Legendary producer-engineer Jerry Finn amassed a collection of amplifiers, guitar pedals and recording gear before he passed away at 39 years old in 2008. During his punk rock career, Finn worked with such breakthrough bands as Green Day, Blink-182, AFI, Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, Morrissey, MxPx and Rancid.
A showroom at Los Angeles’ Techno Empire contains hundreds of rare items, including a Neve BCM-10 Sidecar Mixer, Mastering Lab Tube Preamps, Tannoy Super Red Monitors, Diaz CD100 Tube Combo Amp, KLON Centaur Overdrive Pedal, 1954 Gibson Les Paul GA-40 amp, EAR 660 Limiters, an Echoplex Tape Delay and more. The Techno Empire inventory is available exclusively through Reverb.com, the online marketplace for buying, selling and learning about music gear. The sale began on Feb. 1.
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Producer-engineer Ryan Hewitt credits working with Finn on Blink-182, "[It was] the launch pad for my career. His attention to detail is unrivaled. Jerry made very specific records in his own highly methodical way, and let nothing get between him and the result that he wanted."
Joe McGrath, who worked with Finn from 1999 until the year of his death in 2008, remembers, "We shared a passion for capturing sounds. Jerry had heavily invested in recording gear and guitars and amps, but gear was only part of the equation. He brought a passion for record making to the studio. Jerry was funny, generous and honest."
Techno Empire's founder and CEO Sleven Rucci-Airo comments, "Jerry Finn was especially known for the distinctive guitar sounds he created with his cherry-picked collection of amps and processors, and also for the uniquely punchy sound of his mixes. For producers and engineers who have grown up with plug-ins, this is a chance to own the real deal. It's a remarkable treasure trove of Jerry's secret weapons and we'd like his legacy to live on through his collection."
A portion of the proceeds of the Jerry Finn sale will be donated by Techno Empire to the Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation, which provides financial assistance for music people in times of need.
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