Clients over the last 50+ years include
Abbey Road Studios (since 1980)
Air Studios Montserrat
Barry Gray of Thunderbirds / Captain Scarlett
Bray Film studios for the late Gerry Anderson
British Grove Studios
Command Studios Piccadilly
De Lane Lea Studios, Soho
Eden Studios Chiswick
Electric Mastering, Westbourne Studios
Elstree Film Studios
EMI Studios Barcelona
John Lennon’s studio at Tittenhurst Park
Mark Angelo Studios
The Church Studio for the Eurythmics
Townhouse Studios for Universal Records
Trident Studios Soho
Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands
3 generations of improvising
The name MJQ is supposedly short for “Malcolm Jackson Quipment” in 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.
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.
Jack was originally a cornet player for Jack Hylton before starting his own band and his orchestra had the residency at the Dorchester Hotel in London for a few years (once firing a young saxophonist by the name of Ronnie Scott for getting stoned on the job).
Luxembourg Radio was Jack’s break into the world of broadcasting and eventually he went on to become a household name with his weekly Record Roundup on the BBC light programme. Jack coined the nickname “Aunty” for the BBC that is still used today.
The Jackson sons: Malcolm & John, ran Jackson Studios and legendary engineer Vic Maile.
Thanks to Vic, Jackson Studios became weirdly synonymous with the punk era; Motorhead’s Ace of Spades was notably one of Vic’s biggest successes there.
Other bands included Dr. Feelgood, The Inmates, Girlschool, UFO, 2468 Motorway, Eddie & The Hotrods and a bunch of other obscure acts on the in-house labels Jackson Recording Company Ltd. and Ad-Rhythm Records.
MJ went on to form the former London Studio Exchange, as well as co-founded the Distinguished Audio Engineer’s Federation (DEAF) with legendary engineers Keith Grant & Eric Tomlinson, that raised hundreds of thousands of pounds 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.
“I sold the Neve from Air studios Oxford Circus to Atlantic Studios on Broadway, NY. We had to get a crane alongside the studio in London and take it out of the 4th floor window. It stopped the traffic in Ox Circus for a few minutes. The price was £140,000, so I went along to Coutts in the Strand and opened an account. I lost it later in the great crash of 76, 83, 87, 94,98 and 2002. Motto:- You can make a million in the Music Business … you just need to start with 3 million. I went to Atlantic in NY to see it in a bit later and while I was there went to the Brill building where all the music people hang out. There’s a music shop on the ground floor and I went in to have a look around. There was a guy in a shabby raincoat at the counter buying a plectrum – and I heard the assistant say Thanks Les. It was Les Paul- so I said hello. He made million-selling records in the 50’s with his wife – Les Paul and Mary Ford – and he was the one who really started the multitracking thing. I hope he’s got a good lawyer… The Neve from Montserrat followed that. I sold it to Herb Alpert at Sunset studios Sunset Blvd and Mum and I went over to Montserrat for a week. There were no forklifts to get the console out of the control room window so I got 15 big guys from the Montserrat rugger team to come along and lift the console. It had to be put in a wooden crate so I organised that. The only wood for that on the island was mahogany – people made their gardens fences out of it – and that made the crate quite heavy. It had to go to Antigua to get on a plane, and that had to be by boat. We got the only boat with a crane on board which belonged to the Island Governor. He also ran a sugar exporting business. It was a hair-raising moment when the console had been lifted off the lorry on the dockside by the crane and for a moment was swinging over the water until it landed on the boat deck. Then the boat went to Antigua. Dave Harries and I went to A & M a few weeks later to see the console in, and afterwards celebrated in the bar next door. That was where Herb Alpert had the great fortune to meet me. Just kidding…I had my first Margerita there… well 9 actually. In the end I fell off the barstool and have remembered nothing since. Yours sincerely, MJ p.s. why are you telling me all this ?”
Today MJQ is run by MJ & son Hamish, with the help of specialist freelance technical service engineers, legal advisors, friends & ambassadors of Quan…
MJQ provides valuations for insurance etc.
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
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