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Note: these instruments are not for sale, though some have been sold in the past by Chandler Guitars.

Akai

Akai DR1200 ADAM Digital multitrack recorder. Bought just after Mike recorded Earth Moving. He told Keyboards magazine how it was helpful in simplifying the process of bouncing down tracks, compared to doing it to DAT from a 24 track, which was his previous way of doing it. He also mentioned how it can be synchronised to the 24 track to give him 12 additional tracks, or work alongside sequenced parts on his Atari ST using MIDI sync.
Akai S-1100 Mike owned both an 8MB and a 32MB version.
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth (Mike used two of these for playing back the many samples used on the album (as seen in the 1994 VH1 interview).)
  • Akai S-6000 Digital rackmount sampler.
  • Tres Lunas [?]
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for playing back Mike's sample library.)

  • AKG

    AKG C12 Multi pattern large diaphragm valve condenser microphone.
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for piano.)

  • Allison Research

    Allison Research Kepex Limiter, used in the 1970s (and possibly beyond) as part of Mike's guitar recording chain.
  • Incantations

  • Ampex

    Nagra/Ampex VPR-5 Portable tape recorder

    Ampex AG440C Used as a stereo mixdown machine in the Beacon.
  • Ommadawn
  • Ampex ATR-124 2" 24 track multitrack tape recorder.

  • Five Miles Out
  • Crises
  • Ampex MM1000 Multitrack tape recorder. A 16 track model was used for Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge, while a 24 track from the Manor Mobile was used for Ommadawn.
  • Tubular Bells
  • The Orchestral Tubular Bells [?] (The Manor Mobile's 24 track would most likely have been used for recording this album.)
  • Ommadawn
  • Ampex MM1200 24 track, 2" multitrack tape recorder. As seen in the making of Blue Peter feature.
  • Incantations
  • Platinum
  • Ampex Grand Master Recording tape.
  • Five Miles Out
  • Earth Moving

  • AMS

    AMS Digital Delay
  • Amarok

  • Andy Manson

    Manson acoustic Worth £439, swapped for a Martin D-35. From c.1980.

    1980
  • Five Miles Out
  • Crises
  • 2013 Andy Manson Heron Acoustic guitar

    2013/12
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Apple

    Apple PowerMac G4 466MHz With 1GB RAM, running OS 9.1, Logic Audio Platinum 4.8.1 and Pro Tools
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Apple PowerMac G5
  • Light + Shade
  • Logic 7 Music editing software
  • Light + Shade
  • Apple Powerbook 170
    Apple Powerbook 180
    Apple Mac Pro
    Apple Powerbook 5300 Used for recalls and general word processing
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Apple PowerMac G4 1GHz mirrored drive door With 1.25GB RAM, running OS 9.2 With Emagic Logic Audio Platinum 5.3.0 and Digidesign Pro Tools 5.3.1
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Apple Macintosh MIDI System
    Apple Macintosh Quadra 650 8MHz, 160MB HD. Running Opcode Studio Vision.
    Apple Macintosh Quadra 700 With two page colour monitor. Running Emagic Notator Logic.
    Apple Macintosh Quadra 850 Running EMagic Logic Audio and Digidesign Pro Tools, connected to a 'two page' (usually used to describe a 21" CRT) monitor. It had four sets of Pro Tools hardware, to allow it to handle 16 tracks of audio. As mentioned in Sound on Sound, February 1995.
  • The Songs of Distant Earth

  • Aria Guitars

    Aria Acoustic
    Aria Pro II SB-1000 Sen (Japanese Ash) body

    1982

    ARP Instruments Inc

    ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations
  • Platinum
  • QE2
  • Five Miles Out
  • Crises
  • Return To Ommadawn
  • ARP 2600 Semi-modular analogue monophonic synthesiser. 1975
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations

  • Atari

    Atari STacy portable computer Used as part of Mike's late 80s portable sequencing setup, together with the walkman with powered speakers and two Roland MT32 sound modules.
  • Earth Moving
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II
  • Atari 1040ST
  • Earth Moving
  • Heaven's Open

  • ATC

    ATC SCM200 Studio monitor speakers.

  • Earth Moving

  • Audio & Design (Recording)

    ADR Vocal Stresser F769X-R
  • Five Miles Out
  • Discovery (Used on Mike's distorted lead guitar parts.)

  • Aurora Systems

    Aurora Digital Videographics System Was this the Aurora/100?

    Avid

    Avid Artist Mix Control surface for digital audio workstations, used in both of Mike's Bahamas studios.
  • Tubular Beats [?]
  • Man on the Rocks

  • Bang & Olufsen

    Bang & Olufsen Beocord 1/4" reel to reel tape recorder, originally borrowed from Kevin Ayers to record the Tubular Bells demo tapes.

    Bel

    Bel Flanger Probably a BF-20

    Belcaman

    Belcaman C-102 Valve limiter.
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Bernard Ellis

    Bernard Ellis Dulcimer Bernard Ellis was a musical instrument maker in Dilwyn, near Kington, who specialised in instruments for early music. Mike ordered this Appalachian Dulcimer with mother of pearl inlays from Bernard after being introduced to him by Les Penning. The instrument can be seen in one of the photos of Mike in Boxed.

    Beyerdynamic

    Beyerdynamic M160 Ribbon microphone.
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used on piano.)

  • Beyerdynamic

    Beyerdynamic DT100 Mike sometimes wore these closed-back headphones on stage. He can also be seen wearing them in the All Right Now video clip, suggesting that he probably used them in the studio in the 80s.

    BGW Systems

    BGW Systems 750 Power amplifier. Sold via eBay in December 2007.

    2007/12

    Blüthner

    Blüthner baby grand Kept in Mike's living room in the early 90s.

    Bosch Fernseh Division

    Bosch image generator Was this a pattern/colour bar generator?

    Bösendorfer

    Bösendorfer grand piano This piano is shown in pictures of Mike in his Througham studio, so it's likely he used it on the recordings he made there.
  • Incantations

  • Boss

    Boss GT-5 Guitar multieffects unit.
    Boss GT-6 Sold via eBay in December 2007.

