I used to do quite a bit of live sound mixing in large concert formats. I still do a few events now and then. Some small and some large. There is always something inherently challenging about live sound. One chance to get it right. And with limited automation, using a board means that you really need to know how to effectively drive a rig to get the best possible sound.
One of my favourite boards is the ATI Paragon. A recent model is pictured below. What a delight to work this rig.
When I first apprenticed as an assistant engineer in a studio, I was taught that the proper care and maintenance of the equipment was absolutely critical to ensure optimum performance. I was taught to keep the work areas clean and ordered.
The top live sound companies share a similar philosophy. As a byproduct, the systems are well ordered and well maintained.
I have never walked into a quality recording studio or a quality live rig where the equipment and the work area was not in excellent condition. My observation? If someone cares about their system it is always in great shape and it shows.