I was listening to a Rick Beato video on how much gear you actually need, the cost and use of it, etc. It got me thinking on how people (at least in the US) spend their money. I don’t understand why having $20,000 worth of musical gear has a stigma that you have to justify but having a sports car, an unnecessarily large house, motorcycles or any other hobby seems to not turn any heads. I drive a 2004 Honda that is reliable because I just want my car to work well and take me from A to B. I put all my “fun” money into gear because I love playing, owning and sharing the experience of music even if I wasn’t gigging regularly. Why is there a stigma around music gear, even among pros, when it seems people spend money in many other things that fall in the same category?