (which I helped build for Ronnie Wood when he lived in the house before mine in 1973) where I produced a lot of my songs and a lot of commercial music.”
His Neve BCM10 console, which he took with him, was used to mix ‘Live at Leeds’, the piano part of ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ and more. “I did all the backing tracks for the synthesizer for Quadrophenia, the music of Ken Russell Tommy movie, and ‘Baba O’Riley’, ‘Won’t Get Embed Again,’ ”Townshend’s post continued.
“This console has so much mojo for me. I really like. I rarely managed to get a bad sound out of it. The guitarist said he was moving his studio to the countryside.
Despite hanging onto the console, Townshend said last month he was “reluctant” to record new music with The Who, claiming the “old-fashioned way that [the band] work ”is a stumbling block.
“A lot of artists now write songs at home, record them at home and release them in a matter of weeks,” he said at the time. “But our process is old fashioned and it takes a long time.
“So I don’t know, but I’m optimistic. And I am certainly full of ideas.