So I was playing a concert at a nice new college auditorium a few years ago. All the sound reinforcement gear was first rate - microphones, board, massive power amps, speaker system. I was just starting a solo when the tailgut broke. The tailpeice flew up at a high speed and whacked the spiffy condenser mic they were using on my bass. The resulting concussion seemed to lift the entire audience out of their seats. This incident has passed into legend. I still have people come up to me occasionally and say "You are the guy with the exploding bass".