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Rail Jon Rogut

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Cello Studios closes down
« on: January 28, 2005, 08:24:11 pm »

Just heard that Cello.. which used to be Oceanway.. which used to be Western Recorders have closed their doors today.

It's a sad day for the industry... those were great sounding rooms when I worked there when it was Oceanway.

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2005, 09:15:30 pm »

Why is it sad?  Wasn't this part of the plan announced a couple of months ago?...........

......."The studio expects to announce a new owner at the beginning of 2005, and will change its name to Western Recorders. The studio has hosted staff engineers Chuck Britz, Bones Howe, Wally Heider and Lee Hirschberg. The Mamas and the Papas’ "California Dreaming," Frank Sinatra’s "Strangers in the Night" and Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and Johnny Mercer Lou Adler all recorded hits at the facility....."

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Rail Jon Rogut

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2005, 09:23:47 pm »

I think it's sad because I don't believe they found anyone to assume the debt.

If this was planned then folks who had booked sessions would have been warned... as would the current sessions which were ongoing... and find themselves not being able to return in the morning.

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2005, 10:14:09 pm »

I just talked to a friend that says that it's pretty crazy over there right now. I can only imagine.

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2005, 10:28:11 pm »

Rail Jon Rogut wrote on Sat, 29 January 2005 01:24

Just heard that Cello.. which used to be Oceanway.. which used to be Western Recorders have closed their doors today.

It's a sad day for the industry... those were great sounding rooms when I worked there when it was Oceanway.

Rail


I think most of us knew it was only a matter of time...there were a lot of rumors floating around, but, geez...I hate to hear it.

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2005, 11:17:35 pm »

WhyKooper wrote on Sat, 29 January 2005 02:15

Why is it sad?  Wasn't this part of the plan announced a couple of months ago?...........



Saddest probably because they'll turn it into a parking lot or office condo. That's where the money is.

Don't mean to start any rumors. I have no knowledge of the situation at all. It's just that when the studio space can earn more money with blacktop down than with a $3M buildout and isolated spaces, it is sad. I hear from studio owners regularly who have watched most of their recording investments turn into liabilities and the only value left is the real estate. As long as the studio covers its expenses, that works. If not, then it's office condo time. Or worse still, paved-over history.
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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2005, 11:39:52 pm »

Watch Allen S. buy it back for a SONG!!!

I wouldn't put it past him!!!  Surprised)

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2005, 01:21:06 am »

Eric Rudd wrote on Fri, 28 January 2005 23:39

Watch Allen S. buy it back for a SONG!!!

I wouldn't put it past him!!!  Surprised)

Eric


would be cool ...
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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2005, 01:27:16 am »

Bet you're right Eric.  Allen alwyas seems to have a good instinct for such things.

I remember working at Studio 55.  Tons of great hits there....all the way back to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas."  Last I heard it was a parking lot for Paramount Pictures.
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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2005, 01:35:15 am »

Allen made them an offer a year ago after seeing the books... which the owner turned down...  right now it's heavily in debt with legal issues... I doubt anyone will buy it as an ongoing business.. they'll wait for the bank to foreclose and buy the pieces at auction.

I also believe Gower Studios are interested in the property... which means the building will be destroyed.  Crying or Very Sad

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2005, 02:35:05 am »

Not surprising with all the talk over tye past year, but sad just the same. Tough gig we've all chosen, but when it's good...

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2005, 04:12:23 am »

My older brother Bobby worked at Cello for a stint recently, and regaled us with stories about what a fantastic house it is (was).

What a bummer.

It makes me worry about the few big houses left in Philly.

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2005, 10:31:48 am »

This is really sad. I hope someone takes it over. I worked there quite a bit in the late 80's early 90's and it was always a special experience. That Neve in the back room(studio 2?) has got to be one of the best sounding consoles ever.
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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2005, 10:36:16 am »

The building could be worth more than might seem obvious because of grandfathered zoning issues. Still there's a very real risk we'll lose it.

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Re: Cello Studios closes down
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2005, 10:40:14 am »

mcsnare wrote on Sat, 29 January 2005 15:31

This is really sad. I hope someone takes it over. I worked there quite a bit in the late 80's early 90's and it was always a special experience. That Neve in the back room(studio 2?) has got to be one of the best sounding consoles ever.
Dave McNair


Hey Dave,

The "Arc Angels" record we did together was one of my favorites of our work at OWR.

Still using those crossover-modified NS10s????    Very Happy

All the best!!

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