The stages of pleasure of bass purchase
Hello, everybody (and especially serial buyers)!
I'd like to know what you consider most pleasant part of bass purchase:
1) Choosing a model (checking gear news, looking at reviews, listening to soundclips, comparing the models)
2) Chasing the good deal (looking for the best price between online and shop vendors, searching craiglist, etc)
3) the moment of the purchase (the moment you buy in the shop, or when meeting the seller from Craiglist, or making the payment online)
4) Waiting for the brown truck (or driving home with the new bass)
5) Discovering the bass and the first hand experience (looking at construction, finish, first times playing the bass)
6) Further exploring the bass (say first week, when you play different configurations, and different styles, first rehearsal with the bass)
7) First gig with the bass
Thanks a lot!
I always wondered how it is for other people. For me it's certainly 1 and 2, and in lesser extent 5 and 6.
Hope I dont mess up the poll :-)
There's nothing fun about handing over money or waiting for a delivery, but everything else is good. I also enjoy the "Challenging my assumptions" stage whehn trying out an instrument in store, and realising that what I thought I liked isn't really the right thing for me after all.
Other than playing it... #2 by far.
The thrill of the hunt.
I have a list of basses that I keep and periodically look at CL, garage sales, pawn shops etc. Looking for that rare hidden gem among crap. Where I live, they do pop up in the strangest of places. Found a fairly rare bass once out in the countryside owned by a farmer. Didn't know what he had and I certainly wasn't expecting it.
I must really enjoy it as I've done it over 60 times in less than 3 years. :)
Haha, nothing better than intense craving followed by a dopamine rush, isn't it?
#2 is always fun. Finding a rare gem.
If I don't buy it I'm very happy to share the details with other bass players who might snap it up. :)
#5 First Play and #7 First Gig can be the best OR the worst depending.
#7 for me
First gig is its prime, so a baptyzm of fire
Will it kill or will it reveal lame and average?
Some of my basses never reached for the stage, 'cause I sold them almost right out of the case/gigbag, when finally tested with my gear and found less inspirational than in the shop (never ever bought anything sight unseen) with resident gear
The gig, the gig
I play for the stage
and even if some instrument is better for the stage, some other (technically) for the studio, if they don't deliver live, they don't stay
hmm - hard to select just one part of it.
Love the research and anticipation.....
That feeling on a first gig with a bass (or even 'that' rehearsal when it suddenly feels like an extension of yourself) is friggin awesome
Maybe the best is that first bond...like when you try a bass and 'know' it has to come home
I suppose mine is the initial discovery and exploration of the bass. My favorite part is restringing with my strings of choice, setting it up, tuning it, and plugging it in for the first time.
Number 6 for me. It usually takes me months to decide if the bass is a keeper or not. That stage where I learn what the bass can and can't do and then finally if it stays or not.
When it stays, it makes all the above steps worth it.
I said waiting for the brown truck. But, I dont buy a lot of basses. I buy more pedals. So I sort of inserted pedals for bass. I love the anticipation of waiting and the best part is the day I know it is to be delivered, and I keep checking the tracking status and it gets to the 'delivered" status and I know its sitting at home waiting for me. That is probably the best part, next to actually opening it up and plugging it in to my rig or board and learning it and get to know it. That is so exciting to me. Super addictive. Its like if I dont get a package in the mail every other week or so I feel like something is missing.
I said all of the above, but added 'When I arrive for rehearsal and my bandmates run over to see what I showed up with this time.'
#4.5: Realizing you forgot to tell your wife that you bought another bass.
Opening the box.
I also kind of like the wait.
I chose first gig that is the true test for me. My reason for this is I play more aggressively live I guess is the best way to put it.
In time, the step that's become my recurring favorite is the one where I try out "boutique" basses here and there. Expectations can run a little high when sampling an instrument with a price tag at well over a grand, but they just don't thrill me like my beloved Franken-Jazz... which cost me $350 when I found it several years ago.
The finest moment is when you become certain that you have a keeper. That makes all the preliminary phases rewarding as well.
For me, knowing that I have a keeper never comes on first play, and rarely if ever happens on the first gig. Only after I've had the bass for awhile, and used it with my different rigs, different bands, different environments, can I give it my stamp of approval.
Heck, when I first got the bass in my avatar (2005 black Sadowsky P5) it didn't wow me. That was partly because I forgot that the active EQ was boost only. But once I gigged the bass a few times, I KNEW it was a keeper.
As others have said, winding up with a mediocre instrument is a bummer. That can happen even after taking all the right precautions.
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