    2007/12
    Boss FV-200 Sold via eBay in December 2007.

    2007/12
    Boss Dr Rhythm Digital drum machine.
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for drums.)

  • Brooke Siren Systems (BSS)

    BSS DI Box
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for the Telecaster.)
  • Brooke Siren DPR502 MIDI controlled noise gate
  • Amarok

  • Bruel & Kjaer/Danish Pro Audio

    Bruel & Kjaer 4006 Small diaphragm omnidirectional condenser microphone.

  • Amarok
  • Heaven's Open
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Bruel & Kjaer 4011 Small diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone.
  • Amarok
  • Heaven's Open
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for piano, guitar amps, leslie speaker, glockenspiel, percussion and vocals.)
  • Bruel & Kjaer 4040 Large diaphragm omnidirectional condenser microphone. Serial Number 001.
  • Amarok
  • Heaven's Open
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for classical guitar, flamenco guitar and steelstring acoustic guitar.)

  • C-Lab

    C-Lab Notator Sequencing software for the Atari ST
  • Earth Moving
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II

  • C.F. Martin & Co.

    Martin D-35 The exact year the guitar was built is unknown, but in the All You Need is Love documentary, it appears to be quite new. It's possible Mike bought it in 1974 after Terry sold his Dick Knight acoustic for him.

    1980
  • Ommadawn
  • 1973 Martin D-28-12 Serial number 335787. Sold to a German fan through Chandler Guitars in December 2007.

    2007/12
  • Ommadawn
  • Discovery
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells III [?] (Most likely the 12 string acoustic guitar used for the rhythm parts on Man in the Rain.)
  • 1960 Martin 00-21NY Sold via Chandler Guitars to a Scottish fan in December 2007.

    2007/12
  • Amarok [?] (This is likely the guitar used for the opening Fast Riff.)
  • Voyager [?] (Likely used for some of the album's acoustic melodies, as Mike seems to have favoured its focused sound for this kind of task.)
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Martin D-35 (hired) Hired from Maurice Placquet for recording Tubular Bells. Mike later complained that the guitar had an almost impossibly high action, saying that him struggling to play it was the reason you can hear him breathing heavily during some of the acoustic guitar sections!
  • Tubular Bells
  • CF Martin Style B Mandolin Used throughout the 70s and into the 80s, when he acquired the Mike Vanden F4-style mandolin. It appears in the videos for Portsmouth and William Tell Overture.
  • Tubular Bells [?] (It's not clear when Mike acquired the mandolin, but no mandolin was hired for Tubular Bells, so it's possible he used this one.)
  • Hergest Ridge
  • Ommadawn

  • Clavia/Nord

    Clavia Nord Lead
  • Tubular Bells III
  • The Millennium Bell
  • Tres Lunas
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for bass and 'sequency synths'.)

  • CMX Editing Systems

    CMX 340X video editor

    Coastal Acoustics

    Coastal Acoustics Boxer T2 Large studio monitoring speakers.
  • Tres Lunas
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Coral

    Danelectro/Coral Sitar An electric guitar with a special bridge to produce a buzzy sitar-like sound.

  • Islands (Used on the intro to 'Flying Start', as well as in parts of The Wind Chimes.)
  • Amarok
  • Guitars

  • Deering

    Deering Intermediate 5 string banjo Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2006.

    Dick Knight

    Dick Knight Jumbo acoustic guitar Bought by Mike from a shop on Denmark Street in the late 1960s. Maple back and sides, spruce top. Mike strung it with silk and steel strings for a super-light action. Used on the Sallyangie sessions, and played in the Tubular Bells Second House performance. Whether it was used on Tubular Bells at all is unknown. Sold by Terry in 1974.

    1974
  • Tubular Bells [?] (Mike had owned this for a number of years, and didn't sell it until sometime around 1974. Considering he'd found the hired Martin difficult to play, and the Knight was reportedly extremely comfortable to play, it would seem strange that he carried on with the unplayable Martin. There's no actual evidence that he used it on the album, though.)

  • Digidesign

    Digidesign 888/24 8 channel 24 bit I/O unit for Digidesign Pro Tools. Sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008.

    2008/09
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Mike used four of these for Tubular Bells 2003)
  • Digidesign Pro Tools Mix Plus card DSP card for Digidesign Pro Tools.
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Mike had two of these installed in his Power Mac G4 for Tubular Bells 2003.)
  • Digidesign Pro Tools
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Mike used version 5.3.1)
  • Digidesign SampleCell Mac-based sampling system.
    Digidesign Pro Tools Slave Driver Sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008.

    2008/09

    Dynaudio

    Dynaudio AIR 20 Three way active monitor with DSP.
  • Light + Shade
  • Dynaudio AIR 25
  • Music of the Spheres

  • E-Mu

    E-Mu e64 Digital sampler.
    E-Mu Proteus Digital sample playback sound module.
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • E-Mu Proteus II
    E-Mu Proteus XR
    E-Mu Emulator II Digital sampler keyboard with analogue filters.
    E-Mu Vintage Keys

    Eko

    Eko acoustic Mike's first guitar, bought for him by his father in 1963/64

    Electronic Music Studios (EMS)

    EMS VCS3 Swapped for the ARP 2600
    EMS Universal Sequencer Related to the sequencer from EMS's Synthi KS (available both on its own and as part of the Synthi AKS suitcase synthesiser/sequencer, as used by Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre, amongst others). The Universal Sequencer had control voltage and gate outputs for controlling analogue synthesisers. Mike primarily used it together with his ARP 2600. According to EMS, very few of them were made.
  • Incantations
  • Platinum
  • QE2
  • Five Miles Out (Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP)

  • Elektromesstechnik (EMT)

    EMT 250 Digital reverb. 1976
  • Incantations (Speaking to Guitar Player magazine in 1978, Mike said he also had a quadraphonic plate reverb, but liked the EMT250 better.)

