If only Ford made Pro Audio Equipment
Monday, 23 August 2010 22:40

Rodeo Rain and Mush

Ever since I turned on the glow plugs on my Built Ford Tough 350 Super Duty, I became a Truck Guy.  Sure, I really can't compare my rides over my tenure, a Chev S-10 that saw miles, wrecks and hauled more stuff than a 3/4-ton should ever be introduced to; or the Dodge 1500 that hauled the "two-times heavier than 4-Star", Double-Walled Aluminum Jamco Horse Trailer (for sale, inquire within), and had been in more wrecks than Earnhardt's #3 (two of which directly caused by the aforementioned trailer), my Ford is awesome.  Yes, I've buried it.  Yes, I've ran it out of Diesel.  But it hauls, rocks, and roars.

My professional audio equipment on the other hand...not so much.  Notorious for "The Sound Guaranteed to Pound", if they're not peakin' (red lights aren't flashing), then something is wrong.  But as often as I head to Blackstock Ford for an oil change (every 15,000 km / 8,100 mi), I'm heading to the Audio Shop to repair something or updgrade something.  After years of replacing blown woofers caused by simultaneous moisture and phat beats, or mushed grills from cabinets toppling in hurricanes, or torched insides from cranked tune-age inside a garbage bag, my repair guy came up with a "Solution".  A mixture of Glue and Sealant spread over the paper cones has almost stood up the test of time.

Rodeo Rain and Speakers

After an onset storm, instead of ruining 6 cabinets, I only had 1 blown woofer, that was probably more accredited to a garbage bag.  But, there was a ton of muddy, wrecked gear.

However, my delivery for repairs and tune-ups this past trip included:

  • 1 - Shure PGX Handheld Mic - Torched Inside from a water puddle on top of the base, and a pond underneath
  • 1 - Shure PGX Handheld Mic - An unreliable on-off switch on the transmitter, I believe faulty from 95* handsweat dripping inside...ewwww
  • 1 - Shure PGX Headset Mic (Microphone) - A trashed mic cable from when the rodeo clown jumped onto a Bareback Bronc Hangup and something ripped it from the transmitter
  • 1 - Shure PGX Headset Mic (Transmitter) - An extremely unreliable on-off switch on the transmitter, faulty from dust and being mangled by a huge hit from a bull...same clown
  • 1 - JBL Eon Cabinet - Woofer - Torn - 50-50 chance of a patch....most likely blown from being inside a garbage bag and driven like "Normal"
  • 1 - JBL Eon Cabinet - Tune-up - An 8" screw rattled out, and the bass of the announcer's voice has loosened the entire control module, so, though it sounds awesome in front of the speaker, behind it, it sounds like it's blown....just need some replacement screws, whew!

Crank it up, stand clear, and hold your ears!!!!  At least when it all comes back from the Speaker ER...

Bagged Speakers in a Puddle