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    Beatles Related - Cavern Club Stage Used Microphone and Stand. The Beatles gave more live performances at the Cavern Club than at any other venue - 292 to be exact. It was at the underground club on Matthew Street that the group perfected their stage presence over thousands of songs performed and hundreds of hours spent on stage. The group often used the club as a rehearsal space as well, working through many of their early compositions. Musical history was made at the Cavern, and now Heritage is honored to offer a group of incredible items with direct connection to that history: three vintage stage-used Reslo microphones and stands from the Cavern, dating to the early 1960s.

    At the time most Liverpool groups did not use their own sound equipment, instead utilizing the PA setups which the venues would provide. The sound equipment for the Cavern was provided and maintained by a local company called Alpha Sound, owned by a promoter named Brian Kelly. According to Mersey historian Bill Harry, "He (Kelly) supplied the PA's for practically all the major clubs and dances on Merseyside." Added Liverpool promoter/DJ Chris Whorton, "The Cavern had its own very basic PA in those days, with a Vortexion amplifier and Reslo ribbon microphones. But that was a Rolls Royce system compared to some of the PAs back then."

    Nearly every photo of the Beatles at the Cavern shows the group with Reslo microphones on stage. They were ideally suited to the group's vocal sound - two singers could face into either side of a Reslo ribbon mic, which fully amplified the vocals from both sides. Reslos were also dynamic enough to amplify from a distance, which could allow the drummer to continue to play and to sing at the same time without having to lean deeply into the microphone. At the Cavern the Beatles would have two microphones at front - the first for the song's lead singer with the second for the other two frontmen to dramatically add face-to-face harmony - and the third microphone at rear for the drummer. In addition to the Beatles, many the other Merseyside groups from the era who played at the Cavern used the club's PA: Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Big Three, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and on and on and on!

    Mal Jefferson, a sound engineer and bassist for Liverpool group the Mastersounds (which assumed the Beatles' Cavern residency in 1963), purchased the three Reslo microphones and stands from Brian Kelly in 1968 after Kelly had removed them from service at the Cavern. They have been in Jefferson's possession until earlier this year, when they were sold to the present owner who has consigned them for sale at Heritage. In the 1990s two of the microphones and stands were loaned for exhibition at the Beatles Story museum at the Liverpool docks, which is the only time any of these three historic items have been publicly viewed in the past five decades - until now!

    The third: A Reslo model RBT ribbon microphone, late 1950s/early 1960s. The microphone measuring approximately 2" high, on a microphone base measuring approximately 3" high, made of silver metal with a 1.5" red metal label, some color missing, reading "RIBBON MICROPHONE, RBT/H 30/50 OHMS, Made In England, RESLOSOUND LTD." The microphone has clear tape affixed to one side at center with some discoloration to the metal below, and there are other tape remnants to the microphone base. There is a .25' ding at one side of the microphone. Below the base is a 2.5" connector through which a grey lead approximately 16' long is attached. The stand is of silver metal and telescopes from center to approximately 63" high when fully extended. Each of the three legs on the oxidized cast iron base are approximately 7" long, with a metal label affixed to one leg which reads "VALAN ELECTRICALS BIRMINGHAM MAY 2229". Both the microphone and the stand are in Very Good condition consistent with age and use.


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