Apart from standard wear and tear of the needle, motor, cords, the biggest damage that can happen to your audio equipment is from dampness, neglect and mishandling.
Mishandling: Beware of Untrained Hands
Do not let non-crew members set-up or dismantle your equipment. Sure, it is great to have more hands on deck when setting up or taking down your equipment but you also risk damaging your equipment in the hands of the untrained. Untrained helpers may drop the microphone or carelessly handle sensitive audio equipment. And when disaster strikes, do you blame someone who was only trying to help?
Cases to Store Your Audio Equipment
As much as possible, try to use transport cases to store your audio equipment. Many of these transport cases have very durable and shock-resistant cases and they also come with added foam padding. Take for example the transport case below — it is watertight, crush-proof, dustproof and it keeps water vapour from entering with an Automatic Pressure Equalisation Valve.
If you are interested in the before-mentioned transport cases, you can easily find them on eezee.sg, a local industrial hardware store.
The Silent Killer: Humidity
Audio equipment should never be kept near damp places or humid spaces. High humidity causes electric contact surfaces to slowly corrode and the more moisture there is in the air, the faster the corrosion. Especially in humid Singapore, it is not recommended to even leave your equipment ‘unprotected’ even for a short time.
Storage & Maintenance
If you store your equipment for any period of time, be sure to store it in a dry place and to use a film of protective material like WD-40 to protect the electric contact surfaces i.e. plugs and sockets. Slowing down the corrosion process will lengthen the lifespan of your equipment. Oh Eezee also sells WD-40 just in case you need it.