I've been doing music in one form or another for 25 years, since I was 15. I've blown two speakers in that entire time. That's right. Two. It was back in high school and my band, DayDreamer (yes, that was really the name) set up in the parking lot of this ice cream parlor to play a Memorial Day concert. We used home stereo speakers attached to a cheap amplifier that was once used to pump muzak into elevators. It overpowered the speakers (which were borrowed, BTW) in about 2.68 seconds. I learned then to always have adequate power handling in my speakers and those were the last I ever blew up. Until tonight.

At rehearsal tonight I managed to blow both tweeters in the main speakers we use for our contemporary worship service when I had a massive signal spike from, get this, MY ACOUSTIC GUITAR PICKUP!!! I still don't know how it happened, but I saw the bright red lights on the meters and that could only mean one thing. Those lights would have looked downright pretty if they hadn't indicated that I now had two $400 paperweights sitting on the stage.

Like I have time to deal with this right now! I was almost as busy as another blogger I know, and that was before this happened.


Brett H said...

I'm impressed that you blew two speakers with your accoustic! Keep on rockin in the free world!

Jim said...


It was depressing. I just plugged the thing in, there was a screech, and then silence. Sort of like a horror movie.

But there’s hope. I just took the speakers over to Audiobahn where I bought them, it’s right here in town. They’re repairing them and think they can do it under warranty, AND I’ll have them back tomorrow afternoon. It pays to buy local!


Cowtown Pattie said...

Rock ON!

Jim said...

Thanks, I'll do that. You do the same.

BTW, got those speakers back and there was no charge :-))