Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!
Sorry, no wall of modulars today. I figured since 90% of what we (and I mean the royal "we," as in "me") talk about here is recording technology, I thought this week I'd send you to the mecca of same, the Phantom Productions Museum, a building in Texas basically devoted to the preservation of reel-to-reel tape decks. The museum started as a working recording studio and mobile recording service in 1964, and still continues that same line of work. But what's cool is Martin Theophilus' collection of vintage mics and tape decks. He has everything from an Edison wax cylinder recorder on up to present-day gear, including dozens of reel-to-reel decks of varying vintage.
If you take the time to browse the collection (reached by clicking the button coincidentally labelled "collection") you'll see that he's thoughtfully scanned in vintage ads and catalog pages for most of the items. Especially interesting are the microphones, and their attendent ads. You can also pick up some vintage pillbox mics for quite reasonable sums on his "For Sale" page. (I'm gonna regret mentioning that, I'm sure. Those won't be around for long now that I've said it.) In short, the Phantom site is a pleathora of Gear Porn and information, and is well worth a visit.