Retrofonica is Claudio’s studio in London.
It contains the finest collection of vintage keyboard instruments, valve amplifiers, vintage microphones and vintage outboards as well as tons of passion and decades of knowledge of the vintage sound aesthetic.
My Hammond and Leslie
I have been always a fan of the A-100 Hammond Organ model.
It has everything a C3 and a B3 have but it gives the internal speaker sound with separate reverb that for me is a win-win.
I have in fact recorded several tracks miking up the 12” speaker from the A-100 to have a lovely straight delicate sound. The spring reverb is stunning.
My Hammond has been modded with a Overdrive panel called Profkon. It’s very handy when you want to record overdriven sound and keep the volume down.
It also helps to reach my favoutites McDuff and Jon Lord sounds.
My Leslie is a faboulus 145 model, all original.
My Hammond is also hooked to a Leslie 760, modified to a passive speaker. I also took the deflectors off to have a more 70s sound when needed. I can use one of the valve amps to drive it. I’m loving the Fender Princeton and what it does to the Hammond sound, Laying it down was recorded with this combination.
My Electric piano
In 2014 I was lucky enough to find a Vintage Vibe Deluxe 64 electric piano in the UK. I bought it immediately. It’s a hand-built new electric piano made in the USA by the company VintageVibe. Whilst internally it’s very similar to a Fender Rhodes, outside it looks like a Wurlitzer EP200.
The sound it produces is somewhere between a Rhodes and a Wurly depending on how you play it. If you go gentle you’ll have that lush, long release Rhodes sound, but if you go more aggressive it barks more like a Wurly.
I usually use the Davoli-head and Peavy-cab for my Rhodes sound, you can hear it on Live current.