Cable Kit Delight

Whew!!!  Another Christmas concert done and in the record book! Isn’t it just a whirlwind, getting everything ready the day of the concert?  Programs printed and folded…..risers set in place……sound system…..OH, WAIT…..the sound system!  Let me think…..“Which cables do I need and how do we connect it all?”  “Now, where was that cable?” 

Of course, we always figured it out, but, talk about a terrific waste of time and energy on a day that had none to spare!  So, several years ago, inspired by my dislike of chaos and powered by my penchant for problem solving, I created a handy dandy audio/video cable kit.

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I bought a zippered nylon bag (10″ x 14″ x 3″) and a pack of velcro cable ties.  After collecting and labelling all the cables we use or could need, I folded and arranged them in the bag, marking each spot with a Sharpie.  Then, after removing all the cables, I sewed a cable tie on each mark in the bag and carefully re-folded and velcroed in each cable.  I enclosed several documents:  a reference chart of all the cables (including their kit number and description) and a set-up diagram for each audio/video configuration we use.  (click here to see pdf of our chart and diagram)

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Voila!  No more angst over this part of concert set up!  And….BONUS…..I didn’t realize how much we would use it in daily music teacher life!  GRAB-N-GO, Baby!

Let me tell you, this idea is a WINNER and well worth the thought and effort required to assemble the kit!  🙂

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