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Looking for Oldest Sound Devices Product In Use

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Next week is our 15th anniversary...holy cow. For some fun, we are looking for the user with the oldest Sound Devices product still in use. That user will get a token of our appreciation.

 

Since day one, our serial number syntax has remained the same, and it includes the date built. Attached is an example, which happens to be the very first serialized product we ever made, still sealed and sitting on the shelf in the conference room next to the labeled "Sound Devices" box. It was made on the 85th day of 1999, March 26. It was one of several built to be ready for NAB 1999, our first year there.

 

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Serial number description:

  • first two digits - product code (will definitely be numbers, letters came after we ran out of numbers)
  • second two - product revision
  • next two - year made
  • next three - day of year made
  • next numbers - number made that day

Send a photo of your product and provide the serial number to us at support@sounddevices.com. 

 

Jon

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What were the first products?

That might help us before we go look.

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Cool thing that the first product was built on my birthday! I don't think my 302s are particularly old, but I'll definitely check! Congrats on the anniversary! :)

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I sent in my pic--I wish I still had my (orig issue) MP1 to photo and send, my battered MixPre will have to do.  

BIG DRINKS FOR EVERYONE @ SD!

 

philp

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here's my "early" mix-pre, bought used from whitney ince :)

050200053004

probably not close, but just throwing it out there :)

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Congrats to you and your company John. 15 years is a noteworthy milestone.  Great Idea to look for the oldest still in use. My guess is Eric Toline having it.

CrewC

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" Great Idea to look for the oldest still in use. My guess is Eric Toline having it. "

he would be the oldest mixer using an SD product...

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Congrats to you and your company John. 15 years is a noteworthy milestone.  Great Idea to look for the oldest still in use. My guess is Eric Toline having it.

CrewC

Mine has ECC83 & 12AX7 preamp tubes. Does that count? I think it was a DIY kit.

Eric

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Jon, this is ultra-cool! 15 years, good run! The oldest Sound Devices product I still have is a Mix-Pre, but I'm sure it isn't that old in terms of its production date. I had an MP-1 but I gave it to someone who would use it more than me.

 

Congratulations on the 15th Anniversary for Sound Devices.

 

Just think if I had started using the very first Sound Devices product when it was produced 15 years ago, I would have already had 28 years in production sound recording...  and of course Eric, that's a whole different story.

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Here's my 442. Made Aug 7, 2002. SN: 030302219001. Slightly modified with mix pre knobs so adult sized fingers can get in there.

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Here's my 442. Made Aug 7, 2002. SN: 030302219001. Slightly modified with mix pre knobs so adult sized fingers can get in there.

I see some stains that need explaining.

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I see some stains that need explaining.

Simple explanation. The last 7 words in my post should explain it all.

Eric

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" Great Idea to look for the oldest still in use. My guess is Eric Toline having it. "

he would be the oldest mixer using an SD product...

ERR!

That's a bIt of a sweeping statement Michael. I think I can give Eric a few years!

Malcolm Davies. A.m.p.s.

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ERR!

That's a bIt of a sweeping statement Michael. I think I can give Eric a few years!

Malcolm Davies. A.m.p.s.

Malcolm,

You look too young to be that old.

Eric

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Malcolm,

You look too young to be that old.

Eric

Big laugh.

CrewC

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Malcolm,

You look too young to be that old.

Eric

Eric!

WW2 ran for another three years after I was born!

Malcolm Davies. A.m.p.s.

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Eric!

WW2 ran for another three years after I was born!

Malcolm Davies. A.m.p.s.

Bah, youngster. I was 4yo when Pearl Harbor happened. Do the math.

Eric

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Thanks Malcolm & Eric for making me feel "young school"

CrewC

Not to worry. Malcolm & I will wait for you & JW to catch up.

Eric

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