You experienced an interesting encounter that I bet you will never address the same way again.
I’ve been there and understand everything you encountered.
IMO, just because the person you work for is not forward thinking does mean you have to follow their path.
Upfront I want to say, "I’m sorry if I’m being too heavy, but you ARE dealing with live power that can do much more damage than blowing up sound equipment".
If you don't think I'm being heavy, please read on!
One thing you have to remember is people make mistakes.
Even professionals can be off their game.
I understand the concept of trusting your fellow teammates, but you must verify especially if you never dealt with that person.
I don’t understand why you folks never metered the feed from the generator?
Even if you didn't have a meter, you should have asked the power company to meter your feed.
With that said, I cannot believe the power company didn't meter the distro themselves.
This is so un-cool to say the least.
It's the first thing you should do before you power up your rig.
I designed ASL’s AC isolation transformers have meters and pilot lights before the main breakers so you can see if you’re energized and you have the correct voltage before you flip the breakers. We always meter, so I though why not install a permanent meter and such. Elroy has meters and pilot lights plus banana plug test points to make sure the meters are on point and if they fail we still have a way to easily check the voltage coming to our truck power panel.
Click on the two links to view a couple of pictures of our portable ISO XFMR.
The analog meter and pilot light is wired after the input Cam-Loks and before the main breaker. http://www.gearslutz.com/board/attac...lexfmr2299.jpg http://www.gearslutz.com/board/attac...lexfmr2309.jpg
IMO, whether or not you’re using your own equipment you must always meter the feed before you turn power on. It’s simply the only way to deal with power, especially when you’re not familiar with the company supplying it.
Metering the feed (before energizing) should have been the standard method of operation for the sound company you work for. I mean whether or not the guy from the power company is insisting it’s not their fault you should have metered the feed.
A sound company without a multi-meter in their tool box is not a real sound company.
I’m trying to find the logic in all this. I cannot believe the guy you work for asked you to try another amp on another circuit before testing the voltage. This is simply insane behavior to say the least.
Next time if you don’t have a meter try a light bulb before you consider using a power amp and a test set.
Next time consider running to Radio Shack or a hardware store and buy a meter or a light bulb -- it's much cheaper than two power amps.
In any even I still dig you because you walked away learning something very iimportant.