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‪Chicago’s ‬Paragon Studios‪ Announces Its Closing After 46 Years‬

Paragon Studios’ Trident TSM mixing console

Ned Engelhart, the owner of Paragon Studios Inc. in Chicago, announces that his facility will be closing its doors after 46 years due to the sale of the building that houses the studio at 820 West Fulton Market. He says that Paragon must be out of its present location by December 1, 2015.

In an email announcing the closure, Engelhart wrote, “We are entertaining any and all offers for sale of all or part of equipment listed on inventory list available by request. Even our famous Trident TSM console that recorded The Wall by Pink Floyd, as well as various other recordings by many notable names including Queen, David Bowie, Kiss, Elvis Presley, and many, many more is available. Thank you for your continued business over the years.

Engelhart says that Paragon’s Trident TSM 48x32x24x4x2 Mixing Console #9 was constructed in 1979 and remained in full service at Trident Studios in London until 1981, when recording engineer Ben Rizzi purchased and installed it in New York City’s Master Sound Studios. There, the console’s award winning recordings by renowned artists led to a studio buyout and its relocation to Kaufman Astoria Film Studios in 1984. The console was then sold to Fred Shaw of Bradley House Music Studios in Quinby, South Carolina. In 2002 the console was purchased by its third and present owner, Ned Engelhart, of Paragon Studios, Inc. in Chicago.

Some artists who have recorded on the Trident TSM #9: Placido Domingo, Keith Richards, Tony Bennett, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, Dizzy Gillespie, Queen, Kiss, Luciano Pavarotti, Sesame Street, Julie Andrews, N’Sync, Elvis Costello, John Cullum, Wynton Marsalis, Gary U.S. Bonds, Sir James Galway, Roberta Flack, Sinead O’Connor, Laverne Butler, Monty Alexander, Arthur Blythe, David Sanborn, Joey Henderson, Ramsey Lewis, Robert Merrill, Gerry Mulligan, Max Roach, Bill Taylor, Astor Piazolla, Marvin Hamlisch, Betty Carter, Barbara Cook, Incognito, Billy Joel, Benny Carter, Leonard Bernstein, Itzhak Perlman, Blues Traveler, Little Richard, R.E.M., Chuck Harrington, Ornette Coleman, Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Ace Frehley, Phylicia Rashad, Don Byron, Paul Williams, Vilayat Khan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Art Garfunkel, Charlie Haden, Judy Kaye, John Lurie, Marcus Miller, Michel Petrucciani, Markus Roberts, Buzzcocks, Samuel Ramey, Chico Hamilton, Kathleen Battle, Hal Miller, Chic Corea, Meryl Streep, Vernon Reid, Betty Buckley, Paquito D’Rivera, Oscar Peterson, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Monte Croft, Dom DeLuise, George C. Scott, Don Rickles, Angelo DiPippo, Joe Simon, and The Drifters.

Paragon Studios’ Website is

Ned Engelhart can be contacted at 312/942-0075 (studio) or via email at [email protected].