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Irish band The Aftermath buy John Lennon microphone

By Ken Sweeney

If you want to sound like a Beatle it may help to have one of their microphones.

A Westmeath band have secured just that after their £6,650 bid for a vintage microphone used by John Lennon was accepted at auction. Now The Aftermath have access to the microphone he used to record 'Imagine'.

Lennon had the microphone installed in his Georgian manor estate, Tittenhurst Park, near Ascot in 1970, where he and his band recorded the hit.

His partner Yoko Ono and former Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr are also believed to have used the Neumann U47 microphone, made in 1970, during recording sessions.

"For Beatles fans like us, this is the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail. It's incredible to think that John Lennon sang 'Imagine' on it, which was a message to the whole of mankind," Johnny Cronin told the Irish Independent.

The microphone had remained in Tittenhurst Park after Lennon sold his mansion to Ringo Starr.

And it was the drummer who put the microphone up for sale earlier this year through online auction company MJQ Ltd, on whose website it was spotted by John Hanlon, the band's partner in the studio.

Other lots in the sale included a mixing console from London's Abbey Road studios, as well as an acetate disc used for mastering recordings in which all four Beatles etched their names.

Brothers Johnny and Mick Cronin of The Aftermath, who play Whelan's in Dublin on December 15, had been worried that rival brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, known Beatles fans, would put in a bid for the microphone. But they never showed. "We could never have outbid Oasis but I'm sure Noel and Liam will be glad to hear another pair of Irish Beatles fans got John's mic," added Johnny.

Although not previously used since the early 1970s, the microphone is already in use at the band's studio in Drumlish, Co Longford, with the band using it to record vocals on their forthcoming album, and new single 'In Loneliness in Love'.

"We're really into the old-valve studio sound you get off '60s and '70s records. Now we don't have to try that hard to recreate that because we have John Lennon's microphone," said Mick.

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