I write this message from the Camirillo facility and I am doing well on my recovery. Just a few more years,they tell me.
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You have my condolences.
Been there, done that, (expecially on new cars!)
This is one of the benefits of buying equipment used.
(One expects small nicks, scratches and/or dings on used equipment, and so one is not nearly so ticked off when "another" accident occurs.)
Just remember, it will sound just as good with a small nick, scratch or dent, as it did when it was pristine!
I did it as a child. I was learning to ride a bicycle and my friend let go and as I wobbled along, my friends started yelling not to hit the car.. Naturally I obsessed on the car.. and hit the brand new car (with the two guys talking about it being brand new, of course) BANG! right into the door between the two guys.
I was seven. I was too cute to murder....
Back in 2000 I bought a used Aleph P and couldn't believe how scratched up it was. Every surface had something wrong with it, including the knobs. I got it for such a low price I was just going to live with it until I found out one of the inputs didn't work.
I sent it back to the factory & they replaced every piece of metal & reworked the entire unit. They had run out of faceplates, so they ground this one down & anodized it. When I got it back, it looked brand new. They even replaced all the RCA & XLR jacks.
So to answer your question, yes, I've been to the extreme where everything had to be perfect but now I accept a few dings & scratches.
LOL! Alright, let's start a new thread on injuries received from components. In 2006 I tore a bicep tendon moving a BAT VK-600SE amp......good times...