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Help Save Pearl Jam's Recording Console

Image courtesy of LondonBridgeStudios.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of LondonBridgeStudios.com (via ABC News Radio)

London Bridge Studios in Seattle is the site where many a formative album was recorded --  Pearl Jam 's  Ten;   Soundgarden 's  Louder Than Love;   Dirt, Jar of Flies Facelift  and  Tripod  -- all from  Alice in Chains ; and the self-titled albums from  Candlebox  and  Blind Melon , among many others.  Those albums were molded and shaped by a vintage recording console called made by Neve, which the studio holds in high esteem -- so high, in fact, that it's asking for funds to help save it from the junkpile.

London Bridge says it'll cost $75,000 to rebuild the aging hulk of sonic goodness and they've started a fundraising campaign through  IndieGoGo  to collect money toward the goal.

There's bang available for your buck -- $35 gets you a grunge-tastic t-shirt.  $150 gets you two shirts, plus a private tour for two.  For $250, your name gets inscribed on the recording console for the  Eddie Vedder s of the world to mouth their thanks to. 

Here's where it really gets interesting -- wanna be the next Alice in Chains?  For donations between $650-850, you can get time with London Bridge Studios producers and engineers.  The first band to kick in $1,500 gets to be the last band to record on the Neve, and the first band to flip $2,500 toward the cause gets to run the first licks through the reconditioned Neve.

The grand poobah of donations is $15,000 -- this gets you a top-shelf secret producer twiddlin' the Neve's knobs on your next album.

As of this writing, London Bridge Studios still had a ways to go to reach the goal. Hit  IndieGoGo.com  to help preserve grunge history.

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