studio break in

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Oct 4, 2004
third stone from the sun
O.k. I know  we have a thread for stolen gear but I wanted to post this here as it will easily get more visability. I am thankful that this didn't happen to us but it sucks that it happened to someone else. When we first had our studio spot, there was an attempt  to gain access using a cutting torch on our steel door to the world.  The thieves fled before  they got inside,  and  we removed the screwed up door. In its place we put an even more heavy duty door to the outside world.  For a week until the new door was in, we lived at the studio round the clock, we still do but we are not sleeping with ye old shotgun and a line of sight to the door in case of break in.  Well it looks like a recent studio transplant from points beyond to L.A. had a break in and stuff was stolen. From the looks of his list and what was said some of it is pretty custom stuff so easy to spot.  For the rest of us this serves as a reminder to keep records up to date and to be ready in case this happens.  I don't know if anyone knows the person and their studio/services, I do not know them personally but I would like to think they would do the same if I reported stolen equipment. Us audio folks need to stick together.

I just found this on gearslutz and I think Thor is not on Facebook so pasting it here might be a good idea anyway:

Dear friends and colleagues,

it's with great sadness that I have to inform you my studio has been burgled, here in Los Angeles, and cleaned out. The gear was still in boxes and hadn't yet been set up. Almost all of it is still set to 220v (I moved to the US recently, all 110v here), some of the pieces need to be modded to work here and won't as they are currently configured. I'm dealing with insurance now, but it's unclear whether my policy will cover it at all, but that's another discussion.

It means that our mission of providing quality audio for music, film and television, and bringing up and mentoring a new generation of female audio engineers will not be able to continue at the present time. At least not until we figure out if and what was covered and what options we have moving forward.

The studio represented over 15 years of hard work and investment, and we had some very unique pieces of gear that might prove difficult to sell, or are at least unusual enough to be easy to spot.

I would be very grateful if you could be on the lookout for the gear that was stolen, and let me know if you see anything so that I can pass the info along to the police.

Unfortunately, I didn't write down the serial number of every single item, and realize that it's nearly impossible to identify some items without it. I'll include them anyway as many of the items aren't very common, and have contacted all my vendors to secure as much info (including s/n) as possible.

I still need to sort through the mess the thieves left, and may end up adding more items to the list as I finish up the inventory for insurance and the police. This is what I know is missing at present.

5 Magnepan 3.6QR in off-white with cherry trim - packed in 3 boxes (s/n: 713xx)
5 Hexateq custom Hypex reference monoblocks (black cubes about 20cm/8" to a side) (s/n: n/a) with my logo on the cases
2 Transparent Audio Reference BiCable (s/n: 313xxx)
2 Pelonis 4288 speakers with 19" rack mount amplifier (s/n: )
JL Audio Fathom f112 (s/n: C00xxxxx)

2 pair of speaker stands

bel canto eVo 200.4 4 channel amplifier (s/n: )

Stereo set of Dorrough 40-C2 loudness meters (20dB headroom model) in 2U rack

I/O control:
Crookwood iMon custom 5.1 surround console in oak desktop frame
3 Crookwood matrix racks, one brain, two workers

Weiss DS1-MK3 (s/n: )
SPL PQ EQ black faceplate (s/n: 16.1540.xxxxx)
Manley Vari-Mu, black with gold faceplate, red knobs and red VU lights (s/n: MSLC6 xxx), this should be pretty easy to spot, it's the only one like it. It was Fletcher's personal unit before I bought it.
API 2500 (s/n: )
Millenia NSEQ-2 with Fred Forssell mods (s/n: )
Crane Song STC-8/M (s/n: L682xxx)
Crane Song HEDD-192 (s/n: H683xxx)
Speck ASC (s/n: A00xxx)

Michelle Gyrodec SE mark IV (s/n: )
Origin Live modded Rega RB250 arm (s/n: )
Audio Technica OC9ML/2 MC pickup (s/n: )
Graham Slee Reflex Era Gold
Graham Slee Elevator EXP

Meridian 506 CD player (s/n: )
Oppo BDP-105 (s/n: )

Bang & Olufsen Beocord 9000 cassette player

DBX 160X (s/n: 91150xxx)
DOLBY 363 SR/A with 2 I/O cards (s/n: )

Stellavox SM-8 (s/n:
Stellavox power supply
Stellavox Big Reel Adapter
Custom interface cables

About 20 10" reels of RMGi SM900 on metal flanged reels

Neumann KM84i matched pair in original boxes (s/n: 50xx & 50xx)
Neumann TLM103 in original box (s/n: 154xx)
Neumann spider for TLM103
Microtech Gefell m952 (s/n: 109xx)
Microtech Gefell m952 (s/n: 968xx)
Microtech Gefell M70 (s/n: 113xx)
Microtech Gefell M70 (s/n: ?)
Microtech Gefell UM70 (s/n: 12xx)
Microtech Gefell UM70 (s/n: 66xx)
B&K 4006 in B&K box (s/n: 1846xxx)
B&K 4006 in B&K box (s/n: 1533xxx)

Grace Spacebar for Auro-3D 9.1 surround in custom bag my mother made for it with the studio name embroidered across it. Thanks, mom.

Cabling. Miles and miles of XLRs, d-sub harnesses for the Crookwood, custom cables for the Stellavox, for the Auro-3D recording setup, etc.

Yamaha AW4416 (s/n: QNO1xxx)

MacPro tower 5,1 with upgraded CPU/GPU and RAM (s/n: )
MacPro has 3 RAID 1TB drives and 1TB SSD boot drive

Dell 23" monitor U2312HMt (s/n: )

MacMini (s/n: )
MacMini (s/n: C07LV0PTxxxx)

Avid Artist MC MIX
Avid Artist Mc Control

More as I sort through and see what's left. I have photos of pretty much everything and can add those if needed.

I will try and run sessions out of colleagues' rooms in the meantime.

If anyone has any experience or advice in dealing with US insurance companies, please PM me.


Stereo + Surround - Mastering + Production
Stavanger, Norway - Los Angeles, California


Well-known member
Oct 1, 2006
Southern CA
Man they must have a had a HUGE truck to take all that stuff away! So sorry to hear about that!!

A good alarm system would go a long way too...

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