Trading 6 of 7 Basses for my Dream Car

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by millsbass5, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. As I posted back in May of this year, I finally "retired" from steady gigging (22+ years of that with the same band), after roughly 31 years total of gigging. I've had a lot happen to me personally to force me to make the decision to quit gigging. For starters, I recently got a promotion at work that I've been after for years that requires more hours/responsibilities, and I've had major back surgery. Since recovering, I've taken up a hobby that requires a lot of money. The hobby? Taking my car (BMW E60 M5) to the track, when weather permits.
    And, as I did in the music world, I've made a few friends. And, one of those friends also happens to be a bassist/collector. And, he also happens to own one of my all-time favorite dream cars that I've wanted since they hit the showroom floor in 1987. Bottom line: He wants 5 out of the 7 basses that I own (see my profile), in exchange for the car. At this time, value-wise, the car will increase like crazy in the years to come. And, I would also presently be coming out ahead in the trade, when it comes to the basses he wants, versus the current value of the car. He seems hell-bent on doing this trade. But, of course I'm kinda having hesitations on pulling the trigger. After all, I've owned these basses for 20 years, give or take. So, they're somewhat part of me. Since I've completed my collection of basses that I consider perfect for me, I haven't made another purchase. I'd also like to add that I've had probably a 1/2 hour playing time on my basses since October. Playing just doesn't interest me that much as of late.
    The car is a 1988 BMW M3, in pristine condition with some very expensive mods that can be reversed to return it back to 100% original. And, like the majority of my basses, this car is highly desirable. I know that some of you on here just don't appreciate a machine like this with superior design, and engineering. I'm leaning pretty damn far towards doing this. But, I'd like to know what everybody's opinion is on this just for the hell of it, as it's obviously a pretty big financial decision. After all, I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do. Well? Speak up!
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  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I'm assuming that he wants the '61 Fender?

    In any case, I would do it. It's all just stuff. Own what makes you happy. If you aren't going to gig, why have more than a couple of basses?

    I did a similar thing a few years ago. I have a pretty big wine collection, but when I started playing bass again (about 10 years ago) after a decade long hiatus, bass overtook wine as my "hobby". I auctioned off a small part of my collection (but stupidly valuable bottles) and started down the GAS fuelled path that I am on now. I don't miss the couple dozen bottles of wine I sold at all.
  3. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    If you said the car was an M1 I'd say go for it.............. ;)
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  4. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    I agree. Hey since he only wants 5 of 7 and especially if they are all those jazz basses, time to move on! The important thing is not to sell (trade) ALL your basses. Music is a funny thing. Sometimes you just walk away. I know I have for long periods at a time (especially when there are so many other interesting things in the world to get involved with). BUT, music is a funny business. When you least expect it it suddenly comes back upon you and you just HAVE to get out there again. Often you get a return-to-music attack when you least expect it. I know it surprised me when I got it. So trade away. And have fun, but keep a bass or two because when you least expect it that music in your blood just comes irresistibly creeping back. Trust me.
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  5. floydman


    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    the e30 M3 would be quite the treat and extremely collectible as time goes on. I drove an e30 318is for many years and would still be driving it if it didn't get wrecked. great cars
  6. osonu

    osonu Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Las Vegas
    A few years ago I bought a pretty expensive knife ($400). I had an extreme case of sticker shock, but after experiencing a good knife, there were 3 or 4 other expensive knives I really wanted. I was freaking out about putting that much money into knives until I saw a for sale post by a guy selling a lot of really nice knives to fund his new wood working hobby. All of a sudden I got it- buy and enjoy the knives and then sell them if my interests/needs changed.

    So far my knife collection has allowed me to get a nice trumpet, some really nice skateboards, 3 basses and an amp. Make the trade! You said the car will go up in value, and you're a bit jaded on the basses so it sounds like you're ready to move on.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I also love my BMW- and it's just a 330i
  7. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    I had an 87 E30. That M3 is definitely a collectors item, more so than subsequent years of M3 production.

    I say go for it. Keep the basses you love and fuel your other hobby.
  8. Yup, the majority of them are J-Basses, save for the Tobias. I could see his mouth was waterin' over the 'big 3', the pre- Gib Tobias, the '61, and the '75. But, I'm just havin' a hard time about which one I'm gonna keep, the Carvin, it's an amazing, amazing player, or the J-Bass Special . And, what's crazy is they're 2 of my cheapest basses, value-wise! As for the J-Bass Special, I could seriously write a book, or make a movie about all the stories in my life that bass has seen and experienced/been involved with in the 30 +/- years I've gigged with that thing. If it could talk, I'd probably be in prison, with all the weird, kinky things I've done with women that I've picked up after gigs. Hell, if I'd think hard about it, women have probably used it directly in some way, shape, fashion, or form in my one-night stand/sex-capades over the years after a gig. Hey, it is what it is. It all happened, and it certainly has a load of sentimental value, for sure. As a matter of fact, somebody needs to build a talking bass, with a memory!
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  9. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003

    What does it smell like?

    never mind
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  10. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Boner bass?
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  11. Ha! Good one. Quick thinkin'.:bassist:
  12. Uh, leather? It has that new car smell.
  13. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    Dream car? A 1988 M3? Ok....some people have a very limited imagination.
    Trust me, no car is worth selling 7 basses for unless you are selling just the stuff you don't need or want anymore.
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  14. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    I wouldn't trade my stuff for an Aston-Martin.
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  15. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I agree with those who say, follow your passion. It sounds like the J Bass is something that I personally wouldn't want to lose, but at the end of they day, you only live once. As others have also said, as long as you are keeping at least one bass for when you want to play, then go for what will make you happy.

    One question though, you are not planning on putting a 1988 M3 on the track are you? If you are, then keep the basses and forget the car, there are far too many possibilities of ending up with nothing!
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  16. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 I totally agree these cars are very sought after but many have been abused on tracks and if you have a pristine example I wouldn't race it even though it defeats the purpose of owning one.
  17. Metalstevey


    Dec 1, 2014
    a bmw? a real car yes but a bmw?
  18. You just don't appreciate a machine like this with superior design, and engineering.
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  19. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Trade. You only need one bass to gig, a P bass, of course.
  20. I appreciate nice machinery and understand how you feel. Get the car. Keep a bass...or two.

    I've got convertibles. A Mustang and modified MGB. The only thing that mattered to me was if I could get enough equipment into the boot or cabin to play the occasional gig.