Rule #1: Don't piss off the sound guy!
I saw this audio snake at a flea market and figured I'd share this with y'all. It's a no-name, generic 16x4 snake with all XLR connectors (also cheap no-name knockoffs) and cheap cable, but what got me is the fact that it was only four feet long.
Yeah, I know people use short stage snakes and sub-snakes, but about the only thing I figure this one was useful for was those gigs when you bring your 100-foot snake and need a 105-foot cable run (and for some reason don't mind that your original cable run is then routed through some connectors/wire of dubious quality). Or maybe it was supposed to be a 100 footer and the company that made it is lax about quality control...
It seemed pretty funny to me, especially since the guy wanted $120 for it — a pretty steep price for a crappy four-foot snake! Also, the cable entry into the stagebox end seemed wobbly, as if the multicore wasn't hooked up (i.e., made for store display), so whoever buys this thing may have a real surprise in store for them.
Anyway, I hear short snakes might be ideal for short-throw and near-field applications!