The producer of Nirvana‘s final studio album, 1993’s In Utero, will auction off three microphones used during the making of that album. Steve Albini called the mics — an Electro-Voice PL20 and two vintage Lomo 19A9s — “irreplaceable,” adding, “They stopped being microphones and now they’re artifacts. I feel like I should get them into the hands of somebody who would take care of them and not put them at risk in the hectic environment of a recording studio.”
Albini said he realized the microphones’ significance after seeing them in a photo taken during the In Utero sessions. In the picture, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is recording his vocals with the Electro-Voice and one of the Lomos. Albini recalled using both the Lomos to record Dave Grohl‘s drum tracks as well.
- Albini said he consulted Grohl and Nirvana’s other surviving member, bassist Krist Novoselic, about the sale before putting the mics up for auction. According to Albini, both musicians encouraged him to sell them.
- Novoselic told us a while back that he’s got a philosophical perspective on who ultimately “owns” Nirvana’s music: “In a hundred years I don’t know who is going to own Nirvana. I’m not going to own it. I’ll be dead and gone. You know what I mean? But I was part of it, and I’m proud of it. That’s all I can really say.”
- Albini plans to put the three mics on the block through the online music site Reverb, with the sale set to run between September 21st and September 30th.
- Reverb will host two separate auctions, one for the Electro-Voice PL20 and another for the two Lomo 19A9s. Both lots will include the microphones’ power supplies and cabling.
Story source: Rolling Stone