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needing a bass rig, the sequel

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by hernameisrio, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    Man...you guys were right...!

    Was supposed to audition with these guys on Wednesday, and, uh...
    It's okay, you can laugh because I'm laughing too.

    So, uh, not sure what to do now. :eek: I'm thinking, hold em off til Friday, get SOMETHING, count on the fact that my rent check doesn't always go through until the middle of the month, then return the something until I can really afford what I really want, 'cause I'm just slick like that.

    Go figure, right?! :D
  2. A lot of places will rent gear... Cheaper option and you'll not feel like you have to buy something right away.
  3. JPaulGeddy


    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    No budget whatsoever at the moment, eh? Thinking craigslist for a cheap peavey 1x15. Should be able to get something usable (giggable, even) for $100.
  4. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    I have a few hundred I can spare. Unless I buy with the intent of returning it...Hopefully I'll figure something out!
  5. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Don't do that. That's not slick, that's slimy. You're potentially screwing the retailer, landlord, and person who may wind up buying your returned item, for an audition that may or may not pan out.

    Borrow an amp from a friend.
  6. Agreed
  7. theretheyare

    theretheyare Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
  8. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    Wow, perfect.

    You guys are totally awesome.

    And jive1, you are right...it's a common stunt that art departments on low-budget film sets often pull. Why would I wanna stoop that low? :p
  9. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    Maybe you could flip that Sterling that you just bought for some amp-cash?
  10. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    The Sterling? From my cold dead hands! :D

    I think the MB115 looks promising. If I don't get that, I'll just tell the band the truth and see what happens. If I don't get to try out because of not having an amp, that's life for now and it's one less thing to worry about...I'll just keep saving my money and wait until I have enough to comfortably spend.
  11. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    FWIW, just saying that, given your present situation, it appears that an amp would be a higher priority than a new bass.
  12. good amp at a very good price. Definitely gig-able in smaller clubs. Lightweight, too.
  13. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    NWB, yes and no. I dropped the band that had tried to get me to buy a rig before (and tell me which one to buy, nonetheless! uh, thanks?! ha). As far as these guys go, I figure I'll find SOMETHING just to audition, start there, and basically kinda cross that bridge when I come to it. I guess what I'm saying is, the Sterling came along-granted-a random time and I knew I wasn't likely to find a similar price.

    So I jumped on it with the gut feeling that since I knew I wanted one sooner or later, I might as well get the better deal sooner, instead of having to wait and get an average deal and spend more.

    By the time the situation with "needing" a rig (like I said, if I play my cards right, it's not necessarily a total emergency right now) came up, I'd already committed to the Sterling. So I dunno. If it were sort of an impulse-buy, cheaper bass that was more common, I'd be inclined to consider flipping it. But because of the fact that I really set my heart on it and was so surprised to come across it, I would prefer to hang onto it.

    By hanging onto the Sterling, all that really means is that my financial cushion temporarily deflates until my tax return check comes in, which is money I already allotted for bass gear.

    As impulsive as all of this might seem, believe it or not I give this stuff a lot of thought...it's just that I realize sometimes you have to act fast.
  14. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    That's good.:D

    I was just trying to offer a different perspective. It sounds like your TR will get you where you need to be and that GK combo looks like a winner too.
  15. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    You want to join a band and you don't have an amp? :confused:
  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    You live in Queens! You are bound to know somebody you can bum a rig from! There are a gagillion people within 20 feet of you right now! Some of them are bass players.
  17. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    No dude. I'm in 2 bands, I have a bass head which I run thru the PA, and I'm auditioning for a 3rd which requested I have a rig...which I've wanted to get for a while anyway now that I have more of a budget to spend.
  18. hernameisrio


    Sep 27, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    @two fingers: I'm workin on it! ;-)
  19. Did you miss out on the GK? That would have been the duck's nuts. Cheap, light and loud enough.
  20. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    A lot of good suggestions. I say either rent, borrow, buy the suggested GK combo or simply tell the band straight up your situation. That is up to you. But start saving your pennies. Good deals can be had on your local Craigslist as you can see, however perhaps also look into Guitar Center's used gear on their website. A lot of good stuff on there too most times. Cheap Peavey cabs and amps for example pop up on there all the time. And ordering off there you also get the 30 day return, can ship it to your local Guitar Center store where you can look it over and try it all out before you even leave the store just in case there may be something wrong with it.