A Californian repairman found himself on an accidental LSD trip after taking apart a decades-old instrument that had residue of the drug inside it.
Eliot Curtis, Broadcast Operations Manager at KPIX Television, was asked to repair the Buchla Model 100 synthesiser by California State University. The instrument had been sitting unused in a cold and dark room for several decades prior to Curtis’ restoration. The repairman opened up the device, finding strange crystals underneath some of the knobs on a red-paneled unit. 45 minutes later, Curtis began to feel a strange sensation coming over him.
“It felt like I was tripping on LSD,” he said. Curtis’ instincts were right - the subsequent trip lasted approximately nine hours.
Don Buchla, the instrument’s creator, was heavily involved with 1960s LSD counterculture, and his synthesisers found their way onto a bus owned by Ken Kesey - a writer often considered to be one of the founding fathers of the hippy movement.
Despite these known facts, details about how the LSD made its way into the device are unclear, and reports from close friends tell confusing and conflicted stories, according to KPIX. After his trip, Curtis managed to fix the Buchla - this time wearing gloves!