My NYE show was of course going very well - a Martini-bar-like venue I've never worked before surprised me with some of the best acoustics in town, and the band requested much more lighting than I usually bring to a club show. It looked and sounded great!
So of course a member of the tux-clad crowd spilled almost a full glass of champagne on my LS9-32 and walked away while I stared in shock - never saw who. The faders were messed up and in retrospect I should have immediately unplugged it, but I tried to keep the show going by parking the console on an empty layer and mixing via Tablet (http://www.airfader.com
) for about 5 minutes before all audio quietly dropped out. (There was only 15 minutes left in the show... I patched the PA to the monitor board and the band finished the last two songs.)
I took it home, took it apart while still wet, and cleaned everything I could with distilled water and swabs... the faders are all shot (The board's over 4 years old, so I already had two that wouldn't calibrate... now I have 27) but I fear a couple of the input boards are ruined by small but poorly-placed champagne drops. Champagne clearly corrodes the crap out of connectors.
Believe it or not, this is the only real incident I've had in 8+ years of weekly gigging. I have equipment insurance... do I try to get it fixed somewhere and then submit a claim and see what happens? Should I just pay to fix it and not risk getting my insurance cancelled? This probably happens to most people at some point, what do you guys do?