So my husband and I did sound for a local band at the weekend. They told me their usual sound guy had just retired from the business. They also told me to be careful of where we position the sub to the right of the stage because customers tend to use them as tables. I had done the sound once for them earlier in the year and it was fun so I figured I'd help them out - I don't really do PA hire but my husband's band who I normally do sound for wasn't working.Oh boy.... In all the years I have been involved in this business I have never seen anything quite like this. The gig was at a local bar/restaurant that is known to feature the better bands in the area and I thought had quite a 'classy' reputation. I have been there to eat a few times myself as a customer. Well, this band is quite well known and well received so I expected a good turn out. The band went on at 10.00pm and from virtually the first song, the dance floor was packed to capacity. It was full of what looked like spoiled rich kids who were all underage (or maybe I'm just getting old)My husband had to act as bouncer to keep me from getting pushed over and I was just trying to protect my desk. He kept pushing his way to the stage to check the monitors at the front. The audience members were spilling their drinks all over the floor - it quickly looked like a river and folks slipping all over the place AND were standing directly over my monitors. We had sensibly coupled the subs against the wall away from the dance floor along with one mid so they were protected and we had the other mid on a tripod on the other side of the stage. We survived the set and I played some break music that the guitarist chose through the PA. The manager asked me to turn up and kept asking me to turn up so in the end the place was pumping.I was dreading the second set but figured I'd have to do just do the best I could to protect the equipment.A friend of ours walked in and my husband asked him to help protect me whilst he checked the stage area. I have no idea how we survived and nothing got damaged. At the end of the night, the band members told us that the reason their sound guy retired was because he did sound a few weeks ago at the same venue and someone poured beer into his Presonus Studiolive and his JBL 818 sub and fried the desk and ruined the sub. He cannot afford to get them fixed and doesn't charge enough to deal with that kind of damage. I wish I had known before we did the gig because I wouldn't have risked it. Anyway, the band loved the sound - particularly the monitor sound on stage and want us to work a lot more with them. My husband is working on friday evening and saturday afternoon and we are doing the sound for the other band again saturday evening.The guitarist assures me that this venue is much better and the customers are a little older and more respectful of the equipment. This situation kinda got me thinking.....If anything like this ever happens again somewhere else (I hope not) - assuming I can protect my desk and FOH adequately, how can I protect the stage monitors? I use QSC K10's and cannot afford to replace them. I read somewhere that they can be covered to prevent liquid damage but does that really work? Can they be heard adequately?
If anything like this ever happens again somewhere else (I hope not) - assuming I can protect my desk and FOH adequately, how can I protect the stage monitors? I use QSC K10's and cannot afford to replace them. I read somewhere that they can be covered to prevent liquid damage but does that really work? Can they be heard adequately?
David.Did you have this cover made for you, or did you make it yourself? Very Nice! by the way. Looks like 1/8" thick.Several of the glass companies I've worked at had different ways to bend the plexi after is was cut. One way was with a propane torch to heat the plexi then bend by hand. James P.
An easier solution is simply putting the K-10s on sticks and use them as side fill, pretty hard to drown a vertical speaker.Art
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