I’ve known Jim for over 30 years, seeing him play live was one of the inspirations for me starting a band. I’ve recorded several albums at Ranscombe with the SolarFlares, Gaolers and Buff Medways, as well as producing albums with Jarvis Humby and the Len Price 3.
For me two things are special about Ranscombe, firstly the drum room. I believe a good band sound is reliant on a great drum sound, and the small bare-brick room is perfect for an exciting natural sound.
Secondly Jim himself. As a musician he quickly develops an understanding of what you’re trying to achieve and doesn’t mess around trying to impose what he thinks you should sound like as many studio engineers do.