  • Emagic

    Emagic ES1
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Virtual bass)
  • Emagic EVP88
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Virtual Wurlitzer electric piano)
  • Emagic EXS24
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for strings, flutes and organs.)
  • Emagic Notator Logic Descendent of C-Lab Notator, predecessor of Logic.
    Emagic Logic Platinum 5.3.0
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Mike started with version 4.8.1 and upgraded to 5.3.0 during the recording.)

  • Ensoniq

    Ensoniq SD-1
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth [?]
  • Ensoniq VFX

    Epiphone


    Ernie Ball

    Ernie Ball volume pedal Spotted in Mike's 1984 touring rig.

    Euphonix

    Euphonix System 5-MC DAW control surface.
  • Music of the Spheres

  • Eventide

    Eventide H-3000 Ultra Harmonizer
    Eventide DSP-4000 High end digital effects unit, part of Eventide's successful Harmonizer series.
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Fairlight

    Fairlight CVI Fairlight's Computer Video Instrument video effects unit.
    Fairlight Merlin Hard disk recorder.
  • Tres Lunas
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Recording at 24 bit, 48KHz)
  • Fairlight CMI Series II Mike had two of these - the second was for live work.
  • Crises
  • Discovery
  • The Killing Fields
  • Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.

  • Islands
  • Earth Moving
  • Heaven's Open
  • Fairlight CMI Mike claims to have been one of the first CMI owners. 1979
    Fairlight MFX2 Hard disk recording system based on the CMI Series III architecture. Bought from Hilton Sound in 1994. 1994

    Farfisa

    Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

  • Tubular Bells (A Farfisa organ was hired from Maurice Placquet, but it broke down. It's not clear whether the only Farfisa on the album is the broken hired organ or whether another was borrowed (for example, the Farfisa Mike had borrowed for the demos).)
  • Hergest Ridge
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations
  • Crises
  • Amarok (Having sold his original Farfisa organ, Mike obtained another in preparation for Tubular Bells II. He found it in a school for the disabled, and swapped it for his Yamaha DX7.)
  • Tubular Bells II
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Fender

    Fender XII 12 string electric guitar with split pickups. Sunburst finish. Seen in the background in the Essential Mike Oldfield video.
    Fender Rhodes electric piano
  • Discovery
  • Fender Lap Steel Used on Ommadawn for the sliding sounds during On Horseback.
  • Ommadawn
  • Mid 60s Fender Precision Bass, fiesta red
  • Light + Shade
  • Fender Stratocaster, dark blue
    1963 Fender Stratocaster, fiesta red s/n L08044. Mike once said in an interview (The Raft) that this was his favourite guitar and that he'd never sell it. However, he finally decided to part company with it in December 2007 and sold it through Chandler guitars, fetching £30,000.

    2007/12
  • Discovery
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells III
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Light + Shade
  • Fender Princeton
  • Exposed
  • 2013 (?) Fender Roscoe Beck Bass® IV – 3-Colour Sunburst Used in the Bahamas era

  • Man on the Rocks
  • Return To Ommadawn
  • 1965 Fender Telecaster Neck date of November 1965 (s/n L807280). This guitar used to be owned by Marc Bolan. Mike added an extra pickup - made by Bill Lawrence - to it, with the help of his dad in their garden shed. Mike later took all the finish off the guitar, leaving it as bare wood. The guitar was offered through Chandler for £20,000 but wasn’t sold. It was then to be auctioned off by Bonhams on June 20, 2007 (Lot 391) with an estimate of £25,000 - 35,000. Next attempt was on January 15, 2008 (Lot 361, estimate £10,000 - 15,000). The last attempt was made on December 16, 2009 (Lot 277, estimate £8,000 - 12,000). All attempts failed due to low bids and the guitar was withdrawn. It was sold in January 2010 by charity SANE to English guitarist Keith Smart. Video

    2007
  • Tubular Bells
  • Ommadawn (Mike told H & SR magazine in 1991 that this was "the main guitar on Ommadawn". He slightly contradicts himself a few sentences later, in saying that "the guitar sound on Ommadawn" was that of a Les Paul Junior through a Fender amp. Pictures of Mike at the time, as well as the 'All You Need is Love' documentary, suggest that Mike's go-to guitar was the SG/Les Paul Junior, not the Telecaster.)
  • Five Miles Out (Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP)
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • 2013 (?) Fender Classic Player Telecaster Deluxe with Tremolo – 2-Colour Sunburst Used by Mike in the Bahamas era.

  • Tubular Beats [?]
  • Man on the Rocks
  • Return To Ommadawn
  • Fender Twin Reverb
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations
  • Exposed
  • Discovery
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Return To Ommadawn
  • 1963 Fender Stratocaster, white (resprayed) s/n L 13996. Neck date 2 JUL 63 B. The preowner bought it some years ago from Mike Oldfield in a studio in Munich. Mike has oversprayed the original lake placid blue finish with a white lacquer. After purchase the preowner removed the white lacquer very carefully in the MUSIC SHOP München. Mike replaced the original tuners , the tremolo block, a 5-way switch and the pots by new parts. (This was sold on eBay in 2007 for 15550 euros.)

    2007/01
    1960 Fender Precision Bass, blonde s/n 48986. Mike bought this shortly after recording Tubular Bells. He played it on the BBC Second House performance in 1974. The frets were later removed from it. Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2006.

    2006/02
  • Hergest Ridge
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations
  • Five Miles Out (Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP)
  • Fender Mark Knopfler signature Stratocaster Used in the Bahamas era.
  • Tubular Beats
  • Man on the Rocks
  • Return To Ommadawn
  • 1959 Fender Stratocaster, sunburst This was the first of the Strats that Mike bought. The scratchplate of this guitar was modified, probably in the 1990s, to make space for a Roland GK-2 synth pickup.

