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I really had to show this to you!
In October 2002 I said "If anyone knows
anything about this great looking Hagstrom Mixer
please let us know...
"
(SEE BELOW)


Well, we ended up hearing from a few VERY qualified people, read on!

Very Many thanks to Jonas Sundstrm for sending these pictures
must get that studio built... say Jonas where are you based, maybe I could drive over and...
... well it would have to be a big studio though. Brilliant!

Jonas went on to say:
Hello David I bought the mixer about a year ago from a studio in London and I use it im my own small studio in Nyköping: Sweden. Thank you for the information about Amtech. with best regards Jonas Sundström

15th October 2002, then updated 25th February '04:
This is a high quality mixer manufactured some years ago by Hagström. This company was started by Hagström, then former employees including Peo Olsson started Amtech - a company that still very much exists in Alvdalen, the old hometown of Hagstrom, manufacturing guitar effects equipment.

There were many and various models, 1x 16-channel, 4x 16-channel and 4x 24-channel etc., They were used by the most famous "dansbands" in Sweden. They can be found in Alvdalen today!
If it says Hagstrom on it, it was made by Hagstrom, after that the only change was the name!
Fairly big by the latest standards, not so easy to transport for smaller touring bands, but quality engineering of course!
Bengt from Amtech confirmed this in October '02, and Karl-Erik Hagstrom J:r, provided further information in February '04.
Thank you all for your help!

April 2004 another update on this mixer!

"Hi there... I was the previous owner of the 24/8 mixer than Jonas sent you. I had it for about 10 years and I'm also responsible for some of the modifications seen on the picture (like control room mic outlet and more). The mixer has 24 channels, all balanced XLR, 8 busses (out) and a weird setup of aux sends (there's lots of knobs that actually doesn't do anything). It has a 4 band eq where two of the bands have switches for 3 different frequencies each. The mixer is modular, grouped in channels of two each. All outputs have their separate 4 band fixed eq. It has a modular contact for all the channels on the back.

It sounds lush and warm just as one would suppose. The biggest drawback was that the faders aren't standard 100mm so getting new ones wasn't possible without rebuilding the entire thing. But I got great help from Amtech in Alvdalen who actually had a couple of modules lying around. They actually removed them from the modules (soldered) and sold them to me for something like 8 pounds each! Great guys!"

Interestingly Thomas is not based in London so the "studio in London" may have been a small "via"... it was bought from Thomas in Gothenburg (also in Sweden).. "...where it had spent a couple of years in my closet (I closed down my studio and had no space in my apartment). I miss it a lot, it was a cool piece of equipment... Though the noise level left something to wish for.

As Bengt said: It's a bit on the heavy side (about 100kg's I would say). The original case was in brown wood, but it was so worn out that I painted it black. On the picture it is standing on the lid of the hardcase (the mixer was built into the bottom of the hardcase, I removed the metal handles and the aluminium edges to make it look a bit more sleek). I bought it from a guy in Sundsvall (also in Sweden) in 1991. Back then it didn't work at all, all the fuses where blown (there are about four of them) and a lot of components where damaged by someone who had flipped one of the channel "circuit card connectors". And I think they guy had kept it unprotected in a basement or something coz I had to clean it for a week to get the dirt off. It took me a while but I got it in descent condition after a while.

Thomas Vennstrom, Gothenburg"

You can find a couple of current products "Age-One" and "Age-Pro" guitar effects
by following the link below.


...or by writing to Amtech AB, Box 61, 796 22 Alvdalen, Sweden.

Finally, if anyone is interested in obtaining a mixer desk like this, there seem to be a couple around today, in Älvdalen Sweden

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There's nothing like a REAL original Swedish made Hagstrom (and there are loads around), but if it 'floats your boat', or you can't find an original then who are we to say?

Plenty has been said already and
will be said forever forward probably.
Only you know what's right for you!