What is the oldest piece of gear you still use?

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Jeff Romard

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I actually have almost all of the first system I ever owned back in '89 but most of it sits around waiting to become part of my studio when the kids move out ;)

I still use my original AT microphone similar to this one on a regular basis. It's 26 years old now and still works like out of the box
 
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So Cal Hugh

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I have very little from my first rig. The funny part is that I thought of this on Saturday, since I actually move my mic gooseneck forward about 6", and realized that the base that the gooseneck screws into was actually in my first rig in 1987.

That is all I use. That and the hot guy behind the mic :sqwink::headbang:
 

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Myself .. and I have a few pieces from various systems that will go into my studio. The oldest being Technics turntables and the newest being CDJ1000's.
 
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When I downsized, I replaced just about everything and the things I didn't weren't that old. I would guess the oldest gear is probably only 6-7 years old at most.
 

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I just sold my first box that I bough back in 1993 it had a mixer, pro 400 cd deck, qsc amp, I haven't used it in 3 years or better, it was kinda like my first born but time to say bye bye
 

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Shure SM58 in use since 1980. Other than that, my setup photos from 2005 have completely different speakers, mixer, rack, laptops, etc. I have a few XLR cables from late '80s and early '90s.
 

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Does my wife count (though "use" is probably not the PC way of saying it)?
 

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Shure SM58 in use since 1980. Other than that, my setup photos from 2005 have completely different speakers, mixer, rack, laptops, etc. I have a few XLR cables from late '80s and early '90s.
I have an SM58 that's quite old too but I don't know exactly how old I bought it used 15+ years ago and it was old then. I'm guessing early 80's but I'm not sure they have looked the same pretty much forever. I also havs an SM 57 and a couple of others that are senior citizens. Again I bought them used bot sure on the exact age

Does my wife count (though "use" is probably not the PC way of saying it)?
PC? What is that ;) I was waiting for someone to say that lol
 

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A pair of Martin Acrobats. Next oldest would be a Sennheiser ew100 mic. Of course, this past weekend I punted the Sennheiser for a GTD mic setup. The cheap guy smokes the Sennheiser on performance.
Want to sell the sennheisser? Is it a g2?
 
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By the way, I just got in a replacement antenna (for my 4-channel unit) and also ordered a new ear-piece mic, which they've started selling. I'm thinking that thing is going to be quite valuable on outdoor gigs (wind noise) and I might start using it myself at the receptions.

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By the way, I just got in a replacement antenna (for my 4-channel unit) and also ordered a new ear-piece mic, which they've started selling. I'm thinking that thing is going to be quite valuable on outdoor gigs (wind noise) and I might start using it myself at the receptions.
I have a couple of those, they tend to pick up wind noise.
 

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Dang it. Have you tried a windscreen? I was hoping with it being much closer to the mouth that I could bring levels down.
With and with out. Still not as bat as the lav's. But if it is real windy you will here it a little. I have found that most of the preachers like to use it because that is what they use in church.
 

Randy A

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I've thought many times of not offering the lapel/cheek mic .... going strictly hand held. I have no issues (wind, feedback, heavy breathers) and after instructions, the officiant can make sure everyone can hear everything, including the vows from both B&G.

Btw, the oldest piece of gear would be my rack-mounted tray. It's the only thing I've kept over the years from the original Peavey setup. Everything else is new.