  • Crises
  • Discovery
  • Tubular Bells II (Used for playing guitar synth parts)
  • Fender Telecaster Bass According to Phil Newell, Mike borrowed this bass from him for recording Tubular Bells.
  • Tubular Bells
  • Fender Twin Reverb This was hired from Maurice Placquet for Tubular Bells. One with JBL speakers had been requested, but the hire receipt has the note "Where were the JBLs." scribbled on it, suggesting they were delivered one with different speakers.
  • Tubular Bells (A lot of the electric guitar sounds on the album seem to have been recorded by plugging the guitar directly into the mixer, so it's diffcult to tell exactly where on the album the amp might have been used.)
  • Fender 60th Anniversary Strat Mike played this guitar in many of his Night of the Proms appearances in 2006

    2007/12
    2006 Fender American Standard Precision Bass 2006
    Fender Kingman Acoustic bass 2016
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Focusrite

    Focusrite EQ and Compression plugins
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Genelec

    Genelec 8020B Mini powered monitor speakers. Mike used them in his editing setup in the conservatory of his house near Bristol.
  • Music of the Spheres

  • George Lowden

    Lowden S25J Nylon string electro-acoustic, used for stage work.

    Lowden Artist LSE II Stage Edition s/n 3310

    2006/02

    Gibson

    Gibson EB3 SG-shaped electric bass.
  • Ommadawn
  • 2013 (?) Gibson J-45 True Vintage – Vintage Sunburst A reproduction of the 1942 Gibson J-45. Used by Mike in the Bahamas era.

    1962 Gibson Les Paul/SG Junior s/n 77138. This is one of the early models of SG which still had the Les Paul logo on the headstock. Mike bought this to replace the SG that was stolen from The Beacon. It became one of his most used guitars, being used extensively on albums and concerts throughout the 70s and 80s. He sold it through Chandler Guitars in February 2006. It was bought by a Swiss fan.

    2006/02
  • Ommadawn [?] (The pictures in the Boxed booklet, taken after Ommadawn was recorded, suggest that Mike had only one SG-Les Paul at the time, with a retrofitted nickel-plated adjustable bridge. As the 62 SG still had a nickel-plated adjustable bridge when Mike sold it, that would point to the 63 SG, with a brass bridge, being a later acquisition and the 62 being the guitar used on Ommadawn.)
  • Crises
  • 1963 Gibson Les Paul/SG Junior This Les Paul/SG was heavily modified by Richard Barrie and Chandler Guitars to include a pickup and circuitry for a Roland guitar synthesiser system. This was used to create some of the unique distorted guitar/synth blend sounds which featured on his 80s recordings - among them Tricks of the Light and Shine, the video for which features this guitar. Sold through Chandler to an English fan.

    2006/02
  • Discovery (According to the 1984 Guitarist magazine interview, this was used for "quite a lot of the lead breaks". Mike had fitted the synth pickup to it by this stage, and he used it to bring a layered synth and distorted guitar sound to his solos.)
  • 1966 Gibson SG Junior This SG was bought with some of the first royalties from Tubular Bells. Mike used it on Hergest Ridge, before it was stolen from The Beacon.

  • Hergest Ridge
  • The Orchestral Tubular Bells [?]
  • Gibson ES335 Mike bought this in LA. He later replaced it with a PRS Hollowbody, which he said he preferred. It later appeared in a tweet by Caroline Monk and may now be owned by her.

  • Tubular Bells II (A number of pictures of Mike in his Los Angeles studio show Mike with this guitar, suggesting he may have been using it to record Tubular Bells II.)
  • 1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom This can be seen in some of the pictures in the Boxed booklet. Nobody's quite sure which recordings it was used on.
    1957 Gibson Les Paul TV model s/n 7 2031. This guitar was modified with a 2 octave fretboard. It was bought by a Scottish fan.

    2006/02
  • Ommadawn [?]
  • Incantations (Mike told Guitar Player that this was his main instrument and that he used it the most.)
  • Five Miles Out (Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP)
  • Discovery (Strung up with 8 gauge strings, so Mike could reach a high G if necessary.)
  • Amarok
  • Gibson EBS-1250 twin neck bass/guitar Cherry Red Mike plays this in the video for Wonderful Land. It can also be seen in the background in the interviews from The Essential Mike Oldfield.

    Gibson L6-S Custom Wine red. This guitar was sold in an auction at Abbey Road.
  • Exposed
  • Gibson L6-S Deluxe Mike had this guitar modified by Tony Zemaitis sometime between 1979 and 1980. He added an engraved metal scratchplate and headstock plate.

  • Incantations (This appears to have been Mike's favourite of the two L6-Ss, and likely the one used on Incantations, with the wine red L6-S Custom being acquired as a spare for touring.)
  • Exposed
  • Platinum
  • 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special, ivory It's disputed whether Mike ever actually owned this guitar or just borrowed it for a photo shoot. He appears with it on the front of the East German Amiga Quartett EP.

    Gibson RB-250 Mastertone Banjo Mike appeared with this banjo at the Tubular Bells II premiere concert in Edinburgh. Its appearance is consistent with a post-1960s RB-250, so our current best guess is that it's the same banjo which Mike used on every album from Ommadawn onwards.

  • Ommadawn
  • Crises
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells II
  • 2015 Gibson SG Standard P-90 T – Heritage Cherry
    2015
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Glaresoft

    Glaresoft iDrum Virtual instrument
  • Light + Shade

  • Gordon Smith Guitars

    Gordon Smith Gordon Smith Guitars is a British guitar company, which produces mainly Gibson-influenced electric guitars. This is, unfortunately, another item which has found its way onto our list without any further information - if you can help, do get in touch!

    Grass Valley

    Grass Valley 250 Video switcher/vision mixing console.


