Daptone Records Burglarized!



Asking the public for
any help it can provide in watching out for the stolen gear.


By Fred Mills



We’re late in getting this info posted to BLURT (we have an
excuse; we’re trying to finish up our first print issue), but mighty Daptone Records
was burglarized last week and, according to an email from label founder Gabriel
Roth, “a lot of equipment [was] stolen and damaged.” He’s asking people to keep
their eyes on eBay and Craigslist in case any of the gear surfaces (rough list
below) as well as “deals” on good equipment, as it’s likely Daptone will have
to replace much or all of it. The label had no insurance on the studio gear.



Well, here’s hoping a recovering happens. Meanwhile, below is
the email that Roth has circulated. The contact for the label is www.daptonerecords.com , the phone
number is 718.366.3849 and the email is info@daptonerecords.com .





Friends and associates,


As you may have heard through the grapevine by now, Daptone was broken into
last night. Unfortunately, there was a lot of equipment (mics, pre-amps,
monitors, turntables, guitars, amps, computers, etc.) stolen and damaged. It is
going to take us a while to go through everything and take full stock of what
was stolen, and we are not supposed to touch anything until the cops come back
to collect fingerprints so we can only guess what’s missing from some mic
drawers and cabinets.


And, no, we did not have insurance. We had been shopping around with
different companies earlier this month but had not signed a check, so nothing
was insured. We are working on replacing the gate in front, installing an alarm
system, and getting insurance, but it is President’s day so it’s not going as
quickly as we would have liked. Nydia’s computer was stolen (which wasn’t
backed up) and the modems/ phone system was ripped out, so we’ll be relatively
out of commission for a few days.


I would like to ask for everyone’s help first in keeping an eye out for all
of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and
more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics,
pre-amps, etc. I could really use a heads up on any kind of studio package for
sale or studio equipment to be possibly bought or borrowed as soon as possible.
We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this
sounds surreal) Rod Stewart, and I’m going to have to get the studio running by
then. I know I’m going to need to find headphones, cables, mics, and pre-amps
by then. I’m not sure what else yet.


Upon first glance we are definitely missing:


Fender Super Guitar Amp in case
Fender Deluxe Guitar Amp
A whole bunch of headphones and wires
Nydia’s HP laptop computer
One Desktop MacIntosh Computer
One Purple Audio API style lunchbox with four Purple Audio Biz mic pre-amps
2 Yamaha NS10 monitors
Vintage Harmony Rocket Guitar
One steel string acoustic guitar
Martin Tenor sax in a gig bag
Technics 1200 turntable
Ion USB turntable
Teac Receiver/stereo amp
Sony dual deck CD burner/player
All of our modem/phone system stuff was ripped out and taken.
A whole bunch of condensor and dynamic microphones (I still need to figure out
exactly what’s missing) The power supply for my Trident console was tossed and
the board was moved (probably not gently) so the status of that is still
A baldwin organ was tossed and is probably
Lacie External hard drive


Over the next few days, as we sort out the rubble, we are going to figure
out what else we lost.


We are putting in a roll down front gate, alarm system, and finally getting
our insurance happening this week. We are also going to hire a security guard
to watch the house for tonight as the cops and alarm guy seemed pretty
confident that they will be back with a truck now that they’ve seen what’s in


Thanks for keeping eyes open for us. AND PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG TO


Thankfully, we all still have our health, ambition, tape machines, and sense
of humor in tact. You can slow us down, but you can’t stop us. Sleep well
knowing we here at Daptone will continue to…


Keep putting Soul up,


Gabriel Roth


P.S. On a lighter note, it seems like the burglars did drop a few items in
order to lift Alex’s old safe out of here, which was VERY heavy, VERY unwieldy,
and also VERY EMPTY!


 Daptone Records
   115 Troutman St.,
NY 11206




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