A piece of musical history is set to go up for auction next month. The original recording console used in the recording of Led Zeppelin’s“Stairway To Heaven” will be part of an auction by Bonhams auction house on December 11th.
“It is hard to overestimate how crucial a role this console has played in the British rock and pop scene,” specialist Claire Tole-Moir notes. “It is entirely unique… and in its current form has hosted some of the most popular bands of recent years. …This console is a piece of Britain's modern cultural history.”
Other famous songs recorded on the console include Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “I Shot the Sheriff,” Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train” and parts of the Rolling Stones’ “Angie.”
The console is actually a hybrid of two separate studio desks built by Helios Electronics. They were brought together by Elvis Costello and Squeeze's Chris Difford, when they opened their own recording studio in 1996.