Hi all, been wanting to make this post for a while and after reading the "cleaning the diaphram on a condensor mic" thread I decided to go ahead with it. Would any of the more seasoned engineers out there care to start a list of daily, monthly etc, things to do to keep gear in good shape. For instance, what is the rule for hooking up a condensor to phantom power? Plug in then turn on phantom? Turn on phantom then plug in? etc. Smoking in the studio? Insence, candles, tobacco, pot smoke? Wrapping cables? Keeping Mics in cases or on stands. on and on and on.... if anyone would like to organize this better go for it! Here's my 2 cents. --on wrapping cables I roll them like John Wayne rolls up a lasso. Keep both ends free and let the cable go back into a nice loop on its own. Tie with a velcro strap and that cable will last for years and years. Also, try making your own cables too. --mics in cases or stands. I'm trying to get better at putting them all away. I just don't like the idea of someone knocking a $1200 mic to the ground. Or the occasional jackass that might try to "sing/scream" into a mic just because he's half drunk and it's on the stand. If someone did that to my R-121 I'd absolutly have to stick my size 11 cowboy boot up his ass sideways......I'm not kidding either! That plus I burn a lot of incense and candles depending on the session and I don't know if the candle/insence smoke will alter a condensor or ribbbon mic. --cats and cables. Apparently I have a gato that loves to chew on mic cables, not good. If you have a chompin' critter either put up the cat or put up the cables, your choice. (true story) Anyone else???????