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Kelsey?


They were sooooo 1970s you just had to reopen old wounds didn't you?
:p

 

I paid for a lot of college with Kelsey DMI. I have very fond memories.

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Except that it was built in the U.S. Most were built in Hawthorne, NJ IIRC.

 

 

Could I have the brand confused ?? I could sware it had A union jack flag on the back :) I thought it was precurser to A&H gear

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Nope, the flag was a tribute to their UK orgins, the company was based in the US from the 70's IIRC, Hawthorne NJ, phased out Kelsey to start Crest Audio (amps first then mixers), then Peavey bought the remains.

 

I was involved as Kelsey was being retured and Crest came into being. I did their repairs on the west coast.

 

http://www.soundcitysite.com/sc_webpages/history_2.htm

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Nope, the flag was a tribute to their UK orgins, the company was based in the US from the 70's IIRC, Hawthorne NJ, phased out Kelsey to start Crest Audio (amps first then mixers), then Peavey bought the remains.


I was involved as Kelsey was being retured and Crest came into being. I did their repairs on the west coast.


http://www.soundcitysite.com/sc_webpages/history_2.htm

 

Hi there agedhorse. A few years ago I acquired a Pro-club 12+2. The SN is PC9100114446. I don't know much about this mixer, and was wondering what light you could shed?

 

Cheers

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Hi there agedhorse. A few years ago I acquired a Pro-club 12+2. The SN is PC9100114446. I don't know much about this mixer, and was wondering what light you could shed?


Cheers

 

The ProClubs were a slanted faceplate unit built into the flitecase. It was the first transformerless input mixer and worked great. It was simple but effective. IIRC it also was the first mixer of theirs to have an internal power supply.

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I too have a vintage Kelsey. Anyone interested ??

 

Looks like another ProClub 12+3. Nice little board for somebody into the "vintage" thing.

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hi,

i'm lookin to go a lil bigger with my mixer found an old kelsey pro series 24 chan with case, buck fifty just doin bar gigs and such don't wanna go crazy any thoughts. i thought for the size and price it seems ok and a can of contact cleaner goes a long way thanks

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Don't use contact cleaner on it, over time the resistive elements will be destroyed. Then you will end up with a steaming pile of unfixable junk.

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I purchased a Kelsey 12-channel ProClub+3 brand new, mail odered, $650, from Manny's, circa 1982, while attending the university of oklahoma. I was amazed by the compactness, the clean output, and although the mixer was used primarily for recording music and sound for video sound editing, it served double duty in sound reinforcement. When I moved to Monterey/CA in '85, the mixer went along, and no one out west had seen a kelsey mixer! I did a fair amount of live sound mixing and acquired a 100 ft snake for ease of operation. After a few years, I had to store a lot of my gear, and when I took it all out of storage a few years later, the Kelsey's pots were all noisy. After removing the mixer from the road case and seeing that the pots were all closed back design, I became concerned until I learned how to properly clean them: simply rotate each one fully, 100 times! Sounds tedious, but that really works! While in Monterey, I purchased a used 16-channel ProClub+3 which is considerably larger than my trusty old 12 chan! The 16-chan board offered more inserts, solo features and overall, more bells and whistles, and the welcome feature of a headphone jack! (Never understood why my 12-chan lacked a headphone jack!) So, besides the lack of a headphone jack, the only other issue I have with the 12-chan mixer is that the 1/4" jacks are plastic! Other than that, my 2 kelsey boards are real workhorses!

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I was THE Kelsey service guy out here during the 80's and early 90's. They were the beginning of the compact board market and ahead of their time.

 

there is another way to properly clean the Kelsey pots and several ways to completely ruin them. PM me and I'll get you the info.

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They are all worth about zero unfortunately. Same for most analog consoles of the era including some $10k+ consoles that I have taking up shop space.

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