the Decca

The Decca



Decca serial number


Decca before restoratoin

Decca and racks before restorationThe Decca was restored between December 2005 and December 2008 by Kevin van Green and Tim de Paravicini.
Restoring a vintage mixing console is a laborious, time-consuming process – the console had to be reverse-engineered by Tim and Kevin in order to draw up the necessary circuit diagrams.

Although in terrible cosmetic condition when we acquired it, the insides of the Decca were pretty much complete. Where things were missing, Kevin and Tim designed and fabricated replacements.

In addition to a full recap, the restoration included (where needed): new valve bases; cleaning all the valve pins; vintage NOS valves; new transformers (hand-wound by Tim); the wiring harnesses were cleaned, tested and repaired; new custom meters from Sifam with the original Decca scale made; replacement NOS quadrant faders; new control knobs custom-machined out of aluminium (copied from the Decca originals – many of the bakelite knobs had to be removed in order to clean the switches); the chassis stripped, repainted and silk screened ... the list goes on …

A comprehensive patch-bay was designed and built by Kevin.

The final installation took place in December 2008.

Photo credit: Karl Barron (photos 2–6 in slideshow), Mike Thorne, Petra Biedermann