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Tony Arnold, RIP
Old 7th August 2018
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nobtwiddler's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Tony Arnold, RIP

I just heard we lost another great within our industry.

Tony Arnold, the man who singled handedly brought Helios back from the grave has passed.

He was a true gentleman, who lived and breathed this biz, every damn day.
What wonderful stories he used to tell me about recording in the UK in the early 60's, 70's, 80's, and on.
Amazing stuff.

It was a true privilege to know the man.

RIP my friend, I'm gonna really miss those long TransAtlantic phone calls...
Old 7th August 2018
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the fxs's Avatar
🎧 10 years
wow, thats sad. we just PMd a few weeks ago. R . I . P
Old 8th August 2018
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Whitecat's Avatar
Very sad indeed. RIP, Tony!
Old 8th August 2018
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Sniperschool's Avatar
🎧 15 years
RIP Tony
A really nice man with some amazing tales
Thanks for all stories
Old 8th August 2018
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chrisso's Avatar
🎧 20 years
Sad news.
I had an interesting back and forth email exchange with him about 20 years ago when I owned some original Helios 69 modules. Some of his Raindirk stuff was fantastic too,.
Old 8th August 2018
Registered User
🎧 15 years
I met Tony many times during the 90's at his Arny's shack studios near Salisbury.

Not only was he wonderful person , smart and full of great tall tales but his studio and especially his mic collection were worthy of a museum.

He had at the time a large quadrant Helios installed.

We eventually bought a Raindirk console from him and a 2 inch machine to updgrade our studio of the time.

RIP Tony you talented man.
Old 8th August 2018
Registered User
31 Reviews written
🎧 10 years
RIP Tony. Big fan of Helios and the threads here on Gearslutz which he posted in are some of my favourite reads. He seemed like a genuine and kind person.
Old 27th August 2018
Gear Nut
🎧 5 years
Sorry to hear this... We corresponded a few months back and I bought some gear from his studio. He was a true gentleman and man of his word. RIP.
Old 28th November 2018
Registered User
🎧 10 years
How sad - I missed this news completely....

As has been mentioned here already - I'm a Helios fan & always appreciated his input here..
Old 4th January 2019
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So sad. From the age of 16 when I first went to his studio in Parkstone, Poole, to record in the 1970s, Tony was my musical guru, mentor and lifelong inspiration. His legacy will live forever through the thousands of people he inspired, made laugh and educated. Rest in Peace, you master of men, and thank you Tone.
Old 5th January 2019
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hobson's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Sad news… I followed his Helios threads with a passion. RIP
Old 23rd March 2019
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I had not heard from the great Tony in a while, so I thought there might have been sad news. I wanted to let him know my aunt who he grew up with in Kinson in Bournemouth, had died a couple of weeks ago. He was a real nice man & when we last met in 2011, gave some music from the great Rory Gallagher. I know it was a long while ago now that he passed on & this is a bit late, but yes RIP Tony. Glen.
Old 8th December 2019
Registered User
🎧 15 years
I last talked with Tony in May of 2017 when he wanted me to serve as a middle man on a guitar transaction. He was selling one of his precious vintage Gibson guitars and I felt it must have signaled a turning point in his life. We had been friends since I hosted him using my studio in Texas for 6 weeks back in β€˜87. I learned so much audio from him even after having been in the studio business for over ten years! He had such great passion and experience. In six weeks he pushed me to a new level.
Damn it! I hate growing old! RIP my friend.

Last edited by dbbubba; 21st December 2019 at 05:52 PM..
Old 8th December 2019
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This year, in the fall, I made a pilgrimage to pay my respects at the site of Tony's first studio in Parkstone, 'Arny's Shack', where I first met him, recorded with him and started learning so much from him. I was very happy to find (I haven't been there for decades) that it is still a music studio. I think he would be pleased too. Obviously the strength of the music vibes (and anyone who knew him knew how much 'vibes' meant to him in recording music) that he left behind were too strong to let the premises be used for anything else.
Old 22nd August 2020
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A truly sad loss. Arny was one of a kind. He recorded 2 albums for me "Rother Valley - Country Reflections" AS002 and "Moonshine - 100% Moonshine" AS050.
He sold me his 6-string Glen Campbell Ovation and his 12-string Ovation. He never would part with his gut-string. He lives on in his music. Derek Brown.
Old 1st February 2021
Gear Nut
🎧 10 years
Ohhh I lost contact with him during his hospital stay, his wife wrote to me back then,
I did not know it was this serious.
I tried to write him many times since....
Now I know why he did not write back 😞

RIP Tony :/
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