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Bigtone Records

Bigtone Records Bigtone Records is one of the worlds most authentic analog tape recording studios. Although we can handle a production of any kind our heart lies within the traditional ways of classic American Recording styles.

Bringing a classic sound to a modern age. Bigtone Records is a safe place for artists of all kinds to come and create what they love. A chill, relaxed space with all of the most outrageous vintage tube equipment from the 1930's-1960's. The tones and vibes that are produced from Bigtone are top shelf in the modern age and the sounds can pierce your "goosebumps" meter in the red. Bigtone offers ever

Bringing a classic sound to a modern age. Bigtone Records is a safe place for artists of all kinds to come and create what they love. A chill, relaxed space with all of the most outrageous vintage tube equipment from the 1930's-1960's. The tones and vibes that are produced from Bigtone are top shelf in the modern age and the sounds can pierce your "goosebumps" meter in the red. Bigtone offers ever

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4 rca preamps with UTC input transformers and 12ay7! Very cool quad of pres! Sold
04/12/2022

4 rca preamps with UTC input transformers and 12ay7! Very cool quad of pres! Sold

Super cool vintage speaker cabs. With rola speakers in original “k” cabinets. Crinkle paint. Dont get much cooler than t...
04/10/2022

Super cool vintage speaker cabs. With rola speakers in original “k” cabinets. Crinkle paint. Dont get much cooler than these tiny things. Great for talkback etc.. $100 plus shipping

Loved this session!
04/10/2022

Loved this session!

Hundreds of NOS tubes, switches, pots, transistors etc…
04/07/2022

Hundreds of NOS tubes, switches, pots, transistors etc…

Nothing better than relaxing on the couch watching “Better Call Saul” and turning this rig on for the first time after a...
04/05/2022

Nothing better than relaxing on the couch watching “Better Call Saul” and turning this rig on for the first time after a recap. All original oil caps working great with no noise. Just changed the dry electrolytics. Amazed!

After two failed attempts at buying one of these I finally got one. The legendary rca bn2a mixer! #rcamixer
04/04/2022

After two failed attempts at buying one of these I finally got one. The legendary rca bn2a mixer! #rcamixer

YES!!!!!!!!!!!! #altec230b #altecconsole #bigtonerecords
04/04/2022

YES!!!!!!!!!!!! #altec230b #altecconsole #bigtonerecords

Wall of projects for the future. #buildityourself #tubegear #bigtonerecords
04/01/2022

Wall of projects for the future. #buildityourself #tubegear #bigtonerecords

Very cool unique studio monitor cab/speakers for talk back and monitoring. They slant on sides so easy for wall mount et...
04/01/2022

Very cool unique studio monitor cab/speakers for talk back and monitoring. They slant on sides so easy for wall mount etc.. each has a nice 8 inch alnico speaker. They look extra big in pic but its an 8 so not huge. They also are extremely light weight. $100 each. I have 8 of them.

Selling these killers! Set of Collins 356a preamp and line amp 356b. Both fully restored. I can sell them as you see the...
03/31/2022

Selling these killers! Set of Collins 356a preamp and line amp 356b. Both fully restored. I can sell them as you see them or rack them and put a power supply for them. Anything buyer wants. For both $1600 shipped. For little extra can rack and build psu. Get these incredible legendary preamps today!

Few pics of this beauty before I replaced the Electrolytics. All the stock coupling caps still sounding great. 1953 Gret...
03/31/2022

Few pics of this beauty before I replaced the Electrolytics. All the stock coupling caps still sounding great. 1953 Gretsch Electromatic. Made by valco. A killin 5 watts! #gretsch #bigtonerecords

What a stunning rca rack! Got all the original filler panels too for custom builds
03/31/2022

What a stunning rca rack! Got all the original filler panels too for custom builds

Love finding these beauties in the wild. #rcamicrophone #shurebulletmic
03/31/2022

Love finding these beauties in the wild. #rcamicrophone #shurebulletmic

03/29/2022
Hey friends! I need something picked up in Brooklyn and brought into VA, NC, WV etc.. ill pay or trade good for help if ...
03/26/2022

