I see a lot of gear. It gets sent to me, or I visit someone’s studio, or whatever. It never fails to astound me how people mistreat their beautiful equipment. I just cannot understand it. When I get a piece of gear, the very first thing I do is wipe down the front panel with a damp cloth. You should see what comes off! Yecch … Now, not only do I object to this on a purely aesthetic level, because clean gear is often lovely, whereas gross dirty scummy gear is just butt ugly, but … if it looks like that on the outside, doesn’t that say something about how it looks on the inside?

I’ve been taking pictures of gear recently, and I have actually had to clean some of the mics before I could take the pictures. How do you think the diaphragms of those mics look? The crazy thing is, it takes about zero real effort to keep your gear clean. Wipe the front panels off once every few months. Take off the grease pencil marks that that bozo put on your Pultecs 4 years ago … wipe off the meter covers on your $40,000 Fairchild!

Seriously, it’s almost as bad as guitars; and you don’t want to get me started about guitars … ohmygod …

So, my question is, do you actually like your gear, or is it the same as a dishwasher? If you do, and most people who have umteen zillions of dollars invested in their gear, profess to loving their equipment. Well, show a little love to your gear and wipe off the scum. Everything I buy is Mint until it arrives…

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