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$70,000 of Gear Stolen from Producer Tucker Martine

By Clive Young. Thieves stole vintage mics, amps and guitars from Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Tucker Martine's nearly completed studio. Now efforts are underway to help Martine, who's worked with R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists and others, recover.

Portland, OR (April 10, 2019)—Starting a new studio is never easy, but for Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Tucker Martine, it’s become immeasurably harder because his nearly completed facility in Portland, OR was burgled on March 15. Thieves made off with an estimated $70,000 in prized microphones, guitars and amplifiers. Now one of the acts he’s worked with, The Decemberists, is stepping in to help, as member Nate Query has launched a GoFundMe page and the group plans to take part in an upcoming benefit concert for the producer.

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Martine was close to finishing the latest, fifth iteration of his long-running Flora Recording Studio with his wife, singer/songwriter Laura Veirs, when the facility was broken into and burgled. Thieves took off with multiple modified Neumann U67s, a Wunder Audio CM7-GT and a Mojave MA-1000, along with vintage instruments and amps (a full list is below).

Since then, some of the guitars have been recovered from a music store in Tacoma, WA that purchased them, unaware that the instruments were stolen. Nonetheless, most of the gear remains missing.

A mainstay of the Northwest recording scene, Martine has worked with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, The Avett Brothers, Neko Case, She & Him, R.E.M, Modest Mouse, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, The Jayhawks and countless others.

A list initially posted by Martine to Facebook in March detailed the stolen items:


Neumann U67 Serial #4196 with Klaus Heyne mod #1200

Power supply for above microphone is serial #11173

Neumann U67 Serial#1531 with Klaus Heyne mod #1196

Power supply for above microphone is serial #11322

Wunder Audio CM7-GT with M7 capsule and pelican case. Serial# 117.

Mojave MA-1000 Serial# 100088


Gibson J45-TV acoustic guitar Serial # 11953011.

Gibson B25 12 string acoustic guitar serial # 515105.

Hofner 1967 viola bass – these don’t have serial numbers.

Jerry Jones baritone guitar – sea foam green – these don’t have serial numbers.

Gretsch Chet Atkins signature – Serial # JT14093574.

Silvertone brown electric guitar – These don’t have serial numbers

Fender Telecaster American Vintage Wildwood Thin Skin 1952 reissue 2016. Serial # V1632473

Gibson ES-125 – No Serial number.

Fender Mustang Bass 1970’s black serial # 642643


Fender Deluxe Reverb blackface: Serial # A 06978.

Vox AC30 – No serial number

Peavey Classic chorus 212 amp. Serial # BA-03695777

Tucker Martine GoFundMe Page •