Hey friends! I need something picked up in Brooklyn and brought into VA, NC, WV etc.. ill pay or trade good for help if anyone is comin this way

Getting very close to being done on this little beast! Basically a Altec 436 with much bigger iron for headroom and more...
03/24/2022

Getting very close to being done on this little beast! Basically a Altec 436 with much bigger iron for headroom and more gain. #buildit #buildityourself #altec436 #bigtone

Anyone looking for Altec M11 plugs? I gotem. #altecm11
03/23/2022

Anyone looking for Altec M11 plugs? I gotem. #altecm11

Anyone got any gates k***s like this they selling/trading? I need some. Thanks 🙏
03/23/2022

Anyone got any gates k***s like this they selling/trading? I need some. Thanks 🙏

03/23/2022

Little clip of my 85 year old mentor Junior. Reaching deep. Will be harmonica dubbed eventually. This man played with Sonny Boy, and made amazing records in 60’s. Love this man.

Great package today from @jupitercondenser . This beautiful 12 in has paper voice coil and is tops! I love his caps and ...
03/22/2022

Great package today from @jupitercondenser . This beautiful 12 in has paper voice coil and is tops! I love his caps and speakers! I also love that you can use the payment plan!

Killer oahu project. Needs field coil speaker or pm speaker and resistor/output. Online you can see these chassis identi...
03/20/2022

Killer oahu project. Needs field coil speaker or pm speaker and resistor/output. Online you can see these chassis identical to this. Usually a $800 amp restored. I got too much s**t. $100 plus shipping to someone who got time

Building a mobile sa38 limiter! Got all original iron and this killer Gates chassis! Pics to come in the coming month
03/20/2022

Building a mobile sa38 limiter! Got all original iron and this killer Gates chassis! Pics to come in the coming month

Cant wait to try this beast! Found this two channel DI box in the wild using two giant rca branded utc iron. 250k pri an...
03/18/2022

Cant wait to try this beast! Found this two channel DI box in the wild using two giant rca branded utc iron. 250k pri and 250-600 sec #dibox

Tube shortage? 😂 i never liked or used them s**t Russian tubes anyways. Maybe now a real American company can emerge, ya...
03/17/2022

Tube shortage? 😂 i never liked or used them s**t Russian tubes anyways. Maybe now a real American company can emerge, ya know sense we designed most the ones in the US gear back in the day anyways. Go out there and findem in the wild. Dont turn into the audio guy version of the toilet paper guy. #tubeshortage #tubesgalore

Van full?
03/16/2022

Van full?

Beauties
03/16/2022

Beauties

Beautiful 1948 Gibson GA-25. Really rare model and its got a huge sound. 12 and 8 inch speakers. Fully serviced. New han...
03/12/2022

Beautiful 1948 Gibson GA-25. Really rare model and its got a huge sound. 12 and 8 inch speakers. Fully serviced. New handle. In good shape with reg honest wear. Loud amp with the Utah speakers non original. But a much louder improvement over the stock P12S. Loud and great headroom and outstanding breakup cranked. Literally same amp Robert Lockwood jr used with Little Walter etc.. $1300

Beautiful custom mixer for sale! This is the best mixer ive ever made and sounds far superior to a dynamote or similar. ...
03/10/2022

Beautiful custom mixer for sale! This is the best mixer ive ever made and sounds far superior to a dynamote or similar. It uses two 6j7, and two 6sn7’s with solid state rectifier. Has absolutely stunning transformers. UTC input, output, power and choke. 4 mic inputs and a master. I have made some really cool recordings on it for folks to hear if they like to buy. All custom made by yours truly. Its a mix between a Raytheon and gates post war mixer/line amps. Same output as used in rca limiters and other fancy gear. The freq response is excellent as well. What you get out if this mixer over others is huge headroom and big low end that doesn’t flub! Get something truly unique that is better than what you can find at the price point. $1300 shipped.

