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Old 24th January 2013
  #31
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🎧 15 years
Blew up 10 Denon brand new 3 head cassette decks ($5000) with the touch of VOM probe. I even had the decks turned off for safety! I can still hear all those IC's exploding into shrapnel. Damn, that was a bummer......
Old 24th January 2013
  #32
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🎧 10 years
A mic stand gave way in our vocal booth. Our Telefunken ELA 250 M hit the deck.
Fortunately it survived.
I would have liked to replace it!
Old 24th January 2013
  #33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jules ➡️
From the thread Stupidest things WE'VE ever done durring a session on 8th Apr 2005

As an intern.... I 'cleaned' a U87.....yep opened it up with a jewlers screwdriver all by myself & got all the rust looking stuff off the capsule with a Q-Tip... er hang on.. this Q-Tip er.. looks kinda GOLD colored now...er...(looks out side maintenance room door to see if any one is coming..) er.. I think I will just put this back on the maintenance room to be fixed shelf and mark it no signal..and er..take out the trash and see if anyone wants me to go to the store for something.....


One morning after a producer said I was clumsy and wondered how much $$ worth of gear I could trash NEXT on his session, he had the pleasure of seing me accidentally trip and drag a whole stack of AMS and other gear, total worth £14,000 crashing to the floor...right on cue
Old 24th January 2013 | Show parent
  #34
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🎧 15 years
Umm!

Quote:
Originally Posted by jwh1192 ➡️
1) i dropped an AKG 460 directly onto its capsule from about 4 feet in the air ... POP !!!

2) i witnessed this ... a 3348HR machine roll off the lift gate of a truck while the lift was in the full up position ... horrible noise ... needless to say none of us wanted to sign for the thing ...

3) i have an old 8" sony high res TV monitor (8044Q - an 800.00 price tag) ... i have dropped it 3 times (fallen out of the back of my truck ... etc ) that monitor cost me 3000.00 over it's life ... i used it the other day for a Teleprompter Feed for a Director ... they complained it looked a little bad for a composite video signal - HAH if they only knew what that poor thing has been through ...

at least it was not a Tank .. wow, you guys have done some serious damage to the War machine ... in reality we should all just go out and break all our weapons and pound them into Percussion instruments and make some music instead of killing our fellow human beings .. sorry for that rant ..

cheers

john
No problem I totally concur, I never finished up joining the Royal Navy, although I served as a civilian marine engineer, even though I went all the way through the officer cadetship program from the age of seven and a half starting at prep school under very heavy pressure from my rabid military family.
You see by the time it came to having to go to Dartmouth College, I had become
a Punk bass player and I don't think the Navy liked my dress sense that much.
I was expecting at least my own cabin and a nice looking Wren to look after me, a long tour of duty in the Caribbean or the Med with something like a harbour defence launch as a yacht while steadily working my way up to having my own aircraft carrier in a year or two.
This I discovered was not what the Royal Navy had in store for me at all and as they seemed to be without any apparently modern mechanical means of pealing potatoes, scrubbing teak decks or chipping huge amounts of paint off the topsides of ships, I soon realised that the Navy and I were not going to get along.
I was hoping to gain something from my families previous in the form of good old fashioned nepotism, but they quickly informed me that, that had gone totally out of style in the later half of the eighteenth century. Drat!
Also they didn't want me to have a go with any of there nice big loud guns so I left. And got some real gigs as I soon discovered that the Navy thinks a gig is a boat and the worst thing is, it hasn't even got an engine so you have to row it,twats! what do they know?
I am of course the total black sheep of the family since and a lowly sound engineer to boot, for some exceedingly disreputable and cacofanus, hardly musical! ensembles.
Old 24th January 2013 | Show parent
  #35
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🎧 15 years
well, hopefully you at least came away with some well earned Royal Navy Swag ...
Old 24th January 2013
  #36
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🎧 10 years
Ok, this one time...

I purchased used, from a broker, a GML power supply as a spare for some live recording I was about to do on the road, and so that I could power a preamp and EQ separately at the studio. Our second show on the road was in Milwaukee, so the broker drove up from the Chicago suburbs to deliver it (and likely for a free vip pass into Summerfest). When I met him and he handed it to me, I was eager to put it right to use, since I had dropped my main one during tests at home... but we were in the parking lot, so I just put it in our bus instead, and never did get around to using it at all that tour.

