About Us

Clients over the last 50+ years include

A&M Records Los Angeles
Abbey Road’s famous Sale of the Century auction 1982
Air Studios Montserrat
Barry Gray of Thunderbirds / Captain Scarlett
Bonhams, Auctioneers
Bray Film studios for the late Gerry Anderson
British Grove Studios
CBS Soho
Chemical Brothers
Command Studios Piccadilly
CTS Kensington
CTS Wembley
De Lane Lea Studios, Soho
Eden Studios Chiswick
Electric Mastering, Westbourne Studios
Elstree Film Studios
EMI Studios Barcelona
Fleetwood Mobiles
Gary Barlow
Jamie Cullum
John Lennon’s studio at Tittenhurst Park for Ringo Starr
Mandy Parnell
Mark Angelo studios W3
Mark Ronson
Noel Gallagher
Paul Epworth
The Church Studio for the Eurythmics
Townhouse Studios for Universal Records
Trident Studios Soho
Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon console EMI TG 1234 MKIV which sold at auction in 2017

MJ (centre) with “Team TG” installing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon console, the EMI TG 1234 MKIV from Abbey Road Studio 2, which was sold to a studio in LA for $1.8m in 2017

A short history

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Malcolm posing at Jackson Studios, Rickmansworth in 1972

The name MJQ is supposedly short for “Malcolm Jackson Quipment” as a way of paying homage to the 50s jazz quartet much admired by Malcolm Jackson, who has specialised in brokering professional recording studio equipment since 1965.  MJ sort of fell into the role of Studio Real-Estate Broker when Barry Gray (of Thunderbirds fame) asked to clear out the contents of his studio and sell the building before moving abroad.

jacksons 1977

Equipment sales began as a sideline for MJ whilst running Jackson Studios with his brother John, which they had developed from the former studio of their Dad, the famous BBC Radio disc jockey Jack Jackson (http://www.radioacademy.org/hall-of-fame-member/jack-jackson/) and thanks to legendary engineer Vic Maile, Jackson Studios became synonymous with the punk era; Motorhead’s Ace of Spades was notably one of Vic’s biggest successes there (http://www.philsbook.com/jacksons.html)

Motorhead with Vic at Jackson Studios

Lemmy in the studio when he wasn’t having tea & biscuits with Grandma Jackson

MJ went on to form the former London Studio Exchange, as well as the Distinguished Audio Engineer’s Federation (DEAF) that raised money for deaf children through its hell-raising charity events. Over the years MJ has run some of the industry’s big equipment auctions including Sale of the Century at Abbey Road in 1980, Trident Studios, CTS Wembley, The Town House, Eden Studios & Mark Angelo.

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A brochure featuring a Neve 8078 from Air Studios sold by Malcolm in the early 80s

Countless studio properties have been sold & let via MJ – in some cases several times over  – and more recently, not just in the UK but France, Spain, Italy, Israel and Australia.

MJQ property & equipment service is run by MJ and his youngest of four sons Hamish and with the help of specialist freelance technical service engineers as well as legal & business advisors; being the only real property agent in the UK to specialise purely in professional recording studios it is important for MJQ to offer all customers the best possible support.

MJQ is a long-established family business and we do things with the upmost confidence, integrity & efficiency.


FREE VALUATIONS

MJQ is offering a valuation service for studios and equipment.

Email us a list of your existing equipment and we will return a market valuation at no cost (limited to 30 items of equipment)

or alternatively, for an inventory of more than 30 items, if you need an in-depth valuation for insurance which involves MJQ visiting your premises and viewing the equipment our charges are £60 per hour plus travelling expenses.

MJQ are leading studio equipment and property valuation experts, 

and have a wealth of experience dealing with the appraisal requirements of corporate or private studio facilities.

The majority of MJQ’s work is for insurance valuations:
This is a formal equipment valuation on the basis of retail replacement or open market values for either insurance requirements, fundraising exercises, or confirmation of asset values for banks and investors.

MJQ also carries out Inventories, asset tagging and general valuations.

STUDIO REAL ESTATE 

A market valuation will give you an accurate and up-to -ate valuation of your studio property’s current value.

An insurance valuation is a thorough assessment of the rebuild cost of the property.

A new investor valuation will provide you with an accurate value of the property which will assist your restructuring of the company or seeking further investment.