Expo Yourself

Or "NAB AND AES are too far away this year"

There's nothing quite like being able to hold the product in your own hot little hands and make angry demands of respectfully rap with the manufacturer. If you'll be in the New Yotk area, clear your calendar for Saturday, May 14th and come on down to the Gotham Sound Expo!

In addition to food, giveaways, and a kickin' after-party,  we'll have manufacturer reps and demos in shop from:

It all starts at 11am at Gotham's shop in Long Island City and goes to 3pm, when we move to the after-party (Think of it as the New York Mixer Mixer) which will go until a time I believe can only be accurately denoted with six consecutive question marks.

More details to come, but if you're already sold, you can RSVP here to help us get a headcount!

Van Hailing

Can't make it into Queens? No worries - we've got most of NYC covered with our brand new delivery van at a special introductory rate for all of December!

For rentals or sales orders of $100 or more going to Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Manhattan confirmed by 3pm the business day before, we're offering:

  • FREE delivery for orders delivering to Manhattan
  • $20 Curbside Delivery and $40 Inside Delivery for Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx 

Looks Like We Made It!

We'll keep this one short and sweet! If you're seeing this, we're safely ensconced at our new digs* at:

35-10 36th Avenue
Second Floor
Long Island City, Queens
11106

Come see our new spacious office with more stock, more demos, more rental inventory, free parking, bike storage area, video studio, and the same great service! You can even grab a FREE new Gotham hooded sweatshirt while supplies last - available exclusively at the Long Island City shop! It's easily accessible by car or subway (N/Q to 36th Ave or the M/R to 36th St)! Or if you can't come by, let us know and you can try out our brand-new delivery van!

Our phone number remains (212) 629-9430, but remember to send all mail to and make all returns and pick-ups at the above address from now on! We look forward to seeing you!

*or things have gone so badly that no one remembered to turn this email off, in which case you should come console us.

Gunther Kortwich, R.I.P.

I was saddened to hear about Gunther Kortwich's passing.

I met Gunther when I was working on a TV pilot in Berlin. The producer of the show, Piet Lessnick, told me that every sound person working in Berlin needs to visit Gunther's shop Kortwich Filmtontechnik. Being a foreigner that in theory was taking work away from his customers, I was nervous walking into his shop, but of course he gave me a warm welcome that instantly made me feel like I had a home away from home.

We talked a bit about the job, but instead of talking tech, he asked me who the caterer was. When I told him who it was (MovieCat, if I remember) he smiled broadly, eyes beaming, and declared "Ah well! Then it will be a good job! If there's good food, it will be a good job!"

I learned a lot from my brief encounter with him, not just about the secret to determining a good job, or even the German pronunciation of WD-40*, but the way a sound shop should be - welcoming and accommodating to everyone in the production sound community, which was something Jim and I kept in mind when opening Gotham Sound in 2002.

Later, crew members told me about how Gunther was Wim Wender's longtime sound mixer, and how he was the inspiration for the sound mixer protagonist in Wender's Lisbon Story, portrayed by Rudiger Volger!

So, thank you for your warmth and kindness, Herr Kortwich. I trust that catering is amazing wherever you are!

- Peter Schneider

*If you're ever in Germany looking for WD-40, ask for it by name: Vay-Day-Fourtzig!

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