Jinglemaster Posted March 1, 2009 Share Posted March 1, 2009 My pride and joy, my Neumann U87 is dead! Whilst moving a couple of bits around in the studio today, the most ridiculous chain of events happened. I unplugged the Neumann to move it to its box whilst not in use, whilst we change back mic booms. This particular boom is our oldest standby one as the usual one developed a squeek and was being suitably lubricated. The newer one was returned to me by one of my colleagues who asked me what to do with the old chrome (now rusting) one? Sling it I said. Now, being a lazy git and our studio being on the 3rd floor he considered throwing it out of the window. Normally that would be a no, but as there is renovation work going on in the ground floor there happens to be a skip in the car park. Being a Sunday, the skip is cordoned off so no danger of hitting anyone so out it went. With a degree of excitement, we the slung out a rather heavy old filing cabinet and a few bits of junk that we just don't use anymore, a patch bay and an old VERY heavy mixer that we just could figure out how to get down stairs. Three of us levered this over the edge and cheered as it sent a cloud of dust flying into the stratosphere on impact with said filing cabinet in said skip. Anyway. I just finished sorting my old DAT tapes as I needed to recover one, then went to the box of the Neumann. Erm, then it hit me. It was still on the old mic boom. We all went down and my colleague who is much more able bodied than me at the moment climbed over the fencing to access the skip and anounced that he found it. I wish he hadn't!!!! It is flattened, which is quite hard to do and looks like it has been run over by a truck. I have to see the funny side, but I am struggling. That is a £2000 microphone. Not sure about the insurance angle on this, I will find out tomorrow. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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