The Golden World Story
Construction Work

Inside the Studio at Golden World, facing the Control Room

photograph courtesy of Ed Wolfrum

Now that the equipment was on order, Bob could set about refurbishing the electrical store.

"The physical building work was probably done is less than six months.

There was already office space off to the left. All I had to do was take the centre part of the building and  put up concrete blocks to provide more offices, a control room and a studio. Once the blocks reached a certain height I filled in the voids with sand for soundproofing purposes.

We also rewired the premises.

Once the console was ready, Ken brought it up from Cleveland and we set about installation using a uhaul truck.

I also built a mastering room. I had always mastered my own records in New York City and could cut the master lacquers.  We bought a cutting lathe system from Gotham Audio and when it was time to install it, one of their staff, a guy called Steve (note : possibly Stephen F Timmer, the founder of Gotham?), was sent over as it had to be well balanced. 

We cut our own masters thereafter and sent them to Columbia's pressing plant in Indianapolis.

They used to tell me that they were the cleanest, hottest masters they'd seen in a long time. I was very proud of that.



Notes by David Meikle

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