    Hammond

    1970 Hammond L.122 Organ Return To Ommadawn used an Hammond software simulation.
  • Amarok
  • Heaven's Open [?] (As it's not listed in the sleeve notes, it may equally have been Mickey Simmonds's own Hammond organ used on the album.)
  • Tubular Bells II
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Return To Ommadawn
  • Hammond Leslie 116 Rotary speaker used with the Hammond L.122 to give the classic swirling Hammond organ sound.
    Hammond Organ As this doesn't appear to have been hired from Maurice Placquet (it at least doesn't appear on the 1972 hire receipt), it would seem that this was either owned by The Manor or belonged to one of the bands who were recording there at the time. The model isn't known, but it was quite possibly a B3, certainly with a Leslie speaker. It's used towards the end of Part Two.
  • Tubular Bells

  • Harrison Consoles

    Harrison Series X
    1986 1994
  • Islands (Mike told H & SR Magazine that this was the first Harrison in England, and that he and Simon Phillips used to play dice while waiting for the automation data to merge on its slow computer.)
  • Earth Moving
  • Amarok
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II

  • Helios

    Helios 10 Channel Sidecar 10 channel mixer, built by Helios for the Manor Mobile, but installed into the Beacon for the recording of Ommadawn. From the All You Need Is Love documentary, it seems that Mike used its preamps and EQs to help achieve his guitar (and no doubt other) sounds before recording to tape.
  • Ommadawn

  • IK Multimedia

    IK Multimedia iRig Keys 37 key mini keyboard controller 2016
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Ikegami

    Ikegami HL-79E broadcast camera Three tube portable broadcast camera.


    Image-Line Software

    FL Studio Music editing software
  • Light + Shade

  • Jeanius Electronics Audio Engineering

    Jeanius Electronics Russian Dragon Audio timing analysis tool.

    John Morley

    John Morley Clavichord 1995

    José Ramirez

    Jose Ramirez 2CWE Electro-classical, sold to an English fan through Chandler Guitars in February 2006.

    2006/02
    1974 Jose Ramirez 1A Traditional s/n 7987

    1974 2007/12
  • Hergest Ridge
  • The Orchestral Tubular Bells [?] (Mike bought this at some point during 1974, so the chances are high that if he didn't use the mystery Japanese classical guitar, he used this for his classical guitar part in Part Two.)
  • Ommadawn
  • Amarok
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Light + Shade
  • 1975 Jose Ramirez 1A Flamenco s/n 8666. Sold through Chandler to a French Fan and later resold to a German fan.

    1975 2007/12
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells II
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • 1999 Jose Ramirez 1A C-530 Alto s/n Z 8 - 097. Mini classical guitar, called a 'couch guitar' by Mike in the Raft interview. Sold to a fan via Chandlers Guitar in 2008, and resold to RUDI TFAO Guitars in Holland in 2009.

    1999 2008/01

    Klark Teknik

    Klark Teknik digital delay

    Kohno


    Korg

    Korg M1 The biggest selling digital keyboard of all time, the Korg M1 was used by many artists after its release in 1988.
  • Earth Moving
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth (Mike used this as the master keyboard for his sequencing setup.)
  • Korg 05R/W A half rack module version of the X5, the 05R/W featured samples from many of its predecessors, including the M1, and added some which were new to the X series.
    Korg Sigma
    Korg SDD3000 Digital delay unit
    Korg Trinity
  • Voyager [?]
  • Tubular Bells III
  • The Millennium Bell
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Korg MicroKey USB

    Kurzweil Music Systems

    Kurzweil K250 1987
  • Islands

  • Lexicon

    Lexicon 480L
  • The Songs of Distant Earth [?] (Mike mentions a Lexion reverb in the 1995 Sound on Sound interview and is probably referring to this one.)
  • Lexicon 300
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for delays)

  • Line 6

    Line 6 Amp Farm TDM plugin for Pro Tools.
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Line 6 Variax 700 acoustic Played on the Night of the Proms tour.

    2006

    LinPlug

    LinPlug Albino 2 Virtual instrument
  • Light + Shade

  • Lowrey

    Lowrey Organ
  • Tubular Bells
  • Hergest Ridge
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells II
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Lowrey Spinet Organ

    Mackie

    Mackie XLR10 Mic preamp expansion pod for the CR-1604. Runs off the CR-1604's internal power supply - did Mike own one, or was it modified? Sold via eBay in December 2007. 2007/12
    Mackie CR1202 Mini mixer.

    Mark Of The Unicorn

    MOTU 828 Firewire
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used with ASIO drivers for virtual synths and VST plugins.)

  • Mellotronics

    Mellotron Sold 16/10/1980 at Jackson's music auction at EMI's Abbey Road recording studios; Lot 59; $160 - $1000. Return To Ommadawn used a Mellotron software emulation. 1980/10/16
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Mesa Engineering

    Mesa/Boogie To get his distorted guitar sound from this amp, Mike overloaded the input by running the guitar through a preamp first. The sound then went into the mixer, where the input was overloaded, then through the Vocal Stresser and a parametric EQ, then a gate and a limiter. (Guitarist, 1984)
  • Exposed
  • Five Miles Out (Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP)
  • Discovery (Used for distorted guitars.)
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Mesa Boogie Triaxis Rackmounted valve guitar preamp, spotted in Mike's rack during the TSODE era.

    Meyer Sound

    Meyer HD-1 Nearfield monitors.
  • Tubular Bells II (These appear to have been Mike's main nearfield speakers.)
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Voyager
  • Tres Lunas

  • Mike Vanden

    Mike Vanden 'MJV' F4 style Mandolin Originally bought from John Alvey Turner's music shop. Sold via Chandler Guitars in December 2007.

    2007/12
  • Amarok
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Moog Music

    Moog Taurus Bass pedals
  • QE2
  • Moog Polymoog Polyphonic analogue synthesiser.
  • Platinum
  • QE2
  • Minimoog Voyager Played by Mike at the 2012 London Olympics

    Native Instruments

    Native Instruments B4 Virtual Hammond B3 Organ
  • Tres Lunas
  • Native Instruments FM7 Virtual instrument
  • Light + Shade
  • Native Instruments Pro 52 Software simulation of a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
    Native Instruments Pro 53 Virtual Prophet V plugin, an update of the Pro52
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for synth and organ sounds.)

