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Read My Lips: No New Gear For A Year

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jasonbraatz, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

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    My goal is to end 2014 with the exact same gear that I own today*. No additions, no churning, no flipping, no upgrading or downgrading. (I'm also applying this same strategy to my computer gear and vehicles.) I have everything I need, and everything I could realistically justify having.

    I'm just going to focus on the stuff I have, take care of it, and make great music with it.

    I think I can do it.



    *Technically as of tomorrow, when my Valkyrie shows up.
  2. malthumb

    malthumb Supporting Member

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    My guitarist / Band Leader said that this time last year. By March he was showing me new pedals....then a new PRS.....then sold a different PRS....then bought a new drum set....then a new amp.....then another new amp...then an Epiphone Casino....then a 16 channel mixer.

    You wanna meet him?
  3. Hidesert

    Hidesert Supporting Member

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    I made the same resolution. Told myself no browsing TB classifieds, eBay, Craigslist.
    Already browsing again.
    Good luck. It's a worthy goal.
  4. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    Let us know how it went for you in December.
    GAS has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it...
  5. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor! Supporting Member

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    I said to myself too that I am pleased with all of my gear.

    I will not purchase anything else in 2014 bass wise.

    Wait, I have been eyeballing that burst American Special Jazz.

    Oh he'll, there goes another New Years resolution down the friggen toilet.

    :bawl:
  6. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

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    I commend your goal! One of the definitions of a rich man is he who is satisfied with what he already has. Your Valkyrie should effectively quash any amp GAS, for sure. I am blessed to be quite satisfied with what I have at hand and to have no actual need for any gear changes. :cool:
  7. SteveC

    SteveC Supporting Member

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    I don't NEED a thing. That doesn't mean anything but maybe this year will be the year.
  8. Mr. Lovejoy

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    I didn't get anything new in 2013 besides an EBow and music books I don't think.

    It really isn't hard.
  9. Nephilymbass

    Nephilymbass Supporting Member

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    I couldn't say that for this year, but I have been downsizing for the last couple years. I can say the last couple years downsizing has been nice. I look back at the days of having to make 4 trips into the club just to load in my own bass gear and wonder why I did it for so long. these days its a one trip load in for me unless I want to bring additional basses which is very rare for me.

    my 2014 shopping list
    needs
    1) high power class d power amp to cut my racks weight by 20lbs
    wants
    1)8 string bass 4x2
    2) replace my 4 string fretless with 5 or 6 fretless
    3) used Triton rack plus Roland pk5
  10. Maxdusty

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    9 days into the new year, and I've already bought two new basses. Resolution's out the door.
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I'm getting a bass from TB'er next week. I really want a Goldtone Microbass, another five, and an amp upgrade, so this won't be a gear free year for me.
  12. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    I commend your goal too. While I can't say that I will try to follow you, this year will be minimal in bass purchases. I have a great amp set up, and several great basses. I couldn't really ask for more.

    I might though.
  13. danroche

    danroche Supporting Member

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    One of my year goals is to extract capital from my gear investments and put it into other things, like caring for my family, heat, etc. I'm in a lucky and incredibly fortunate situation to not have to be forced into this decision at this time, so I'm treating it as kind of a test of my mettle. Man, even the IDEA of it is hard. This is a tough game.
  14. Dark Horse

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    Good luck with that.
  15. Dug2

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    this was good.
  16. HeavyJazz77

    HeavyJazz77 Supporting Member

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    Same goal here. And hey, I made it for a solid seven days!

    I've since refined my goal to: "No new gear on Sundays".
  17. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

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    I said this last year.

    I held myself to it all the way through October...

    The flurry of gear changes that happened in November and December totally erased that thought.

    Good luck! :D
  18. Selta

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    I said the same thing to myself in 2013. In fact, I went from May 2012 through December 2013 without buying a single thing outside of strings, picks and stuff to make cables. You know what? I stuck with it, even while browsing eBay, Craigslist, TB etc. It's just a matter of discipline and not have solutions looking for problems. I can't say the same thing for 2014 as I would have already broken it, but I know March through December I won't be buying more gear. 2015, I'll likely be buying a "real" upright bass, so who knows what else that will spin off.
  19. BurningSkies

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    I have not purchased any bass items since Spring of 2012 when I bought my Monique preamp. I really don't have anything I want.

    *I do buy other 'music' items from time to time for use in the band. In the past year, they've included:

    -A stockpile of BASF LGR-50 broadcast tape for making Space Echo loops.

    -Lights: 2x PAR 36 LED and 1 used PAR 64 LED stage lights for live use in smaller venues.

    -Speaker stands for PA use in smaller venues.

    -a cheap micro reverb and micro analogy delay for use by the band as needed for additional 'dub' effects.

    I would like to pick up another cheap/light power amp mostly for 'in case of' PA usage and a little compact 16 channel board.

    No basses. No amps. No preamps. No bass toys.
  20. bunkaroo

    bunkaroo Supporting Member

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    I'm already screwed for this year. Have a new head on its way and will have a new US and a new Euro Spector within the next couple months. Maybe next year!

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