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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby blinddrew » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:42 pm

Not sure I understand the 'too many cables' thing? Surely cables are like mic stands and you can never have too many?
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Luke W » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:04 pm

blinddrew wrote:Not sure I understand the 'too many cables' thing? Surely cables are like mic stands and you can never have too many?

In theory. Although this weekend just gone I did a gig and had to move at least 3 boxes of spares/repairs cable just to get to the mic stands, so I’m starting to doubt it. But then maybe I just need to stack things differently.
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:43 pm

I have an increasing stack of check/repair cables (despite being, effectively, retired apart form my own band gigs). I will cull the sub standard and repair the decent ones. It's difficult to have too many working leads but far too easy to have too many crap/broken ones.
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Eddy Deegan » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:34 am

Sam Spoons wrote:It's difficult to have too many working leads but far too easy to have too many crap/broken ones.

+1

Most of my surgery will be done on the ones that fail the wiggle test on the cable tester, and I have a few too many long ones which I'll convert to multiple shorties.
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Smellthevalve » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:45 am

Wasn’t there a cartoon of a clay pigeon machine that used cassette tapes? Must look that one up...
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby ef37a » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:30 am

Have some of you seen the Big Bang Theory episode where Sheldontakes Amy to his "life Lockup"?
I am a bit like that but NOTHING like as organized! I have lots of "domestic" kit, cassette recorders (2) Mdisc (2) DVD rec&players (4) DCC (1) and all sorts of interface boxes to extract signals. Guitar speaker cabs. Drive units...Cables? DON'T get me started!

I AM getting better. I recently donated a Radford microV meter to a good cause!

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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Dave B » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:07 am

I'm another one with less 'retired' kit, and just more 'in storage because it's not being used at the moment' stuff instead. Admittedly, people tend to get cross at some of the stuff I'm not using, but I'm trying not to trip over gear all the time. I've even been entertaining some 'sell of stuff' thoughts recently. But I tend to get over those in time ...

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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Zukan » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:06 am

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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:15 am

Eddy Deegan wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:It's difficult to have too many working leads but far too easy to have too many crap/broken ones.

+1

Most of my surgery will be done on the ones that fail the wiggle test on the cable tester, and I have a few too many long ones which I'll convert to multiple shorties.

Nooooooo!!!!!!! the day after you will get a gig that requires the long leads you have just cut up........... :headbang:
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Eddy Deegan » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:50 am

Sam Spoons wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:It's difficult to have too many working leads but far too easy to have too many crap/broken ones.

+1

Most of my surgery will be done on the ones that fail the wiggle test on the cable tester, and I have a few too many long ones which I'll convert to multiple shorties.

Nooooooo!!!!!!! the day after you will get a gig that requires the long leads you have just cut up........... :headbang:
I'm keeping enough long ones for jams and things like that :thumbup: - I've got too many to possibly use as it stands now though :)
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:54 am

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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Rich Hanson » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:06 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote:It's difficult to have too many working leads but far too easy to have too many crap/broken ones.

+1

Most of my surgery will be done on the ones that fail the wiggle test on the cable tester, and I have a few too many long ones which I'll convert to multiple shorties.

Nooooooo!!!!!!! the day after you will get a gig that requires the long leads you have just cut up........... :headbang:
I'm keeping enough long ones for jams and things like that :thumbup: - I've got too many to possibly use as it stands now though :)

You say that now but... :bouncy:
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Eddy Deegan » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:14 pm

Rich Hanson wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote:
I'm keeping enough long ones for jams and things like that :thumbup: - I've got too many to possibly use as it stands now though :)

You say that now but... :bouncy:

No worries, I live within a (longish) walk from GAK ;-)
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:21 pm

blinddrew wrote:I tend to be pretty ruthless in establishing a demand for something before i buy so there's very little in my kit boxes that doesn't get regular use.

Same here, although I do have a suitcase in the garden shed full of cables (yes, including SCSI ones) ;)

My main problem is that I now live in a converted barn, so there's no loft space at all - I really can't buy anything new without disposing of something I already have.

For this reason I also spend a long time debating the pros and cons of each purchase, and tend to get a lot of extra life out of each one by heavy modding to add additional features.


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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Wonks » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:23 pm

Martin Walker wrote:For this reason I also spend a long time debating the pros and cons of each purchase, and tend to get a lot of extra life out of each one by heavy modding to add additional features.

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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby John Willett » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:59 pm

Martin Walker wrote:
blinddrew wrote:I tend to be pretty ruthless in establishing a demand for something before i buy so there's very little in my kit boxes that doesn't get regular use.

Same here, although I do have a suitcase in the garden shed full of cables (yes, including SCSI ones) ;)

My main problem is that I now live in a converted barn, so there's no loft space at all - I really can't buy anything new without disposing of something I already have.

For this reason I also spend a long time debating the pros and cons of each purchase, and tend to get a lot of extra life out of each one by heavy modding to add additional features.


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Easy solution - move into a house and use the barn for equipment storage ;) :bouncy:


(It's only because I am jealous - I would *love* to live in a barn conversion, or similar building with character - but I have to wilk the lottery first)
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Forum Admin » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:31 pm

awjoe wrote:...it's just some shelves in the basement loaded with gear that I haven't thrown out. Some of it still works, some of it doesn't, but even if it works, I don't use it. I think of what I paid for it and I can't bring myself to chuck it out.

I fully relate to this sentiment. I recently sold off my pristine Logic Control that had lain 'broken' with two dodgy faders for years, and the new owner fixed it within the day. Glad it got a new home.

I've got a mezzanine area in my studio and that's where I store empty boxes (can't throw those away either!!) plus unused gear like Tascam DAT, Roland rack mixer, PreSonus StudioLive (MkI), Mackie 1604 rack mixer... Yamaha NS10Ms, KRK RoKits, Genelec 1029a plus Subwoofer (fuses kept blowing so gave up using them)... Yamaha FB01 and TG33... MOTU 828 MkII, Drawmer compressor, Lexicon effects and other stuff I've forgotten about.

Like you, I simply can't justify chucking any out and tried finding homes for stuff via Readers' Ads, but the value of such outdated kit is minimal compared to what I invested, and as far as I am concerned, my brain can reconcile with categorising such gear as "unused" rather than obsolete/valueless.
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:25 pm

Forum Admin wrote:Like you, I simply can't justify chucking any out and tried finding homes for stuff via Readers' Ads, but the value of such outdated kit is minimal compared to what I invested, and as far as I am concerned, my brain can reconcile with categorising such gear as "unused" rather than obsolete/valueless.

Spot on Ian - I still have my Korg M1, despite using the virtual equivalent nowadays, because many, many years ago I paid full price for it (£1500) via a bank loan, and can't bear to see it sold to someone else for peanuts :(


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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby Dr R » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:15 pm

Based on this thread the next SOS forumites' challenge should not be another One Synth challenge, it should be the
"Any thing you like, but it must be over ten years old"
challenge.
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Re: Gear Graveyard

Postby blinddrew » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:33 pm

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