Cue to a month or two later, at the studio... I had rented out the preamp, so i connected the 'new' power supply to the EQ, and got to work. Well, tried to, until a few minutes later when grey smoke POURED out the top grill of the EQ!! POURED out. : /

I sent the PSU and EQ to GML; they replaced ALL the EQ daughterboards and opamps, and rebuilt the power supply. Reason? The previous owner had modified the PSU to put out some other much higher voltage! Didn't mark it, didn't mention it, didn't even think about it when he sold it. Grrr.

The broker refunded the cost of the PSU, and said he'd make up the rest with some 'special deal' in the future. Yeah right.

A month or so later, he called up, "hey, didn't you say you had Sony C37A's on your wishlist?" - he'd remembered that from a convo a year or two earlier =) He hooked me up with a -minty- pair of 1958 C37A's for like $600 each.

I can still tell that GML EQ from another one I got later because after the repair they messed up the Playskool colored knob caps, and one channel has two white bands and one less yellow band.
Old 24th January 2013 | Show parent
  #37
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When you submit your resumes make sure to include your username and this thread.

But really, this is a great thread. It keeps getting better.

I'm perfect. I've never broken anything.
Old 24th January 2013 | Show parent
  #38
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🎧 10 years
20 yrs ago, tired after a 10 day big session, I strolled around the studio (former EMI Stockholm) winding cables and collecting mics and thinking about how the session had turned out, while the engineer did some rough mixes, when I heard a heavy THUMP behind my back... I'd pulled a cable that tipped a mic stand over taking the heavy and VERY expensive Diedrik De Geer mic down. Luckily it's made of copper, even the head basket, and it's very soft and flexible, so while the basket was totally wrecked (wish I'd taken a pic!..) everything inside was totally fine.

Other than that it's the expensive gear that is constantly ruining me...
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #39
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🎧 15 years
Once I borrowed an expensive Nakamichi tape deck from a friend. I had it in my hands and got on an elevator to leave his place. Somehow, the end of the permanently attached power cord was on the other side of the elevator door as it closed. The elevator then started going down and it literally ripped the tape deck out of my hands and smashed it on the ceiling of the elevator and then the cord snapped and sent the deck crashing to the floor of the elevator. It was not a good day.

One day, many years ago when I was stupid, I tried to clean the video heads on an expensive Sony video machine after some oxide had fallen off a tape being played and clogged the heads. The heads are thin metal things which rotate inside of a round drum inside the machine. I used a pair of cotton underware (it was clean underware) and some alcohol and put it against the heads as I rotated them. Of course the thin metal head got caught in the underware and broke off. I learned the hard way you need a chamois for that so the video heads don't get stuck in the cloth as you rotate them.
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #40
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🎧 15 years
I fell asleep and totaled my car. :-b

Quote:
Originally Posted by Loud Neighbor ➡️
and zapped a pair of borrowed Royer 121's with 48v.
Were you patching them in through a tt bay? If it were all XLR and nothing was miswired, they should've been fine.

-Dan.
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #41
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🎧 10 years
When I was fifteen I by accident spilled a large glass of beer out of my Roland JX8p synth during a concert (never try to balance anything on a synth while playing...). I managed to quickly turn it off and then later clean and dry it. It worked fine afterwards. But my bandmates was angry...

Shortly after I spilled a Coke into a Hammond B200 (never learned much of my mistakes I guess). It was by the way that night I decided just to drink things without sugar. Sugar is obviously very very difficult to clean from electronic circuits. But it worked fine with the Coke during that concert and in my ears I later on destroyed some of its good sound after the clean..

15 years ago me and a friend destroyed our church brand new Yamaha grand piano. We lived on top of the church in a small apartment and had just got our first washing machine. We installed the washing machine together and when I came back home from work that day I walked through the church and almost started to cry... To my horror I saw that it dripped with water down from the ceiling and directly into the church's complete new grand piano. The piano was dripping wet with this dirty water from the washing machine. We had forgotten all about getting the machine connected to the drain.

Three years ago I was on a photo assignment to take photos of a hotshot football coach during a conference. Just like I used to do back then (before I got smarter) I had put my Canon 70-200 2.8 L vertically on the floor behind me while I took pictures with a different lens. Suddenly I hear a woman saying "ups" and then I saw my expensive optics flying through the air. The woman had been playing football with it by accident. It survived.
A year ago I came to pushing my Ultimate stand and my Motif6 fell on the floor and got a thin crack in the cabinet.

