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Old 28th February 2014
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what to do with studio equipment that doesn't work right?

I hate to throw this stuff in the trash. I have a round base mic stand that doesn't connect to the main pole, a mic that crackles and a compressor that only works some of the time. So what are some available options for what do with equipment that doesn't work at 100%? go......
Old 28th February 2014
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Originally Posted by prizebeatz1 ➡️
I hate to throw this stuff in the trash. I have a round base mic stand that doesn't connect to the main pole, a mic that crackles and a compressor that only works some of the time. So what are some available options for what do with equipment that doesn't work at 100%? go......
Put it on Craigslist with a ridiculous price tag, spew out a lot of bull**** about it having 'vintage mojo', and sell it to an unsuspecting sucker searching for that golden sound?
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Put it on Craigslist with a ridiculous price tag, spew out a lot of bull**** about it having 'vintage mojo', and sell it to an unsuspecting sucker searching for that golden sound?
Laugh out loud hilarious man. Anyone else?
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Originally Posted by Heartfeltdawn ➡️
Put it on Craigslist with a ridiculous price tag, spew out a lot of bull**** about it having 'vintage mojo', and sell it to an unsuspecting sucker searching for that golden sound?
Note to self: Never ever buy any used gear from Heartfeltdawn.
Old 28th February 2014
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put it on ebay as a 1 cent auction with $6 shipping charge fee plus what ever fee you make $5 plus the items selling point.
A comp! Any one can solder that.

I once got a vintage bass fuzz that cost me $150 and it turned out busted and I took it all apart to fix it and failed to the point where I broke it.
Sold on ebay for $50 and the guy was a fixer man and was super happy.
Old 28th February 2014
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I would list it on Craigslist. Be honest about it and sell it cheap. Someone will have a use for it and you can make a few bucks or get something in a trade.

A pawn shop might be another place to try.

Or donate it to Goodwill and get some tax deductions for it.
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I would list it on Craigslist. Be honest about it and sell it cheap. Someone will have a use for it and you can make a few bucks or get something in a trade.

A pawn shop might be another place to try.

Or donate it to Goodwill and get some tax deductions for it.
I have found that selling broken gear on Craigslist has actually been a decent way to go, especially on things that aren't expensive to begin with. I usually think it's worth a small amount and just say "make an offer" and get much more than I thought I would. I think the fact your honest makes people more willing to pay. It's strange.

A lot of pawn shops as well as many guitar shops, even some Guitar Centers don't actually test your gear before buying. Unfortunately they pass it off to the buyer (I am the buyer) but I return if there are issues. You may not want to be so honest with them.
Old 28th February 2014
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Ive thrown stuff in the trash!

I have a roland s-88; big thang, I have to do something with it! its thrashed... I might throw it in the trash... Whats interesting; watch and see the characters that pull it out and take it home; life is an interesting place!
Old 28th February 2014
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Microphone bases make great door stops.
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Microphone bases make great door stops.
^^^ This

...or, counterweights for oversized condenser mics when you try to hang them on a cheap boom stand that isn't really up to the task.
Old 28th February 2014
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Originally Posted by prizebeatz1 ➡️
I have a round base mic stand that doesn't connect to the main pole, a mic that crackles and a compressor that only works some of the time.
You have to think like an artist. I'm betting you could make a cool robot sculpture out of that stuff!
Old 28th February 2014
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run crackling mic through malfunctioning compressor
record yourself trying to connect the stand to the base
???
PROFIT

Or... Like previously stated, if you don't want to open the comp and see if you can find/fix the issue, sell cheap on CL.
Doorstop or counterweight for the base, more good ideas.
Old 28th February 2014
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Use this as a learning experience to learn how to fix things. You can't break them more than they already are!
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run crackling mic through malfunctioning compressor
record yourself trying to connect the stand to the base
???
PROFIT
I love this suggestion
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Originally Posted by hgigh ➡️
run crackling mic through malfunctioning compressor
record yourself trying to connect the stand to the base
???

I really did laugh out loud when I read this. Thanks for the levity. It was a long day day and I needed that.
Old 1st March 2014 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Omnicell ➡️
Ive thrown stuff in the trash!

I have a roland s-88; big thang, I have to do something with it! its thrashed... I might throw it in the trash... Whats interesting; watch and see the characters that pull it out and take it home; life is an interesting place!
This always makes me sick to hear! I have always loved working on electronics & to know stuff gets tossed is horrible (to me anyway). If it can’t be fixed there are always useful parts for future repairs. Obviously you’re not the first that I know to have thrown stuff away, but quite a bummer to think about every time I hear it.

To the OP:
Depending on what you have that is not working, you may be able to make some money selling it locally (CL) or ebay, I know as I’ve bought a lot of non working cheap condenser MIC’s, pres, etc. on the bay to practice repairs on. You won’t always make much money but the item does not get trashed & will get used for parts or repaired. Just describe it well.

Can always donate it to your local second hand thrift shop if it comes to tossing it if you can!
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Originally Posted by hgigh ➡️
run crackling mic through malfunctioning compressor
record yourself trying to connect the stand to the base
???
PROFIT

Or... Like previously stated, if you don't want to open the comp and see if you can find/fix the issue, sell cheap on CL.
Doorstop or counterweight for the base, more good ideas.

Brilliant!

It works with underwear....



....and funny even without the South Park reference.
Old 2nd March 2014 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Erebus ➡️
This always makes me sick to hear! I have always loved working on electronics & to know stuff gets tossed is horrible (to me anyway). If it can’t be fixed there are always useful parts for future repairs. Obviously you’re not the first that I know to have thrown stuff away, but quite a bummer to think about every time I hear it.

To the OP:
Depending on what you have that is not working, you may be able to make some money selling it locally (CL) or ebay, I know as I’ve bought a lot of non working cheap condenser MIC’s, pres, etc. on the bay to practice repairs on. You won’t always make much money but the item does not get trashed & will get used for parts or repaired. Just describe it well.

Can always donate it to your local second hand thrift shop if it comes to tossing it if you can!

Much appreciated advice. I suppose making a donation wouldn't hurt much either.
Old 2nd March 2014
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If you aren't inclined to attempt a repair yourself, then put it on Craigslist, be honest. I would not suggest eBay, because buyers on there can be nuts and may be too ignorant to realize that whatever you are selling is broken and try to return it.

Be realistic on the price, a large portion of my studio has been assembled with gear that was sold to me as "broken" on Craigslist…its the only way I can afford a lot of things, without racking up credit card debt. Most things have had minor issues, are "untested as-is", or I know what I am getting into… I generally only bother with higher value items ($500-$2000ish) at rock bottom prices ($25-250), but I may consider throwing up to $20 at a broken cheapo compressor if I didn't have to drive far…probably wouldn't bother with a broken mic stand...

That doesn't sound like much from a selling point of view, but I have to assume going into it that there's a possibility of me needing to send it to a specialist to get it worked on plus shipping both ways, or obtaining multiple hard to find parts, etc…

But in the end, its better than throwing it away.
Old 3rd March 2014
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There's tons of "fixer" guys out there.

You just have to accept the fact that your gear will no longer fetch top dollar since it's not in perfect working condition. Once you accept that... things start looking up lol
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If you aren't inclined to attempt a repair yourself, then put it on Craigslist, be honest. I would not suggest eBay, because buyers on there can be nuts and may be too ignorant to realize that whatever you are selling is broken and try to return it.
As long as you clearly put the issues in the listing on eBay, there's no room for argument

Just don't sugar coat. It is what it is! They either want to buy it or not.
Old 3rd March 2014
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Look upon it as a golden opportunity to learn how to fix stuff.
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