A Man Repairing an Old Synthesizer Accidentally Got High on LSD Possibly Linked to the Grateful Dead

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Broadcast Operations Manager Eliot Curtis works for KPIX Television in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a recent take-home project to repair an old synthesizer led to an LSD trip … seriously.

It sounds like a ridiculous story from a satire website, but it is in fact very true. Via KPIX:

Late last year, Eliot volunteered to fix a vintage “analog music modular instrument” owned by the music department at Cal State University East Bay.

The instrument — commonly known today as a synthesizer — was commissioned by two leading avant-garde musicians who taught in the music department in the ’60s. Cal State East Bay was then known as Cal State Hayward. The men who secured the funding were Professors Glenn Glasow and Robert Basart, two men were at the forefront of the burgeoning Bay Area modern music scene.

The synthesizer was stored in dark corner somewhere, forgotten but not removed. Curtis ended up tasked with repairing and (hopefully) restoring the old machine, but he got much more than what he was looking for when he came across a crusty residue stuck on part of the machine.

He sprayed a cleaning solvent on it and started to push the dissolving crystal with his finger as he attempted to dislodge the residue and clean the area.

About 45 minutes later, Curtis began to feel a little strange. He described it as a weird, tingling sensation. He discovered this was the feeling of the beginnings of an LSD experience or trip.

The sensation lasted roughly nine hours.

Three separate tests revealed that yes, this was actually old LSD that was still, somewhat impressively, potent enough to send Eliot on a trip for a long time.

Talk about a strange journey …

Read the full KPIX story for further details, and how it all could very well tie in with the Grateful Dead, and specifically Owsley Stanley, who was known for his sound system work with the jam band back in the day.

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