I am a keen advocate of never making beverages on top of instruments. But I forget that I always do it myself. I guess I never learn here, because I've certainly poured at least five cups of coffee in my Yamaha P250 in 2012 and now also one in 2013. But then again, I have to have some kind of excuse at home for a new one (read going Clavia)....

mwest
Old 25th January 2013
  #42
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🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveswisher ➡️
Before you became an expert on which mic's needed phantom power and how to dissect your synth and put it all back together properly did you ever destroy anything or have to call in a pro to help you put something back in working order?
Well, a friend of mine shot a Soundfield Microphone with a 30 cal. rifle. Does that count?
Oh, it was a demo from the company too.
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #43
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🎧 10 years
One time I was sitting on the floor of my studio sorting cables and I bumped my speaker stand, upon which rested an ASP 8 and a 20/20 speaker. As the speakers started to fall, I quickly lurched to catch the 20/20, exposing my back. The corner of the ASP 8 came down down sharply on my lower back and gouged a piece of flesh out. The gear was saved, but I have a permanent scar on my lower back! That hurt like hell.

Tom
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #44
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🎧 10 years
When I think about it, only things I ruin was a Behringer powerplay headphone system, and a MXR + dist pedal, nothing else
Old 25th January 2013
  #45
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🎧 15 years
I tried to repair my guitar amp by myself once... Thought I knew what i was doing and was all set and turned it on only to be treated to a wonderful show featuring sparks and smoke pouring out of it.

Boxed it up and sent it back to the manufacturer that day.

-Mike
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #46
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🎧 5 years
Well, my first bad gear experience was when I was a kid. We had a Victorola in our basement that I used to play the heck out of this huge stack of 78’s with, one day the spindle brake snapped off , so I decided to try to fix it. I disassembled the thing on my dads workbench and methodically laid the parts out, and actually found the problem and did a repair. My mom called me to dinner, and I left it for later to reassemble. I went to school the next day, and was excited to come home and put it back together. As I was walking up to my house, I see my dad tying the back of his truck up, so I said “hey where are you going?” he said “I’m going to the dump” in a kind of disgusted tone. It was then that I noticed he’d shoved the Victrola and all of it’s parts into the back of the truck with a load of garbage and was hauling it off. Crap! I pleaded with him to let me take it out, “I was fixing it!” he yells back “You ruined it, you’ll never fix it and it’s going to the dump!” That was the last I saw of it. Dang.

One day I was in one of the premier studios in town, and had come in to do some work. I walked into the live room where there sat their beautiful shiny new Yamaha C7 grand. Having to use it I went over to it, and for some reason the lid was open to the high stick all the way up, but the hinged lid was folded all the way open instead of being folded back, and was covering the music desk, and in the way. Kind of like they just lifted the lid open without folding it back, which puts a ton of stress in that hinge, those lids weigh a ton. So I went to fold back the top of the lid, and no sooner did I get the front part of the lid lifted a little when WOOSH!! The entire lid slides off across the hinges, hits the wall and BANG!! Slams to the floor! Whoa! That’s a big heavy 7 foot slab of particle board or whatever it is! I was stunned, shocked, and thought oh **** I just ruined the lid of a 30,000.00 instrument! I can’t figure out how this happened?? Then I look at the hinges to see if the screws came out or something and there are absolutely no hinge pins! Somehow the lid had gotten propped up like that without hinge pins when they had removed it for a session. The engineer walks in after hearing the loud bang and says “you OK man?” I’m freaking out thinking he’s going to be pissed or sue me visualizing some huge repair bill, and I’m saying “hey man this thing didn’t have any hinge pins!!” He just looks at it and says, “Oh well, didn’t break anyway” …..wow, I just left it on the floor. Now I always look at the hinges to see if they have their pins before lifting any grand lid. That thing could have killed someone.
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #47
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🎧 10 years
In the mid-nineties we bought our first tube mic, a Neumann M-49. I was about to start a vocal session, so my assistant hung it on the boom stand and rolled it out to where I was standing with the singer. Apparently he hadn't twisted it all the way on, because it plummeted to the tile floor and essentially exploded, parts flying in all directions, right before my eyes.
Old 25th January 2013
  #48
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🎧 10 years
Priceless ones ! you guys made my day.

Quote:
Originally Posted by chiasson ➡️
I ran phantom into the headphone jack on an iPod. Permanently screwed up the output on one side.
Quote:
Originally Posted by AllAboutTone ➡️
I am not perfect, but never broke any piece of gear. I have watched a sm57 on a mic stand at a live gig die between sets, never dropped.....wicked.
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Originally Posted by lordward ➡️
Early 1940's Gibson L5 Acoustic.......I don't want to talk about it......
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwh1192 ➡️

2) i witnessed this ... a 3348HR machine roll off the lift gate of a truck while the lift was in the full up position ... horrible noise ... needless to say none of us wanted to sign for the thing ...


john
Quote:
Originally Posted by Le Lab ➡️
And the piano last word was: "BBOOOOINGGG !!"

