A vintage musical equipment collector has increased his collection with rare items previously owned by members of the world’s most famous band, The Beatles. Chris Hewitt, 61, from Wincham, stages exhibitions of musical equipment and album sleeves at his private ‘Museum of Rock’.The most recent arrival to his museum, in Station Road, are the speakers from London’s Abbey Road Studio Two control room- used to mix most of The Beatles recordings. He said: “I was so pleased to find the speakers and even more so to actually buy them. They still sound and look great too, as they would have done back when The Beatles recorded with them.”
These 1960s Altec Monitor speakers are on display alongside Chris’ existing collection of items previously owned by Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, David Bowie and many more.His collection already includes two amps which were owned by George Harrison and a pair of compressors owned by John Lennon and later Ringo Starr.
The 61-year-old claims to have the largest collection of 1960’s and 1970’s sound equipment in the country, as well as a large collection of vintage guitar amps and mixing desks which he has been collecting since he was 17-years-old.He added: “We hope to get these new items into some exhibitions in due course alongside some of the other Beatles items we have obtained.“The museum has been starting to grow like this for a while now and its brilliant to be able to see all the old recording equipment still be in such good working condition today and for people to see this little part of music history brought to Northwich.”
Items from Chris’ exhibitions can be loaned by film, TV and music video production companies to help add a sense of realism when recreating scenes that feature older bands. Mr Hewitt has supplied some of his exhibits for the temporary recreation last September of the studio where 10CC and Joy Division recorded Strawberry Studios Stockport.