up here in Canada,
there were usually two simultaneous problems:
(1) No Parts. Whatever was in the bargain-bin at the electronics surplus store was what it was going to get built out of.
(2) 80% of Budget was blown on drugs. Funny how that happened, especially when the investors signed the checks.
"Here's a chunk of hash and a case of beer.
Let me know how things are going in a couple of hours."
People were always being extremely helpful with their design suggestions,
and would bring in pics of the Sunshine Girl with the bikinis erased out and hooters drawn in with a crayon.
"Can you make it look more like this?
So it matches my stage outfit. Thanks."