Ouch
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmikeperkins ➡️
Once I borrowed an expensive Nakamichi tape deck from a friend. I had it in my hands and got on an elevator to leave his place. Somehow, the end of the permanently attached power cord was on the other side of the elevator door as it closed. The elevator then started going down and it literally ripped the tape deck out of my hands and smashed it on the ceiling of the elevator and then the cord snapped and sent the deck crashing to the floor of the elevator. It was not a good day.
Old 25th January 2013
  #49
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🎧 5 years
Did a tour in Malta, borrowed a Gibson les Paul junior, flew Ryan air, didn't slacken the strings, snapped neck...
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
  #50
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dovecotestudio ➡️
Did a tour in Malta, borrowed a Gibson les Paul junior, flew Ryan air, didn't slacken the strings, snapped neck...
After years and years of international touring and seeing first hand how Ryan air loads/unloads cargo I think it's fair to say that's not why the neck snapped.
Old 25th January 2013
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🎧 10 years
Someone gave me an old vintage Sony C-37 condenser mic. I had no idea what it was or what it was worth. After a while I thought was starting to sound a little dull, so I threw it in the trash. Yep, right there with the banana peels and coffee grinds. Years later I discovered its value. How many ways can you spell moron?
Old 25th January 2013 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Showcase ➡️
When I think about it, only things I ruin was a Behringer powerplay headphone system...
I find no fault with you. Anyone who destroys anything "B word" is alright in my books!
Old 26th January 2013
  #53
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🎧 5 years
I once broke the neck of a fairly expensive Lag guitar. Strap didn't hold it tight, it fell down on very hard concrete, bad angle etc.. well, result was a broken neck :( Worried each time I have to play a set neck guitar since.

Sent from my ASUS Pad TF300T
Old 26th January 2013 | Show parent
  #54
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🎧 10 years
Backed my chair into a borrowed vintage U87 with so much classic rock pedigree it could have gone in a museum. Killed it dead. Not my finest hour,ughhhhh...
Old 26th January 2013
  #55
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🎧 10 years
There is a very well known casino in New England. Two guys were moving the crown jewel of the venue. A vintage Steinway grand. This thing had been played many of the greats. They didn't strap it tight enough and as they drove down the road it slipped off the back and basically explode in the road. I would have given a weeks pay just to hear the sound it made. I would have given another weeks pay to hear the phone call back to the stage to explain the truckload of firewood they were delivering
Old 26th January 2013
  #56
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AKG 460

sad day
Old 26th January 2013 | Show parent
  #57
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🎧 15 years
when i sent my 460 in for repair it came back with new capsule and 480 electronics .. kinda nice ..

story: i used to have 2 - 460's - 1996 Clinton / Gore reelection bash at Century Plaza Hotel here in los angeles .. i used 2 460's as my audience reaction mics .. a secret service guy was standing under one of them all night .. when i went to retrieve my mics after the job one of them was missing and the guy was still standing there .. i heard them in the truck during the entire show .. never heard anyone pull that thing ... the 48v would have popped that channel in the truck and they were always up in the mix a little. i asked him about it and he said he had no knowledge .. haha easy Reagan .. so next i am out back with the Colonel from White House Communications (WACA) smoking a cigar and i tell him the story and he says in perfect fashion - "Son, you don't think POTUS would have one of his bOYS LIBERATE THAT MIC DO YOU ?" i said, 'at least he should have seen someone sneak out from behind the grassy knoll display on that side of the stage, don't ya think" he gave me a stern look and then chuckled like Patton ... that entire job was crazy from start to finish ...

what highend thing broke on that gig - MY TRUST ... lol

it is still raining here in los angeles so again you NAMM'ers drive safe ... no one else does
Old 27th January 2013 | Show parent
  #58
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🎧 10 years
bought a brand new LP studio gtr, took it to rehearsals, played 1 song, went to go for a piss,tripped over the cable..... gtr came off the stand and smashed to the floor! 1 dead LP with broken neck...... That was a difficult conversation with the shop where I bought it, although I did take my "kray" type brother with me to "negotiate" a replacement guitar. haha fun times
Old 27th January 2013 | Show parent
  #59
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🎧 10 years
When I was drumming for a rock band in the 60s when I was a kid, I brought my Sears Silvertone Danelectro along to a gig. Our guitar player thought it would be cool to smash it on stage so we could be like the who. Smashed it to smithereens. Really stupid!
Old 27th January 2013 | Show parent
  #60
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🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by BradLyons ➡️
Remind me to stay away from you! hahaha

I promise you i'll take good care of the PM5D for your next show in china.

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