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Tonstudio Pfanz

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Recording, mastering and lacquer processing studio in Hamburg (Germany), founded in 1962 by Günter Pfanz.

Timeline
1962: Established as recording studio and reel-to-reel service and repair shop.
1966: Vinyl mastering and lacquer cutting introduced.
1969: Studios relocate to new premises, now consisting of 1 recording studio and 1 cutting studio. Reel-to-reel service is given up.
1992: After the death of Günter Pfanz, Torsten Günter Pfanz is the new owner. CD-Mastering is introduced.
1995: Vinyl cutting is given up and lathes are sold. Only CD mastering remains.
2001: Studio ultimately closed.

Identification
The lacquer cuts can be identified by "PF" in the matrix/runout etchings. Because the studio had three lacquer cutters who usually all scribed PF, only Lacquer Cut At - Tonstudio Pfanz should be used. Günter Pfanz can be credited separately when the full name is etched.

Staff
Günter Pfanz - lacquer cutting
Günther Sörensen - lacquer cutting
Torsten Günter Pfanz - lacquer cutting (since 1982)
Achim Kruse - studio technician
Hans Dethlof - studio technician
Stefan Zolt - broadcasting copies
Jürgen Newe - broadcasting copies
Pit Kombartzky - mixing engineer
Oliver Fettig - audio engineer

Lathes
1 VMS 66 (1966 -1968)
1 VMS 68 (1968 - 1970)
3 VMS 70 (1970 - mid 1990s), of which one was rented out to Record Service Alsdorf
1 VMS 80 - in fact a heavily customized VMS 70 (1990 - mid 1990s)
All with modified SX 68 and, later, SX 74 cutter heads.

Name variations
Tonstudio Günter Pfanz
Tonstudio G. Pfanz
Pfanz Mastering
Pfanz-Tonstudio
Studio Pfanz
Thorsten Pfanz Studio (after 1992 only)
T.G. Pfanz-Studios (after 1992 only)
T.G. Pfanz (after 1992 only)
Mastering T.G. Pfanz (after 1992 only)

Contact Info:

Mastering T.G. Pfanz (1992 - 2001):
Marckmannstr. 30
20539 Hamburg
Tel.: 040 / 785009

Tonstudio G. F. Pfanz (1969 - 1992):
Marckmannstr. 32 (mastering was in house no. 30)
2000 Hamburg 28, later 20539 Hamburg
Tel.: 040 / 785009

Tonstudio G. F. Pfanz (1962 - 1969):
Holzdamm 22
2000 Hamburg 1
Tel.: 040 / 24 63 71

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