According to a number of sources EMI’s parent company, Terra Firma is trying to sell Abbey Road Studios in an attempt to stave off the wolves at Citibank. Sadly the studio is only expected to bring in something like tens of millions of dollars when the amount necessary to stop the $3 billion dollar loan from going into default is over $190 million dollars. If that's the case it's a bit like throwing the deck chairs off of the Titanic thinking that it will stop it from sinking. Also sad is the fact that many feel the “brand” of Abbey Road is worth more than the facility itself.
Abbey Road of course is most famous for having been the studio of choice for the majority of Beatles recording sessions and many early to middle period Pink Floyd recordings, though not “Dark Side of the Moon” as many sources are erroneously claiming. According to some sources EMI doesn't consider a recording studio an essential asset. That's not a joke by the way the music industry has lost it's way so badly it doesn't even see the value in owning a first class facility in which to record music. In this day and age a lot of music can be recorded using a computer and pro tools, many consider anything over and above that to be a luxury.
While this isn't something solely related to audio, I hope it serves as a reminder for home theater installers not to make a "goddamn maze" out of the wires behind your customers' systems. Especially when that customer is Hunter S. Thomson.
Digital Sources: Primare D20 CD player (used as a transport) and Theta DSP Pro Basic III DAC. Analog Sources: Pro-Ject 1.2 Turntable fitted with Audioquest sorbothane record mat mounted with a Grado Gold Cartridge and a Pro-ject Phono Box phono stage. Tandberg 3011A FM Tuner. Preamplifier: Adcom GFP-750 Amplifier: Threshold Stasis S550e Power Conditioner: Panamax Max-5510 Speakers: Martin Logan CLS Cables: Audioquest Panther, Jade and Quartz interconnects, Audioquest Gibraltar speaker cable, DIY hand-terminated true 75 ohm digital cable. Transparent Power Link Plus power cords on Power Conditioner, Transport, DAC, Preamp, and Amp. Audioquest AC15 powercords with Wattgate ends on speakers. Tweaks: Ayre wood blocks under all components, except speakers. Non-upgraded power cords have Audioquest Noise Stoppers installed. All unused inputs on preamp are filled with DIY shorting RCA plugs.