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  • Soundman toolbox

    Mine just broke. It was a plastic $25 homedepot job that lasted 5 years of my abuse. It holds a variety of connectors/adapters/shrink/solder/strippers/screwdrivers/bulbs /flash lights/sharpies/batteries/ and God knows what else. Before I rush out and replace it with another $25 HomeDepot plastic box du jour, I thought I'd see what type of utility box you folks use to store all your soundman "magic dust".
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    I just use a rubbermaid tub...it's a mess but it gets the job done.
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    • #3
      16 space equipment rack with rack drawers.

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      • #4
        sounds like we have almost identical systems. ours a tad larger and holds some di's and some patch cables as well.

        I have recently seen a flightcase drawer system that seemed like it worked the best, but i imagine it was very pricey. edit: a little more custom than agedhorses system but essentially the same.
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        • #5
          18 space FOH with a 2space drawer. But the real goodies are in a small gym bag, I don't often take the 18sp rack out but once every 3 months or so...

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          • #6
            A rolling craftsman tool box screwed to the back in my box truck. works great. I have more speakon to quarter inch adaptors than any one should ever have and they don't even get used. Where they come form ????
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            • #7
              I've got a black SKB style tool/briefcase. I use these plastic see through pencil boxes from Staples to keep things organized, one for XLR adapters, anther for 1/4" and RCA ones, one for tools, one for insert, Y, split adapters, etc. It also holds my headphones, Q-box, phase checker, SPL meter, a Littlelite(in a pencil box) and yet another pencil box with sharpies, spare batteries and board tape.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by milesdf
                sounds like we have almost identical systems. ours a tad larger and holds some di's and some patch cables as well.

                I have recently seen a flightcase drawer system that seemed like it worked the best, but i imagine it was very pricey. edit: a little more custom than agedhorses system but essentially the same.


                Mark sells the rack with drawers too. I have been thinking about picking one up. They look really nice.

                http://www.audiopile.net/products/Cases/DR002H_toolcase/DR002H_cutsheet.asp
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                • #9
                  "A clean desk is a sure sign of insanity." If this be true, I'm getting more sane every week. I've got so many projects going I'm losing track of everything. Which is making me slightly insane.

                  I've got a good-sized basement workshop, got tools in a rollaway in the garage, got tools in softbags in the truck box. Got nuthin' at all specifically organized for the sound gear. For me this is really bad. I've got a nice Rubbermaid resin toolbox that's become more and more empty as I've migrated more and more of my general carpentry tools into a Bucket Boss, so it's very likely going to be commandeered for this use.


                  But Audiopile's rack tool box sure looks good as a long term distant solution. But only if I amass a real need to keep such a box on the (future) trailer. No way I'll be lugging that thing up and down basement stairs.

                  Perhaps I just need a ground-floor shop????? Hmmmm
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                  • #10
                    Well, I use a workbox that I picked up a while ago, and it works really well. It's not exactly compact though...

                    It works well, but I find that it doesn't have enough drawers in it, so I'll be building a couple more to go beneath the other 3. I took those pics right after I got it, and since then, it's filled up quite a bit. I sometimes wish that I had a smaller, briefcase sized case for things like adapters and stuff for small shows, but this is ideal in most situations.





                    FWIW, my boss has an EWI workbox, and it works well too. It's too small, but everything always is. It packs about the same as a rack, so it fits in the truck better than my workbox does.

                    I would recommend a workbox, such as the EWI model, if your situation warrants it. Otherwise, you might look at one of the briefcases by Anvil or others, or at the briefcases by SKB and Gator.

                    One sound company in our area has an old 24 space rack with drawers, which works well. Most of their adapters are in a tackle box though, the rack is just for tools, tape, markers, and other stuff like that.
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                    • #11
                      Hey Bryan is that a lint remover I see in that box???

                      "Rider Addendum C/2a: The stage shall remain lint-free at all times. Sound Co. shall wear lint-free clothing while on stage, and shall remove all indigenous lint prior to show, and during all planned intermissions......."


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                      • #12
                        Yes, yes it is. I think I have 2 in there now, actually, the same one in the pic and another one . It's a lot cheaper than gaff tape for getting stuff off of things, even though I don't use them that often.

                        I once had a bass player bring a carpeted stack that was covered with more cat hair than I'd ever seen. Came in handy that day. It doesn't work quite as well on tiny wood chips though.

                        They also work well on black clothes, obviously.

                        But I will say I've never seen it on a rider. Somehow I think most touring guys could do with a good shower, or at least some strong cologne, before they'd be worried about lint.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by B. Adams
                          Yes, yes it is. I think I have 2 in there now, actually, the same one in the pic and another one . It's a lot cheaper than gaff tape for getting stuff off of things, even though I don't use them that often.

                          I once had a bass player bring a carpeted stack that was covered with more cat hair than I'd ever seen. Came in handy that day. It doesn't work quite as well on tiny wood chips though.

                          They also work well on black clothes, obviously.

                          But I will say I've never seen it on a rider. Somehow I think most touring guys could do with a good shower, or at least some strong cologne, before they'd be worried about lint.


                          My very first thought was, "carpeted cabinet cat-hair cleaner".
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                          • #14
                            One of the companies that I do a lot of shows with has 20 space racks for their workboxes too. There is a one space unit with two gooseneck lamps and then there are two 2 space drawers that are home to a lot of different audio adapters in mic zipperbags, as well as a spare tuner (that comes in handy a lot actually), and the first aid kit, spare batteries, solder kit, etc. The third drawer is a four space that has foam mic cut outs in it for all of the vocal mics and things like 57's and 609's etc. The fourth drawer is three spaces and has all the DI boxes and the condensers in their boxes. Mostly SM81's, 414's, and SM98's (not the betas). Then they have a heavy duty 8 space drawer for mic cables on the bottom. Its great to have all that in one place.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by flanc
                              Mine just broke. It was a plastic $25 homedepot job that lasted 5 years of my abuse. It holds a variety of connectors/adapters/shrink/solder/strippers/screwdrivers/bulbs /flash lights/sharpies/batteries/ and God knows what else. Before I rush out and replace it with another $25 HomeDepot plastic box du jour, I thought I'd see what type of utility box you folks use to store all your soundman "magic dust".

                              I use a padded rip-stop nylon carrying case for a consumer variety JVC VHS camcorder. I bought it at The Goodwill for about $5 some 10-odd years ago.

                              I pack the same stuff: a variety of connectors/adapters/shrink/solder/strippers/screwdrivers/bulbs /flash lights/sharpies/batteries/ and a Sony Discman and a few CD's... as well as a roll of gaff tape and a roll of board tape... and some Allen wrenches, vise grips, ear plugs, leather gloves, shower-in-a-can, Fluke 77, zip ties, shock line, etc... It works just dandy. The shoulder strap part is especially handy.

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