  • Neumann

    Neumann U67 Large diaphragm, multi-pattern valve condenser microphone.
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Neumann U87 This was, according to Les Penning, the microphone used on the recorders (and likely many other instruments) on Ommadawn.
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations (A pair of them can be seen above a marimba in a picture of Mike at Througham)
  • Neumann KM86 Used for recording acoustic guitars and many other instruments, from the Incantations era onwards.
  • Incantations
  • QE2 [?] (The All Right Now clip suggests that Mike used these for for miking hi hats in this era. He probably continued to use them for acoustic guitars and other instruments as well.)
  • Neumann M249 Large diaphragm, multi pattern valve condenser microphone. A broadcast version of the M49, with 7 pin tuchel connector for superior rejection of RF interference.
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Neve

    Neve 8108 with NECAM automation Analogue mixing desk with computer automation system.
  • Five Miles Out
  • Crises
  • Neve 1073 Mic Preamps Used on Amarok
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Mike used 5 of these.)
  • Neve Series 80 A customised Neve Series 80, built for the Manor Mobile, but lent to Mike to use at The Beacon. The exact model it was based on is unknown.
  • The Orchestral Tubular Bells [?] (Used for the recording at Barking Town Hall.)
  • Ommadawn
  • AMS Neve Capricorn 33238 Digital mixing desk. 1993
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells III
  • Guitars
  • The Millennium Bell
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • New England Digital

    New England Digital Synclavier
  • Tubular Bells II (Mentioned in Keyboards, October 1992.)

  • Oberheim

    Oberheim DMX Digital drum machine.

  • Crises
  • Discovery (Can be seen on top of the OBXa in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.)
  • The Killing Fields
  • Oberheim DSX Sequencer. Used as an interface between Mike's analogue synths and the Fairlight CMI.
  • Crises
  • Discovery (Can just be made out next to the DMX in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.)
  • Oberheim OB-Xa Sold together with DSX sequencer and 'Tubular Bells' flightcase to "Malcolm" for £540 in Spring 2000 at vemia.co.uk. OB-Xa later resold on ebay, March 2007.
  • Crises
  • Discovery (Can be seen perched on top of the Fairlight keyboard in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.)
  • The Killing Fields

  • Opcode Systems

    Opcode Studio Vision Running on the Quadra 650. Notes are garbled - is it version 3, 5 or 3.5?

    Ovation

    1984 Ovation 1687-2 Adamas – Reverse Red Burst Electroacoustic guitar with carbon fibre top.

    2006/02
  • Crises
  • Discovery (Used for many of the acoustic rhythm parts, often recorded in a small room or corridor. Also used for the solo on To France.)
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Ovation acoustic
    Ovation 12 String
    Ovation cutaway
    Ovation MCS148 Mandolin 2016
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Paul Reed Smith

    PRS Bass Guitar
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells II (Seen in the 'Making of TB2' video clips, so presumably used on the album as well.)
  • PRS Custom 24 – with Roland GK-2AH pickup Modified by Chandler Guitars and Richard Barrie to include a built-in Roland synth pickup. Sold by Chandler Guitars to an English fan in February 2006.

    2006/02
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells III
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used with VG-8)
  • PRS Studio Used during the 2012 Olympics.

    PRS Hollowbody II
    2006/02
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Played through Twin Reverb for distorted guitars)
  • 1989 PRS Signature Vintage Yellow A particularly high grade, limited edition, version of the Custom 24. In Vintage Yellow.

    1989
  • Earth Moving
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells III
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used through GP-8)
  • Light + Shade
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Pollard

    Pollard Syndrum Possibly a syndrum quad.
  • QE2

  • Premier

    Premier Tubular Bells Brass tubular bells, as seen in the Boxed booklet photos.
  • Ommadawn

  • Pro-Bel

    Pro-Bel video patching

    Quantec

    Quantec Room Simulator Digital reverb unit, released in 1982.

  • Crises
  • Amarok

  • Quantel

    Quantel Mirage Video effects unit.

    Quested

    Quested X15 15" active subwoofer. Used together with the V3110s in Mike's Bahamas studio.
  • Tubular Beats [?]
  • Man on the Rocks
  • Quested V3110 Active monitor speaker. Used in Mike's poolside studio in the Bahamas.
  • Tubular Beats [?]
  • Man on the Rocks

  • reFX

    reFX Vanguard 3 oscillator, 32 voice analogue modelling synth plugin.
  • Light + Shade

  • Roland

    Roland A-80 Controller keyboard.

    Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard.
  • Islands
  • Earth Moving
  • Amarok (Mike told H & SR magazine that he'd used "a string sound and a bell-like sound" from the D50.)
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth [?]
  • Roland EV-5 Expression pedal. Sold via eBay in December 2007.

    2007/12
    Roland GP-8 Guitar effects processor used for Mike's trademark 90s distorted guitar sound. Sold via ebay in December 2007. 2007/12
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Roland GS-6 Guitar effects processor.
    Roland PD-7 Drum pads. Sold via ebay in December 2007.

    2007/12
    Roland VG-8 Guitar modelling processor, able to model the sounds of different guitars and other instruments. It uses a GK-series synth pickup to provide the unit with an uncoloured signal, but the VG-8 is not technically a synthesiser as it purely remodels the signal from the pickup. One was sold via ebay in December 2007, but he lists one as having been used on Tubular Bells 2003, so presumably he had a spare!

    2007/12
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells III
  • Guitars
  • The Millennium Bell
  • Tres Lunas
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 Analogue drum machine
  • QE2
  • Roland D-110 Linear Algorhythmic synthesis module.
  • Islands
  • Earth Moving
  • Roland D-550 Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module.
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth [?]
  • Roland G-808 Guitar controller for Roland guitar synthesis system.

  • Crises
  • Discovery
  • Roland GI-10 Guitar-MIDI interface, sold via eBay in December 2007.

    2007/12
  • Guitars
  • Tres Lunas (Used to help create the 'saxophone guitar' parts)
  • Roland GK-2A Guitar synth pickup
    Roland JV-80 Digital synthesiser keyboard.
    Roland MT-32 Table top Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module. Low cost descendent of the D-50. Mike had two, for composing with while he was on holiday.
  • Islands
  • Earth Moving
  • Roland S-760 Digital sampler
    Roland US-20 For sharing and switching the output of a GK-2AH pickup between two devices. Sold via eBay in December 2007.

