So, that time of the year where you can hope to spoil yourself a bit is upon us.

Christmas is almost here and if you happen to work on live shows we have a few suggestions for you to suggest to anyone who’s undecided or with any doubt on what they should offer you. Or just wrap it for yourself to make those hard working days on 2015, worth it.

Hope you can find anything on this list that may suit you and help you accomplish your work on a more comfortable and efficient way.


These amazing tools will help you find and test cables on any stage.

The Soundtools XLR Sniffer/Sender developed by Mr. Dave Rat and the guys at SoundTools, is a small gadget which will help you identify any faulty XLR cable. It will also work with phantom power provided by any console to help you detect cables and quickly check if they’re working.

The Soundtools DMX sniffer/sender will test pins 1, 2 and 3 of any 5-pin plug so you can test the cables already installed. For the DMX cables you’ll need to use the sender. Plug in the sender on one end and the sniffer on the other, and if you get 3 green lights, your cable should be ready to work.

In case you have any combination of red, green or off lights, you can use the card provided to identify the problem.

This will surely make any sound or lighting engineer’s life easier this year.

You can find some more detailed info on sniffers here or if you’re a DIY kind of person, you can try out something from here.


When you either need a screwdriver to open up a burnt monitor or a plier to release that rustey tight nut on the rig, you’ll find yourself looking for a toolbox sometimes where there isn’t one for miles. With one of these, you’ll be ready faster to mend any problem you may come across on those stages worldwide.

The Leatherman Skeletool CX is a “less is better” multi-tool with those most used tools on a small package. It brings 7 tools, which most of the time will be all you need to get that show going.

Alongside with a 6,6 cm very sharp blade, you’ll get a needlenose plier, a regular plier, hard wires cutter, wire cutter, a carabiner and a bottle opener (for the end of the work day).

Besides looking awesome, it comes with a bit driver, so you always have the right tip for the job.

The Leatherman Sidekick is a more complete tool, with the double of the Skeletool’s tools and features.

You’ll get on this small package all of the following:

  • Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
  • Spring-action Regular Pliers
  • Spring-action Wire Cutters
  • Wire Stripper
  • 420HC Knife
  • 420HC Serrated Knife
  • Saw
  • Ruler (1.5 in | 3.8 cm)
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Small Screwdriver

It also has a carabiner acessory which works out as a Hex bit driver and as a bottle opener.


I feel a lot safer when I load and unload a truck or handle real hardware with some robust protection on my hands.

The Mechanix Impact Pro are built for confort and protection with an easy fit design and rubber molded panels to protect the back of the hand, along with the knucles and fingers.

The Ironclad Framer leaves the tip of the thumb, index and middle finger uncovered in order for you to be able to operate a console, handle tiny screws, etc, without removing the gloves. They’re also very comfortable and offer consistent protection for stage work. I had a pair of these on the last 6 years and never disappointed me.


And of course, we can’t get around a stage, sometimes working on the dark or in extreme low light conditions without a proper flashlight.

These two fine choices from Maglite will get you ready for any darkness the lighting guy may bring you.

The Maglite XL200 is a compact flashlight capable of 172 lumens brightness and a 130 meters beam. It will light up your way in any dark spot you may get yourself into.

As for the Maglite Mag-Tac, it will give you 320 lumens brightness and a 193 meter beam, besides looking stylish and getting anyone’s attention by it’s looks.

This one is powered by 2 CR123 rechargeable lithium batteries, which will keep it running for 4 straight hours. Although a bit pricey, this is on my humble opinion one of the best I ever got my hands on.

Hope you find any of these to your liking.

Let us know of any gear you work with and could find a place on this list, using the comments below.