03/05/2022

Another fun clip of us jammin

Langevin Power Supply fs. I have two of these FS. $250 each as is or 350 restored. #langevin
03/03/2022

Langevin Power Supply fs. I have two of these FS. $250 each as is or 350 restored. #langevin

Gonna be spending few days bending this 1930’s RCA PB-140 grill back to shape. The back half is narly. Luckily the 30’s ...
03/03/2022

Gonna be spending few days bending this 1930’s RCA PB-140 grill back to shape. The back half is narly. Luckily the 30’s grills are much more bendable than the later BX model making it actually possible to get it back looking nice! #rcapb140 #rca44

03/02/2022

Just recorded this live at Grand Annex theater in San pedro. Sold out show. Mara, Carl, Tim and myself. My own home built 4 mic mixer straight to ampex 350, 3 mics

In love with the many 44 variations from the 30’s. Each having a unique sound and character. The 44a, pb140, pb144 etc
02/28/2022

In love with the many 44 variations from the 30’s. Each having a unique sound and character. The 44a, pb140, pb144 etc

Beautiful 1958 Gibson GA9. Jensen 10 inch. Full of jupiter red astron caps all way across! Incredible sound! Fully resto...
02/26/2022

Beautiful 1958 Gibson GA9. Jensen 10 inch. Full of jupiter red astron caps all way across! Incredible sound! Fully restored. $1200