    2007/12
    Roland XP-50 Digital synthesiser workstation. Bought by a fan in 2008 from Chandler Guitars. Can be seen in the Millenium Bells DVD, used for the beats for Art In Heaven among other things.

    2008/04
  • Voyager [?]
  • Tubular Bells III [?]
  • The Millennium Bell [?]
  • Tres Lunas [?]
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for pianos and percussion.)
  • Light + Shade (This is a guess - he lists a Roland under 'keyboards' and this is a Roland keyboard which he owned at that time.)
  • Roland FC-100 Foot controller, sold via eBay in December 2007.

    2007/12
    Roland GP-100 Guitar preamp.
    Roland GR-100 Guitar synthesis module controlled by Gibson SG with the Roland STK-1 GK kit.
  • Crises
  • Discovery
  • Roland JD-800 Digital synthesiser keyboard which, unlike most digital synthesisers of the time, had sliders for editing many of its parameters.
    Roland JD-990 Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders!
  • The Songs of Distant Earth (Mike used two of these on the album (as seen in the 1994 VH1 interview).)
  • Voyager [?]
  • Tubular Bells III [?]
  • The Millennium Bell [?]
  • Tres Lunas [?]
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for pads.)
  • Roland MKS-80 'Super Jupiter' + MPG-80 editor MIDI-controlled analogue sound module.

    Roland RS-505 Analogue string synthesiser.
    Roland SH-101 Monophonic analogue synthesiser.
    Roland SP-700 Digital sample player.
    Roland SPD-11 Percussion pad and drum sound module. Sold via ebay in December 2007.

    2007/12
    Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound.
  • QE2
  • Five Miles Out
  • Crises (Used for its string sound - listed as 'Roland Strings')
  • Discovery (Can clearly be seen in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.)
  • The Killing Fields [?]
  • Amarok (Mike told H & SR Magazine that he'd used this on the album for "some robot voices".)
  • Roland JV-1080 Digital synth module.
  • Voyager [?]
  • Tubular Bells III
  • The Millennium Bell
  • Roland JV-2080 Digital synth module
  • Tres Lunas
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for 'ethnic sounds' and bass.)
  • Roland SH-2000 Monophonic analogue synthesiser. Mike often used the clarinet preset, recording it at half speed to create the recorder-like whistling sound which was a common feature of his albums and singles between 1978 and 1980.
  • Incantations
  • Platinum
  • Roland Fantom XR Digital synth module, sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008. 2008/09
    Roland G-88 Bass guitar designed for controlling the GR-33B bass synthesiser. It can also be used as a conventional bass, which Mike seems to have done.

    1980 1984
  • Crises (Mike appears with it in the Shadow on the Wall video, so it's quite likely he used it on the album.)
  • Discovery
  • Islands
  • Roland GR-33B Bass guitar synthesizer module controlled by a Roland G 88 bass guitar fitted with a synth pickup. 1980 1984
  • Discovery
  • Islands

  • Sequential Circuits

    Sequential Circuits Prophet V
  • Platinum
  • QE2
  • Five Miles Out
  • Crises
  • Discovery

  • Shaftsbury

    Shaftsbury Ned Callan Cody bass 1973 - 74


    Shure

    Shure SM57 Dynamic cardioid microphone.
  • QE2 [?] (The All Right Now video clip suggests that Mike used these for snare drums around this time.)
  • Tubular Bells 2003 (Used for vocals and guitar amps.)

  • Silicon Graphics

    Silicon Graphics Indigo2 Extreme $40,000, with 20" monitor, 200MHz R4400 CPU, 128MB RAM, 2.1GB hard disc. Running Softimage.

    Simmons

    Simmons Drums
  • Crises
  • Simmons Claptrap Handclap synthesiser.
  • QE2

  • Sony

    Sony PCM-3348 48 track digital multitrack tape recorder, recording to Ampex 467 1/2" oxide tape.

  • Amarok
  • Heaven's Open
  • Tubular Bells II
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Voyager
  • Tubular Bells III
  • Sony GC-2002 Rack for Sony BVH-2000 VTR.
    Sony BVH-2000 One inch type C VTR.

    Sony BVH-2500 One inch type C reel to reel VTR. Probably a BVH-2500P (the PAL version of the 2500).


    Spectrasonics

    Spectrasonics Atmosphere, Stylus RMX Virtual instruments
  • Light + Shade

  • Squier by Fender

    Squier Standard Telecaster, black mirror plate s/n IC041009490 sold for £395 via Chandler Guitars in Dec 07

    2007/12
    2010 Squier Vintage Modified SH Telecaster – Metallic Red Metallic Red Telecaster with maple fretboard. It has Duncan Designed pickups - a humbucker in the neck position and a stacked humbucker in the bridge position. It also features a reversed control plate.

  • Man on the Rocks [?]

  • Steinberg

    Steinberg Topaz Hard disk recording system
  • Heaven's Open
  • Steinberg Groove Agent, Hypersonic, Kantos, Slayer, XPhrase Virtual instruments
  • Light + Shade

  • Steinway & Sons

    Steinway Model C Grand piano. The notes for Tubular Bells 2003 list an 8 foot Steinway grand. The model C is 7'5" 1/2", the Model D is 8'11 3/4" - it could be either of those! The frame was from the 1920s, but the piano was rebuilt.
  • Voyager [?]
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Light + Shade (Listed as a 1928 Steinway)
  • Grand Piano The grand piano was owned by The Manor and was built by Steinway & Sons.
  • Tubular Bells
  • Steinway Model B Black Steinway baby grand, used at The Beacon.
  • Ommadawn
  • Steinway Model B Studio grand piano. No 137655. When this piano was auctioned, it was listed as being a 6'11" piano, c.1910, with a rosewood case. 1987 2007/12
  • Amarok
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Studer

    Studer A-800 2" 24 track multitrack tape recorder.

