There aren’t many secrets I keep from my wife of 15 years, but one of them is the money I’ve spent on my bass and guitar collection. I don’t have as many as others, currently 9 in total and she would probably flip her lid if she saw my Sweetwater credit card statement. I joke with my friends who say if I die before them, they will be at my house with cash in hand offering the paltry sums of money I’ve told my wife my instruments had originally cost me. I’ve seen this exact thing time and time again in my other hobbies. I’ve seen guys flock to a recently passed model airplane club members house to buy parts of his collection for pennies on the dollar and a widow who’s content to just clear it all out. Same happened at a recent plastic model club meet. There was the widow showing up with a truck load of the the deceased club member’s prized model kit collection he amassed over 40 years selling it off like a fire sale for cash. Not that he’ll ever need his collection again but she could have at least asked a fair market value as I’m sure had no idea what his collect was worth. I just find it interesting because all of my musician friends have closets filled with guitars and basses their wives don’t know about nor the amount of money spent on those Instruments. Is it better to let them know so they’re not selling a $3k bass for $200 when we meet our maker or should we just die with our instrument purchase secrets intact and let our friends enjoy one last killer deal on us?