Mackie 1202 works like a charm despite the dents and scratches.
Loyal EAW and Mackie
user Jimmy James
didn't expect to be shaken before stirring up the crowd during one of
his gigs at a Florida beach this summer. Neither did his gear. While stopped
behind a line of cars at a stoplight, a semi truck slammed into the back
of Jimmy's new minivan, sandwiching it between the semi and the cars in
front of him. Fortunately, Jimmy was not seriously hurt. It appeared at
first, however, that his Mackie mixer and two EAW loudspeakers were not
"Ouch. There was nothing
left of the van," Jimmy recalled. "Most of my gear was squashed. The EAW
LA212's took a direct hit. One speaker even had a tear in the metal
grill and a pushed in dust cover on the woofer. The other one was dented
and the jack panel came loose. They both had parts rattling around inside.
I thought for sure they were toast."
Upon returning home
later that evening, Jimmy set the rig up in his house to assess the damages.
"I couldn't believe my ears," he exclaimed. "The speakers sounded like
new! At my next gig, I plugged in the LA212s (despite the dangling jack
panel) and they sounded fine! They're looking a little rough now, but
overall, I'm really impressed."
So what about the
Mackie 1202 that was also in the back of that crumpled mini van? "Even
1202 VLZ-Pro mixer got tossed around a bit, creating a few dents and
scratches," commented Jimmy. "It still works as if nothing ever happened!
The mixer was in an SKB case, which got crunched from the top. The SKB
case is dust, but my mixer works like new!"