Jonathan Randall

Musician / Bass Player

BLOG Entry - 2017 June

This month started with a gig (Not My Tempo) playing at the NorthWest Brewing Company. It was the second time out using the UI16 Soundcraft wireless mixer and as such I was a bit nervous about technical problems that might occur - so I couldn’t believe it that after setting everything up (mixer and PA-wise, that when I played the first note of the first song at 8:00pm I was getting this terrible scratching sound from MY AMP (not the PA),!!!….followed by the sound dropping in and out. My initial thought was there was something wrong with one of the leads, so I started by making sure everything was plugged in properly, followed by an attempt to replace some of the leads…..all while I am trying to play!!!! With no joy I then switched to my spare bass head after the first song…and guess what….still no joy… that had me thinking that it was either the speaker or the bass….my feeling was that it wasn’t the speaker due to the fact that for some moments everything was fine….so what to do?…….After a couple of songs, things seemed to settle down a bit and I managed to play through the rest of the set with crackles and drop-outs. In the break I pulled the back off the battery hatch (knowing I had just changed it) on my bass and then the control compartment……viola!….a resistor had come loose. Not having time or a soldering iron available, I managed to rescue a piece of gaffer tape and using some bubble wrap, force-pressed the loose wire  back where it was supposed to go using the control panel back plate as the mechanism to force the bubble wrap down on the resistor pin.


Pic 1 - you can see the resistor wire has come loose from the back of the potentiometer

Pic 2 - holding the loose resistor wire back down on the back of the potentiometer

Pic 3 - Bubble wrap filling the control cavity above the wire and tape to keep pressure down

Pic 4 - Taken after the resistor is re-soldered back into place


I have one more gig this month with Not My Tempo and will write about that in a couple of weeks




Peace Jon