[SOLVED]What turntables and mixers were used at Studio 54 and Paradise Garage?

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  1. Luka

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    Is there any member that knows what turntables and mixers were used by DJs during the Disco era at Studio 54 and Paradise Garage. I was under the impression that they used Technics 1200 but every photo I have seen shows some turntables unknown to me and rotary mixers. Thanks
     
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  3. TonyG

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    I can answer your question without seeing any photograph.

    Turntables were the Thorens TD-125s
    The mixers were the Bozak CMA-10-DL2 and Urei 1620
     
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    I am not trying to be an AH here because you are answering my question, but you sound so sure that I have to ask how do you know that?
     
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  5. TonyG

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    I know it for a fact. I can tell you every thing about those 2 clubs specially Studio 54. Let me say that I had a professional relationship with Studio 54, so what I told you about the turntables and mixers is a fact. Both sound systems were designed by Richard Long and Alan Fierstein and that turntable/mixer combo is what they used at the time. Club Zanzibar was another example of this turntable/mixer combo. The turntables used to be on a platform, floating on an elastic suspension made out of rubber bands in order to provide vibration isolation. Around 1980 or 1981, Studio 54 "allowed" DJs to choose the Bozak or Urei and in the basement they had an assortment of different turntables from which to select. They had the Technics 1100, the 1200 MKI and 1200 MKII. I have attached 2 photographs in support of what I told you.
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    Thank you but to clarify, I didn't ask you because I doubted you. I asked you out of curiosity. :wink:
     
  7. TonyG

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    Be careful, curiosity killed the cat!:dj:
     
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  8. Luka

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    @TonyG If you don't mind, I have one more question. How 'bout those Thorens with S shaped arms?
     
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    cool pics
     
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  10. TonyG

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    I am going to start charging you per question. If they look the same they are 125's with 9" SME tonearms or the 12" Ikeda tonearm. If equipped with 12" tonearm they are labeled 125 LB. By the way, the 125 MK I and MK II were made in Germany by EMT.
     
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    All I know is the girl in the photo is pretty as fuckkkkk
     
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  12. Herr Durr

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    valid message
     
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  13. Mykal

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    I used to Jam with Larry Levan and was such an influence in my life when I started out as a D.J. My sister used to take me there ... anyways @TonyG is pretty much on point. although I am not 100% sure as i was always the kid puking but from what little I know and remember about the Garage , I'm pretty sure his info answers the O.P.'s question. I can't speak about Studio, .That is another story that I'm saving for my Grand kids
     
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    @TonyG and @Mykal .. These photos make me wonder how extensive/powerful was the PA for Studio54? ... and do any audio recordings of Studio54 (sets) exist?
     
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    thats brooke shields (& calvin klein)
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    *duplicate response, deleted
     
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    although nicky siano is most-associated with 54 it was Richie Zaczor who did the seamless night thing


    heres a nice piece on him, mentions specifics on the club system as well
     
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  18. Aileron

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    TonyG is right (Hi TonyG). I happen to know those EMT/Thorens 125's well, I've owned one since 1978 and still have it, although I no longer use it. I do run it every once in a while to keep the drive belt/RPM change in shape.
     
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    Tony left this site due to incessant trolling. Definitely our loss.
     
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    I agree. :guru:
     
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    @Luka Those S-shaped tonearms, optional on some Thorens models were "SME". American made, if I'm correct. Mine has a standard (straight) arm, with an Ortophon cartridge.
     
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