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First major boo-boo :(
« on: October 08, 2012, 12:46:51 PM »

Here's hoping this hasn't happened to any of you yet, but if it has then you can probably relate.
If it hasn't, then please let this be a cautionary tale.

I was caught in traffic on the way to the gig yesterday and rolled in just 10 minutes before showtime.  Not really a BIG deal, I can setup in 5 if I really have to -- it just means I won't have much time for a soundcheck or to warm up.
I didn't NEED to rush myself to get setup, but I was still in "hurry, hurry, I'm LATE" mode.  I set up my stand, placed my Zendrum into it and turned to power up my rig.  In the back of my mind I thought "that Zendrum isn't in that stand all the way" and sure enough, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it falling forward towards the concrete patio.  It was almost like it was happening in slow motion.  I let out an expletive and lunged towards it, but it was too late.  It hit the ground with a most sickening *thud*.

Luckily these Zendrums are built like tanks and nothing was damaged beyond the nasty gash in the picture.  It still powered up fine and I made it through the gig without incident but still, my poor baby now has a garrish boo-boo  :'(

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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2012, 06:24:05 PM »

Oh man.... I've had similar happen to me; sorry to hear it. 

However, as the Inspector said to me once, "it at least shows you're using the dang thing!!".  Take heart in that at least?
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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2012, 06:24:45 PM »

As a follow up, David reached out to me and mentioned super glue.  A quick search for 'super glue guitar fix' led me to these fine directions on how to fix something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTVScFJoe24

As soon as I can get over my fear of messing it up even further I'm going to give them a try!
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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 01:54:46 PM »

So over the weekend I worked up the courage to take sandpaper to my Zendrum.  I figured if anything I couldn't make it much worse.

Turns out it wasn't all that big a deal though.  It does take a lot of patience, but in the end the fix looks pretty good:


With practice I could probably do a better job, but I'm fairly happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for the advice David!
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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 10:19:12 PM »

Looks great, but your logo is upside down...... :P
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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 02:08:51 PM »

Looks fine to me, but then I'm always looking down on it like this ;)

Flashes me back to when someone here asked if you could flip the image over in ZenEdit.  I guess they played theirs upside-down like FM  :D
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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2012, 04:36:43 PM »

You repair looks great. Hopefully you won't need more practice!
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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2012, 11:39:13 AM »

That looks great Darin, you can't even tell there was any damage.

Good to know it's a fairly easy fix, i am definitely a klutz!

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Re: First major boo-boo :(
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2012, 12:33:42 PM »

If you turn it in the light you can see the edges where the super glue transitions into the rest of the Zendrum.  If it were just a ding or a gouge on a flat surface, then this method of fixing could make it imperceptible.  But since I had to basically shave down one of the pointed corners, It was harder to "feather" it into the surrounding surfaces.
I haven't taken it out into natural sunlight yet but I suspect it will be more noticeable there.
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