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Biggest Equipment Loss Your Band Has Ever Incurred?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jaywa, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    These could be theft, venue related, self inflicted... anything.

    My two biggest (two different bands) have been:

    - Playing a private party in a loft in downtown Chicago. We played, got paid, back to our rehearsal space and loading in that night and the drummer realized he had left his entire complement of Zildian cymbals (8 or so IIRC including the hi hats) in the venue's loading dock. We BUSTED it back across town but even in that short amount of time someone had made off with them and they were gone forever.

    - Outdoor gig with a generator (don't get me started), had a power spike and fried two of our P.A. power amps, some of our lighting and our guitarist's Mesa Boogie head.

    Thankfully neither of these two came out of my pocket directly but they both caused a fair amount of drama and inconvenience.

  2. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    A had a couple old band mates get their van sideswiped and totaled. They were fine, but the van was history.
  3. Friend of mine's band (Bask) was on tour in Europe. Van was broken into and robbed. Here's the list of items stolen.

    (1) Gibson Les Paul Classic Guitar. 1993. 1960 reissue. think line neck serial: 35964
    (1) Gibson Les Paul Standard Guitar - Black - with hardshell case
    (1) Fender Jazzmaster Guitar Serial # MX14470114
    (1) Gibson Thunderbird bass guitar serial# 127210685
    (1) Fender Jazz Bass - American - sunburst
    (2) Orange Rockerverb 100 Guitar Heads with flight cases
    (1) Fender 65 twin reverb amp with flight case
    (1) Electro Harmonix B9 Organ Machine pedal
    (1) Boss dd3 delay pedal
    (1) boss rv5 verb guitar pedal
    (1) blackout effectors sibling phaser pedal
    (1) boss tu-2 tuner pedal
    (1) ibanez tubescreamer guitar pedal
    (1) Dunlop Volume X guitar pedal
    (1) Way Huge swollen pickle fuzz pedal
    (1) pedal train Jr pedal board & bag
    (1) 1 spot power supply
    (1) SKB series les paul style guitar flight case
    (1) Shure SM 58 microphone
    (3) Mogami Gold 25 ft instrument cables
    (1) Dunlop Way Huge red Lama overdrive pedal
    (1) Blackout effectors twosome fuzz pedal
    (1) boss ce 5 chorus pedal
    (1) Moog mini fooger delay pedal
    (1) Blackout effectors cadavernous reverb pedal
    (1) old blood noise endeavors precession reverb pedal
    (1) TC electronics poly tune 2 tuner pedal
    (1) ernie ball volume pedal jr
    (1) 1 spot power supply
    (1) monster classic coil instrument cable
    (1) monster preformer 600 instrument cable
    (1) pedal train metro 24 pedal board and bag
    (1) brady case custom ATA flight case for guitar
    (1) shure sm 58 vocal microphone
    (1) Custom Armando ATA flight case for bass guitar
    (1) pedal train jr pedal board and bag
    (1) ernie ball volume pedal
    (1) boss tu 2 chromatic tuner pedal
    (1) boss dd3 digital delay pedal
    (1) tc electronics HOF reverb pedal
    (1) Pigtronix Disnortion pedal
    (1) MXR bass octave deluxe pedal
    (1) 1 spot power supply
    (3) mogami gold 25 ft instrument cables
    (1) 4 ft speakon cable
    (1) Drum Hardware case (black rectangular)
    (3) DW boom cymbal stands
    (1) DW snare stand
    (1) DW drum throne
    (1) DW hi hat stand
    (1) Drum Rug
    (1) DW tom stand
    (3) floor tom legs
    (1) Cymbal Arm

    I find it really funny that they left the 810.
  4. Safe so far. Touch wood.
  5. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    During load out the crew member we had watching the dock ran back into the club "just for a few seconds" to get a pack of smokes from the machine in the lobby. (Tells you how long ago that was!) Lead singer spotted and screamed at him. The two of them ran back to the dock double time, did a quick visual check, and were relieved to see all was well.

    When one of our guitarists got back home that night, he opened up his Anvil road case and discovered it was now empty. Missing was his Les Paul Custom. It was one of those three pup models that had the SG body shape.

    Ouch! Even in 1977 dollars.
  6. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Yikes that was an expensive pack of smokes. That's been a big-time rule in the bands I was ever in... you ALWAYS have someone with their eye on the gear at all times, especially in transition between the venue and your transportation. One of my former BLs (who owned all our P.A. and lights) would actually refuse to leave the venue after we were all set up, even to come eat with us. Either we'd eat on site with him or if we had to go out for food we'd bring him something back. Once our production was set up there wasn't anyone getting within 20 feet of our gear. He was 6'5 240 and built like an NFL tight end so that helped too.
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  7. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    That was our rule too. For all the good it did that time.

    Consider how the huge amount of effort, blood, and pain it cost China to build the Great Wall came to nothing through the simple expedient of paying off a couple of sentries to leave their gate open one night and not sound the alarm.

    So why should anybody be surprised if a guitar unexpectedly grew a set of legs because of someone's sheer stupidity, right?
  8. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 14, 2011
    Sales Development Manager NN Inc. - Polymet, USA manufacturer of fret wire
    For us, recent practice space robbery. Mixing board was most expensive thing. $1200 replacement value.
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