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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cyborg, Sep 9, 2019.
Sorry for your loss, man. It always puts things in perspective.
I agree you should be saving your money.. to buy a new bass!!
I’ve started an LLC called ‘bass guilt clearinghouse’. For a small monthly fee I’ll hold your bass in perpetuity or until your guilt goes away. Very reasonable rates relatively to the value of the bass and level of guilt.
That is the way I'm trying to look at it. I fret over every non-vital purchase.
BTW: Is the Kawai in your screename for the Piano company?
No, I'm really not bragging or humblebragging.
I know there are folks here who cannot afford what I just bought and many who have instruments worth many times what I bought as well.
I play a gig - typically once a month, where there is someone playing a Steinway on one side of me, and often a harp (not a harmonica, a real, 7 foot tall harp) on the other. Sometimes we have a cellist. When I'm surrounded by instruments that cost tens of thousands of dollars, do I feel guilty for having spent one and a half or two thousand? No. Bass guitars are (relatively) cheap instruments - even a Fodera is chump change compared with some classical instruments. If your kids have a place to sleep, food, clothes, etc, and you're not jeopardizing your retirement or anything like that, there's nothing wrong with spending a couple grand on a bass. But...don't brag about it either - the kid with the $200 Squier might be able to play circles around you.
That's how I'm trying to look at it.
Yeah, if I'm not using it, it needs to go to someone who will use it.
Oh yeah, I'm a firm believer that a kid with a $200 Squier might be able to outplay me any day of the week. Just because I have a nice bass whether it's a Fender, Lakland, EBMM SR, etc., doesn't make me any better.
No. But I usually think a purchase through before I buy it.
I don't understand this. I know a lot of people buy on impulse and return things, but we all pay for that. When you return it, the company now has a used instrument that they have to sell for less. Companies don't "take" a loss, they pass the loss on to the consumer.
That's a good way to look at things.
I'm the epitome of over analyzing a purchase. It's beyond unusual for me to buy something on impulse. My wife constantly tells, "think long, think wrong".
With that said, you are right. Free Returns are not truly "free". I don't take the stickers off the bass, throw away the hang tags, etc. until either the return period is over with or I'm 100% for certain it is staying with me to minimize the impact on the company.
Return the 4 and replace it with a SBMM.
Interesting perspective! Any insight on why you would recommend going that route?
You should be thankful that you have a nice wife!
If you can afford it and got basses you love and inspire you to be a better bassist, then I don't see where that guilt is coming from. I can think of a million other things that money could have bought and not given you this kind of happiness. over 200 Hot 'N' Ready Little Caesars Pizza won't make you happy, it'll make you fat.
Life is supposed to have it's share of bringing in what makes you happy - this is one of them, you earned it.
It's not like the money is completely spent either, it has resale value.
I get that way when I spend any amount over $400 on anything except my mortgage. I don't know what it is about that number, but anything over that bothers me. I'll even spend $250 several times and won't bat an eye.
You'll forget and get over it eventually. You have two very nice basses and you're secure in your finances.
Money comes and goes. You can't take it with you, and it gets taxed when you pass it down. After all, what good are those numbers in a computer doing just sitting there?
Very much so!
A nice bass does and will inspire me but honestly two basses probably won't inspire me 2x. I guess the law of diminishing returns, etc.
You are also correct. This money is better spent than on 200 Lil' Caesars pizzas. Plus, I can recoup some of the money if needed, so it's not like it's completely vaporized.
OP: i'm going to guess that part of what feeds into your guilt 'cycle' is that you really don't know what you like/want! good luck finding out what suits you --- i'm sure we all hope that it's the two instruments you're purchasing. good luck with your guilt!