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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by allen_m, Jan 7, 2014.
Is one day I will die and my wife will sell my basses for what I told her I paid for them.
And when that happens, I hope I am fortunate enough to buy them.
Seriously....how do you plan for your bass collection's "life after you"? How do you communicate what they are worth, be it $ you paid, trades you made, sentimental value, etc?
I wonder about that kind of stuff. Maybe that's why I don't sleep much.
If you were like say my father you would leave a neatly hand written note with each bass's value and allow for inflation or whatever. He's an economist, my dad
My wife and I just had this discussion. I'll leave her a note with the value of my basses,amps,old cars,tools,etc just in case I knock off unexpectedly.
I think I saw this comment on a youtube video somewhere. Did you post that or did you just copy it?
Full disclosure for Jeff: I saw this as a meme on Facebook, but the subject was guns. I thought it was funny, paraphrased it and posted it here under "Bass humor..." I suppose I should have prefaced it with "Stop me if you've heard this before." Tough crowd.
+1...just had that conversation with my wife...at least, kind of...
My best friend is also a drummer. Last summer he and I started doing an inventory of my drum gear.
This included descriptions and photos of each piece or set. If I remember what I paid, and when I bought it new or used, I included that information.
I gave an estimation of it's value as of the summer of 2013. Some things, like a used DW double tom stand for instance, do not change much in value as long as the original company doesn't make a major change of an item. Some of the snare drums in particular are a different story. I have some collectable Slingerland Radio Kings and Ludwig Black Beauty snare drums that have increased a good bit in value since I bought them years ago. For these I list a ball park price and a good description so that similar items can be looked at on eBay at that time.
We didn't complete the inventory yet. I have a huge amount of "Stuff." Going through this involves taking the item out of it's case, carrying it outside (where there is more room and better light) and taking a few photos.
We hope to finish this project this summer.
When it comes to things like PA and recording gear, what something is worth varies a so much it's unpredictable. The huge PA speakers that are stacked and covered in a corner of my garage are not worth much at all these days as everyone seems interested in lightweight powered speakers. This is just an example.
The other deal is this...
I have a will. In my will certain items are destined to go to certain people. My bass player cousin sold me his 1972 Tele bass for a really low price. His son is a professional musician, although bass isn't his primary instrument. I think that the Telecaster bass should eventually end up in his son's hands. If something should happen to his father before me, I'll give it to his son myself.
We have no children ourselves, although we have several nieces and nephews who are musicians. I've designated something for each of them. (My one nephew is a metal drummer, my collection of Paiste 2002 cymbals will be his.)
My sweetheart and I have been together for years although we are not married. She and her late husband were serious art collectors for many years. Before our last move we had the art collection professionally appraised and crated up. We are contemplating selling some of it as we are not displaying much of it at this point. Again, there are some items that are designated to be given to certain individuals.
We've tried to be fair regarding this. Hopefully there will still be enough money to fight over, our "stuff" won't be such a big deal.
I'm lucky. There is a local music store that I trust and I told my wife to take all my equipment there.
My greatest fear....
is the day when I physically can not play my instruments any more. I look at the hands of my older relatives on my dads side and I know that arthritis is inevitable and harsh.
Biggest fear #2 would be the day I can't skate/play hockey for the same reasons
Dang, don't matter she will sell them for less than you paid regardless.
When sold, they will not be worth what you paid unless they are vintage or collectible. Might be wise to line up a place that can do a valuation before sale.
My greatest fear is that I will become so good at playing bass I will sought after by a big name rockband.......then I will achieve international fame along with tons of money which I will spend on substance abuse..
Then I'll end up at Dr.Drew's rehab facility in Pasadena where I'll meet some famous celebrity just like me who can't kick the habit......
One night we'll sneak out and get blasted on heroin together and we'll both die......
See now....that's funny. (I think?)
I've kept receipts and purchase information with new basses in the cases. As for used bass information, I work in a music instrument retail store and would hope that she's smart enough to go to my coworkers to access retail value on them.
...Although, I do have a hefty life insurance policy if I do die earlier than expected.
I agreed with my wife that she can sell it all except for the Kelly she bought me and my custom Spector, those she has to keep for herself. Forever.
I keep a fully updated list of every bass I own, details of each and list price and cost of everything. Details on mod's and original details, case details and when and where purchased. I have a full listing of everything including my amps and speakers. Detailed down to mic's and cables. Since I have so much, it has to be detailed and complete. If I were to pass on, my family needs to know what I have.
If I can't play anymore, I will either donate my rig to the local high school jazz band or find some kid who plays bass and cant afford a nice rig, and just give it to him/her.
That is a great observation from the OP! My wife wouldn't have a clue about the values. I have set up a trusted friend and musician to dispose of all my gear should something happen to me. He can give it away to the needy, keep it or sell it as he sees fit.
I have also thought about putting a small sticker on them with the value "just in case".