ah the yamaha r1000. possibly the worst digital reverb ever invented. it has four discrete settings which are labeled, cryptically, 1 through 4. it sounds nothing like reverb. it was a gift from my flatmate. i've been looking forward to hacking this thing for some time, and it has not disappointed me.
last night i almost killed it completely. i was messing with it manually and decided i wanted to use bare metal to bend the circuit instead of my hands. big mistake. everything got really cool for about fifteen seconds, and then all went dark and the sound got somewhat less cool. then it wouldn't fully turn back on. i rued the day.
today i woke up and tested the four fuses in the non-power-oriented part of the circuit, and found that all of them had been blown out. on replacing them, the unit sprang back to life. sort of. more accurately, its zombified body sprang into soulless action. it no longer works as a reverb unit- which it sucked at anyway, let's face it - and now only works as a hacked instrument. it's probably my favorite instrument in my rig now, if only because it's so massive and novel. i spent today isolating interesting regions on the circuit and getting some chops on the board. i practiced until my hands started bleeding and i had to stop. i still have a ways to go.