Sigue Sigue Sputnik's old portastudio

CASSETTE WEEK: Old 4-track portastudios are now very, very cheap on eBay, rarely selling for more than £50. Ancient 80s models are even cheaper. The Teac 144 was the first ever Portastudio, launched in 1979. It's a cool looking thing, with big analog VU meters and loads of knobs. But it is very old. The last three on eBay went for £16, £30 and £17. However, if the machine has a 'celebrity' past, it can be very different. this auction for a Portastudio owned by Martin Degville (seen here in the fur coat) from Sigue Sigue Sputnik (it "comes with a 4 track master of one of their sessions circa 1980") is currently selling for £162 - and it still hasn't beaten the reserve. I can only imagine how SSS must have sounded before Giorgio Moroder got hold of them. And yes, you read that right. £162!

Do you know what would be cool? Get people to send you their songs and then you could rate them (nicely). Now that you're a feature blog...
Just thinking out loud.
i don't think i can express in words how badly i want that. i hope whatever lucky person that gets it will make mp3s of the tape for everyone to hear.
Go on Sabastian, you buy it and turn it into some kind of circuit bent multi-dimensional tribute to SSS... Then sell it on eBay!
Just came across your blog and thought I'd let you know about Top Blogs. Good luck!
Speaking of circuit bending... Not only could a second hand Portastudio be repurpose into a mixer, but the tape section could be hacked into a tape echo. Alternatively, through the magic of cassette loops, a four track loop recorder/player. £17 quid, did you say? Hmmm...
check out the 5kg cellphone - dude, thats style

easier to grip with fingerless gloves - yeh!!
Chris Thorpe -

can you provide more info? I just dumpster-dived a (mostly) working 144...

Sadly all my suggestions were hypothetical as I don't have such a generous dumpster nearby! But for the lowdown on cassette loops, you can't beat this article - Otherwise, you could just ignore the cassette portion and use it as a mixer.
Just cam across your post...Few years ago Martin Degville was in the habit of picking up guys from a pub in Maida Vale...luckerly I escaped.
I remember Sigue Sigue Sputnik best for the naked roadies!
I love Sigue Sigue Sputnik!
Love Missle F1-11 was just awesome. Great blog btw.

Cool Sputty site...

LOADS of free sSs Mp3's !
Thier album "Flaunt It" is a masterpiece. Having said that, SSS were only great because of Georgio Moroder,everything else by them pretty much suxxx.

Also interesting(IMO), what is Georgio Moroder without Harold Faltemeyer? Just thought I'd put the idea out there...
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