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Read My Lips: No New Gear For A Year

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jasonbraatz, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    My goal is to end 2014 with the exact same gear that I own today*. No additions, no churning, no flipping, no upgrading or downgrading. (I'm also applying this same strategy to my computer gear and vehicles.) I have everything I need, and everything I could realistically justify having.

    I'm just going to focus on the stuff I have, take care of it, and make great music with it.

    I think I can do it.

    *Technically as of tomorrow, when my Valkyrie shows up.
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  2. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    My guitarist / Band Leader said that this time last year. By March he was showing me new pedals....then a new PRS.....then sold a different PRS....then bought a new drum set....then a new amp.....then another new amp...then an Epiphone Casino....then a 16 channel mixer.

    You wanna meet him?
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  3. Hidesert


    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    I made the same resolution. Told myself no browsing TB classifieds, eBay, Craigslist.
    Already browsing again.
    Good luck. It's a worthy goal.
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  4. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Let us know how it went for you in December.
    GAS has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it...
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  5. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    I said to myself too that I am pleased with all of my gear.

    I will not purchase anything else in 2014 bass wise.

    Wait, I have been eyeballing that burst American Special Jazz.

    Oh he'll, there goes another New Years resolution down the friggen toilet.

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  6. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I commend your goal! One of the definitions of a rich man is he who is satisfied with what he already has. Your Valkyrie should effectively quash any amp GAS, for sure. I am blessed to be quite satisfied with what I have at hand and to have no actual need for any gear changes. :cool:
  7. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I don't NEED a thing. That doesn't mean anything but maybe this year will be the year.
  8. I didn't get anything new in 2013 besides an EBow and music books I don't think.

    It really isn't hard.
  9. I couldn't say that for this year, but I have been downsizing for the last couple years. I can say the last couple years downsizing has been nice. I look back at the days of having to make 4 trips into the club just to load in my own bass gear and wonder why I did it for so long. these days its a one trip load in for me unless I want to bring additional basses which is very rare for me.

    my 2014 shopping list
    1) high power class d power amp to cut my racks weight by 20lbs
    1)8 string bass 4x2
    2) replace my 4 string fretless with 5 or 6 fretless
    3) used Triton rack plus Roland pk5
  10. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    9 days into the new year, and I've already bought two new basses. Resolution's out the door.
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I'm getting a bass from TB'er next week. I really want a Goldtone Microbass, another five, and an amp upgrade, so this won't be a gear free year for me.
  12. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    I commend your goal too. While I can't say that I will try to follow you, this year will be minimal in bass purchases. I have a great amp set up, and several great basses. I couldn't really ask for more.

    I might though.
  13. eqvolvorama

    eqvolvorama Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    One of my year goals is to extract capital from my gear investments and put it into other things, like caring for my family, heat, etc. I'm in a lucky and incredibly fortunate situation to not have to be forced into this decision at this time, so I'm treating it as kind of a test of my mettle. Man, even the IDEA of it is hard. This is a tough game.
  14. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Good luck with that.
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  15. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    this was good.
  16. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Same goal here. And hey, I made it for a solid seven days!

    I've since refined my goal to: "No new gear on Sundays".
  17. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    I said this last year.

    I held myself to it all the way through October...

    The flurry of gear changes that happened in November and December totally erased that thought.

    Good luck! :D
  18. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I said the same thing to myself in 2013. In fact, I went from May 2012 through December 2013 without buying a single thing outside of strings, picks and stuff to make cables. You know what? I stuck with it, even while browsing eBay, Craigslist, TB etc. It's just a matter of discipline and not have solutions looking for problems. I can't say the same thing for 2014 as I would have already broken it, but I know March through December I won't be buying more gear. 2015, I'll likely be buying a "real" upright bass, so who knows what else that will spin off.
  19. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I have not purchased any bass items since Spring of 2012 when I bought my Monique preamp. I really don't have anything I want.

    *I do buy other 'music' items from time to time for use in the band. In the past year, they've included:

    -A stockpile of BASF LGR-50 broadcast tape for making Space Echo loops.

    -Lights: 2x PAR 36 LED and 1 used PAR 64 LED stage lights for live use in smaller venues.

    -Speaker stands for PA use in smaller venues.

    -a cheap micro reverb and micro analogy delay for use by the band as needed for additional 'dub' effects.

    I would like to pick up another cheap/light power amp mostly for 'in case of' PA usage and a little compact 16 channel board.

    No basses. No amps. No preamps. No bass toys.
  20. bunkaroo


    Apr 25, 2003
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    I'm already screwed for this year. Have a new head on its way and will have a new US and a new Euro Spector within the next couple months. Maybe next year!