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“The Bristol Sessions” Sunny Tennessean style! This has been a historic weekend for us as we just finished recording our latest album at BIGTONE Records in Bristol, Virginia. I couldn’t be more proud of these boys I have with me now. It shows in their many hours of working very hard to get things sounding the way they should so when you pop our cd in yer truck it’s not gonna sound like it was produced in 2022. This has a lot to do with how Jon Atkinson recorded us “live to tape” on 1940’s & 50’s vintage analog equipment. There were no headphones, no click tracks or auto tuning on this album, meaning we played all parts, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin and harmony singing together as a band just as if we were on stage or sitting around the house picking and singing. There aren’t many recording studios you can go to and tell the sound engineer that you want to record on vintage equipment and hey by the way make our album sound like a recording from the 1950’s. If that’s what you want then Jon Atkinson has you covered and for that we owe you a big THANK YOU Jon. Now that’s Ole Timey!!! Bigtone Records Bill Sanguinetti Caleb Ge**er
Today marks one month since the release of ‘Welcome to New Hoyle,’ my latest album featuring The Matchsellers and Charley Reeves. This coming Friday, I’ll release ‘The Bigtone Leftovers’— the three final tracks that were recorded in the same sessions but left off the album. If you like how these recordings sound, I highly recommend you get in touch with Jon Atkinson and book yourself some time at Bigtone Records in Bristol, VA. You will be amazed by his expertise and knowledge of old school, real deal studio know-how. For real. https://bradfielder.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-to-new-hoyle
Tell ya what, it’s pretty dang neat to receive texts and videos about your music on the radio. Thanks to Ricardo Pérez for this one today 👊 Much gratitude to Hardluck Jim Johnson for debuting “It’s As Easy As That” on KGOU Weekend Blues 🙏 featuring: Bigtone Records, The Matchsellers, & Charley Reeves
Jackson Lynch’s new solo album is available for pre-order! “All By My Ownsome” is Jackson’s first solo album. Listen & pre-order now at: https://jacksonlynch.bandcamp.com/album/all-by-my-ownsome Jackson Lynch is known for his fiddling and singing with the Down Hill Strugglers. This album features five original songs by Jackson Lynch as well as traditional folk, blues and gospel songs, sung by Jackson with guitar. Beautifully recorded to tape by Jon Atkinson Bigtone Records Born in Ireland, Jackson Lynch moved to New York City's East Village at a young age. Formerly residing in New Orleans he remains an integral part of the music world there with his band The Janks. Now living in Red Hook, Brooklyn, he is also a vital part of the New York music scene. Jackson plays solo, with The Janks and with The Down Hill Strugglers, hailed by Amanda Petrusich in the New Yorker as, "the very best interpreters of traditional material presently going.” #jacksonlynch #thejanks @mashedpotatorecords #wwoz @wwoz_neworleans #jacksonandthejanks #blues #gospelmusic
Jackson Lynch’s new solo album is available for pre-order! “All By My Ownsome” is Jackson’s first solo album. Listen & pre-order now at: https://jacksonlynch.bandcamp.com/album/all-by-my-ownsome Releasing Nov. 12th by Jalopy Records as a vinyl LP with specially printed tip-on jacket art and via digital download and streaming. Beautifully recorded by Jon Atkinson @ Bigtone Records The album features five original songs by Jackson Lynch as well as traditional folk, blues and gospel songs. Born in Ireland, Jackson Lynch moved to New York City's East Village at a young age. Formerly residing in New Orleans he remains an integral part of the music world there with his band The Janks. Now living in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Jackson plays solo, with The Janks and with his string band The Down Hill Strugglers, hailed by Amanda Petrusich in the New Yorker as, "the very best interpreters of traditional material presently going.” #jacksonlynch #thejanks @mashedpotatorecords #wwoz @wwoz_neworleans #jacksonandthejanks #blues #gospelmusic
Check out the mics we’re recording vocals with at Bigtone Records!🤤🙌🏼
Special thank you to Jon at Bigtone Records, Adam on the drums, Randall on bass, & Libby on percussion in our live recordings during our 3-day stretch here in Virginia. We’ve been spending all day every day in studio, recording 6 songs that we’ve been perfecting for months & months to record here! We’re so thankful these talented folks are a part of what we’re doing. We’ve practiced so many hours & days of guitar & vocals for these 3 days, & we’re SO grateful that it has all been worth it. These recordings sound fantastic!
We’d like to publicly thank These fellas for these 3 incredible days in-studio at Bigtone Records. Jon’s patience & determination to get the right sound, with the right mics, with the right placement is impeccable & we learned so much from him. He is a walking music history encyclopedia & will go down in history himself. He is also now our loving friend. Adam’s attention to detail & care for the organic flow of rhythm is exactly what we’ve aspired to find in a drummer. He is everything we have wanted in rhythm for such a long time. We are so thankful for his input through this entire process, & consider him our dear friend now. We hope to figure out a way to live closer to the eastern half of the US to be able to call on Adam’s superhuman drum powers as often as possible. Randall’s humility & prowess a the bass make him so easy to flow with musically & personally. He makes bass seem easy. His craving to always be better is inspiring to us, even though every time he played it was obvious that he is the best at what he does. He already IS better. We hope to call on his bass playing as often as possible as well. We’re putting it out there that we’d love to perform, tour, & record with these 3 again & again. Please send prayers & well-wishes that we can make that possible. To Jon, Adam, & Randy: THANK YOU for your time, energy, patience, & your talents. You are so appreciated. — Oskar & Julia
🎙TOMORROW🎙 We’ll be in Bristol, Virginia at Bigtone Records for our first day of recording our 6 new songs.💥 We’ll be recording Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday. We are very nervous, but very excited. We have never recorded “Live” OR with analog gear before. We’re so excited to meet the musicians we’ve contracted for this project, Adam Schreiber on drums, & Randall Ball on bass. What incredible talents they are & we are so looking forward to hearing what they do.👏🏼 We are hoping everything goes well & we would sincerely appreciate your prayers & well-wishes!🙏🏼🤍 Sending you all love, Oskar & Julia
Here's a taste of Brad Fielder's new record we backed him up on out in Bristol. Be on the look out for the rest of this maniac jug band music. I don't know the release date yet, but it's gonna be a good record... I got to play my Johnboydmandolins at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and hang with Kris Truelsen of Bill and the Belles and record on sweet vintage recording gear at Bigtone Records ... that was lotsa fun... xoxo yer boy, drewski...
Check out this recent session with BA Fielder singing his original tune "Goose on the Loose!" Brad stopped through Bristol to record a new project over at Bigtone Records and we were lucky to get him to stop here before hand!
“Sweet Tooth” © Oskar & Julia Here’s the 6th demo we’ve recorded for our studio time at Bigtone Records!🧁 Thanks for listening!🙏🏼