No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

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No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by alexdingley » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:49 am

Update as of 12/17/2020 — I'm gonna hang onto this.

I bought this console new in Spring 2009, and it's lived with me in my home studio over the last decade+... but I've just moved to a new spot, and I'll be working in tighter quarters, so I'm not gonna have room for this sizable console. I'll be switching to some rack-unit pre's / channel strips. I'd like to find this a new home & subsidize my next bank of preamps.

The console sounds excellent! The EQ's & preamps are all based upon the Trident 80B circuits, and though some particularly snobby Large format console owners will tell you that these aren't the same, I can tell you that drums sound MIGHTY through this board... Its magic has also helped out my guitar / bass tone immensely.

[For those that have done research on the console's maintenance needs]
There's a small routine problem that happens with these: The Control Room / Headphone pots tend to get scratchy... but I had these pots replaced by PMI-Audio (Toft's CA-based manufacturer) in October 2019, so those are golden now.

Cosmetically, it's in wonderful shape... There's a very small chip in the wooden trim on the right side, and another small knick on the front trim, but all LEDs & meters function perfectly. I'll post pictures asap.

$2600 Picked up in the Philly area [I could envision driving an hour or two to meet a buyer, if we tack on some gas-money]

Quick Summary:
1 Toft ATB-16 Analog Console
1 Toft 16ch Meter Bridge
1 Toft ATB Power Supply w/ multi-pin cable (~10' long)
1 Bag of spar mounting parts, etc (which came with the console)
1 10mm socket driver for your own service needs in the future — this is the socket you'd use to remove the nuts on the channels' pots so that you can remove a channel from the console's frame (I had to change bulbs years ago, and that required pulling the 8-bus channels out)
1 Bundle of TRS to DB25 snakes. It's 16ch. each way so that you can hook up to a line-level audio I/O that uses DB25. — these are star-ground wired (ground wires lifted on the DB25 side), which helped prevent ground loop troubles on line-level cabling.
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Re: Toft ATB-16 w/ Meter Bridge (Balanced Direct Outs)

Post by Brian » Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:45 am

Great consloe to mod/upgrade to an amazimg desk, great stock.
And everyone knows that the 10mm socket is the rarest most allusive socket of them all, the first one to dusappear! :D
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Re: Toft ATB-16 w/ Meter Bridge (Balanced Direct Outs)

Post by alexdingley » Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:56 pm

Brian wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:45 am
Great consloe to mod/upgrade to an a,azimg desk, great stock.
Have you done mods to one? I’m giving serious thought to keeping it and slapping some Jim Williams PIP preamps into it. It’s served me really well, and until I have a ton more stellar outboard pre’s, I’m probably well-served to keep it.

Honestly, none of my gear is getting much exercise right now.

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Re: Toft ATB-16 w/ Meter Bridge (Balanced Direct Outs)

Post by Brian » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:40 pm

alexdingley wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:56 pm
Brian wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:45 am
Great console to mod/upgrade to an amazimg desk, great stock.
Have you done mods to one? I’m giving serious thought to keeping it and slapping some Jim Williams PIP preamps into it. It’s served me really well, and until I have a ton more stellar outboard pre’s, I’m probably well-served to keep it.

Honestly, none of my gear is getting much exercise right now.
I agree.
I have modded other consoles and it’s definitely worth it and you won’t want to part with it if you do. It will make the pres and evrything else a desirable version. A night and day difference.
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Re: Toft ATB-16 w/ Meter Bridge (Balanced Direct Outs)

Post by alexdingley » Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:59 pm

I ordered 4 of the Jim Williams PIP mods for the Toft — pretty excited to pop those in over the holidays. Gonna modify this post to say "off the market"

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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by shedshrine » Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:04 pm

Pip Pip hooray!

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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by Scodiddly » Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:32 pm

Very cool.

Hang that beast on the wall sideways if you're really strapped for space.

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Re: Toft ATB-16 w/ Meter Bridge (Balanced Direct Outs)

Post by Brian » Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:11 pm

alexdingley wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:59 pm
I ordered 4 of the Jim Williams PIP mods for the Toft — pretty excited to pop those in over the holidays. Gonna modify this post to say "off the market"
Modify everything! :D
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Re: Toft ATB-16 w/ Meter Bridge (Balanced Direct Outs)

Post by Brian » Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:12 pm

alexdingley wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:59 pm
I ordered 4 of the Jim Williams PIP mods for the Toft — pretty excited to pop those in over the holidays. Gonna modify this post to say "off the market"
Modify everything! :D
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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by alexdingley » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:08 am

Scodiddly wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:32 pm
Very cool.

Hang that beast on the wall sideways if you're really strapped for space.
I have actually given that thought in the past... It takes up a 3'x2' desktop footprint (not including cable loom space) so I had tried setting it against the wall, but the main channel faders are all so "smooth" that the faders fall down from gravity if you walk past it (and the floor shakes) — so that endeavor was a no-go. but yeah... I'm actually filled with a renewed sense of joy at using it again. (maybe that's just the pandemic talking, and I'm really just feeling anticipation about doing, y'know... anything involving recording of/with other people... Anyway, yeah; I'm stoked to give the new circuits a try.

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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by vvv » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:29 am

Randumb thought but ...


... canya hang it sideways?
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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by Scodiddly » Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:37 pm

vvv wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:29 am
Randumb thought but ...


... canya hang it sideways?
Yeah, see that's what I said! Then the faders will still be level.

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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by vvv » Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:00 am

So you did. I either missed that or ... I missed it. :oops:
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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by alexdingley » Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:39 am

vvv wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:29 am
Randumb thought but ...
... canya hang it sideways?
I mean — Yeah, I could... but instead: I'm just gonna put an addition on the house to give myself a little more room for the board. :wink:

Actually — I am planning to put a small addition on the house, so room won't be an issue in a couple of years. (New studio-build photos to come - 18-24mo from now)

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Re: No longer selling my Toft ATB-16

Post by vvv » Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:37 am

alexdingley wrote:
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:39 am
Actually — I am planning to put a small addition on the house ...
But big enuff for say, a SSL, eh? :twisted:

I look forward to the build pics*!


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