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Thread: What did you find inside an amp?

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    What did you find inside an amp?

    I mean, that got in there after manufacture and has nothing to do with electronics. Rat's, spiders, wine, wrappers, ID cards, etc.
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    joint.
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    Oh dear lord, I have a whole bowl full of picks. Opened a little Korg Poly 800 once and live roaches scattered in several directions.

    Certainly mouse nests.

    had a keyboard once with various stuck notes occasional wrong notes and other key related problems. Found a paper clip bouncing around the contact circuit board causing random shorts.

    Then there was the one full of cat piss...
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    An orgy of stinkbugs got inside my first build... One had crossed the wrong wire and off-gassed itself, causing my friend to shut off the amp and call me before he turned it back on...

    But I <DID> find a bag of weed and a bag of coke in the spare wheel well of a customer's car when I worked as a mechanic... I saw nothing.

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    Excellent! I got the idea for a dedicated thread reading something from nevetslab. I know we've covered this in pieces here and there, but I thought this could be another opportunity for some comic relief.

    I found a bullet in an amp once. Just the bullet, no shell casing. I regret not calling the guy and saying "This amp is shot."
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    But was there an entrance hole? Hell of a shot to get one through a speaker or input jack without damaging anything... Or, they were out of oatmeal and mashed potatoes, and a bullet was the next best thing.

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    Yes, bullet hole. It was actually lodged in the cabinet. So, not in the chassis really, but it's still a good one.

    My favorite so far is Enzo's live cockroaches. I'd have squeaked like a girl and embarrassed myself. I guess the most questionable thing I ever found in a chassis was the top half (business end) of a hypodermic needle, busted off in the cap.

    I also found what I assumed to be the beginnings of a swallows nest on the back of an amp. And what was clearly dried up beer on a couple of occasions.
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    Just recently working on this 1962 Bassman I found this note. It reads "To dance the cumbia to dance it until it is five o'clock in the morning. is repeated." Just made me think about how long that little note must have sat in there waiting for me to find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Thomas View Post
    But I <DID> find a bag of weed and a bag of coke in the spare wheel well of a customer's car when I worked as a mechanic... I saw nothing.
    Neither did he when he got it back, right?
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    A speaker cab that had a "rattle", found some kind of GI Joe action figure doll inside.
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    I may joke about it, but I've never touched the stuff... looked around at daddy & uncles, nope, drugs are definitely BAD.

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    it isn't funny, but I occasionally leave notes inside repairs - mainly if I changed something, "Note, AUX4 changed to POST".

    If I have a smoked amp and they bail, I might add an inside note as to what was removed and what was lifted, parts replaced.

    or my favorite note DO NOT POWER UP before checking. I usually pull the primary wires off the terminals or some such so they cannot plug the amp in and get power into it.
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    This thread reminds me of a story that was told to me recently by the manager of a local store. They often sell online used items. The customer orders and then the item is shipped to the local store from somewhere. He always inspects the items to make sure they are as described and there's no shipping damage. He opened up a guitar case a while back. All was good and there was this little cylindrical container in the case. He figured it was a slide and just left it there thinking the customer would appreciate the freebie. He got a call a week later after the customer got the guitar home. He asked, "Is there a problem?". The customer said (paraphrasing), "No. The guitar is perfect. Though, you might want to remove the sex toys next time!". Apparently, it wasn't a slide in the container.
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    Found a bottle cap stuck to the speaker magnet.

    "Can you fix the rattle?"
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    I removed a matchbox car from inside a bass combo once. Unfortunately, I wasn't fast enough to stop my 5-year-old son from dropping it in through the port in the first place.
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    I was working on a Sony big screen television once- brand new and under warranty. I found a 1/4" nut driver rolling around the set that had shorted out the power supply. Here's the rub. The markings on the nut driver were Japanese. It was apparently left in there at the factory.

    Another time, again working on a big screen, I found a frog on the main PCB. The thing had gotten electrocuted and was oozing frog guts all over the board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    I was working on a Sony big screen television once- brand new and under warranty. I found a 1/4" nut driver rolling around the set that had shorted out the power supply. Here's the rub. The markings on the nut driver were Japanese. It was apparently left in there at the factory.

    Another time, again working on a big screen, I found a frog on the main PCB. The thing had gotten electrocuted and was oozing frog guts all over the board.
    Ok.. This thread opened with a clear criteria. That we're just now hearing about Japanese factory tools and roasting frogs demonstrates that some are holding out I'll take it as a sign of even better things to come. Heading to the kitchen to pop some corn.
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    Nothing really entertaining to add (hold off on that popcorn, Chuck!) but just another anecdote to show how easily I can be fooled:

    Just bought a Bassman-Amp a few weeks ago, and have had few chances to wind it up. Today being the best day for an extended session at normal volume (that is to say, 'ear-splitting'). My 5-year-old son - mentioned in the last post - is now 27, and moved back in with Mom and Dad last year. I suspected that he had been invoking the 'Castle Rule' and doing things like smoking in his room (our house is smoke-free) because I could detect a faint whiff of tobacco from time to time.
    Today, with the others out of the house, the Bassman was allowed to come up to operating temperature for several hours. Much to my surprise, the house began to smell like Lucky Strikes again. So funny to find out that the amp actually stinks! I guess I should be glad to have an amp that's been christened with the requisite amount of bar grime.
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    I think I've told this story on the forum before, but............

    I got in 3 Yamaha keyboards from a school once that had been infested by cockroaches. Some idiot at the school decided he would try to drown them by literally throwing the keyboards in the school's swimming pool.
    “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

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    I was working for Cherokee Recording Studios as their head technician, back in 1980-82. Cherokee was one of the major independent studios in Hollywood, owned by the Robb brothers. They had a band back in the days of Paul Revere and the Raiders, called The Robbs. When I was moving some of my band's gear around in my storage locker, I found in the zipper cover of our old Baldwin amp a pile of flyers from our band's manager's club The Bag Of Nails in South Pasadena, CA, and it had The Robbs scheduled for one of the weekends! I wandered up into Dee Robb's office while he was on the phone, and dropped the flyer on his desk. He just about fell out of his chair seeing that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    I think I've told this story on the forum before, but............

    I got in 3 Yamaha keyboards from a school once that had been infested by cockroaches. Some idiot at the school decided he would try to drown them by literally throwing the keyboards in the school's swimming pool.
    Clever Like lighting your house on fire to get rid of mice!
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