  • Discovery (The remote unit for this machine can be seen in the 'Studio Switzerland' picture on the sleeve of some LP editions of the album.)
  • Islands
  • Earth Moving

  • Studio Electronics

    Studio Electronics SE-1 Analogue monophonic synthesiser

    Tannoy

    Tannoy SRM10B 10" Super Red Monitors. Used as nearfield monitors, as part of Mike's Islands-era video setup. Also used in Mike's Los Angeles studio while recording Tubular Bells II.
  • Islands
  • Tubular Bells II (Kept on a bookshelf at the back of Mike's Los Angeles studio, so probably not used for the bulk of editing and mixing work, but possibly used as a secondary (or tertiary) reference set.)
  • Tannoy System 15 DMTII 15" dual concentric studio monitors, used in Mike's main studio area in the Music of the Spheres era.
  • Music of the Spheres
  • Tannoy Monitor Gold A pair of 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds were, according to Simon Heyworth, the main speakers in The Manor in the early 1970s. We have no information on what cabinets they were in.
  • Tubular Bells
  • Hergest Ridge
  • The Orchestral Tubular Bells (Used when mixing the album at The Manor.)

  • Taylor

    1985 Taylor K-22 Koa-bodied acoustic guitar, sold via Chandler Guitars to a fan in February 2006.

    2006/02
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • TC Electronic

    TC Electronic M-5000
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Tony Zemaitis

    1975 Zemaitis acoustic bass guitar Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2008

    1975 2008/02
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations
  • Five Miles Out (Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP)
  • 1975 Zemaitis acoustic guitar Custom-built for Mike. Can be seen at Hard Rock Café Guangzhou: "1975 custom Zemaitis 6-string acoustic guitar with mother of pearl acorns and squirrels on neck and sound hole, owned by 'Tubular Bells' composer Mike Oldfield." 1975
  • Ommadawn

  • Trace Elliot

    Trace Elliot GP11 Bass head with cabinets.

    2008/09

    Ultimatte

    Ultimatte Chroma Keyer

    Urei

    Urei 1176 Peak Limiter Mike originally borrowed some of these from the Manor Mobile, but later acquired his own.
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations
  • Platinum (These were still in Mike's rack in 1980 (shown in the Essential Mike Oldfield video) and so presumably still in use.)
  • Tubular Bells II (Can be spotted in pictures of Mike's equipment rack in LA.)
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Urei 1178 dual channel peak limiter
  • Tubular Bells II
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Veillette-Citron

    Veillette-Citron

    Vicente Carillo

    2006 Vicente Carillo Premiera Especial Classical guitar.

    2006
  • Music of the Spheres [?]
  • Tubular Beats [?]
  • 2006 Vicente Carillo "Paco de Lucia" blanca Flamenco guitar. 2006
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Vox

    Vox Escort Battery powered guitar amplifier, used as part of the signal chain for Mike's mid 70s distorted guitar sound. Can be seen in the William Tell Overture video.
  • Incantations
  • Vox 'electric mandolin' This is actually a mini 12 string electric guitar. Borrowed from Tom Newman, it used to belong to Cat Stevens.
  • Amarok
  • Vox Continental Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Vox software emulation. 1991
  • Amarok
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Wal

    Wal five string bass
    Wal Custom bass s/n W3557. Sold to a German fan via Chandler Guitars in February 2006.

    1991/04 2006/02
  • Tubular Bells II
  • Tubular Bells III [?]
  • Guitars
  • Tubular Bells 2003

  • Washburn

    Washburn Mirage Deluxe Hand built semi-solid electro acoustic guitar. Serial number 833908, presumably from 1983. Used on the 1984 Discovery tour. Given to Jeremy Parker, then sold to Alexander Müller.

    Washburn M1S Mandolin 2016
  • Return To Ommadawn

  • Westlake Audio

    Westlake HR-1 Studio monitor speaker.
  • Five Miles Out
  • Crises
  • Islands
  • Westlake TM-1
  • Ommadawn
  • Incantations (Mike's studio at Througham had four of these, to allow him to mix in quad.)
  • Platinum

  • Wineha

    Wineha Spinet According to Les Penning, he and Mike travelled to Bradford in Mike's old Range Rover to buy this from Woods Early Music Shop. 1975 1995
  • Ommadawn

  • Wurlitzer

    Wurlitzer electric piano

    Yamaha

    Yamaha DX-7 6 operator polyphonic digital FM synthesiser keyboard. Later given to a school for the disabled in exchange for a Farfisa Professional for Tubular Bells II.
  • Islands [?] (Seems to feature quite heavily in The Wind Chimes.)
  • Yamaha CS-80 Polyphonic analogue synthesiser, used on QE2 but probably owned by David Hentschel.
  • QE2
  • Yamaha DMP-7 Digital rackmount mixer. Sold via ebay in December 2007. 2007/12
    Yamaha NS10 Nearfield monitors.
  • The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Yamaha REV-7 Reverb unit.

  • Amarok
  • Yamaha 01V96 Mike said that he gave this to his 3-year-old son Jake to play with (!!). sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008.

    2008/09
  • Light + Shade
  • Yamaha DX-100 Small synthesiser, used as a controller keyboard for Mike's 1980s portable sequencing setup.
  • Earth Moving (In the 1989 Keyboards interview, Mike mentions using a small portable Roland keyboard while writing the album in Greece. It's listed in the article as a Roland DX 800, which never existed. It was probably this keyboard which was meant.)
  • Yamaha HS80M
  • Music of the Spheres
  • Tubular Beats [?]
  • Man on the Rocks
  • Yamaha Tyros 1 Sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008.

    2008/09
  • Light + Shade [?] (This is, at a guess, the Yamaha referred to in the sleeve notes of the album.)
  • Yamaha SPX-1000 Multieffects processor.
  • Tubular Bells 2003
  • Yamaha Vocaloid Virtual vocalist software, capable of 'singing' using sets of voice samples.
  • Light + Shade



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