Cranking it up to 11
by Dale Manquen
Speaking of reaching for a knob...
At Heider Recording the maintenance folks had a peculiar problem. Wally Heider was a big, strong man. One of the problems was that if things weren't loud enough or he wanted more from a control, he would often turn the knob so hard that it would slip on the shaft or just break the control. I guess when he wanted to turn things up to eleven, nothing was going to stop him.
Needless to say, that didn't do the controls any good! Broken pots, switches and knobs were often the result.