I can view the original post through 2 lenses. When I got back into playing bass (and music in general) after a long break, I was in a radically new position financially. I had enough money to indulge in all of the purchases I wanted to make (I had limits, but they were more about what I thought something was inherently worth). At one point, I had at least 14 basses, several amps and a pile pedals. Basically, if there was something from my youth that I wanted back then but couldn't afford, I got one to try it out. I also got to build a few basses and try some of the latest and greatest at that time. This was pretty satisfying for a while, but over time, I started to see my collection as kind of wasteful. I mean, how often are you really going to play your #14 bass? I began to think that my #whatever piece of gear might be someone else's #1, so maybe I should sell it and let the gear find its rightful owner. Another driving force was practicality. I found myself using the same gear over and over again whenever I played with others, so anything that didn't meet this standard of utility went down in the rankings and ultimately got sold. I ended up with one bass, one pedal, one DI, one head and one cabinet. I'm happy, but I think that I needed to own all the other stuff to get here.