Ahead of our time at Real World and gigs next year, we popped to Enfield today for a fitting of in-ear monitors at Handheld Audio.
Nick has used in-ear monitors for many years but this was a new experience for the rest of us, and a slightly bizarre one.
In-ear monitors need to sit very tightly inside the ear so that the musician can hear all frequencies. This means that molds of the ear have to be taken around an impression of a small speaker which will sit on the ear drum.
The fitting today involved a lot of poking around inside the ear like this:
before we had to bite on a piece of plastic and have our ears filled with a pink blancmange-like substance like this:
After five minutes or so, the impression is solid enough to remove and they will shortly be sent off to Ultimate Ears in the States to be made into monitors.
Here we are afterwards, job done (except for Rikard who is having his fitted in Sweden).
All kinda pink and perky - it's a really good look. Pink Pink Train.
gigs next year? great! i was afraid they would be this year - and as i'm already in london in september (kate bush!!) i would have been a little bit difficult to go again to england this year. but next year is fine! what do you think, greg, when these gigs will be?
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