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Using proprietary Bose® technology, L1 systems combine  PA and monitors into a single, highly portable unit. The  loudspeaker can be positioned behind or to the side —and you hear what the audience hears.

Highly portable PA and monitor combined for solo performers, DJs and general-purpose use. Fixed vertical control with 180° horizontal coverage Reduced vulnerability to feedback.

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After moving to Florida, I've started gigging regularly and have found most of the gigs to be outdoors.  Last night, I played about a mile from the beach, outdoors, but we had really strong winds coming in off the Atlantic.  After the gig, everything was just sticky from the sea breeze.

When I got home, I wiped every piece of equipment used (mics, cables, Bose, guitar, everything) down with Clorox wipes to get the salt off.   I let everything dry off before putting it back in the cases. 

Since I'm new to playing in this environment, I thought I'd ask more experienced players how they maintain their Bose equipment.  Do you regularly use electrical contact cleaner on the connection points?  What do you use to wipe off the salt spray?  Do you use anything special?

Thanks in advance for your opinions,






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I would definitely get connector covers for all your jacks, even for when you're not playing, as being in Florida means lots of humidity and salt in the air and cleaning the insides is obviously not as easy as cleaning the outside. Something like these examples, there are lots of options:

Neutrik NDJ Dummy Plug For 1/4" Jacks

Neutrik NDM Dummy Plug For XLR-M Receptacles

Neutrik NDF Dummy Plug For XLR-F Receptacles

Neutrik NDP Dummy Plug For RCA Jacks

3.5mm Black Cell Phone Charm Plug (10pcs.)

Hope this helps,


Thanks for the info.  I'll just use a microfiber towel next time and see how it goes.  Normally, the salt is pretty tenacious and just wiping with a dry towel doesn't get the job done. 

I'll look into the rubber plugs for everything.   I lived on a sailboat for a couple of years so I know the damage the salty air can do.  I just didn't realize that 1 mile or 2 inland you'd still get it that thick on everything. 

I met a guitar player that told me he has some really nice guitars that never go to gigs.  His band plays on the beach 3 or 4 nights a week.  He said he buys $100 cheap guitars and replaces them about every 6 months because everything is corroded...volume/tone pots, jacks, tuners, everything.  He donates them to an organization that teaches lower income kids how to play.  He figures is just the cost of doing business.

Thanks again,




I totally get that. I live in Maryland and our family had a condo in Ocean City growing up. As a teen I learned pretty quickly not to take my electric down there on vacation and just bring the acoustic. One week down there with the Peavey T-60 started rusting all of the screws! Thankfully Peavey used sealed pots and I always had the guitar cable plugged in so I just had to de-oxidize all the exposed metal real good.


CCC, me neither, but I slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night, heehee.

Seriously though, our family had a small cabin cruiser boat growing up and I remember helping Dad swap out the Zinc blocks periodically. I learned the "why" while in the Navy...rusty Submarines are never good and rusty nuclear reactors are even worse


I always wondered why subs never rusted and corroded out. Being raised in a boating community of fresh water I knew they periodically recoated the bottom of boats, but living for a while off Shinnecock  bay on Long Island the ocean salt quickly taught me a lesson about corrosion. 

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